Girl Talk – Feed The Animals


gt1Good music can crossover. Whether it’s metal a country guy wants to listen to, or rap some indie kid enjoys. Good music can reach a mass audience, and have everyone enjoy it.

Gregg Gillis knows good music. Actually, a lot of good music. In fact, he combines it all, each intricate memorable line, guitar riff, drum beat, chorus, etc.

If you work for Congress, the Recording Industry Association of America or just love good party music, you do, or should know who this man is: Girl Talk. After the success of Night Ripper, Gillis is back with Feed the Animals. In fact, he’s feeding them with the Radiohead business model for all you mooches out there (note: I got it for free, but will more than likely put my money toward the wax copy).

If people thought Night Ripper was amazing, Feed the Animals is steps ahead in terms of the right samples from the best songs mashed with the unexpected, and it works (except for that Avril Lavigne sample in “Shut the Club Down,” I could have done without that).

“Girlfriend” aside, the songs one will recognize in this album is a who’s who over the past few years, and some indie favorites. The opener, “Play Your Part (Pt.1),” features Outkast and the Unicorns to blast things off.

My favorite mash-ups of the disc are Blackstreet’s “No Digitty” mashed up with Radiohead’s “15 Step” on “Still Here;” Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys” with individual instruments from Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” on “Set It Off;” Metallica’s “One” most hard-hitting riff backing Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss” at the end of “Like This;” Deee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart” up against Nirvana’s “Lithium” on “In Step.”

There’s so many other great friendships on this record, whether it’s Megadeth and Usher or even Kelly Clarkson backed by both Nine Inch Nails and MC Hammer.

The album even has a better ender than previous releases with “Play Your Part (Pt.2).” Gillis has done it yet again, with even better samples and unexpected, but beautifully done, mash-ups stretching far across many genres. Thanks for the gift Gillis, you just made mine and everyone else’s summer more enjoyable. Don’t let the man get you down, tell them to get up and dance!


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