(Illegal Art) Greg Gillis' ears work better than most, which is why his Girl Talk remix suites are instant party manifestos. On his fifth act of guerrilla mixology, â€œAll Day,â€ he finds the sweet spot where Joey Ramone would sound amazing singing â€œBlitzkrieg Bopâ€ to the music of the Doors' â€œWaiting for the Sun,â€ and Fat Joe and the Terror Squad's â€œLean Backâ€ would rock so much harder on top of Spacehog's â€œIn the Meantime.â€ Under current copyright laws, â€œAll Dayâ€ would cost a fortune for Gillis to clear the samples, so it's released as a free download under an â€œattribution noncommercialâ€ license, which means he cannot derive profit and he has to list the samples. So yes, that was the Rick Ross rapping over Bananarama.
The best passages of â€œAll Dayâ€ feel like shotgun marriages made in hip-hop heaven, such as when Lil Jon's â€œGet Lowâ€ throws some funk into Simon and Garfunkel's â€œCecilia,â€ or when Biggie Smalls raps over Cream's â€œSunshine of Your Love,â€ gets interrupted by Ke$ha and suddenly segues into a Chubb Rock-powered New Order. Gillis never worries too much about sacrilege, and he recognizes how a great musical bed can rehabilitate disposable pop. Sure, it's not a good idea for Twista to rap over U2's â€œWith or Without Youâ€ in real life, but it goes down just fine in the Girl Talk universe.
Like Gillis' previous collections, â€œAll Dayâ€ creates a rising tide that lifts even the leakiest boats â€” Usher, Nicki Minaj and Blue Oyster Cult sound like they belong together, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony should never be heard without Supergrass backing them up. Play â€œAll Dayâ€ all night, and find out why Lil Wayne and Joe Jackson should step out together.
â€” George Lang