With my attention span declining by an average of three seconds per year, I thought it was high time to hold a sixty second song remix contest. The rules are simple: take any "known" song (whatever that means, I know, I know...) and reduce it to sixty seconds or less. I'd like to get 78 of these, if possible, so enter as many times as you like! I'll be playing these on the air and posting many of them here as well.
Extra credit for reducing extra long songs (such as those listed in Resident Clinton's Long Songs post).
The winner gets a WFMU messenger bag chock full of records and WFMU swag. Deadline is Friday, February 23rd. E-mail your mp3 submissions to me at ken at wfmu dot org. Here's a few MP3 examples to jog your imagination:
UPDATE 1: Thanks to everybody who has submitted songs! We're up to about 20 so far. Here's a sampling of all the great ones that have come in:
Frank Difficult - Echoes (Pink Floyd)
UPDATE 2: Wow, I am blown away by the amount and the quality of the submissions I'm getting here! I can hardly keep up, but that's just the way I like it. Here's a batch more, and if you don't see your version here, don't worry, I'll be posting more as I find the time and I'll be playing these all on the air as well.
Mickey Mephistopheles - Paradise by the Dashboard Light Abortion Edit (Meat Loaf)
Grant Olsen - Phoenix in a Minute (18 minute Isaac Hayes version)
Saint Peter - The 60 Second Well Tuned Piano (LaMonte Young)
J. Henry Chunko - 1-60 (Charles Bernstein's 1-100, AAC file)
UPDATE 3: I made the unpardonable error of attending to other business for the last day and a half, and now I am woefully behind in my Sixty Second Song duties. While I continue to catch up, here's another batch of fun submissions:
Chris T - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (The Bee Gees)
Famous Mortimer - I Am Sitting In A Room (but not for very long) (Alvin Lucier)
Jonathan Wall - Right Ontoppa Compton (NWA)
UPDATE 4: In which we break the Folk barrier, the Prog Rock barrier, the 18th century classical barrier, and... oh yes. Gwen Stefani goes a yodelin. Keep 'em coming!
Hans van der Valk - Wind It Up Lonesome Goatherd (Gwen Stefani)
Dave Krooshof - Never Met A Girl Like You Before (Edwyn Collins)
Mickey Mephistopheles - Take One (Dave Brubeck Quartet)
Quadraspazzed - Old TIme Religion (Woody Guthrie)
Ronny Waernes - The Great Gates of Kiev (Emerson Lake and Palmer)
Skip N Zener - Now In Arcade Exotica (Martin Denny)
UPDATE 5: In honor of Prince's nipple-free rain-soaked halftime show, we present a magnificent version of Purple Rain, plus the first appearances here by Yes, Motorhead, New Kids on the Block and two classic radio pieces by the prolific Chris Combs. On Monday I'll be posting Ten Albums in Ten Minutes (full LP 60 second reductions) in a separate post.
Chris Combs - Shoving Match of the Worlds (Orson Welles)
Kid Kmart vs Kid Nascar - Hangin' Tough (New Kids on the Block)
Noddable Industries - One Minute Seinfeld (Senfeld theme vs Missy Elliot)
Shane Young - Shatner in a Minute with Diamonds (William Shatner)
UPDATE 6: Here's seven more, and hats off to Chris C for taking a song that's originally shorter than one minute and extending it!
UPDATE 7: At last, we have a shortened version of the classic John Cage piece, 4:33. But that's not the only surprise in this wonderful new batch of submissions...
John Roach - Run Run Run (John Roach & Bud Flanagan & Chesney Allen)
XGF Media - Them Bones (Alice in Chains)
Dad's New Slacks - Sixty Second Schizoid Man (King Crimson)
Stephen McQuillen - Tell Me Quickly Do You Love Me (The Contours)
UPDATE 8: And to think that when I started this contest, I said I wanted to receive 78 tracks. So far, I've received over 300 and there's still almost two weeks to the contest deadline. Thanks to everybody who's submitted! Please keep 'em coming at ken at wfmu dot org! I'm enjoying the hell out of this. Here's another batch:
The Good Reverand Doctor - The Dope Pusher (Bill Cosby)
Olaf Bloemberg - How Come How Long (Stevie Wonder and Babyface)
Sick to the Back Teeth - Ant Man Bee (Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band)
UPDATE 9: Sorry it's been a few days since I've posted an update. That day job of mine intervened... New submissions are still coming in though - here's a particularly inventive batch:
Harvey Loves Harvey - Cover Division (various versions of Love Will Tear Us Apart)
James Gardner - Many Boots Are Made For Walking (various version of Boots)
H. Grape Minkoff - Time Has Come Today (the Chambers Brothers)
No Sleep Nigel - Lunar Note (Captain Beefheart)
UPDATE TEN: Wow, there are only a few days before the contest deadline. After Friday, February 23rd at Midnight, I wont be accepting any more entries, so get in your last minute masterpieces now! It occurs to me that a solitary winner doesn't do this little experiment justice, so I will announce a more varied winner's circle scheme this weekend, after I catch my breath. Here's another batch of recent arrivals:
Craig Mitchell - In Between Hearts Lock3Down (Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs The Cure)
Dave Krooshof - If I'm In Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up (Betty Davis)
DJ Jesuspants - Political Minute For Michael Jackson to Sing (The Minutemen)
DJ Frankie Pigeon - One Cut ("One" from Various Sources)
Uncle Bela - The End of the World, Baby (Jerry Goldsmith / War of the Worlds)
Dave Scarborough - Autobahn (Kraftwerk)
UPDATE 11: Just to let you all know, the deadline for submissions has passed, but it's going to take me a few days to comb through the last few days worth of submissions. I will post a final batch here and then we'll work on to the final round for voting, in a separate post.
UPDATE 12: Here's a final batch of 30 tracks. After this comes the impossible task of narrowing down the 415 submissions to 20 or so finalists, and then letting you all vote on the winners. I'll do that in a separate post. I also have another post of full album reductions coming on Thursday. The final contest may take me a few more days, especially with the WFMU Marathon approaching.
Russ Johnson - Rock Around 23 Seconds of the Clock (Bill Haley and The Comets)
William Roarshock - Fanfare For The Common Zarathustra (Richard Strauss and Aaron Copland)
Ed Word - Hungarian Dance (Brahms. featuring actual, honest to God VINYL!)
Ronny Waernes - Lauft... Heisst Das es Lauft Oder es Kommt Bald... Lauft (Faust)
UPDATE: I finally posted the final voting for this contest on this post here.