This week we’ve got one piece of excellence, and a whole bunch of stinkers. Can’t all be winners, I guess!
Neil Cicierega – Crocodile Chop
Cicierega apparently loves to mash disparate music together, and when it works, the result is nothing short of awesome. A perfect example of this is Crocodile Chop, a mashup of Chop Suey by System of a Down and Crocodile Rock by Elton John. Both songs are reasonably good, but when you take Elton John’s silly piano and layer on Serj Tankian’s – er – demented lyrics and aggressive style, and you get something which can only be described as fantastic.
Nickelback – She Gets Me Up
Nickelback gets a lot of crap. People claim they’re mediocre at best, or overly commercialized, or whatever. They do tend to be a little bit formulaic – do we really need yet another anthem? In reality, of course, they’re not bad at all. There’s nothing wrong with trying to write music that you think will sell; it’s certainly no worse than trying to make a movie that you think people will want to pay to see.
With that out of the way, I’m not terribly impressed with this effort; they step outside of their comfort zone by trying to infuse a little funk into their sound, and for me at least, it falls flat.
Rob Zombie – Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga (Live)
Standard Zombie formula – sounds a lot like Dragula. Video is NSFW – lots of girls who mistake a Zombie concert for a filming of Girls Gone Wild.
U2 – Every Breaking Wave
U2 puts out a new song that seems to be heavily influenced by a band who seemed to be heavily influenced by them, Coldplay. They need to just merge, form a super-band, and be done with it.
Falling In Reverse – “Just Like You”
Being on the same record label that produced Bad Religion for all these years does not necessarily mean that you’re any good. If Blink-182 sucked twice as much as they do, they’d still be better than this.
Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Who Gon Stop Me (16bit Remix)”
Let’s face it. Both of these guys suck. How could anybody expect a remix to be any good?