I was seriously not expecting to like this as much as I do, but holy cow; this really is great. Nine Inch Nails is some of my favorite music ever, and I also enjoy a good pop hook. This combines them both in a crazy, mind-expanding… and extremely catchy way. I’d love to know what Trent Reznor or Carly Rae Jespsen think of this.
Here’s my favorite interpretation so far, via k2b at Gawker:
“First thought – this is a charming combo because it mixes up presumed oil and water in a fun and silly way that makes it hard to take it too seriously. I like fun and silly, and avoid taking things like pop songs too seriously. Second thought – it kind of suits, because I liked NIN as much as anybody in my teens and twenties and still enjoy it from time to time, but not as much, because I am older and do not relate to it so much. And I realized that the mashup doesn’t offend me, because the level of emotional maturity involved in both songs is so similar that the juxtaposition really strikes me as one of style – they are two sides of the same coin. In short: it’s all angsty teenager/YA stuff, even if one is more poetical.”
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The Connection? The Producer!
The music to Call Me Maybe was produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie — industrial music legend, and collaborator of… wait for it… NINE INCH NAILS! Yes, the one-time Skinny Puppy member now uses his musical powers to assail radio with four-on-the-floor kick drums. My jaw literally dropped when I learned this at boingboing.net via user OtherMichael. Absolutely astounding.
Read the mind-boggling, intricate craftsmanship Ogilvie applied to this track.
What do you think? Are you a fan of mashups, Nine Inch Nails or Call Me Maybe? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Call Me Maybe, Trent Reznor? (animalnewyork.com)
- Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails: Extensive Touring for 2013 and 2014 (pitchfork.com)
- Trent Reznor Reboots Nine Inch Nails With Members of Jane’s Addiction, King Crimson + More (loudwire.com)
- Today in Internet victory: This Carly Rae Jepsen/Nine Inch Nails mash-up (music-mix.ew.com)
- Nine Inch Nails “Closer” – Classic Tracks (soundonsound.com)