The Verve / Iyaz / Jason Derulo / B.O.B. / Hayley Williams Mashup that will Change your Life
Have you ever heard a sound so beautiful that it brought tears to your eyes? A sound that shocked you, brought you out of your comfort zone, yet coddled you in its warmth all at once? A sound that took which you hold dearest, and shifted it in an unimaginable way, spinning your expectations around like a spinny wheel at a small booth somewhere that decides if you’re going to win a branded pair of sunglasses or a branded pen in exchange for writing your email down on a clipboard?
I have, and it came in the form of a mastercraft by a German professional. I heard it over the radio at a Dunkin’ Donuts, for some reason. It started with the instantly recognisable opening strings of The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” and I started conversing with a friend about how much I enjoyed the Britpop band’s breakout hit. Then – change. Over the hubbub of the coffee shop, I recognized something else. Something that awakened a long-forgotten part of my brain, shrouded by distant memories of number one hits from years ago. “Shawty like a melody in my head,” what?? “that I can’t keep out got me singin’ like,” oh my god “na na na na everyday,” NO “it’s like my iPod’s stuck on replay, replay-ay-ay-ayy” holy shit.
I finally accepted the reality a few lines in. This must be a bizarro mashup – the instrumental from “Bitter Sweet Symphony” and the vocals from Iyaz’s “Replay.” Weird, I thought, but enjoyable. I talked to my friend some more about how much I liked mashups. Little did I know, I had only dipped my toes into the depths of this track. As soon as I’d grown comfortable living in my fantasy world where this was only a combination of two songs, everything changed again. Like a shockwave to my ears, it stole my attention right away from “Replay’s” hypnotizing melody. “I’m feeling like a star,” no please not again “you can’t stop my shine” why?? “I’m loving cloud nine,” why is this playing in Dunkin’ Donuts?? “my head’s in the sky” this is ridiculous “I’m solo, I’m ridin’ solo, I’m ridin’ solo, I’m ridin’ solo, solo.”
I almost fainted. I was stricken again and again by the changes the song kept throwing at me, yet helplessly engrossed by it. I knew instantly I’d never be the same again. I got up from my seat and walked closer to the speaker, desperate to get a better grasp on what was going on. I half expected it all to just be a misunderstanding; maybe I had heard someone else’s music playing over The Verve, and my head had mixed everything up? As Jason Derulo’s chorus faded away, though, I learned this wasn’t the case at all. I was in for the biggest shock yet. “Somebody take me back to the days,” this?? “before this was a job,” I haven’t even heard the name B.O.B. outside of twitter memes in years “before I got paid” I’m just so confused “before it ever mattered what I had in my bank.”
Was that Hayley Williams’ voice? I had to think about it for a second before I remembered that she sang the hook on this godforsaken track. B.O.B’s verse had ended by now, and I was completely lost by now, curled into the fetal position on the ground, all of my senses except hearing stripped away so that my whole brain could focus on this crazed yet bewitching hodgepodge of a song. With the little consciousness I had remaining, I was able to make out that the chorus of “Airplanes,” but with a small change – the “just forget the world” line from Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” had inexplicably been inserted. But, of course, nothing about this song could be explained. Convinced it was all some sort of fever dream, I searched for the mashup online. Here’s the link. I’m so sorry.