DJ Dangermouse, of Grey Album fame, gave an interview to MTV News about how exactly the Grey Album was made. He was planning to keep the process under wraps but he did not enjoy that throngs of wanna-be djs out there thought making the Grey Album was as easy as just laying a Jay-Z track over a Beatles song. Here's what he said about creating 99 Problems, which includes riffs from Helter Skelter:
"My whole thing with this was I didn't want to mess up the Beatles song either," he said. "I don't want to disrespect the Beatles. A lot of people thought it was sacrilege in the first place. I knew that would be something, but I didn't know it was going to be [distributed] on a wide scale. I knew my friends wouldn't think it was sacrilege, so I just made sure it was something I would dig myself."
Standard Deviance's favorite song on the Grey Album is probably Dirt Off Your Shoulder as I've always had a soft spot for Julia, which it samples. This song is definitely a testament to DangerMouses's mixing capabilities, as the final product barely even sounds like Julia anymore but you can still tell that it's Lennon singing back there.
Grey Album Producer Danger Mouse Explains How He Did It
[MTV via Eybeam reBlog
Why is Standard Deviance Grey?
Black Album + Black Album = Blackest Black Album (and lawsuits galore)