Marvin Gaye meets the Ramones: Mark Vidler mashed up Blitzkrieg Bop and Ain’t That Peculiar (VIDEO).

Marvin Gaye and the Ramones Make a Strange, Powerful Pair in “Peculiar Bop”

Marvin Gaye and the Ramones Make a Strange, Powerful Pair in “Peculiar Bop”

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Aug. 23 2015 3:12 PM

Marvin Gaye and the Ramones Make a Strange, Powerful Pair in “Peculiar Bop”

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Mark Vidler, the British producer and mix-and-match savant, has for the past decade crafted hundreds of mashups under his Go Home Productions banner. His latest EP, Sleazy Egyptian, is a typically deft collection, and perhaps the standout track is a Marvin Gaye-Ramones pairing called “Peculiar Bop.”

The song grafts the punk melody of “Blitzkrieg Bop” onto the Motown backing of “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and the result is a seamless, surprisingly catchy blending of genres. As usual, Vidler avoids the gimmick of mere juxtaposition, creating a tune that legitimately stands on its own.

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