It’s been around for a while now, but when I first listened to the Grey Album I thought it was one of the most exciting things I’d heard in ages. This weekend I discovered Let it Beast – The Beastles, which is basically the same idea except with the Beastie Boys instead of Jay-Z. Let it Beast has some great moments especially ‘Buildin’ my Life’.
In a previous incarnation Airstrip One, performed a live mash-up of the Beastie’s ‘Alive’/Gomez ‘Get myself arrested’. Needless to say our efforts pale in comparison to the Beatles-related tracks. Give it up for Jigga Lennon, MC Artney, Ghostface Harrison and Notorious R.I.N.G.O.
Like most sane people I think the copyright restrictions prohibiting the distribution of these works is totally ludicrous. Musicians have been doing this sort of thing for decades albeit with different media. Think about how impoverished we’d be if Rodgers and Hammerstein went up to John Coltrane and said “‘You can’t do that to ‘My Favourite Things.’“