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April 27, 2014 8:46 PM   Subscribe

Internet personality Neil Cicierega (previously) has released a new mashup album based on Smash Mouth, "Smooth," "The Power of Love," Daft Punk, and other stuff: Mouth Sounds.
posted by Rustic Etruscan (36 comments total) 48 users marked this as a favorite

I'm normally anti-mashup on principle, but there are many moments on this thing that leave me utterly speechless.
posted by naju at 8:59 PM on April 27

I'm normally pro-mashup on principle, but smash mouth.
posted by ctmf at 9:06 PM on April 27 [1 favorite]

I don't believe that Neil Cicierega is so much an "Internet personality" as much as he is the actual personality of the Internet.
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:20 PM on April 27 [19 favorites]

My favorite part so far is the part with bees. It reflects the best possible Cards Against Humanity card, which is "Bees?"
posted by NoraReed at 9:46 PM on April 27

WOW, the part with Smashmouth and that cheesy sax riff, followed by Alanis Morrisette and that SAME cheesy sax riff it (around the 16 minute mark) for some reason about put me into tears.

(on preview the the Beatles/pitch shifted Smashmouth a couple of minutes later...)
posted by mcrandello at 9:53 PM on April 27 [2 favorites]

I'm normally pro-mashup on principle, but smash mouth.

I think the musical term is 'Smash-up'
posted by Itaxpica at 9:59 PM on April 27 [3 favorites]

that SAME cheesy sax riff

I think that's the Full House intro, isn't it?
posted by mannequito at 10:01 PM on April 27 [1 favorite]

butts and I cannot lie
butts and I cannot lie
butts and I cannot lie
butts and I cannot lie

also this is great
posted by NMcCoy at 10:01 PM on April 27 [4 favorites]

Neil Cicierega makes the internet worth it.
posted by Ouverture at 10:03 PM on April 27 [1 favorite]

I think that's the Full House intro, isn't it?
posted by mannequito

Just looked it up, it's the ending theme song from Full House. I now have a new bit of musical trivia knowledge NOT related to iambic pentameter and the battle hymn/Gilligan's Island. Thanks!
posted by mcrandello at 10:09 PM on April 27

A YouTube playlist and the SoundCloud page for those who can't load the linked page.
posted by khedron at 10:20 PM on April 27

That first track has sort of an Art of Noise thing going on, kinda.
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 10:31 PM on April 27 [1 favorite]

Okay, so Neil has also made a pretty solid case that "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" and "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy are the EXACT SAME SONG. If you haven't done so already, please set aside an hour when you won't be responsible for operating heavy machinery and listen to this.
posted by mcrandello at 10:34 PM on April 27 [2 favorites]

I can't pick my favorite part of this. The circutbend remix of Santana's "Smooth". Loverboy vs Smashing Pumpkins.

Enya vs "Smooth" is incredible
posted by hellojed at 10:34 PM on April 27

I didn't expect to like this, since I'm generally skeptical to mashups (with the exception of some Kleptones stuff), but this is... I hesitate to say "genius", but it manages to simultaneously parody the worst of mashups and also be pretty good.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:54 PM on April 27

This is evil. This is awful. I hate this.

I need to listen to it again.
posted by sleeping bear at 11:03 PM on April 27

The linked site seems to be having trouble at the moment. So, I thought, maybe this is on YouTube? I'll just search YouTube for "Mouth Sounds"...

You need to search Youtube for "Mouth Sounds" right now because there's some kind of amazing subculture out there making very strange videos to induce autonomous sensory meridian response. It feels like the most abstract pornography I've ever seen.
posted by figurant at 11:15 PM on April 27 [2 favorites]

All hail Neil Cicierega, Shadow King of the Internet.

He's been posting singles from this for a while and more recently answering questions about this on his tumblr.
posted by Mizu at 11:42 PM on April 27

The intro to this sounds like it's from some nightmare, youtube poop reimagining of a clockwork orange.
posted by emptythought at 1:02 AM on April 28 [1 favorite]

o my god now that i'm most of the way into this, it sounds EXACTLY like something i would have made in ableton live in college. especially the power of love mix almost exactly at the 30 min mark.

This scratches some weird itch i forgot i even had.
posted by emptythought at 1:30 AM on April 28 [2 favorites]

I've been reaching for superlatives to describe this, and what I've come up with is:

The joy of hearing this is worth the pain of having Smash Mouth stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 5:16 AM on April 28 [1 favorite]

...tears in rain.

You're welcome.
posted by oneironaut at 6:34 AM on April 28

I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
posted by ericthegardener at 6:53 AM on April 28 [1 favorite]

...tears in rain.

You're welcome.

Psst. Listen to the album maybe
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:55 AM on April 28 [1 favorite]

by Alanis Morrisette and that SAME cheesy sax riff

Which is, as noted, the Full House closing theme. And who was on Full House? Dave "Cut It Out!" Coulier. And what's the Alanis song? You Oughta Know. And who famously allegedly ought to know, having been gone down upon in a theatuh?


Neil Cicierega is super duper not fucking around, guys. I am in love with everything on this monster, it's like Girl Talk got high as shit and went clubbing and then it turned out the club was actually the discount rack at the one Sam Goody store still in existence and the clerk doesn't want to call the cops because he still thinks this could turn into a sale maybe.
posted by cortex at 8:16 AM on April 28 [20 favorites]

I think mashups fell out of fashion because people got lazy. Just throw a 4/4 vocal track on someone else's 4/4 backing track and make sure the choice of songs is ironic. It got so that I felt nobody cared about the resulting cacophony, which kind of goes against the concept of the mashup in the first place.

Neil is doing actual work. He's remixing the stems like a goddamn madman. He is having fun. This is fantastic.
posted by Spatch at 12:39 PM on April 28 [3 favorites]

You guys are making this sound like the greatest mashup album since "A Night at the Hip-Hopera." I'll give it a listen.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:14 PM on April 28

I'm wholly unsure whether every comment in this thread is part of a giant joke that I'm not in on, or entirely serious, but either way, I can't stop listening just to see what happens next.
posted by jferg at 5:44 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]

For my money, the best mashup album that ever was is The Kleptones' Uptime, but there's some stuff here that I'd put right up there with it.

I can't believe that Smash Mouth is what got me to enjoy hearing Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger again.
posted by rifflesby at 6:18 PM on April 28 [2 favorites]

All right; that was hilarious and great. Thanks for posting it. And kudos to cortex for pointing out the Alanis Morrisette / Full House connection; I don't think I would have made that mental leap even though I knew that Dave Coulier was the man down on whom she went.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:03 PM on April 28

Aaagh. I'm finally getting to listen to this, and somehow I can no longer distinguish between Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and Walkin' on the Sun. They're both so ingrained for me that mashing them together doesn't even sound new. You could play this on the radio while I was driving somewhere and I'm not sure I'd notice.
posted by figurant at 7:52 PM on April 28 [2 favorites]

posted by nanojath at 12:32 PM on April 29

Neil just posted ANOTHER non-related mashup: Crocodile Chop. (System of a John?)
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:22 PM on May 1

butts and I cannot lie

This must be emphasized.
posted by jferg at 12:15 PM on May 6

Billie Jean v Smells Like Teen Spirit. Holy shit........
posted by ish__ at 11:24 AM on May 14

I forgot, do you need a credit card to ride this train?
posted by mikepop at 8:12 AM on May 15 [2 favorites]

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