Since the dawn of the mashup, people with sound editing software and extensive music collections have been seeking the most diametrically opposed jams to fuse together and pray they work. Let’s put Ke$ha and The Beatles together and subvert the pop music canon! Let’s remix "My Neck, My Back" with "Jolene!" How crazy would that be? (I could actually see this one kind of working.)
People make careers out of this; a few are very good, most are not so good. UK mashup maker pomDeter decided to test the attraction of two opposites by putting together Nine Inch Nails’ "Head Like A Hole" and Carly Rae Jepsen’s "Call Me Maybe," two very good songs on their own. It makes for a strange alternate-universe version of both tracks, like the cast of Glee got a hold of it but someone thwarted their evil plan before they could ruin it, if that makes any sense. It’s one of many in an overcrowded field, and it’s not the greatest thing to ever happen even for all the all-caps hallelujahs surrounding it, but you know what? It works. And hey, if you like Nine Inch Nails but you’re riding in the car with someone who loves Carly Rae Jepsen, now you have a driving soundtrack to satisfy both your musical cravings.