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Way To The Whiskey Bar, And Other Great Moments In Opera

Artist Song Buy
Counting Crows  Einstein on the Beach For an Eggman (1994)  buy on itunes
Doors  Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) (1967)  buy on itunes
Malcolm McLaren  Madame Butterfly (1984)  buy on itunes
Idina Menzel & Fredi Walker  Take Me or Leave Me (1996)  buy on itunes
Karen England and Rebecca Knight  LakmT H2O Vibe Tribe Mix (2002)  buy on itunes
Billy Stewart  Summertime (1966)  buy on itunes
Adam Pascal  Fortune Favors the Brave (2000)  buy on itunes
Patti Smith  Lo and Beholden (2000)  buy on itunes
Kamelot  A Feast For The Vain (2003)  buy on itunes
Grave Digger  Valhalla (2003)  buy on itunes
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles  The Tears of a Clown (1968)  buy on itunes
Infected Mushroom  Merlin (2000)  buy on itunes
Debra Monk  Everybody's Girl (1997)  buy on itunes
Gene Watson  Carmen (1986)  buy on itunes
BeyoncT Knowles & Mekhi Phifer  The Last Great Seduction (2001)  buy on itunes
Inva Mulla Tchako  Lucia di Lammermoor Diva Dance (1997)  buy on itunes
Ash  Orpheus (2004)  buy on itunes
Fatboy Slim  Because We Can (2003)  buy on itunes
Bobby Darin  Mack the Knife (1959)  buy on itunes
Voice of Bugs Bunny  Rabbit of Seville (1991)  buy on itunes
Unidentified Artist  Lone Ranger TV Theme (1949)  buy on itunes
Paul Roland  Twilight of the Gods (1990)  buy on itunes


Each song in this mix is based on an opera. Some are
rock or pop (or soul or techno) remakes of
operatic arias; others are songs that take their story or
characters from some
classical opera. Notes on the operatic reference of
each song are listed below. Enjoy!


1. Albert Einstein meets Humpty Dumpty.
Philip Glass, Einstein on the Beach.

2. Cover of "Alabama Song" from Kurt Weill, The Rise
and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

3. Malcolm plays Pinkerton as a hick, and even samples
"Un bel di vedremo," as he tells the story of
Giacomo Puccini, Madame Butterfly.

4. From Rent, an NYC-based, HIV-positive, Doc-Martens-wearing
adaptation of Puccini, La BohFme.

5. These singers record in the UK as the "Opera Babes." This is
a remix
of the "Flower Duet" from LTo Delibes, LakmT.

6. And your Momma's good looking.
George Gershwin,
Porgy and Bess.

7. From Elton John's stage adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi, Anda.

8. For the story on this one, see
Teenage Temptress Does A Striptease For Step-Daddy.
Richard Strauss, Salome.

9. As you know from our friends
there is a lot of affinity between
opera and metal.
This one is from Kamelot's Epica,
based on Charles Gounod, Faust.

10. ...and this is from Rheingold, based on Richard Wagner,
Das Rheingold.

11. Just like Pagliacci did, he tries to keep his sadness hid.
Ruggero Leoncavallo, I Pagliacci.

12. Based on Isaac AlbTniz, Merlin.

13-15. An eager nymphomaniac; an exotic beauty; a
seductive delinquent.
3 interpretations of the hot-blooded leading lady of
Georges Bizet, Carmen.

16. This reworking of Lucia's "mad scene"
was used in the soundtrack of Fifth Element.
Remix of "Il Dolce Suono" from Gaetano Donizetti,
Lucia di Lammermoor.

17-18. Ash are going on a long journey.
Fatboy Slim completely reworks the famous Can-can dance.
Jacques Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld.

19. Jazzy style but gangsta content. Cover of
"Die Moritat von Mackie Messer" from
Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera.

20. A fun take on Gioachino Rossini, The Barber of Seville.

21. Narration and gunshots over the "galloping" section of the
overture to Rossini, William Tell.

22. Based on the opera to end all operas:
Wagner, Die G÷tterdSmmerung.


Date: 7/16/2004
this is utter brilliance.
Date: 7/17/2004
An excellent lookin mix Mixxer and higly original. Great stuff!
Date: 7/17/2004
Wow, this is really excellent and, to echo Dom, lots and lots of points for originality! I love your Offenbach-inspired Ash pick.
Franklin Onn12
Date: 7/17/2004
I'm more cultured than I thought! Who knew?? Lotsa hard work on this one. Bravo!!
Date: 7/18/2004
This is very, very cool - great mix - much research is paying off nicely here - Fan-damn-tastic.
lipstick vogue
Date: 7/18/2004
interesting concept. I like it!
Date: 7/18/2004
Not bad! Not bad at all...a very inventive departure from the collections that usually populate this site. Special thanks for including my favorite song from RENT. And what opera mix could be complete without Bugs' singing in "What's Opera Doc?" Cheers! -Famous.
Nicholas Vegas
Date: 7/28/2004
Cool , i always loved Malcolm McLaren ( & still do ) i miss :
Warren G & Sissel -Prince Igor , could really fit here. Great Mix.

Date: 2/16/2005
i really like the concept.
Rob Conroy
Date: 3/24/2005
Impressive. I'd like to hear this sometime.
Date: 1/25/2006
hey ed,

thanks for the trade and the comments on north of the border v.1. i am not aware of any tpoh / marshall crenshaw relation, but as the tpoh song was from 1988, it's not too farfetched that one might exist.

fave operatic tracks from this mix are 5, 9, 12, 13, 15 and 21. other tracks enjoyed were 6 and 14. excellent !
Date: 12/21/2007
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