Various Artists The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever (No Label) So what sounds weirder—Salt ‘N’ Pepa rapping “Push It” over the Stooges’ “No Fun” or TLC singing “No Scrubs” on top of the Human League’s “Being Boiled”? Wipe those visions of musty Dead concert tapes from your mind. The new bootlegs are underground DJ remixes (often found on the Internet), created by isolating the vocals of one song and pairing it with a seemingly incongruous music track. That the songs merge seamlessly is both the result of an obsessive fan’s trial and error and proof of your father’s claim that all this noise sounds the same.
This (no doubt illegitimate) disc compiles 17 of the subgenre’s most ingenious hybrids, such as Christina Aguilera versus the Strokes and Destiny’s Child versus the Dead Kennedys. The rowdiest soundclash by far is “Smells Like Booty,” wherein Beyonce & Co., backed by Nirvana, offer a fresh kick to two songs everyone’s sick of hearing. The party disc of the year, Bootlegs is guaranteed to have guests dancing slack-jawed.