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Queen vs. The Beatles -- Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together
January 7, 2012 9:26 AM   Subscribe

Queen vs. The Beatles - Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together
posted by jason's_planet (42 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
SLAwesomeYT!
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:31 AM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Genius!
posted by Renoroc at 9:33 AM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Doesn't quite top Q Unit's Candy Bottom Girls, but it's pretty fine!
posted by sixswitch at 9:35 AM on January 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


So basically what should have happened in rockANDroll history is, after the Beatles breakup, John Lennon should have hooked up with Queen. Freddy Mercury would have become his Paul (or perhaps his Ono), and so on. Mark David Chapman would have been so confused, he would've just gone into real estate or something.
posted by philip-random at 9:51 AM on January 7, 2012 [8 favorites]


Am I alone in finding the following line -- "fat bottomed girls come together over me" -- vaguely disquieting?
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 10:02 AM on January 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


On the sidebar, I saw this which lead me to this and then to this.
posted by device55 at 10:09 AM on January 7, 2012 [5 favorites]


It is excellent.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:19 AM on January 7, 2012


Is it just me or is it 2005 all over again? Seems mashups in general and gybo and especially bootie is as big as ever !?
posted by victors at 10:28 AM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Am I alone in finding the following line -- "fat bottomed girls come together over me" -- vaguely disquieting?

Vaguely?
posted by valkyryn at 10:38 AM on January 7, 2012


This is awesome!
posted by jquinby at 10:49 AM on January 7, 2012


Am I alone in finding the following line -- "fat bottomed girls come together over me" -- vaguely exciting? (I'm sure Sir Mix-A-Lot agrees with me.)

And Mashup Culture has reached unprecedented levels of WTF.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:49 AM on January 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Initially, the incorrect harmonisation at the end of the chorus was disquieting, but by the second or third time round it started to make sense in its own context. In retrospect (ie: on third listening), it's pretty masterfully done!

I was also impressed that they'd placed both Freddie and John's vocals in the same virtual space, reverb-wise, without pulling them out of the song. Generally, mash-ups leave the vocals in their original virtual space and it breaks any sense of the illusion. Again, masterful.

All in all, A1! Would come (together) again.
posted by benzo8 at 10:53 AM on January 7, 2012


Shoot me!
posted by holdkris99 at 10:55 AM on January 7, 2012


Two of my favorite rock songs of all time. I think I love FBG mostly because GET ON YOUR BIKES AND RIDE! is probably the least rockin' thing anyone could possibly shout in the middle of a rock song, is a total non-sequitur, and yet somehow it works.
posted by middleclasstool at 11:13 AM on January 7, 2012 [6 favorites]


I'm a mashup fiend. Thanks for sharing.

I also love the aforementioned Bootie as well as Party Ben and someone who hasn't done much lately, DJ Mei-Lwun
posted by deezil at 11:14 AM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Love it! If the video had worked in some Gene Clark, it would hit the trifecta of Beloved Demigods Fellini Still Grieves for Daily.
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:24 AM on January 7, 2012


Am I alone in finding the following line -- "fat bottomed girls come together over me" -- vaguely disquieting?

Ah, memories...
posted by Devonian at 11:57 AM on January 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


I don't know, I LOVE both of these songs, but I thought the mashup sounded terrible. Nice live footage of awesome bands, though!
posted by so_gracefully at 12:41 PM on January 7, 2012


Where was that Beatles footage shot? Was that Plastic One-era Lennon with some artful Concert for Bangladesh/Wings bits edited in?
posted by Devils Rancher at 12:44 PM on January 7, 2012


Two great tastes that go better together!
posted by SansPoint at 1:01 PM on January 7, 2012


I don't know to what extent it's an artifact of just replacing the backing track, but he seems to have reshaped the pitch of Lennon's vocals for a melodic fit to the song. Note on "you can feel his disease"', normally that's done in a monotone, but here it isn't, quite. Subtle work, at least to my tin ear.
posted by George_Spiggott at 1:03 PM on January 7, 2012


Initially, the incorrect harmonisation at the end of the chorus was disquieting, but by the second or third time round it started to make sense in its own context. In retrospect (ie: on third listening), it's pretty masterfully done!

Yeah, that's the clever thing about this. Most good mashups seem to start with someone going "Oh hey these two songs have the same changes" and going from there. On this one, it's more like someone said "Okay, these songs don't have the same changes at all, but they could have."

I don't know to what extent it's an artifact of just replacing the backing track, but he seems to have reshaped the pitch of Lennon's vocals for a melodic fit to the song. Note on "you can feel his disease"', normally that's done in a monotone, but here it isn't, quite. Subtle work, at least to my tin ear.

No, the melody's been left alone — it's just reharmonized, like benzo8 said. On the original, that line is sung on a single note with a single chord behind it. Here, it's sung on a single note while the chord behind it moves around.
posted by nebulawindphone at 1:13 PM on January 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is great, though I may be the only person on the planet who really never liked the Beatles.
posted by jeff-o-matic at 2:16 PM on January 7, 2012


Oh hey guys, we found him- The One!
posted by hincandenza at 2:48 PM on January 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Really well done. Not something I'd put in my regular musical rotation, but I liked it a lot and had not heard it.
posted by immlass at 3:21 PM on January 7, 2012


Now someone needs to mash up McCartney and Barry Manilow.
posted by punkfloyd at 3:49 PM on January 7, 2012


Now someone needs to mash up McCartney and Barry Manilow.

Isn't that what McCartney's been doing ever since around 1975?
posted by philip-random at 4:04 PM on January 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


Some mashups are more awesome than others. (click circle with arrow in it to hear)
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:34 PM on January 7, 2012


Ok, the Fresh Prince of Alabama in the side bar to this vid is awesome.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:26 PM on January 7, 2012


So great! Thanks for sharing.
posted by Sublimity at 5:35 PM on January 7, 2012


You know I tried making mashups once...then I took an arro...oh actually I happened to make only one I thought as decent enough to show others Pepper in my eye (Butthole Surfers vs. Massive Attack). NIN - Closer vs. Men Without Hats - Safety Dance was another I never quite finished/uploaded, but thought it'd be funny if done right....a good mashup is tougher to do than most people think, even when you have BPM sync'd, great software, and what you think it should sound like running pefectly in your head. Hats off to whoever did some of the ones above...
posted by samsara at 6:22 PM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've always liked Sweet Dreams vs Smalltown Boy - a mashup of The Eurythmics and Bronski Beat.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:49 PM on January 7, 2012


I love mashups. I love DJ Girltalk
posted by sensi63 at 8:44 PM on January 7, 2012


Perhaps it's been around for a while and I never noticed? There's an "As Seen On" section beneath the video on Youtube which lists Metafilter, and links to this.
posted by NailsTheCat at 9:11 PM on January 7, 2012


If we're trading faves, here's my #1 pick for 2011 (the year I heard it first anyway):

D.Veloped - Stereo Drugs (Memory Loss Mash) .

Manages to both take the piss out of a few posturing big deal rap-dudes, and be damned good at the same time.
posted by philip-random at 9:41 PM on January 7, 2012


What happens when someone listens to Highway to Hell and decides that it needs more cowbell? Beck vs. AC-DC in Mixed Business. Already over a decade old (I first heard it in early 2001), but still pure gold.
posted by kandinski at 12:50 AM on January 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


GET ON YOUR BIKES AND RIDE!... is a total non-sequitur

Not at all! If I had the power to command fat bottom girls, this is exactly what I would have them do. I would follow behind, for their safety.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:32 AM on January 8, 2012 [4 favorites]


The Greatest Song Ever Written does not need more Beatles in it, or any actually.

>Is it just me or is it 2005 all over again?<
I’m not sure why there’s all the talk about mashups lately. I used to love them, but it gets old fast. And this one is 2 years old.
posted by bongo_x at 10:09 AM on January 8, 2012


A good mashup raises the level of its ingredients. What I love about this one is it turns Come Together into a damned good dance tune, something it's never quite been. I suspect I'll do my own edit sometime and try to get rid of most of the fat-bottom-girls references, which still sound sublimely dumb to me -- perfectly okay in the context of the original Queen recording, but in the context of Come Together, kind of like dumping cheap mustard on a good steak.
posted by philip-random at 1:48 PM on January 8, 2012


try to get rid of most of the fat-bottom-girls references, which still sound sublimely dumb to me

by which I mean, the lyrics
posted by philip-random at 2:05 PM on January 8, 2012


Another Beatles Mashup
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:23 PM on January 8, 2012


This is still one of my favorite mashups.
posted by homunculus at 8:00 PM on January 9, 2012


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