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Sunday, 6 May 2007

99 Crayola

EDIT: Now with official thumbs up from the guys of Airport Girl! They sent me a message on MySapce to say how much they like this track, which uses their "Hey! Crayola", and they have posted a link to download the track on their site too. High praise indeed. Check 'em out and give 'em your support at and their official site

Andy - 27th May 07

Next up, lo-fi indie meets East Coast uberstar.

I've heard a thousand versions of 99 Problems on the mash-up scene, the best of which for me has to be Party Ben's boot with Nena's '99 Red Balloons' - simple yet super-effective and never fails to make me wanna dance. Bit of a classic up at Poppy Red on a Saturday night.

EDIT: Wow! I've been left a comment by one of my all-time idols, Party Ben, correcting me on the above - it wasn't actually he who made '99 Luft Balloons' but Jay-Zeezer...sorry for the confusion; it was one of those tracks that I constantly heard on the legendary Sixx Mixx sessions from Live 105 and so just always assumed it was the great man himself. I've edited this just to clear up the confusion, and to say thanks to PB for all the great times spent listening and partying to his mixes. It may not have been yours PB, but it's forever associated with you, and all the other great tracks you DID make.

But I was thinking back over my record collection the other day and came across old Uni faves, Airport Girl. A relatively obscure indie band from around Nottingham, their LP "Honey, I'm an Artist" was rarely off my CD player throughout 2002, plus I had the added bonus of having been out/lived with the keyboardist Dave's cousin for the previous 3 years to buying the CD. I'd go so far as to say that their one single "The Foolishness That We Create Throught Love Is The Closest We Come To Greatness " is still in my top 10 of all time favourite songs and a bonafide indie classic - if you can find it, you'll love it. If you can't find it, drop me a line and I'll see what I can sort out.

I digress.... so I was searching for something to put the Jay-Z 'pella over and I stumbled across laid back harmonica driven stoner classic 'Hey! Crayola' by the aforementioned Airport Girl. It was too good to resist...

It's dedicated to Danielle, to whom I'm forever indebted for my love of all things guitar...

99! Crayola

Airport Girl vs. Jay-Z
(Hey! Crayola vs. 99 Problems)

MP3 Here:


Anonymous said...

Hi Smartie! This is Party Ben, and unfortunately I have to correct you: I didn't make the "99 Luft Problems" bootleg you speak of -- I just play it on the radio and at the clubs all the time because it's great! It was made by Jay-Zeezer as part of his Jay-Z vs. Weezer "Black & Blue Album" project. Just letting you! Cheers,

Unknown said...

Thanks for the correction PB, I've edited the post to clarify and credit the maker of this wonderful tune. It's one of those I just always took to be yours, especially after the top ten mashups show!

Thanks for the help, and thanks for reading!