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Dean Gray

Dean Gray: American EditAmerican Edit (2005)
self-released

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In the past year, mash-up albums have seen an incredible growth in popularity. With the help of DJ Dangermouse's celebrated Grey Album, mash-ups broke away from novelty towards the art of choice for DJs everywhere. With numerous popular rock bands getting remixed (whether they wanted or not), it was.


In the past year, mash-up albums have seen an incredible growth in popularity. With the help of DJ Dangermouse's celebrated Grey Album, mash-ups broke away from novelty towards the art of choice for DJs everywhere. With numerous popular rock bands getting remixed (whether they wanted or not), it was only a matter of time before Green Day got thrown in the mix.

Dean Gray is the chosen moniker for a collective of DJs that cut up Green Day's American Idiot with just about every other musician they could cram into the mix. Ten days after its (free) online debut, American Edit and Dean Gray were asked to shut down their operations via a cease and desist order from Warner Records, Green Day's label. Since then, the album has been available through various online blogs and other alternative means such as BitTorrent and Soulseek. Finding this album may be a bit tricky, but if you can obtain it, you're in for a treat.

This is by no means a half-assed mash-up. Some real time and energy went into this. The first track, "American Jesus," starts as a standard techno remix of "American Idiot." The 8-minute track proceeds into a "Jesus of Suburbia" remix that manages to beautifully mix in Kanye West, Smokey Robinson, Bryan Adams, and fucking Johnny Cash at the end! And when I say "beautifully," I mean it -- these clips are seamlessly thrown together. It's as if these artists had asked Green Day to write backing music for them. You hear Johnny Cash singing "Ring of Fire" while Billie Joe Armstrong sings his lyrics at the same time, and it doesn't feel awkward at all.

The album continues in the same vein as the first track. The use of quotes from and about George Bush serve as an even more scathing criticism of the current administration than the original album did. There are very few dull moments on this album, although I felt "Boulevard of Broken Songs" and "St. Jimmy the Prankster" went on for longer than I would have cared for. But both tracks still feature very inspired moments.

"Dr. Who on Holiday" mixes Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll, Pt. 2" so well that you would think that "On Holiday" was meant to be heard this way. Other highlights include "The Bad Homecoming" featuring U2's "Bad" and "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own." "Impossible Rebel" is a megamix of "She's a Rebel," the "Mission Impossible" theme song, "God Save the Queen" by the Sex Pistols, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, and "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple. Also I'm sure that "Ashanti's Letterbomb" sounds way better than the original Ashanti track.

So, ignoring how overplayed and overpraised American Idiot was and the egos of the band members themselves, the original album was actually fairly good. Well, this remix album breathes new life into Green Day that is certainly not novelty, and highly entertaining.

For those wondering who else gets the mash-up treatment, the following is a partial list of other groups that get thrown in the mix: the Daleks, the Timelords, Oasis, Aerosmith, the Offspring, Brian Ferry, Queen (!), Buffalo Springfield, the Who, the Eagles, the Beatles, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, and the Bangles.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 30, 2006)

any "american idiot" that doesn't like GREEN DAY is a freakin' retart!

aahhhh (March 30, 2006)

i dont have anything nice to say about this, so i probably shouldn't comment

...but i am anyway

Anonymous (March 30, 2006)

"The use of quotes from and about George Bush serve as an even more scathing criticism of the current administration than the original album did."

Hahaha, because American Idiot was such a subversive swipe at the government..

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

Also, shouldn't this be titled "Dreen Gay"?

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

But so far this first song is kind of shitty. I hope it gets better.

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

This reminds me of The Assorted Jelly Beans remix ep.

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

Who has this on soulseek? What are you user names?

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

Doctor Who would be goof with Billy Joel.

lushj (March 28, 2006)

Oh yeah, and mine (and the one @ KALX) has a different cover that's similar to "American Idiot".

asxyouxwish (March 28, 2006)

jean grae?

lushj (March 28, 2006)

Thumbs up, the version I have is separate tracks. I'm extra-appreciative of the Dr. Who samples...

gregs (March 28, 2006)

This was very entertaining for the first couple of listens. I'll never be able to hear Jesus of Suburbia again without thinking of Summer of '69

Also, there was artwork available for the front and backs of a jewel case as well as a label for the CD itself that could be downloaded. It was a take off of the original artwork, not the picture with this review

CallingLondon (March 28, 2006)

thought it was an x-men reference at first. i will find this, it sounds awesome.

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 28, 2006)

actually its 48 minutes long

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 28, 2006)

i have this and its amazing yet its one seamless track so its like 32 minutes long or something

the_other_scott (March 28, 2006)

this seems like it could be really cool to listen to once or twice. anyone know where to find it?

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