On Thursday, I posted a fond recollection of @realdjbc's groundbreaking Beastie Boys/Beatles mashups, "The Beastles," which are in the canon of Beatles mashups along with The Grey Album.


But there's another canon they belong to: the canon of Beastie Boys mashups, which goes beyond classics like BC's own "Intergalactic Robots" (Kraftwerk vs Beasties):


It's a canon that's still growing in 2020! There's straight up novelty tracks like Kevin Miller's Beachstie Boys (multitrack plumbing of the odd coincidence of rhyme structure between "I Get Around" and "Fight For Your Right to Party"):

And this seasonal gem: Ray Parker Jr's Ghostbusters theme mashed with Intergalactic, an incredible match with a video to match from @WilliamMaranci:

Come for Maranci's virtuoso pitch- and time-matching, stay for the anus jokes at the end!


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