Regardless of how happy a person he may be in his personal life, Ozzy Osbourne isn’t a figure we typically associate with happiness or joy. He’s “The Prince Of Darkness,” and he once bit a bat’s head off on stage. Them’s the facts, but what’s also true is that his vocals, those of “the Godfather of Heavy Metal,” sound unexpectedly great when placed atop the instrumental of what may be the most optimistic-sounding song of all time: “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire (via NPR).A new mash-up from DJ Cummerbund pairs that song with Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” and the effect is pretty neat. His vocals sound perfectly natural in the rock-oriented environment of “Crazy Train,” but what we may have overlooked is that there’s a real cleanliness and purity to them that allows them to thrive in the happy disco environment created by “September.” This isn’t one of those mash-ups that’s a real stretch, where the producer matched the tempo of two incompatible songs and threw them together: This combination really works, and there’s nothing unnatural-sounding about it.
If you’re still thirsty for mash-ups, we’ve heard a few other strong ones in our day. For instance, Limp Bizkit sounds right at home on the Seinfeld theme song, while the vocals from Smash Mouth’s “All Star” almost work too well when mixed with Linkin Park. What other wild mash-ups have you come across during your journeys on the crazy, crazy interwebs? Share your favorite ones in the comments below!
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