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The Spin I’m In: All Mashed Up

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“Sue Teller Mashes It Up”
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The first time I heard a mash up I thought it was awful, stupid and downright blasphemous. I think it was Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” mashed with some Christina Aguilera song. My friend played it for me when we both had had a couple of glasses of vino and I remember being slightly offended. But then about a year ago I heard a mash up of my band L7’s “Shitlist” mashed with Kelis’s “Milkshake” called “Shitshake”. It was so ridiculous and bizarre that I liked it “What inspired this?” I thought.

Although the mashing up of songs has been going on for decades in various forms the current model of a mash up is vocal of one song put to the music of another. It started out mostly with rap vocals mashed with rock instrumental tracks but my friend Jells Mayhem from the mash up duo The Illuminoids says the art form has evolved. “Mash ups are getting more artistically creative and technologically complex. They’ve come into their own as a musical genre and are getting more mainstream exposure as well “

I’ll say, there’s a whole mash up scene: dance clubs (like Bootie which started in San Francisco in 2003 and has spread to Los Angeles, New York, and Paris), radio shows, mash up stars in competition with each other, and websites dedicated to this “art form”.

What mash up do you want to hear? It can be as ridiculous as you want. Anything goes.


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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.