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JUNE 9, 2011 PARTY BEN NOW KING OF ALL BBC MEDIA; PLUS, MEGAMIXES
Pretty sure this means you have to call me "Sir" now. To quote similarly comedic icon Austin Powers, Party Ben has been in "BBC heaven" lately, with pretty much blanket coverage from not one but two of their radio "programmes." First up, as he has done in years past, the venerable Chris Moyles of Radio 1's morning show played a couple Party Ben jams during his "soundclash" DJ battle with the legendary Tim Westwood at the station's Big Weekend festival in mid-May. He actually dropped me a line a few weeks beforehand to see if I could make some special new tracks utilizing the artists on the bill; I made a few attempts (including an ill-fated Magnetic Man/Gaga combo) but they were all pretty terrible (Sorry Chris!) and so he ended up just playing some PB oldies during the set. Is there video proof of this occurence, you may ask? Why yes there is:
Chris Moyles vs. Tim Westwood at Radio 1's Big Weekend, May 15, 2011, Carlisle, England
Chris kicks it off with a track from the awesome DJs from Mars and then jumps into three different PB jams: 2008's "Live Your Life Punk," which utterly baffled the crowd, last year's "Beat Sauce" which did get some singalong action, and 1999's (!) Fatboy Slim copycat "Satisfaction Skank" which just sounded terrible, I thought. But hey, he still won, although I think it might be the Take That number he finished with that put him over the top.
For your convenience, here are direct links to those three tracks:
Vampire Weekend vs. T.I. & Rihanna - "Live Your Life, Punk" (2008)
Right-click to download: 5.5MB 256kbps mp3
Duck Sauce vs. Michael Jackson - "Beat Sauce" (2010)
Right-click to download: 9MB 320kbps mp3
Fatboy Slim vs. Rolling Stones - "Satisfaction Skank" (Party Ben's version) (1999)
Right-click to download: 5MB 192kbps mp3
More recently--well, technically, yesterday--I "graduated" to Radio 2, when their morning show host Chris Evans gave the now 4-year-old "Every Car You Chase" a spin. It apparently got quite a reaction from the Radio 2 listeners, enough so that the show got in touch with me to do a live ("there's no delay, so no swearing please") phone interview this morning. We chatted around 1:00 AM San Francisco time/9:00AM London, and I'd had about 4 vodka tonics at that point having been out and about at the Friendly Fires show & afterparty (which by the way, Friendly Fires, quite good!) so I was even less erudite than I usually am, but Mr. Evans and crew were very complimentary. He asked the question everybody asks--where'd you get the song parts to put this together?--and I tried to explain as best I could that this mashup was made with no acapellas, instrument tracks, special software extraction tricks, or dark magick wyzzardry, but I'm not sure I made myself clear, and it's of course also complicated by the fact that the movie version (see below) was in fact (re-) made using the separate tracks, so I thought it best not to even bring that up. Unfortunately we forgot to mention my web site as well, so now I have a million Brits tweeting at me to ask where on iTunes they can pay money to have the thing. Nowhere, is the answer, until Snow Patrol says it's OK. But of course, you can have the 2007 version for free, right over there in the column at left, see it?
By the way, what is it with me and British morning shows? Is there something about "Every Car You Chase" that just goes well with beans on toast?
In news that's closer to home, there was a whole crapload of Party Ben on local radio last weekend as well, with mixes on both my regular home, 99.7 NOW's House Nation, and my former radio playground, LIVE 105's Subsonic. Both those sets are available on the Mixes page right now. Plus I made a "comeback" appearance at LIVE 105's ginormous BFD festival out at the Shoreline on Sunday, DJing in the Subsonic tent along with Dan B, Miles, KidHack, The Tenderlions, Jeffrey Paradise, St. John,
The Limousines, RAC, Harvard Bass, Blaqk Audio and Wolfgang Gartner. Look, at right, there's a picture of me, sweating profusely through my shirt and onto my CDs, pointing at the audience! The set included another rework of "Boulevard of Broken Songs" (which, by the way, made a commenter on my Facebook page say, "you must love that song so much cause you remix it all the time," and so now I feel like I have to clarify that I make remixes of it as an acknowledgement that it's my biggest "hit" and because perhaps people watching me might want to hear it and be interested or amused by a rework, not because, I, uh, "think I'm super awesome"). Ahem. There's no recording of the live set but I'll be recreating it and posting a link to it soon. Or, soon-ish.