Remember the '90s? Neil Cicierega does.
The home schooled internet phenom from Boston, Mass. has taken the webernets by storm, yet again, with a wild, freewheeling mega mix called, "Mouth Moods."
Heavily, though not exclusively, steeped in '90s nostalgia, "Moods" forces pop classics to mate in unpredictable combinations, spawning an album length celebration of pop music that sprawls from dream to nightmare and back again.
The super mix begins with an iconic riff from the aptly named 9 Days (as in the approximate amount of time the band was famous), and quickly weaves in other twenty-year old mainstays, including Smash Mouth's "All Star," which got way too much airtime in the sad years following the death of Kurt Cobain, when it felt like pop music gave up trying to rock out.
The mix moves on from these relatively light intro tracks to escalate into a positive jamapalooza, reaching both ahead and back. The M.I.A. song "Paper Planes" pops up, with Homer Simpson's "D'ohs" replacing gun shots and a button from Austin Powers sealing the deal. The Beatles "Dear Prudence" also makes an appearance, grappling with the late '80s ditty "Walk The Dinosaur" by Was (not Was). Both songs are cleverly laid against the introduction to Super Mario 3, recalling the use of "Walk the Dinosaur" in the ill-fated live action Mario movie starring Dennis Hopper.
Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" theme gets a long, satisfying treatment, paired subtly with Gorrilaz "Killer Inc."
In one of the mix's more incandescent moments, Mungo Jerry's "Summertime" anchors a swelling melange that includes everything from Third Eye Blind's "Semi Charmed" to Disturbed's "Down With A Sickness" to the theme from "Home Improvement."
In an inspired contrapuntal chiaroscuro, the mix pits AC/DC's "Back in Black" against Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles."
It also re-imagines Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," dramatically upping the incidence of the word "Tiger."
And in a gorgeous bit of absurdity, "Moods" lays the whimsical, celebratory "YMCA" by the Village People atop Hans Zimmer's aching, somber theme from the film "Inception."
But, the star of the whole operation turns out to be the Barenaked Ladies ubiquitous '90s jam "One Week," which for a brief period in 1999 seemed like it was playing on every radio station in the entire world. Cicierega returns to the pattering ditty again and again, clashing it up against alternatively boppy and dystopic backgrounds.
Check out this comprehensive rundown of the elements in the mix, or just jam through the whole epic thing right here.