Streets of Rocketown
(Michael W. Smith vs. Bruce Springsteen)
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Michael W. Smith - Rocketown
Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia [drums]
I grew up listening to a lot of Contemporary Christian Music, and Michael W. Smith was one of the pillars in a fairly weak field of talent in the 80s. I wanted to make a mashup using a CCM song, but there is almost nothing available as far as source materials go. So I had to resort to using a full song (big shocker there!) Rocketown was one of Michael W. Smith's more popular songs and it has a great, but subtle, message to it. However, it had no percussion track at all. I'd often thought that it could use a boost, so I tried Madonna's Justify My Love beat with it and found it didn't quite work. But then I remembered that Springsteen's Streets of Philadelphia had a similar beat. It worked extremely well, although I basically looped the rhythm section from the start of the song.
I consider this to be more of a remix than a mashup, since I've really only added a rhythm track, but the mods at Mashstix thought it was enough of a change to warrant a front-paging. Who am I to argue with them? :)