Here’s the Justin Bieber–Nirvana mashup you never wanted

There's a lot more 'Why?' happening in 'What Do You Smell Like?'

Feb 29, 2020, 5:54 pm*

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Christine Friar 

Christine Friar

If you survived the aughts, you’re probably a mashup connoisseur, which means DJ Cummerbund’s new Justin Bieber mashup might bum you out.

Technically, things are going right here—the songs all have similar tempos, so they fit together pretty seamlessly—but there is virtually no party that calls for Kurt Cobain wailing about ’90s teenage malaise set to a cartoony tick-tock clock beat.

Things definitely hit their stride when he pairs Katy Perry’s “Firework” vocals with that Bieber beat (those two songs are 100 percent invited to the same party), but overall there’s a lot more “Why?” happening in “What Do You Smell Like?”

H/T A.V. Club | Illustration by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Oct 13, 2015, 4:02 pm