All Sorts of Wrong

And yet, if you are of an age, also terrifyingly right:

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Seriously, these dudes have got to be high all the time to do stuff like this.

By John Scalzi

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93 replies on “All Sorts of Wrong”

OMG! How do you take something I LOVE (Metallica) and something I dislike (Journey) to make something so unbelievably AWESOME!

\m/ Rock on John! \m/


PS First post! Hot grits!

lol.. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry…
At first I was thinking, ok… an awesome remake of Metallica’s Sandman… then it went into Journey..

aaaaahhhhh!!! what?

Oh, god, is that Rob Paulsen from the Animaniacs?! Thought he looked familiar. Awesome. That being said, while the mashup is seamless, I was hoping more for a blending of the two than switching back and forth.

Didn’t I see them opening for the Scorpions in ’87?

Seriously, whether you liked Journey or not, Steve Perry had a pretty amazing vocal range, and this guy NAILS it. No mean feat.

Here’s a list of their discography:

Don’t Stop The Sandman (Journey & Metallica); We Will Kickstart Your Rhapsody (Queen & Motley Crue); Crazy Girl (Ozzy Osbourne & Rick Springfield); Voices In The Jungle (Guns N Roses & Til Tuesday); Here Comes The Fool You Wanted (Eurythmics, Cinderella & Bon Jovi); Shook Me Like A Prayer (AC/DC & Madonna); Straight To Rock City (Kiss & Paula Abdul); Prayin’ For A Sweet Weekend (Loverboy, Guns N Roses & Bon Jovi); Heaven And Heaven (Bryan Adams & Warrant); Breakin’ The Love (Judas Priest & 10CC); I Love Sugar On Me (Def Leppard & Joan Jett); Round And Separated (Ratt & Journey); Dreaming Of A Whole Lotta Breakfast (Aerosmith, Supertramp & Led Zeppelin).

Damn you, Xopher! Had to wiki “quodlibet”, and found out that it is Latin (loosely translated) for “Whatever”. I could not stop after that.

And now, all I can say is, these are NOT quodlibets. No no. There are three major categories of quodlibet, and the “simultaneous quodlibet”, while cited as a legitimate precursor to this form, is not the same.

These are examples of the genre known as “mashups”. Also: Mash ups, mash-ups, smashups, smash-ups…and a whole lotta other things that I can’t remember anymore because my brain has been quodlibetted.


Holy hell on a hat-rack.

I am the right age to totally freak out listening to this (I love Journey, and Steve Perry, and do not care who knows it). Not only am I going to buy the CD, I have linked to their site on FB.

How do I tell these guys they absolutely have to come tour in Seattle??

Does anyone else remember Big Daddy, the doo-wop band supposedly stranded somewhere for thirty years, who returned and made doo-wop versions of songs like Rick James “SuperFreak”? Or was I hallucinating? (Possible.)

Big Daddy actually performed the music themselves, however, rather than mashing it up.

Hayseed Dixie, who do bluegrass versions of ACDC and other heavy metal acts, also perform their own music.

This was fun; I love a good mash-up. Wouldn’t mind hearing an actual heavy-metal arrangement, though. But then, I’ve got heavy metal version of several classical pieces stuck in my head. Not stuck as in cant-stop-hearing but stuck as in don’t-know-enough-about-music-to-execute.

Pat Cadigan – you aren’t hallucinating about Big Daddy – their cover story was they were a 60s doo-wop group lost behind the Iron Curtain for 20 years, so they did 80s songs with 60s arrangements. They did a cover of “Eye of the Tiger” with a doo-wop arrangement that got some national play, and the “Super Freak” cover was done with an Everly Brothers ballad arrangement.

While this is very entertaining, I have to ask a question: is it medically possible for an entire band to not only have Multiple Personality Disorder, but to express the same personality at the same time? Seriously: the concept sounds like the plot of a bad Star Trek episode. Especially considering that, just like watching a bad Star Trek episode, I positively rolled in the wrongness of it with my tongue hanging out of my mouth.

The funny thing is, I both LOVE Journey (despite being too young), and was of the right age for Metallica (which is in Apple’s spell check, by the way). I was first introduced to Enter Sandman (I missed most of Metallica, it was friends who liked it, but I was there!) when I heard Mariano Rivera used this as his song. And Rivera is the only Yankee I like. You have to respect that guy. Basically, somebody who opposing teams feel pressure to get ahead before he shows up because it is assumed the game is over when he enters earns my respect, regardless of who he plays for.

As a musician and sometime toker I can confirm that this is absolutely the sort of thing musicians come up with while high.

On the other hand, there’s no way you could manage the hard graft required to make it work while high.

I recommend a notepad and/or dictaphone for those lazy, mellow evenings, and large heaps of patience and thoughtfulness for the day after, when you dig through your stupid, messy, near-incomprehensible scrawlings and mutterings for that golden idea you’re sure you had at some point.

¡ Sweet jesus! My guitar teacher plays in a cool group of versions of Metallica, you’ve traumatized by the video, John, lol . Greetings from Spain! (Praise all the Google translator for his knowledge and wisdom)

John, thanks for posting our video and setting off these amazing responses. We are overwhelmed by how the fans have embraced Reimaginator and can’t wait to get on the road and play live. Thank you!

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