The internets were all abuzz this week with the release of the new album by mash up master Girl Talk.Â All he does is mash stuff up.Â And it is brilliant.Â One problem:Â he doesn’t have permission to use all of the music he mashes up from other artists.
Definition: Mash Up
A mashup or blend (also mash up and mash-up) is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another. To the extent that such works are ‘transformative’ of original content, they may find protection from copyright claims under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law.
Some people call Girl Talk a lawsuit waiting to happen.Â Other people call Girl Talk by his real name, Gregg Gillis.Â I think I like Girl Talk better.Â This guy certainly doesn’t look like a guy who is secretly ripping off other artists to make monster-hit mash ups.Â He looks more like a more innocent version of Justin Bateman from his Arrested Development days.
Bottom line:Â legit or not, Girl Talk’s new album All Day is hot hot hot right now.Â You can download it from his record label Illegal Art where you can also just take a listen of some of the tracks, too.Â I am only going to post a link here to Illegal Art’s site because a lot of his stuff is explicit.Â So listen at your own risk. You’ll be happy you did.
p.s. due to the Girl Talk “fever” created by this Jukebox Hero blog post the popularity of Girl Talk’s new album the Illegal Art site has been crashing this week.Â You can also find his tracks on youtube.Â Search “Girl Talk steady shock” that should pull up a new track that will give you a good sample of what he is all about.