The above video is the most fun thing you'll see today, making us love Destiny's Child vs Dolly Parton vs 10cc all over again.
In 2002, 2manydjs' As Heard On Radio Soulwax pt2 was a regular soundtrack to 'getting ready to go out' sessions, afternoon barbecues and house parties past the point where anyone could be bothered to DJ themselves. The Dutch musicians now better known as indie popsters Soulwax, rammed together songs as disparate as Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Basement Jaxx, and The Stooges and Salt N Pepa. Other standout pairings included Skee-lo's I Wish and The Breeders' Cannonball and even a three-way-mix of Destiny's Child, Dolly Parton and 10cc that still sounds pretty damn good today.
The album's popularity spawned thousands of terrible mashup 'DJs' and we all forgot about mashup being any good until some bloke called Greg from Philadelphia started creating some ADHD mixes of snippets of a huge number of tunes under the moniker of Girl Talk and ended up almost at the top of the bill at US festivals like Coachella.
So it appears to be an odd time for 2manydjs to commission a bunch of animators create a visual version of As Heard On Radio Soulwax pt2 – but it’s just as much fun as the album was the first time round. From a released statement, it appears they’re not sure – though it’s probably just a sneaky promo for their RadioSoulwax app.
"12 yrs, 2 months and 24 days later, 114 tracks are re-united in 1 single hour of visual mayhem," Soulwax said in a statement. "As heard on the radio becomes As seen on the app..is this technically Pt III? Probably. Who’s counting? Who cares? Just watch it.”
Set to the full hour of the album, the animators under director and producer Glyn Peppiatt have taken the album and single covers of the music included in the mix and done some silly things to them with After Effects’ Puppet tool (I'm guessing) and by cutting them up and animating the elements to the beat. There’s also some ludicrous mouth animation, and some knowing use of decidedly cheesy effects.
The weirdest thing about it is how the album has stood the test of time much better than you'd expect for somethat was very much of its era. Yeah it’s dominated by early 2000s electroclash that clearly marks when it was released, but removed from the hype around mashups across 2002-2003 and how much it was overplayed, it’s still a lot of fun.