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July 11, 2012 8:52 PM   Subscribe

Carly Rae Jepsen based "Call Me Maybe" on Annie Lennox's "Walking on Broken Glass". Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend (wiki) mashed the two together: "Call Me on Broken Glass". (Bonus Lennox mashup link: "Sweet Dreams" vs. "Can't Touch This" and many others).
posted by WCityMike (43 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Annie's got such an amazing voice it's too bad it just runs all distorted underneath cutesy Carly in this.
posted by girlhacker at 9:05 PM on July 11, 2012




I was thinking of posting this, but I'll just put it here.

Sesame Street's Cookie Monster does a parody about cookies: Share It Maybe.
posted by hippybear at 9:08 PM on July 11, 2012 [5 favorites]


Great mashup. Very disco.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:09 PM on July 11, 2012


Wow, that Dan Deacon loop is excellent.
posted by kenko at 9:12 PM on July 11, 2012


Wow, that's awful.
posted by Sternmeyer at 9:13 PM on July 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


I was walking in NYC this weekend and a few drunk guys in a car were calling out to guys walking with girls "hey man! Will you call her? Maybe?"

I thought it was awesome and it's the first time in my life I felt like hugging drunk loud guys yelling out from their cars.

Damn you Carly! (and that goes for you, too, Bieber)
posted by Riton at 9:23 PM on July 11, 2012 [1 favorite]




Oh, is this where we put our favorite "Call Me Maybe" mashups? Here's mine: Maybe Your Love is My Drug. You'd think adding Ke$ha into the mix would be a total trainwreck, but it actually works surprisingly well...
posted by orthicon halo at 9:32 PM on July 11, 2012


And the Dan Deacon thing reminds me of one of my favorite music videos ever, Michel Gondry's video for Kylie Minogue's "Come Into My World."
posted by Navelgazer at 9:36 PM on July 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


Finally, a song that takes all the work out of listening to your car stereo and turning the knobs back and forth to the beat.

The concept is great, but man oh man that Doppler swing is hell on headphones.
posted by Spatch at 9:39 PM on July 11, 2012


I was thinking of posting this, but I'll just put it here.

Sesame Street's Cookie Monster does a parody about cookies: Share It Maybe


I thought about posting it too, and then discovered this.
posted by vidur at 9:58 PM on July 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Starts out OK, but then becomes kind of great when bassed-up Annie comes in with the "buttidon't -- buttidon't -- buttidon't mean nothing" around 2 mins in.
posted by escabeche at 10:01 PM on July 11, 2012


Oh. Huh. That explains why I like Call Me Maybe. (Because it's not the deep and meaningful lyrics, for sure.) I knew there was something in there that sounded familiar and awesome.
posted by restless_nomad at 10:02 PM on July 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


(just here to register that dan deacon is a thing that i love with the heat of a thousand new-born suns.)
posted by kaibutsu at 10:15 PM on July 11, 2012


perhaps, the heat of 147 suns exponentially layered?
posted by wikipedia brown boy detective at 10:19 PM on July 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


Didn't really like the song, wrong demographic I imagine but I did like Todd in the Shadows review.
posted by the_artificer at 10:54 PM on July 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


I feel like this framing isn't fair to Jepson -- while she says Broken Glass was an inspiration and a reference point, the songs sound similar in the way that many pop songs sound similar. She didn't "base" the song on Broken Glass. Let's not discount Call Me Maybe's unique qualities.

No I have not listened to the song a bazillion times I have no idea what you are talking about whatever you like it too and if you don't you're lying you liar.
posted by incessant at 11:04 PM on July 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


By Overly Attached Girlfriend and corgi.
posted by divabat at 11:16 PM on July 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen) + Greyhound (Swedish House Mafia) = Call me Greyhound
posted by James Scott-Brown at 2:17 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I heard 'Call me maybe' for the first time last night. It was in a featured ad at the beginning of a post for 'Fitter Happier' on you tube. Never have two tracks been so incongruously sequenced.
posted by freya_lamb at 4:14 AM on July 12, 2012


Annie Lennox, meet Adele: Rolling in Sweet Dreams.
posted by sixswitch at 4:31 AM on July 12, 2012 [6 favorites]


Meh. To many null points in there where stuff is cancelled out, which indicates that it isn't a complete lift.

Pop songs sound similar; news at 11.
posted by clvrmnky at 6:23 AM on July 12, 2012


The Dan Deacon loop is a really accurate representation of the inside of my mind during the first half-hour of moving between sleeping and waking each morning.
posted by Greg Nog at 6:24 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


This actually got me to listen to Call Me Maybe for the first time. Walking on Broken Glass has been my favorite pop song since I was tiny; like 5 or 6 years old.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:25 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pop songs sound similar; news at 11.

Comment on web critical; news at 11.
posted by inigo2 at 6:42 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oooh that Rolling in Sweet Dreams is fantastic.
posted by nile_red at 6:51 AM on July 12, 2012


I like both songs fine by themselves. Together, they sound awful.
posted by 23skidoo at 6:58 AM on July 12, 2012


That was not entertaining. Poor Annie Lennox; hers is such a beautiful song. =\
posted by Eideteker at 7:39 AM on July 12, 2012


This actually got me to listen to Call Me Maybe for the first time.

This actually got me to voluntarily listen to Call Me Maybe for the first time. FTFY.
posted by jsavimbi at 7:55 AM on July 12, 2012


Hey, I just met you,
and this is crazy,
but I just did bath salts
your face looks tasty.
posted by togdon at 9:24 AM on July 12, 2012


and here all this time like an idiot I've been mashing up Call Me Maybe in my head with the Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
posted by kuppajava at 9:32 AM on July 12, 2012


mishups are the next big thing!
posted by Theta States at 10:19 AM on July 12, 2012


I would probably appreciate this more if I actually knew the Carly Rae Jepsen song (I love the Annie Lennox). Having said that, I'm pretty clueless about modern pop and the way I get introduced to it is through mashups, so I'm glad I listened to it.

/not hipster, just old.
posted by immlass at 12:25 PM on July 12, 2012


Oh. Huh. That explains why I like Call Me Maybe. (Because it's not the deep and meaningful lyrics, for sure.

Call Me Maybe is deep, yo.
posted by subdee at 12:28 PM on July 12, 2012


Maybe you are fooled by Carly Rae Jepsen's pouty delivery into thinking "Call Me Maybe" is a standard teen pop song, but those violins and the fast electronic beat point toward a kind of transcendence of emotion. Especially when you also watch the video, you can see that the song is about giving up control in order to have it: Carly Rae Jepsen abandons herself to desire, purposefully placing herself in a vulnerable position, but at the same time she expects the strength of her desire to "hook" the other party, or in other words she makes herself vulnerable into order to become more invincible. "I know it's crazy" - but call me, maybe.

This is clearer in Tug of War.
posted by subdee at 12:44 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


As usual, Dan Deacon kills it.

In case you didn't notice, the associated album has 42 more versions of the song including Call Me MiDi, Call Me n00bie (noise/fuzz), and T3L3PHON3 STALK3R (electro).
posted by mrgrimm at 1:09 PM on July 12, 2012


Carly Rae Jepsen is a protégé of Justin Bieber.

There is nothing to be said about her music that isn't summed up by that simple fact.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:20 PM on July 12, 2012


I usually find mashups to be pretty close to the worst thing ever, but I'm trying my best here.

That Eurythmics/Adele one is really fantastic. That instrumental (from one of the greatest songs ever, in my opinion) makes Adele's song so much better than the plodding disaster of the original.

Anyway, what I'm curious about is the Sweet Dreams/Can't Touch This/etc. one in the original post. Can someone explain to me why this is a good mashup? There are clever combinations of lyrics ("Psycho killer...s are made of these"), but for the most part the songs aren't even in the same key and clash horrifically. It's hard not to cover my ears during the beginning section due to the dissonance.
posted by monolith at 9:28 PM on July 12, 2012


I agree, Monolith. That's a bad mashup. I actually like mashups when they are done well. There's also a fine line between mashup and remix.

I tend to be a fan of the A Plus D variety, which are very much pop candy fluff but kinda fun for a mixed crowd of old people to dance to.

They tend to either combine similar songs, artists, or themes (Joy Division + She Wants Revenge + Bauhaus or Willow Smith + Devo or Bowie + MGMT), or else use a bit of technical mastery to make sense of incongruity (CSS vs. Pitbull, Journey vs. Afrika Bambaataa, Kanye West vs. Walter Murphy, etc.)

To me, it's mostly about the mixing skills. It's clearly easier to do a "mashup" layering rap vocals on top of other songs' instrumental tracks, but when done well (Girl Talk) it's done well.

All that said, this mashup is the first time (in the what, five other CMM posts in the past 3 months) that has gotten the song stuck into my head. Although the piano from "Walking on Broken Glass" is stuck there too, and I hate that song.

This is clearer in Tug of War.

That song/video definitely does make the situation clearer.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:24 AM on July 13, 2012


seriously why is Call Me Maybe still good it's been like over a month GET OUT OF MY HEAD i'm ok i'm ok
posted by threeants at 12:05 PM on July 13, 2012


Call upon me, perchance?
posted by Eideteker at 12:49 PM on July 13, 2012


Ahhh I messed up my link above! What I meant to say was: Call Me Maybe is deep, yo.
posted by subdee at 4:38 PM on July 14, 2012


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