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Brokeback Mountain, the Dance Remix


Some of you will love this, and others will find it cringe-inducing. But it exists, and so I share it with you. A DJ named Finbarr Massi has remixed "The Wings", Gustavo Santaolalla's main theme from Brokeback Mountain, into a galloping chunk of trance gristle. And he's worked in various key lines from the movie. So, for you boys who can't be away from a dance beat for a second, even while herding sheep in the remote wilderness, here it is. And for the rest of you — well, if you can't fix it, you gotta stand it.
(thanks clark!)

MP3: "The Wings" (Finbarr Massi Mix) — Gustavo Santaolalla

road.jpg The Towleroad Guide to Brokeback Mountain [tr]

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  1. If you can't REMIX it, you gotta stand it.

    Or in my case, if you remix it, I don't gotta dance it.

    They don't make drugs strong enough to get me to dance to this one...but ya new it was coming. Just like the pornos.

    Posted by: Seamus | Jan 16, 2006 11:17:42 AM

  2. You're right. I cringed. ;)

    Posted by: cafegogo | Jan 16, 2006 11:26:08 AM

  3. I *hate* dance music and it makes me feel so out of place in most gay hangouts. What law says we have to like crappy music?

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 16, 2006 11:45:34 AM

  4. and just when i was going to buy a towleroad t-shirt....

    Posted by: jeff ricker | Jan 16, 2006 12:10:26 PM

  5. Bitch, bitch bitch.

    Some Gay Guyz woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

    It always amazes me how some people can find so many things in life to be unhappy about.

    Posted by: Dan Farrell Davis | Jan 16, 2006 12:20:09 PM

  6. ...I'm not one to subscribe to the haters, but I do feel some things should just be left alone. Taken out of context and re-rubbed doesn't really give any justice to the scoring. Ah well.

    I am also cringing at all the gratuitous porn takeoffs that will (no doubt) begin occuring.

    Posted by: midnight lounge | Jan 16, 2006 12:30:11 PM

  7. I like it. I think it makes me realize just how "changing" our society is.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 16, 2006 12:36:24 PM

  8. the t-shirt comment was a joke.... your doing an excellent job, andy.

    Posted by: jeff ricker | Jan 16, 2006 12:49:26 PM

  9. ...and what about the country-western remix of "hung-up" ??

    Posted by: A.J. | Jan 16, 2006 1:05:24 PM

  10. This is why they hate us.

    Posted by: anonymous | Jan 16, 2006 1:52:50 PM

  11. jesus's a movie..a good, a little flawed, but still emotionally impactive movie. What it ain't is the Holy fucking Grail...or a relic of the Buddha or the lost ark of the covenant.(you get the gist). It's not sacred. If someone wants to do a lame techno version, or a porn rift, or cry over it 37 times it's all good. I'm turning into Larry Kramer...I just sorta despair how seriously we take ourselves.........(and yes, I see once again, the humor in my too-serious despair)

    Posted by: PSMike | Jan 16, 2006 2:32:16 PM

  12. yeah, couldnt listen to whole thing - nice effort, but it just doesnt work for me. on the other hand, it reminded me just how great the score to the film was, and i may go out and buy it.

    Posted by: bj | Jan 16, 2006 3:37:07 PM

  13. this is a horrible track. The problem is that the loping quality that makes the 'Wings' track so effective is the loping, sorrowful Western tragedy - the unifying musical element of this film. It makes our tragic love story everyone's tragic love story. This badly done trance remix is the sound of real feeling being sliced and diced in someone's home studio meth tweak fantasy that it will gain them love and attention in the gay culture ghetto - the same ghetto that this film summarily dismisses for it's lack of feeling.

    Posted by: jpermo | Jan 16, 2006 3:56:45 PM

  14. I like Annie Proulx's writing, loved the story and am looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out here. But nowhere in the story did the author dissaprove of dance music, or describe a gay culture ghetto? Is there some form of gay apartheid whereby "good" gays can go to Brokeback Mountain and the others are restricted to Latter Days or QAF?

    Posted by: CJ | Jan 16, 2006 5:47:29 PM

  15. I blame this on meth. What else would compel us to take every special moment, grind it, snort it, dance all over it, shoot it out and forget it completely the next morning. Damned epidemic.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Jan 16, 2006 8:18:44 PM

  16. First off, I have to say Brokeback is easily the best movie I've seen in the past 10 years and the soundtrack is the best I've heard in recent memory. I actually have penciled in times during the week I can take to sit in my car and cry thinking about it. My next appointment is on Wednesday at 7:30pm.

    Secondly I'd like to say that this remix could definitely use some work. The sad thing is I was thinking of a way to remix Emmylous Harris' song on the way home from work. Yes, I'm ashamed.

    Posted by: Xavius | Jan 16, 2006 8:38:51 PM

  17. It's just music. And music is subjective. If somebody wants to remix it then fine. If you don't like then that's fine too. But must we beat up on the guy? Many are so sensitive these days.

    Posted by: chris | Jan 16, 2006 11:10:35 PM

  18. The movie just won the Golden Globe for Best Picture Drama. I am so happy I could dance!!! *grin*
    Now... After listening to the remix and reading the previous comments here, for some reason I thought of what Ellen DeGeneres once said: "No one gives you a cake that says 'Congratulations! You're a Lesbian!'"
    Cant you guys please stop acting like he just raped your mothers? The guy is a DJ who like the song and did something he loves with it. I might be alone in this one BUT I find that admirable. So, I'll just say this: Congratulations DJ Finbarr Massi!

    And to the comment by ANONYMOUS that read: "This is why they hate us". I just have one thing to say, Dude, I think it is a little more complicated than that.

    Posted by: Remi | Jan 16, 2006 11:54:31 PM

  19. That was bad. I mean, really bad. Let's just pretend none of us heard this and go back to our lives.

    Posted by: Del | Jan 17, 2006 12:14:19 AM

  20. Ennis: Christ Jack, this is the dumbist thang I ever heard. What a folks do when they hear somethin like this?

    Jack: Shit I don't know. Move ta Wyomin I guess.

    Posted by: John Beene | Jan 17, 2006 1:24:35 AM

  21. I listened to the entire song, and agree its not all that good. But There are alot worse mix's, dance songs, and just music in general out there. I give the guy credit for trying. I dont see any of us on here doing anything like it, but we are quick to slam it and the guy that took the time to do it.....

    Posted by: Ken | Jan 17, 2006 1:46:43 AM

  22. It's the pits.

    Posted by: Tony R | Jan 17, 2006 10:18:58 AM

  23. There's a better mix doing the rounds which is less garageband 101 and is more of a nod than this mashup. I'll post the link when I find it. But it's a good atempt 'Wings' is a bugger to remix its in 3/4 time. Try walzing to that at the Roxy. A

    Posted by: Andrew | Jan 17, 2006 3:36:28 PM

  24. I thought it was better than the 5th of Beethoven.

    Posted by: Marc | Jan 17, 2006 6:38:54 PM

  25. I agree with REMI. Those of you posting negative comments are just upset because it happens to be a remix from this movie. Why not channel you negativity in doing something creative instead of bashing someone who is.

    Posted by: Rigo | Jan 19, 2006 5:40:56 PM

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