A History Of Subversive Remix Videos

Artist Jonathan McIntosh presents 30 of the best and most notable mashup videos from before the age of YouTube:

Political remixes can be traced back to the 1920s, when Soviet filmmakers like Esfir Shub recut American Hollywood films to give them a sharper class commentary. During World War II, Charles A. Ridley created (and gave away for free) the first viral political mashup by reediting footage of Nazi soldiers to make them appear to dance and sing to the tune “The Lambeth Walk.” When VCRs became more widely accessible in the early 1980s, UK artists calling themselves video scratchers appropriated television footage to create biting critiques of pop culture media and Margaret Thatcher’s economic policies [and] recut television commercials and music videos to provide a feminist critique.

6 Comments on "A History Of Subversive Remix Videos"

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  2. We saw what they were doing back in the day of the “Just say yes” campaign. It was so transparent, so now the only people I trust to give me drugs is my general practitioner. 

  3. DeepCough | Apr 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

    I wish I lived in the Bizzaro world that these drug-addled Reagans lived in……

  4. Rock Lobstah | Apr 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm |

    do the aliens from the dreamworld have mashup videos?

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