Ok, this is cool.
We know mashups are a thing. They’re everywhere. Talented people taking two entirely different songs, sometimes from entirely different time periods or even from two genres of music that seem like they have nothing in common, and throwing them into what I can only assume is some ancient magical artifact, from the coffers of a lost civilization that had mysteriously mastered the art of the jam. I’m picturing something along the lines of the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark, and lots of chanting, possibly involving star charts and the machinations of a dubious vizier. In the end it produces something entirely new, very often amazing and as was the case with the ark in Raiders… face-melting.
This is one of those amazing, face-melting things.
Stevie Wonder is one of the greatest musical talents of our time, and as anyone who wasn’t in a coma in the 80’s knows (OK, 90’s too), Van Halen totally rocked. Who would ever think they would blend seamlessly together? But, they do. It’s the musical equivalent of the discovery of peanut butter cups.
“Hey! You got your Van Halen on my Stevie Wonder!”
“No, you got your Stevie Wonder on my VanHalen!”
Then they try it and everyone realizes that despite what they thought, these are two great tastes that taste great together.
They so do. You can’t listen to this, watch the video, and not be stirred into movement. Whether you’re a Stevie Wonder fan all the way, or a dedicated devote of Van Halen, you’re going to love this. Check it out.
The unstoppable positive energy of Stevie Wonder, and the kinetic explosion that is Van Halen, come together here and what starts out as two really good songs, Stevie Wonder’s blissful ‘Uptight (Everything is Alright)’ and Van Halen’s bombastic “Unchained”, incredibly becomes one. Electrically charged, and full of audacious musical highs, this is a mashup with a purpose, courtesy of the Mozart of the mashup genre, Bill McClintock whose YouTube channel is filled with so many genius creations — well, once you start watching you risk getting stuck for hours playing one after another. You’ve been warned.