CD Review: Girl Talk "All Day"

Oklahoman Published: December 3, 2010
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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, “All Day,” he finds the sweet spot where Joey Ramone would sound amazing singing “Blitzkrieg Bop” to the music of the Doors' “Waiting for the Sun,” and Fat Joe and the Terror Squad's “Lean Back” would rock so much harder on top of Spacehog's “In the Meantime.” Under current copyright laws, “All Day” would cost a fortune for Gillis to clear the samples, so it's released as a free download under an “attribution noncommercial” 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 “All Day” feel like shotgun marriages made in hip-hop heaven, such as when Lil Jon's “Get Low” throws some funk into Simon and Garfunkel's “Cecilia,” or when Biggie Smalls raps over Cream's “Sunshine of Your Love,” 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 “With or Without You” in real life, but it goes down just fine in the Girl Talk universe.

Like Gillis' previous collections, “All Day” creates a rising tide that lifts even the leakiest boats — 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 “All Day” all night, and find out why Lil Wayne and Joe Jackson should step out together.

— George Lang