The Police + Dire Straits = Dire Sting?
Mashups are still alive and well, thankfully. When well executed, a mashup (or "bastard pop" or any of the dozen names lavished on it...) fuses two songs so perfectly they can almost become better than the original. A few years back, there were literally hundreds of versions of Eminem raps layered over pop and classic rock tunes, and out of that bombastic mess the mashup was born. It doesn't always work, but when it does the new music fusion can put your head in an all new space.
Mark Vidler of Go Home Productions is one of the undisputed masters of mashup, no doubt. He's still going strong combining not only songs, but their music videos as well. When Sting and DIre Straits met in his latest project, Retro Thing co-conspirator James said, "Whoa. I feel like I'm listening to the radio in a very screwed up dream where the music is from an alternate 80s universe."
What other encouragement do you need?