This song is perhaps the greatest mystery in the entirety of my music collection. It’s a fairly sophisticated remix of the song Twift Shoeblade from Mouse on Mars’ third album Autoditacker (1997).
The tempo is a little faster, the arrangement has a little more punch and it has been resequenced slightly. Not to snub the original at all, but I must say I pretty much prefer the remixed version.
The strange thing is, in the seven years I’ve had it in my collection, I’ve never been able to track down any information about it. If I could remember where I got it, that might help, but honestly, I have no idea where I it came from. The song is old enough that it could be from the original Napster, but either way, that wouldn’t help.
Surprisingly, because tagging wasn’t a common practice at the time, the file came with some decent ID3 information:
Name: Turn the Dark Up
Artist: Mouse on Mars
Album: mixed by the big chopper
Still, even armed with this information, I’ve been able to track down nary a clue about its origin. Google is completely useless, turning up seven results for the phrase “turn the dark up,” most of which are about theater.
Searches for “The Big Chopper” and “Mixed by the Big Chopper” don’t reveal much either, mostly with regards to motorcycles. I’ve found one music-related reference at musician and noted producer Don Flemings’ Instant Mayhem, but Surfin Halloween doesn’t sound anything close to what I’m looking for.
The iTunes Store has a rapper by the name of Big Chopper, but I don’t think that’s it either.
So, whoever you are, Mr. Remixer, I salute you. I guess this is one riddle that will have to remain unsolved.
And to all you readers, here’s a treat: Turn the Dark Up, mixed by The Big Chopper. Enjoy.
Turn the Dark Up