The sounds of Missy Elliott, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, Biggie Smalls, and hundreds more were blasting out of the speakers to a sold out crowd at The LC in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday. After selling out two nights in a row at the Newport in January of 2008, mash-up master Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, returned to Columbus for the second night of his 3-month tour promoting his new album All Day.
The crowd, many sporting official shirts that said “I AM NOT A DJ”, packed into the 2,200-capacity venue to get their dancing fix and hear what Gillis would with do their favorite pop songs. A lot of the appeal of Girl Talk is that he, as a mash-up artist, doesn’t use samples and beats but rather pieces together his hits from parts of songs fans already know.
For his follow-up to 2008′s Feed The Animals, Gillis created a 73-minute long track containing hundreds of different songs. Though the album is split into tracks, its meant to be listened to straight through. For a breakdown of the tracks used on the album check out “All Day: Visualized“.
He opened up with the tracks from the first song on the album, “Oh No”, but throughout his 90 minute set he ventured outside of the formulas he used on All Day. After going to the show with some skepticism, it was good to see GT venture outside of the tracks he had already produced.
As far as the aesthetics and stage performance, GT seemed to be taking a page stright out of The Flaming Lips’ book. During the first song fans rushed out from backstage and danced on either side of Gillis’s equipment the whole show. There were confetti blasters, balloons, toilet paper, and behind the stage, a massive screen. At some points during the show Gillis would pick up a video camera and show individuals and the crowd on the visualizer with special effects. It wasn’t the most original formula for spicing up the show but it definitely beat watching a dude on a laptop for an hour and a half (though he brings a lot of energy to it…).
GT wrapped up the show with an awesome Bombs Over Baghdad/Pony/Walk It Out/Pop Bottles > John Lennon’s Imagine and scrolled “Get Tired THIS IS YOUR NIGHT” across the screen. After an hour and a half of non-stop dancing, the crowd abided and swayed back and forth as Girl Talk wrapped up his set.
After selling out his third show here in a row, its easy to say that Columbus loves Girl Talk and anything but a great time would be hard to expect out of his show. If Gillis had any doubts when he quit his day job as an engineer to become Girl Talk full time, his appearances in Columbus should seve as evidence that he made the right move.
Written by Meghan Bender
Photographs from Brian Hockensmith (to see more of his work, including more stellar pics from the Girl Talk show click here)