0:00: You can’t start much stronger in 2008 than “International Players Anthem.” Pimp C RIP.
1:28: “Walk it Out” over what sounds like the music from Final Fantasy (not the band Final Fantasy).
3:20: First Lil Wayne appearance. Nice.
5:55: “Girl/Boy Song.” Man, this is gonna sound great if he lets the Aphex Twin beat break.
6:55: He doesn’t, though. Instead it cuts to “Young Turks,” which works fine.
7:20: In fact, Ahmad sounds poignant as hell over Rod Stewart. That’s a good move.
8:30: Blackstreet over “Flashing Lights.” Weird mental images of homicidal video ho offing a piano playing pupper.
10:40: Ace of Base.
11:40: “Here Comes My Baby” and “I Get Money.” That piano line kills in dude’s live show.
12:06: Beastie Boys riff into Busta Rhymes and an ‘80s track I should know better. Sounds totally dizzy and awesome.
14:14: “C.R.E.A.M.,” of course. This song kicks off one or two of Scientific American’s Mass.Dstrction mixes, which are worth checking out if you’re into this sort of thing—they’re a lot mellower/glitchier than our man Gillis, but still pretty fun, especially live.
15:45 That same Jackson 5 from the last Girl Talk, this time over Queen. You know, speaking of Scientific, one thing that’s interesting about his mixes is how each installment kind of builds and remixes the last. Each one is more like an iteration than a sequel. I kind of wondered how much of that would happen with Feed the Animals, how much Gillis would plunder his own old source material for new tracks here. So far, not so much.
16:30: Paranoid hustler Android. Perfect.
17:00: “And most importantly, you, the customer” So, how much did everyone pay of the this thing, anyway? And if you paid nothing, what excuse did you give?
18:56: “Come on Eileen” as early hip hop block party.
20:00 Missy Elliot over “I Can’t Wait”—more block party vibe. (Now would be a good time to plug Capitol Hill Block Party, I guess. Girl Talk’s here for it July 25th.)
21:13: Prolific samplers Public Enemy give way to the Andrea True Connection sample from Len’s “Steal My Sunshine.” Oh, Girl Talk, you’re so clever.
21:42: In fact, going from “More More More” to “Put That Pussy on Me” to “I Want You to Want Me” is pretty clever. This is the part of the mix where things get sexy (perhaps Gillis takes his shirt off).
22:19: Hey, Eminem actually sounds really good when he sneaks up on you out of context.
23:30: More Beastie Boys, sounding a little chipmunky.
24:04: ODB RIP. “Ghetto Superstar,” another heavily sample-dependant jam.
25:17: Metallica. God, people are going to get hurt this Block Party.
27:52: My timing may be drifting way off, but “Sexy Boy” is a hell of synth riff, always. And is that the intro groaning from “Connection” in the background?
29:40: There’s that Of Montreal track Girl Talk remixed.
A disclaimer: My timing may be totally fucked. I should’ve organized this track by track. Whatever. Further thoughts:
-Even in this context, I don’t want to ever hear “Low” again.
-I do, however, want to hear “Music Sounds Better With You.” Maybe even in its entirety.
-“Lithium” sounds great, always. Have I heard it mixed with “Push It” before somewhere, though? Maybe Girl Talk’s Chop Suey show? Do you think he’ll still close with “Scentless Apprentice”?
-Nice “God Only Knows” loop, but I could’ve stood for it to play out a little.
-R.Kelly and Chicago house go together like pee and underage girls.
-“Hustlin’” slammed up against “Rebel Rebel.” God, I’m already totally exhausted by this thing. Oh, there’s “Doo Doo Brown.” Oh shit, here’s “Boyz.” Fuck.
-Soothing Cranberries Ireland tourism tv commercial riff.
-Quad City DJs
-“Since U Been Gone” totally slays. I’m sorry. Its chorus is like “Don’t Stop Believin’” levels of anthem, even if its total Wal*Mart rock. I wonder if people will want to hear it at dance nights 20 years from now.
-Ok, this jazzercize pumped version of “Jessie’s Girl” is too much.
-“Born Slippy”—man, that is another track I might just go listen to in its entirety after I wrap this up.
-The inevitable Soulja Boy. (“YOUUU!”) Now with electric guitars.
-More Weezy: “Lollipop” (man, I am so not into that song—I understand, from a commercial perspective, why it exists, but it still totally stifles all the best parts of Wayne, turning him into r&b robot where he once was freestyle rap Martian) made maudlin by Red Hot Chili Peppers (I think) acoustic guitar balladry.
-And the outro is…”International Players Anthem.” Well done.
Final thoughts after this first listen: Of course, it doesn’t shock and awe like Night Ripper, which just took Hollertronix and 2 Many DJs to such an absurd level that it was kind of unfathomable, and unfuckwithable, at the time. In fact—and this may just be the result of obsessively cataloging this thing or it may just be the record—nothing really stands out now that I think back on the last hour or so. There are some good cuts in there, sure, but I can’t think of a moment as skin-tingling as Biggie rapping over “Tiny Dancer,” for instance. I know Girl Talk is really big on the “I’m not a DJ” thing, but absent the surprise factor of Night Ripper, this thing feels a lot less like an original album than a really hyperactive mix CD. I still expect Girl Talk to be completely bananas live, of course—his live show easily ranks in my top 10 of the past few years—but I’m not sure on first glance how hard I’ll be pumping this record this summer.