Wednesday, 5 September 2007
A few days ago I got this message in the mail:
”Hi, hope you are well!
It’s been about 3 months (I think) since I last wrote some words / updated the mailing list - so here goes.
“This Was Pop (2002-2007)”
It’s a 5 year retrospective of GHP bootlegs. 20 tracks that include personal faves / tracks that have gone down well with the public and a fair few that have led to greater things…
I thought it would be a good idea to put this up now, as there are plenty of individual requests for many of them by folks who have just discovered GHP.
It’s also a taster for the ‘entire’ GHP output being made available next month. Friday 21st September if all goes to plan.??
I’ve seen a few GHP torrents doing the rounds but they don’t even begin to scratch the surface. I have at least 16 CD’s worth. All remastered. Full artwork and a fair amount of unreleased/unheard stuff. Watch this space.
…and of course it will put a lid on this particular GHP chapter.
‘Bootlegs’ have been fun but have become less spontaneous for me in 2007. ‘Mashed’ was initially an exciting project/prospect but 3 years took it’s toll and really watered it down to the laughing stock that it was. “Passenger Fever” was fucking cool though. The rest dated back to 2004…hmmm.
Missed opportunity for all involved really and lessons have been learned by everyone.
I’ll save the nitty-gritty for the autobiography…or a paragraph in the Observer Music Monthly.
??So, the bootlegs will be taking very much a back-seat for now. Strapped in securely and told not to move or ask ‘are we there yet?’??”
This message is written by Mark Vidler a.k.a. Go Home Productions. His MashUps are among the best things I have heard in years. I still love to listen to MashUps and I think that the genre is not dead yet, but I do agree with Mark that it beginning to show some symptoms of death. It started out as an underground movement, which reminded me of the beginning of punk or of the early days of hiphop. I am too old to feel sad when something changes into the very thing it tried to change or destroy. That is the way things usually go. And there are always new and other underground movements born to start the same process all over again. I am not part of any scene or movement or whatever, so that makes it easy for me to see them change or die.
I have no idea how many good MashUps exist. I have made 16 compilations with MashUps that I really like, but I must have heard only a portion of what is out there.
16 CD’s are enough for the rest of my life, although I wouldn’t mind adding a another few, of course.
Here is a recent MashUp that shows that the genre is not dead yet: If I ain’t got daughters by C.H.A.O.S. Productions: