Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Go Home Productions -- "Paperback Believer" (2007)

It's a thousand pages, give or take a few
I'll be writing more in a week or two

Mark Twain produced many, many pithy aphorisms.  But he didn't write many of the most famous sayings that are attributed to him.

Mark Twain
Here are a few famous Mark Twain quotes that Mark Twain apparently never said:

-- "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

-- "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."

-- "It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."

The lines from "Paperback Writer" that are quoted above remind me of another quote that Twain is often given credit for, but which is actually derived from something that the French philosopher Blaine Pascal wrote:

-- "I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time"

(That's "Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte" in the original French.)

Most mashups combine dissimilar musical tracks.  But this Go Home Productions track, which is on the album This Was Pop (2002-2007), combines contemporaneous songs from the same genre -- in this case, the 1966 Beatles' hit single, "Paperback Writer" and the Monkees' hit from the same year, "I'm a Believer."

The two songs mesh together almost perfectly -- the mashup sounds like one song rather than a combination of two songs.  It's easy to imagine the Beatles and the Monkees (or more likely a couple of tribute bands) performing this mashup live.  

Mark Vidler, the brains behind
Go Home Productions
Mark Vidler of Go Home Productions must have a thing about "Paperback Writer."  He producer another mashup that combines the lyrics to "Paperback Writer" with the instrumental track of a different hit single -- the Knack's "My Sharona."  

Here's "My Paperback Sharona":

And here's "Paperback Believer":

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