“CALL ME A HOLE” NINE INCH NAILS mashed with CARLY RAE JEPSEN
Warning: One listen of this mash-up will result in the remixed song being stuck in your head forever! On first examination, your instinct says NO! You don’t mix Nine Inch Nails with Call Me Maybe. Remember Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails’ industrial sound and intense lyrics scared pop radio DJ’s. Their landmark hit, Head Like A Hole, featured the classic line, I’d rather die than give you control! Not exactly a Top 40 sing-along hit. A Scottish DJ named Pomdeter committed blasphemy by remixing NIN with Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop ditty. Somehow, someway, how can something SO BAD, be so good. It feels criminal and so wrong, but I bet you hit REPLAY!
“TREAT HER LIKE A LADY” CELINE DION with BROWNSTONE
Essence is a classy monthly magazine geared toward African American women. Beauty tips, make-up, hot clothing styles, and female advice, think of it as the Black Cosmopolitan magazine. For their 1998 Award Show, the Divas were all there including Mariah Carey and Patti Labelle. The whitest woman on the planet, Celine Dion, performed a reggae cover song originally recorded by Diana King, on the award show. She was backed by the R&B girlgroup, Brownstone. This has disaster written all over it. But wait, Celine is incredible here! Funky, soulful, hot dance moves, who knew Celine had it in her?
“I’LL GO ON LOVING YOU” ALAN JACKSON
Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly initially called the song, “A Colossal Embarrassment” but also conceded it was “the frankest treatment of lust on country radio”. Alan Jackson doesn’t just sing the song, it’s a spoken word, lustful, sexual tour-de-force ballad that was completely opposite of country radio’s format, yet it shot to the top of the charts. Who can forget those enticing opening verses:
When I look into your soft green eyes
When I see your delicate body revealed to me
As you slip off your dress
I’m reminded that what I feel for you
Will remain strong and true
Long after the pleasures of the flesh