The "mash-up" may have lost some steam these days, but for a good stretch of time, it seemed like you couldn't escape hearing the novelty hybrid of two unrelated pieces of music, digitally manipulated to make one sometimes amazing, and sometimes annoying piece of music.
The first one I remember hearing was "A Stroke Of Genius," featuring the oversinging genius Christina Aguilera happily married to NYC punks, The Strokes. I loved it.
There are thousands of others. I have even featured a few of them here to mostly lukewarm reactions. But, yesterday, I whipped out the 1972 Travis Wammack album recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a great southern rock and soul record that all of you need to explore further. One song in particular, his cover of Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On," happens to be a fave.
Check it out-
Travis and his good ol' boys were mashing things up long before those clever whippersnappers ever got their hands on a data converter. Wammack meets Arthur meets Marvin's "Inner City Blues."
A stroke of genius, indeed.