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claude mono vs. the bob crewe generation
February 6, 2010, 10:05 am
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Claude Mono vs. The Bob Crewe Generation – is a short reconstruction mix of performances on the Barbarella Original Soundtrack. Possibly Claude’s all-time favourite 2am club mix – and a highlight at the Silent Disco – and I made it!!! – slow start but go with it….

“Bob Crewe was the most incredibly handsome man I had ever met,” – ’60s Pop singer Diane Renay. “He exuded talent, culture and sexuality . . . people just seemed to gather around him and follow him wherever he went. When he walked into a room, his presence was like a magnet . . . you know how kids in elementary school are often asked to write a paper about the most unforgettable character they have ever met? Well, Bob Crewe was it for me.”

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charles stepney – jazzanova’s mash up
November 8, 2009, 12:36 pm
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Charles Stepney and family

I am on a bit of a Stepney thing right now and I discovered this. Not so much a ‘mashup’ – more a little bit of studio magic with some nice drum patterns added on top of what was already perfection thanks to Mr Stepney’s original production work. It is an amazing mix but almost impossibe to find to buy so here is a link where you at least have a listen.

Not much additional widsom at Discogs

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primal scream vs.the four tops
October 11, 2009, 11:43 am
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I love it when these crazy things work. This could be as strange and as beautiful as the Nick Drake vs Marvin Gaye mashup I posted a while ago – I added an intro with the famous dialogue from The Wild Angels and a little dubby background beat – wish I could remember where I found the actual mashed Four Tops track

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Nick Drake vs. Marvin Gaye
August 1, 2009, 9:58 am
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Nick Drake vs. Marvin Gaye – could it work? – is it sacrilege?

nick drake

Its the annual Claude Mono Nick Drake Festival – a week where Claude does nothing (well musically speaking) except listen to Nick Drake’s complete body of work over and over again. You can do this in a week and still have taken a very deep dive into Tanworth-in-Arden and a journey into the very soul of what music and musicianship is all about. As a part of this year’s celebrations I was over at Nick and was alerted to a fine piece of work which I believe is credited to (although possibly not authorised by the estate) to an orange coloured robot called nemzob and can be found here  But you can check it out right here by clicking the little button.

P.S. It works for me.

Kutiman – YouTube MashUp
June 7, 2009, 9:36 am
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Claude Mono’s mash-up (or is it a remix?) search
March 28, 2009, 4:19 am
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Darondo vs. Rene Costy – Didnt I/Scrabble




There are lots of really bad mash-ups out there – ones that once you hear them you really wish you hadn’t heard them – I heard one of those this week: Herb Alpert vs. Public Enemy  I recommend you don’t listen to it – but if you really want to it is here – even more scary is how  increasingly the art of the mash-up is being embraced by commercial radio to manufacture ‘safe bet’ hits for repeat ( I repeat) repeat airplay – perhaps there is some element of an opportunity for self-discovery for new genres there but Claude remains cynical on the whole mash-up thing – and is it a remix or a mash-up – I better get the technical definition on that  


There are some good ones out there – but they are harder to find – of the ‘biggies’ some Claude favourites include:


– James Brown Give It Up Turn It Loose Fantasista Re-Formation remix

– The Doors  vs. Bossa – Break On Through (Bossarocker Remix)

– Blondie vs. The Doors – Rapture Riders – played too death on the radio but pretty neat

– Erik B and Rakim vs. Little Kids  – Let The Rythm Hit Em


One of my favourites is Didn’t I/Scrabble which mashes Darondo with Rene Costy. This mashup (or is it a remix?) was done by Trishes from Austria and you can listen to it on his Myspace page here  (re-upped here)


The story of the rediscovery of Darondo is a great one and you can read about it as well as buy his killer LP here. As for Rene Costy,  well according to some quick Google research the track Rene Costy & His Orchestra – Scrabble appeared on a library LP Chappell Mood Music Volume 26. This was released in the 70’s on Chappell who were a European production company who released many “Mood Music” LPs featuring various Jazz/Funk/Soul artists. One of those artists was Rene Costy and His Orchestra. A true timeless classic! J Dilla sampled from the song for the track “Fuck The Police”.

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