Beatallica and My First "Mashup" Exposure
These guys are awesome.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you one of the most original (and best) mash-up bands of all time, Beatallica! These guys are absolutely clever with their blending of Beatles and Metallica lyrics and music. Some songs feature Beatles tunes, souped up (of course) with thrashin' guitar solos and super fast drums, while others are Metallica based tunes with Beatles lyrics. Some, on the other hand, take the concept in a whole different direction, opting to blend both and come back and forth between the two bands' musical styles, and blending the lyrics for both bands.
These guys are absolutely hilarious, and all you have to do is check out some of their lyrics. "Come Together" uses "Through the Never" as its basis, while "Michelle" mashes "For Whom the Bell Tolls" with the obvious Beatles reference. "Help" references "Helpless" (the cover from "Garage Days Revisited"), "Blackbird" references "Fade to Black", and "Mean Mr Mustard" borrows riffs from "Four Horsemen." I don't know whether to make devil horns with my hands and bang my head, bob my head back and forth like a teenybopper, laugh my arse off, or a little bit of all three.
I still remember the first time I discovered Beatallica, back maybe 12 years ago. I stayed up all night reading their lyrics while the music was playing, thinking how absolutely incredible they were. This was well before the overwhelming popularity of mashups (and of youtube, in fact). These guys are still amazing, unique leaders in this crazy field.
Heshers and shredders, rejoice.
Magical Mystery + Master of Puppets
I love this album, mainly because I know both of the sources so very well. At my gym, we listen to Metallica's first four albums ("Kill 'Em All", originally titled "Metal Up Your Ass"; "Ride the Lightning"; "Master of Puppets"; and "And Justice for All") every Wednesday for my favorite class of the week, 2 PM's nonstop rolling class. It's an intense workout, and I'm a true creature of habit.
As such, doing a little rough math (the class is roughly the length of one album), I figure that I have listened to Metallica's "Master of Puppets" about 110 times over the last 8 years (yes, I have been listening to only those four albums every Wednesday at 2 PM. Really.). Additionally, I loved this album as a teen and young adult. My tastes have varied, but "Master" has been my favorite Metallica album for probably longer than any other single album. You could say that I know the album back and forth, for sure.
Meanwhile, I grew up listening to the Beatles too. In sixth grade, I fell deeply and profoundly in love with the Fab Four, being exposed to their psychedelic/pop blend for the first time in my history class, of all places. I immediately gravitated to two albums as early favorites: "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Magical Mystery Tour."
From start to finish, "Mystery Tour" is pure Beatles. It's the epitome of their departure from "bubblegum rock" icons to psychedelic LSD experimenters, and as such, it contains a wide variety of music, from "The Fool on the Hill" (introspective) to "Your Mother Should Know" (tongue in cheek) to "I Am the Walrus" (whoa, dude).
Blend these two albums together, and you get a mash-up masterpiece: Beatallica's "Masterful Mystery Tour."
I'll let Beatallica speak for themselves (see the video below).
These guys are so super into it when they're playing live! They have the get-ups of the Beatles with the stage antics of an older Metallica. It's hard not to appreciate how much these guys love what they do when they're up on stage, and I would personally really like to see them play live. You could say it's on my "bucket list" of things I'd like to accomplish in life.
Many mashup bands just view the live thing as obligatory, as something they have to do in order to promote their album or iTunes sales, but Beatallica really seems to live for the live show. I've seen video of them playing house parties for 10 people and I've seen fully packed houses, and the energy level and performance is always high.