A Wonderwall Of Broken Dreams

“I believe in the ethos of the remix, like Andy Warhol making a painting of a Campbell’s soup label.”

Mike Posner

Matching Pieces From Different Jigsaws

I’ve talked about my love of Punk Covers a few times on this site now. For those who haven’t heard a Punk Cover, it is a cover of a song injected with some of Punk music’s energy.

Today however I’m hear to talk about another musical love that can be very hit and miss, the Mashup. For those who don’t know, a mashup is basically what it says on the tin, it takes two (or more) songs and mixes them together into one song. This is made pretty easy to accomplish since most modern pop songs (mostly) use the same four chords in the I–V–vi–IV progression.

So consider this another section of the Awesomeverse where I will share some more musical madness with you via the medium of Mashup.

A Green Oasis

This song mixes elements from Oasis’ Wonderwall, Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams, and a little cameo from Travis is thrown in for good measure.

The softer acoustic guitar riff of Wonderwall behind Bill Joe Armstrong’s singing just sounds right in my opinion. I couldn’t tell you why it works but even the bits where they kind of sing over each other in the choruses works for me.

Four Chords Of Awesome (Bonus Video)

In lieu of my usual Bonus Video section, I’m gonna use some space to talk about the king of all mashups: The Four Chord Song by the Axis of Awesome.

Using the chord progression I talked about above, the Australian comedy band demonstrate the art of the mashup perfectly. Always starting with Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey and ending with Scar by Missy Higgins, the band change up the songs included every time they tour which is as impressive as it is awesome.

In that music video you can hear the songs:

  1. Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’
  2. James Blunt – “You’re Beautiful
  3. The Black Eyed Peas – “Where Is the Love
  4. Alphaville – “Forever Young
  5. Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours
  6. Train – “Hey, Soul Sister
  7. The Calling – “Wherever You Will Go
  8. Elton John – “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (from The Lion King)
  9. Akon – “Don’t Matter
  10. John Denver – “Take Me Home, Country Roads
  11. Lady Gaga – “Paparazzi
  12. U2 – “With Or Without You
  13. The Last Goodnight – “Pictures of You
  14. Maroon 5 – “She Will Be Loved
  15. The Beatles – “Let It Be
  16. Bob Marley – “No Woman, No Cry
  17. Marcy Playground – “Sex and Candy
  18. Men At Work – “Down Under
  19. Jill Colucci – “The Funny Things You Do” (Theme from America’s Funniest Home Videos)
  20. Jack Johnson – “Taylor
  21. Spice Girls – “2 Become 1
  22. a-ha – “Take On Me
  23. Green Day – “When I Come Around
  24. Eagle Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight
  25. Toto – “Africa
  26. Beyoncé – “If I Were A Boy
  27. Kelly Clarkson – “Behind These Hazel Eyes
  28. Jason Derulo – “In My Head
  29. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings
  30. Joan Osborne – “One of Us
  31. Avril Lavigne – “Complicated
  32. The Offspring – “Self Esteem
  33. The Offspring – “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
  34. Akon – “Beautiful
  35. OneRepublic – “Apologize
  36. Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie
  37. Bon Jovi – “It’s My Life
  38. Lady Gaga – “Poker Face
  39. Aqua – “Barbie Girl
  40. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Otherside
  41. The Gregory Brothers – “Double Rainbow Song”
  42. MGMT – “Kids
  43. Andrea Bocelli – “Time to Say Goodbye
  44. Robert Burns – “Auld Lang Syne
  45. Five for Fighting – “Superman
  46. The Axis of Awesome – “Birdplane”
  47. Missy Higgins – “Scar

I think it’s fair to say that they created something special.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all next time. Until then, remember to take care of yourselves. Peace.


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