My favorite PSB mashups

It took me a while to warm up to the phenomenon of "mashups," in which an imaginative DJ/mixer/musictechgeek blends two tracks together, often revealing surprising (and occasionally shocking) musical convergences in the process. But now I love them, at least when they're done really well. I think my favorite mashups to date are Blondie vs. the Doors' "Rapture on the Storm," Madonna vs. Daft Punk's "Da Funk Music," Kylie Minogue vs. New Order's "Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head," and—last but certainly not least—the unbelievable Nirvana vs. Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up."

There are some really good PSB mashups as well. And why wouldn't there be? After all, the Boys themselves pioneered the genre (in a manner of speaking), creating something very closely akin to mashups with "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)" and their remixes (actually re-recordings) of David Bowie's "Hallo Spaceboy."

Attempting a complete, comprehensive list would quickly become a very tedious pursuit, but I do want to recognize the ones that I really like when I happen upon them. So here are my own personal favorite PSB mashups, all of which are (at least at the time of this writing) accessible via YouTube and/or other online sites:

Someone who identifies as "Butterfly Roof" had the ingenious idea of mashing PSB's "New York City Boy" with a track by the group that inspired that song in the first place, the Village People. Even more ingeniously, they chose their first hit "San Francisco" (albeit a very minor hit compared to much later, greater successes like "Macho Man" and "Y.M.C.A.") to mash it up with. Not surprisingly, it's as gay as can be. And it's absolutely delightful!