Girl Talk - Night Ripper (Illegal Art CD)
I'm just another blogger contributing to the internet-wide worship of Gregg Gillis' Girl Talk project, specifically his "Night Ripper". I say specifically "Night Ripper" because I haven't heard anything else the man's done and I really don't have any desire to. If somehow you haven't heard of the premise behind all this, Gillis has essentially constructed 16 pitch-perfect pop songs by sampling...other pop songs. I mean seriously, no shit, balls to walls, this is rad. I'm sure it's clear to you know that I'm a sucker for a good gimmick, but "Night Ripper" exceeds mere gimmickry and lands somewhere in the realm of unbridled brilliance ala John Oswald, Negativland, Dangermouse, et al. I'll keep this write-up to a minimum because (a) I don't know how to write about pop music (ahaha just kidding...I don't know how to write about any music) and (b) everybody else has already done it already better than I could. Basically if the notion of an absurdly catchy, borderline surreal mash-up plunderphonic pop/hip hop album (95% of the predominant vocal samples come from hip hop songs) doesn't appeal to you just by reading this, you're a lost cause and I want you out of my life. That said, onto the review.
Ciara, Boston, Ludacris, Fabolous, Ying Yang Twins, the Verve, Slim Thug, Oasis, Arrested Development, Webbie, Young Jeezy featuring Mannie Fresh, Genesis, Ratatat, the Boredoms, the Five Stairsteps, Eminem. George Benson, Slim Thug, T.I., Lil' Wayne, Chicago, Crime Mob, Three 6 Mafia, Manfred Mann, Bow Wow featuring Ciara, Paula Abdul. Mariah Carey, James Taylor, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Timbaland, the Pixies, Young Gunz, Nas & Puff Daddy, D4L, Weezer, Buckwheat Boys. Dem Franchize Boyz, Dr. Dre, Positive K, Paul McCartney and Wings, Juelz Santana, KRS-One, Aerosmith, Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Big Gipp, Smashing Pumpkins, the Main Ingredient, Paul Wall featuring Big Pokey, Alicia Keys, Phantom Planet, The Clipse.
X-Ray Spex, Fall Out Boy, Trina, SWV, Public Enemy, James Brown, Lil' Wayne, Young Jeezy, Nirvana, Young Jeezy, the Pharcyde, Elton John, Notorious B.I.G., Beyonce, Juelz Santana. Ying Yang Twins featuring Mike Jones & Mr. Collipark, LL Cool J, Michael McDonald, Warren G. featuring Nate Dogg, Missy Elliot, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jefferson Airplane, Juelz Santana, Steely Dan, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, Sophie B. Hawkins, Panjabi MC, The Game & 50 Cent, Better Than Ezra. PM Dawn, DJ Shadow, David Banner, Nine Inch Nails, Pharrell & Gwen Stefani, Cassidy, the Game, Junior M.A.F.I.A., En Vogue, 2Pac featuring Snoop Dogg, M.I.A., Digable Planets. Amerie, M.I.A., Naughty by Nature, Black Rob, Hum, Kanye West featuring Adam Levine, Pilot, Salt-N-Pepa, George Michael, Bell Biv DeVoe, Ludacris featuring Nate Dogg.
The Notorious B.I.G., Public Enemy, J-Kwon, Billy Squier, Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg, Frankie Cutlass, Black Sheep, N.O.R.E., Fatman Scoop, Donnie Iris, Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana, the Waitresses, Lady Sovereign, Nikka Costa, Mark Morrison, TLC, Daft Punk, Busta Rhymes, the Black Crowes. Busta Rhymes, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Gwen Stefani, the Rentals, Missy Elliot. 2 Live Crew, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Hall & Oates, Ciara featuring Missy Elliot, the J.B.'s, Sonic Youth, Missy Elliot featuring Fatman Scoop, Phil Collins, Peedi Crakk, Black Box, 2 Live Crew, M/A/R/R/S, Whispers, Mike Jones, Seals & Crofts, the Emotions. The Emotions, Purple Ribbon All-Stars, LCD Soundsystem, the Breeders, Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, DJ Funk, Britney Spears, Wreckx-N-Effect, Elastica, Ciara featuring Ludacris.
The Black Eyed Peas, Paula Abdul, Annie, Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana, Kansas, Boyz II Men, Kelis, J.J. Fad, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, M/A/R/R/S. Madonna, Andrew Gold, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, Three 6 Mafia featuring Young Buck, 8 Ball & MJG. The Smashing Pumpkins, Three 6 Mafia featuring Young Buck, 8 Ball & MJG, Laidback, Fleetwood Mac, 69 Boyz, Folk Implosion, Technotronic. Aaliyah featuring Timbaland, D12, 2 Live Crew, Pavement, Wings, George Kranz, Ying Yang Twins featuring Pitbull, Trillville.
Thanks to Wikipedia for contributing to my extensive research for this project.