So, in my digital collection, I have a couple versions of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle.” Sort of, anyway.
I’m not sure if mash-up artists have an abiding weakness for the first chart-topper from the young woman who would go on to star in Burlesque and refine gentle diva-dom on The Voice. Maybe it’s actually me who embarrassingly swoons a little any time Aguilera’s vocal track is laid atop the music of some mainstay single of college rock coolness. As I conceded earlier this year when I shared a track dubbed “Dirty Bottle,” when this particular set of sung lyrics is laid atop music that tickles my inner being, I find it fairly irresistible.
“A Stroke of Genius” (which I sometimes see styles as “A Stroke of Genie-us,” but come on) melds Aguilera’s vocal track with the downbeat layered guitar shuffle of the Strokes’ “Hard to Explain.” Crafted by the remix artist Freelance Hellraiser, it’s flat-out perfect.
By now, we should be living in a world that’s interconnected enough for an enterprising promoter or program producer to see to it that this derivation of song gets recreated live on stage by the proper artists. That’s not to much to ask, is it?
Listen or download –> Freelance Hellraiser, “A Stroke of Genius”
(Disclaimer: As I noted previously, I believe the very nature of this track means it is made for sharing, with the artist who created it — albeit not the artists who created the material he used to create it — unable by copyright law to collect royalties on it. I think. Unless he cleared things with the original creators at some point. It’s all too confusing, really. So I’ll just make my usual statement about a willingness to promptly and happily remove this file from my little corner of the digital world if asked to do so by any individual of entity with due authority to make such a request. And then I will quietly recede, capped by a close parenthesis.)