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♪♫ Girl Talk mash-up music broken down

By Melissa Bell
It scares us, too.

He doesn't sing. He doesn't play any instruments, but Girl Talk is the Internet's darling. His music mash-up, riffing on favorite songs and blending them into a seamless symphony with just the help of a computer, has made him an online sensation. Behind Girl Talk is Gregg Gillis, a Pittsburgh native, who posts his music online for free downloads to avoid any legal action from bands who might not be so pleased with his liberal sampling.

The Post's David Malitz wrote of Gillis:

He has plucked samples from hundreds -- thousands -- of songs spanning all genres. His wide scope and proud propensity for filling his sets with pop hits, guilty pleasures and anything that will elicit a reaction have made his shows truly exuberant affairs, which often end with many audience members on stage, everyone drenched in sweat and Gillis nearly naked.

His latest album "All Day" dropped Monday, kicking off a game of "Guess the Sample." ReadyRickshaw seems to have won the day, though, releasing a Web site that tracks each song's inspirations as the songs play, so I can sit back and just enjoy the music.

This isn't the first time ReadyRickshaw has taken on the Girl Talk challenge, creating a sample list for the "Feed the Animals" album, but watching the madness of Girl Talk's talent unspool is just as much fun. Who knew Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" would sound so much better when played with Nine Inch Nails' "Closer"?


(Thanks to Scott Beale!)

By Melissa Bell  | November 18, 2010; 8:19 AM ET
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