Sometimes when I hear a song for the first time, especially a bad pop song, I start thinking about what other songs might fit perfectly over the chord progression. Then I try singing it, and if the mash-up works, I'm mildly entertained (fun fact: this works with every Katy Perry song).
But some people feel the need to make these mash-ups a reality. A twisted, nightmarish, horrible reality.
What got us thinking about this genre was the now-infamous "Call Me A Hole," the flawlessly executed mash-up of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like A Hole." The jury's out on whether it's so bad that it's good (Nine Inch Nails was less than thrilled), but one thing's for sure: it works. The remix definitely has a healthy dose of irony as Reznor spits bitter lyrics about consumerism over the backbeat of the most vapid and successful pop song of the past year. On the other hand, it hurts our ears.
"Call Me A Hole" (Carly Rae Jepsen Vs. Nine Inch Nails)
We tried to find similarly so-bad-they're-awesome mash-ups of rock songs and terrible pop. Warning: brain melt ahead.
"Enter Toxicman" (Britney Spears vs. Metallica)
Okay, first let me say that this is strangely arousing. Second of all, "Toxic" has always had the potential to be a good song (hence the endless covers in all genres), but combining it with another so-bad-it's-good song is not helping. Either way, I'm ashamed to admit that I did headbang while listening to this remix.
"Smells Like Bootylicious" (Destiny's Child vs. Nirvana)
Power chords are fun to play with, as they can be easily shifted to major or minor key. There was a torrent of minor-key sassy dance songs around the Bootylicious era (think: "You Make Me Sick," "Love Don't Cost A Thing," "Scrubs"), and yeah, there was something kind of punk about it. But it was never meant to come to this. Never.
"Kids In My Life" (MGMT vs. The Beatles)
This one's actually pretty good. "Kids" was mashed up with pretty much everything, and even this one has some chord problems, but parts of it work remarkably well. Who thought In My Life would ever sound current again? Well, it does in this version.
"Eleanor Rigby, the Extra Terrestrial" (Katy Perry vs. The Beatles)
Another semi-quality pop song that made me wish I could look past the fact that it was Katy Perry, "E.T." is given a second chance as a super-creepy cello confession. While I do wish they dropped the beat in an epic way at some point (it never happens, so dont hold your breath), this is pretty fucking cool.