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Three Artists One Song
March 13, 2014 11:43 PM   Subscribe

For a few years, Converse has been bringing three disparate music artists together to create a song. The most recent release "Hero" features Frank Ocean, Diplo, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from the Clash.

Past years' offerings include:

"DoYaThing" by Gorillaz, Andre3000 and James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem.

"All Summer" by Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.

""I'm a Goner" by Andrew WK, Soulja Boy and Matt & Kim.

"Warning" by A-Trak, Mark Foster and Kimbra

"My Drive Thru" by Julian Casablancas, Santigold and N.E.R.D.

"Didn't Know What Love Was" by Bernard Sumner of New Order, Hot Chip and Hot City.

"#Peep Show" by Jaurim, Aziatix and Idiotape

"Desire" by Paloma Faith, Graham Coxon and Bill Ryder-Jones
posted by superquail (17 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice track, way too short tho. :(
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:54 PM on March 13 [1 favorite]


Diplo, half of The Clash, and Frank Ocean? What could go wrong?

(Nothing nothing at all, it's a great track)
posted by eyeballkid at 12:19 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


I'm too frightened to look.
posted by drnick at 12:38 AM on March 14


I did not know this existed. You have absolutely made my day Superquail.

The Gorillaz first album was the second or third album I bought as a kid so it basically defines my childhood. Combining them with Andre3000 only helps.

And I agree, the new track is WAY too short.
posted by Twain Device at 4:08 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


I bet Billy Ocean and Tom Jones and... I don't know, Paul Simon would have handled this better... I got nothing for Diplo...
posted by Naberius at 5:55 AM on March 14 [1 favorite]


For a while, I guess before this, Converse was doing covers (sponsor band A to sing a song by a band that influenced them). I still have a few of those in iTunes and they were at least interesting if not great. I'm glad to see they're still sponsoring music, if only because artists gotta eat somehow.
posted by immlass at 8:32 AM on March 14 [1 favorite]


Also, that Bernard Sumner + Hot Chip + Hot City (whom I don't know) is everything I could have hoped for from that combination.
posted by immlass at 8:35 AM on March 14


I'm glad to see they're still sponsoring music, if only because artists gotta eat somehow.

Getting useful exposure is a royal pain. It's nice to see nifty things like this.

Thanks for the links...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 9:08 AM on March 14


I'd make darn sure that Frank Ocean didn't get a check until after he delivered the song.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 9:14 AM on March 14


This is terrific.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 11:24 AM on March 14


Also, if you're interested, here's a quick bit with Diplo and Paul and Mick discussing how this came together.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 11:33 AM on March 14


If you like the Gorillaz/Andre 3000/James Murphy song "DoYaThing," there's a 13-minute version that's like 10 times as good.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 11:52 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


Lazy person's introduction to Frank Ocean's music.

Frank Ocean has two main releases thus far. nostalgia ULTRA, a mixtape released in 2011, and channel, ORANGE released in 2012 and lost album of the year to fucking Mumford and Son's fucking Babel, helping to continue in the long tradition of the Grammys being a worthless judge of anything ever.

Tracks of note below

nostalgia, ULTRA:
Swim Good
Strawberry Swing
Novocane
There Will Be Tears

channel, ORANGE:
Thinkin Bout You
Lost
Super Rich Kids
Forrest Gump
Pyramids

Other tracks, unreleased, etc:
Acura Integurl (Live)
Fake Plastic Trees (Live Radiohead cover)

If you're interested in more about him (bisexuality, fights with Chris Brown, stealing Chipotle's money, OFWGKTA, ghostwriting pop songs, etc) it's pretty easy to look up. I mostly just think he makes great music and find him to be one of the more compelling recent artists I've heard.

On the Diplo front, here are two great tracks, and a dope mashup(?) album:
Climax
Get Free
Hollertronix - Never Scared
posted by yeahwhatever at 11:54 AM on March 14


Gorillaz + any number of other musicians = Gorillaz.
posted by markkraft at 12:02 PM on March 14 [1 favorite]


Basically, if you were to draw the venn diagram of the Gorillaz, it would look like a big circle that absorbs musicians... sort of like a musical black hole... surrounded by a square defined as "musicians who haven't played with Gorillaz yet".
posted by markkraft at 12:06 PM on March 14


.

Miss you Joe.
posted by humboldt32 at 2:02 PM on March 14 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure all of these triplings are as disparate as they could be, but hey, whaddya gonna do.
posted by rhizome at 3:45 PM on March 14


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