ODB and Sir Paul: A Love Story

Monday, February 1st, 2010 | musiX

I was never very keen on Danger Mouse‘s The Grey Album. A couple of listens and I was done. I give credit to the process of creating it, and there were some interesting parts—but overall it sounded pretty ham-fisted, and ultimately received more attention (lots from Entertainment Weekly … ’nuff said) for the novelty than the actual art.

Six years later and the Fab Four are mingling with another New York crew—the Wu-Tang Clan. This time it’s not a DJ bringing these two institutions together, but a 28-year-old music teacher from Brighton, England. And rather than sticking with one specific album from each as the source material, Tom Caruana used the artists’ entire catalogs. And I must say what I’ve heard is much more interesting than Danger Mouse’s take. Add the fact that Wu-Tang is far more interesting to listen to than Jay-Z.

Caruana posted Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers on his Web site in early January as a free download. And with it, of course, comes his whirlwind 15 minutes of fame. Caruana recently told the New York Times that it’s been downloaded close to 30,000 times, and even got the proverbial Wu-Tang hand sign from Chef Raekwon.

My favorite of the bunch is Caruana’s reworking of ODB’s “Got Your Money,” with a little help from Sir Paul and “You Never Give Me Your Money.” Now I love the Beatles, but how about mashing up some Stones? Maybe with The Roots? How about Elton John and Eminem … wait. Have a better idea? Post it in the comments section. And download the entire album here free.

“Got Your Money”Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles

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4 Comments to ODB and Sir Paul: A Love Story

February 1, 2010

Everyone loves to toy with the Beatles’ legacy – either lovingly (see: the film Across The Universe, the Cirque du Soleil spectacle, or Rock Band: Beatles) or hoping to cast their own long, mocking shadow on it (see: all the artists that parody the cover art of Meet The Beatles or Yesterday & Today, John Oswald’s deconstructions of Blue Jay Way or the final chord of “A Day In The Life”). It’s fun to poke at the big boys and try to take them down a peg or two. And it’s fun to try and shoehorn these representatives of pure white culture into the artform created by African-Americans. It provides a cheeky giggle and – like the response that we’ve seen for Danger Mouse’s mashup and this one – a huge amount of attention. I don’t like it anymore than you do but I understand it.

February 1, 2010

Also, I’m not necessarily saying I have a better idea for this. Almost ALL of the other Jay-Z mashups of The Black Album that I heard were really terrible and couldn’t match the swing of The Grey Album (what can I say…I’m a fan). All I can think of is trying it out with a similarly sprawling group, one that features an overabundance of talent like the Wu. Fleetwood Mac? The New Christy Minstrels? Mitch Miller & His Gang?

February 4, 2010

You’re breaking my heart, Mark. Now I got 100 problems, but a bitch ain’t one.

April 23, 2010

saying that the Beatles are representatives of pure white culture is the silliest thing i have heard in a long time. shows no grasp of music history or in fact the concept of history in general.

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