By Joel Hanek
I don't know how the Internet does it, but it always manages to combine some of my favorite things. First it was cats and cheeseburgers. Then it was cats and keyboards. And now Passion Pit and Lady Gaga have emerged from the digital abyss that is YouTube with one of the coolest collaborations I've heard in a long time.
Over the weekend, the YouTube account LadyGagaUK posted a Passion Pit remix of Lady Gaga's "Telephone," the mega-collaboration between Beyoncé and the Clawed One from The Fame Monster. The album version of "Telephone" (a club anthem about, um ... going out to the club) deceptively starts with finger-picking guitars and a passionate plea from Lady Gaga to her lover about the growing distance between them. The ruse is quickly discarded when the song launches into its full synthy swing, driven by a thumping beat and Gaga's electronically-tampered vocals. On top of that, Beyoncé's powerful cameo nearly takes this song from dance track to fight song.
When I first heard about the collaboration between Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, I was skeptical, but it quickly became one of my favorite tracks off of The Fame Monster. Taking that in mind, I was eager to hear the Massachusetts indie-electronic outfit's take on the song.
The Passion Pit remix begins with Lady Gaga's vocals cranked up to The Squeakquel levels over minimal electronic grooves. However, like the original version, it soon transforms into another song completely. While Gaga's vocals return to recognizable, the song becomes completely disparate from the original, ending in a jittery electronic fusion that sounds simultaneously melodic and ominous.
What's your take on the song? Does it satisfy both Passion Pit and Lady Gaga fans, or does it leave something to be desired? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!