The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously said “God is dead,” forever cementing his reputation as the most German of nihilists. Then again, Nietzsche never heard nonplayablerecords‘s mashup of Smash Mouth’s “All Star” and Linkin Park’s “In The End.”
These two songs are so different, on so many levels, that their meeting never should have happened. One is a poppy, happy-go-lucky, major-chord tune about going along with life’s punches, and the other is a Linkin Park song. Linkin Park songs are never any of these things. Hence why, when the lyrics of “All Star” are laid over the music of “In The End,” the resulting mashup turns the former into a horrendously depressing track about the nothingness of life. The latter, however, stays the same.
Yet it’s not just the two songs’ tones and topics that mesh together in a weirdly appropriate manner. Even the basic breakdowns of each — verses, choruses, bridges — are somehow able to come together and render everything you know and love in this life utterly meaningless.
(Via The A.V. Club)