This RATT and Marvin Gaye mashup is almost too good


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/02/this-ratt-and-marvin-gaye-mash.html


#2

The Gaye part sounds different than I recall. The pitch in particular, obviously the timing is different. I wonder if it’s been slightly adjusted to better fit Ratt.


#3

Hey I haven’t heard Hootie and the Blowfish in years! I used to like them!


#4

That’s the first thing that struck me too. I think they changed the key.

The original of Grapevine is in B-flat major, and Round and Round is in D minor. Do you think they auto-tuned Gaye down a minor sixth?


#5

Another good one is The Cult & Marvin Gaye - She Sells Grapevines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ58uR9qC7w


#6

Ratt is really great live btw…


#7

I think that they also either altered the note he hits on the word “plans” and a few other points or used an alternate live take that synced up better. I don’t have a developed sense of pitch, though.


#8

Somehow the mash-up is still a totally plausible-sounding '80s song, from a more soulful metal group. Most mash-ups either don’t (fully) mesh or they sound like some third song entirely - it’s rare when one part so neatly gets fitted into the other.


#9

Gaye Ratt? Could be a better college band than Dread Zeppelin.


#10

I played it for my son, who is an enthusiast of music and music theory, and he feels that they moved Gaye down just a touch to A minor, and moved Ratt down a good deal more from D to A minor as well.


#11

and they’re actually singing in tune, now!


#12

Thanks for linking Unmashed-Marvin as a palate cleanser!


#13

yes, they did repitch the necessary notes so that Gaye sings in Ratt’s key.

Not quite as impressive as a “found” matchup that works naturally, but pretty inspired. It would probably be a pretty thin sliver in the middle of the Venn diagram of hardcore fans of these two acts.


#14

I tried to lay it out for myself so I can surprise the local drunks at the next open mic karaoke. The lyrics used in this clip are as follows (obviously, not 100% Gayes):

Oh, I bet you’re wonderin’ how I knew
'Bout your plans to make me blue
With some other guy you knew before
Between the two of us guys
You know I loved you more
It took me by surprise I must say
When I found out yesterday
You could have told me yourself
That you loved some one else

[I hope you know that] I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine
Oh, I heard it through the grapevine
Oh, I’m just about to lose my mind
I know a man ain’t supposed to cry
But these tears I can’t hold inside
Losin’ you would end my life you see
'Cause you mean that much to me
It took me by surprise I must say
When I found out yesterday
You could have told me yourself
That you loved some one else
[It’s there] I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine
Oh, I heard it through the grapevine
And I’m just about to lose my mind
Honey, honey yeah

People say believe half of what you see
Son and none of what you hear
But I can’t help but be confused
If it’s true please tell me dear
Do you plan to let me go
For the other guy you loved before?
Don’t you know I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine,
Baby, I heard it through the grapevine
Oh, I’m just about to lose my mind
Honey, honey, yeah

[I said] I heard it through the grapevine,
[Oh,] I heard it through the grapevine,
[Oh-Oh,] I heard it through the grapevine,

[Honey, honey, I know]

[That You’re lettin’ me go]

(Square brackets are optional)

However, I found that this does not lay flat over RATT’s “Round and Round” at all… which means no karaoke night for this song :frowning:


#15

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