Roberts: lead vocals Mimi Lee Ferrari: lead vocals Angela Momiyama: bass, keyboards, vocals Graham Ruby: guitar, vocals Gavin Owen: guitar, vocals Matty C: drumsFREE
to Rock 'n' Roll –
NINE INCH NAILS
vs. JOAN JETT download
Nation Army Dreams – EURYTHMICS vs. the WHITE STRIPES download
Sells White Weddings – BILLY IDOL vs. THE CULT download
Save Madonna –
the SEX PISTOLS download
* Above recordings feature additional lead vocals
Like You –
SOFT CELL vs.
the DANDY WARHOLS download
Like Billie Jean – NIRVANA vs.
MICHAEL JACKSON download
vs. TALKING HEADS download
Lady Joe –
JET vs. the BEATLES
vs. JOE WALSH download
MASHUPS PERFORMED LIVE:
Call Me Semi-Charmed - CARLY RAE JEPSEN vs. THIRD EYE BLIND
Sexy Poison In A Box – BEL BIV DEVOE vs. RIGHT SAID FRED vs. ALICE IN CHAINS
The Higher You Make Me Feel – MICHAEL JACKSON vs. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Blurred Ice – VANILLA ICE vs. ROBIN THICKE
Get Lucky Tik Tok Star – DAFT PUNK vs. MADONNA vs. KE$HA
Sweet Rihanna O' Mine - RIHANNA vs. GUNS N' ROSES
Somebody I Used To Reap – GOTYE vs. BLUE OYSTER CULT
We Are Never Ever Getting The Sweater – TAYLOR SWIFT vs. WEEZER
99 Luft Problems - JAY-Z vs. NENA
Good Time Basket Case - GREEN DAY vs. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN
Party Rock Song 2 - LMFAO vs. BLUR
I Got More Than A Feeling - BLACK EYED PEAS vs. BOSTON
Dynamite Pressure - TAIO CRUZ vs. QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE
Seven Nation Prerogative - BOBBY BROWN vs. WHITE STRIPES
Sweet Teenage Dream – KATY PERRY vs. EURYTHMICS
Cooler Than Gold On The Ceiling - MIKE POSNER vs. THE BLACK KEYS
What You Need Is Bulletproof – LA ROUX vs. INXS
Whitney O'Riley – WHITNEY HOUSTON vs. THE WHO
Like Bad Romance –
LADY GAGA vs. NIRVANA
RUN-DMC vs. METALLICA
Just Want Bloody Sunday – CYNDI LAUPER vs. U2
You Shook Me Last Friday Night – KATY PERRY vs. AC/DC
Don't Start Me Down – PINK vs. ELO
Dreams - LADY GAGA vs. EURYTHMICS
Time - QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE vs. MGMT
Alien vs. Zombie - KATY PERRY vs. THE CRANBERRIES
Boy Resort -
RIHANNA vs. PAPA ROACH
MADONNA vs. THE WHO
NIRVANA vs. BLUR
Me Uprising – BLONDIE
A-B-City – JACKSON
FIVE vs. GUNS N' ROSES
Lotta War Pigs – LED ZEPPELIN vs. BLACK SABBATH
RIHANNA vs. THE CURE
In Love Machine – BEYONCÉ
Up, American Boy – ESTELLE vs. THE TING TINGS
Cha Talk 'Bout Love – PUSSYCAT DOLLS vs. VAN HALEN
BEASTIE BOYS vs.
BLONDIE vs. THE DOORS
Back In Black – AC/DC vs. QUEEN vs. DAVID BOWIE vs. JUSTIN
But Superstitious – STEVIE WONDER vs. METALLICA
To Faith – GEORGE MICHAEL vs. THE CURE
Stop Believin' 1979 – JOURNEY vs. SMASHING PUMPKINS
To Say Beat It – MICHAEL
JACKSON vs. THE HIVES
Pepper's Paradise –
THE BEATLES vs.
GUNS N' ROSES
Stroke of Genius –
vs. THE STROKES
vs. THE CARS
Believe Me All Night Long – CHER vs. AC/DC
Warp Blitz –
SWEET vs. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
On Film –
DURAN DURAN vs.
The Casbah –
THE CLASH vs.
Dance, Anything Dance – FALL OUT BOY vs. DRAMARAMA
Like Kelly's Behind – KELLY CLARKSON vs. NIRVANA
KELIS vs. MINISTRY
vs. ELECTRIC SIX
of Broken Songs – GREEN DAY vs. OASIS vs. AEROSMITH
More Teen Spirit – BRITNEY
SPEARS vs. NIRVANA
Call Me Blur –
BLUR vs. MADISON AVE.
THE RAMONES vs. THREE CHRISTMAS SONGS!
world's first live mashup rock band
Voted San Francisco's "Best Cover Band" 2007 / 2009 / 2012
STUFF & THINGS:
SMASH-UP DERBY VOTED "BEST BAND" IN THE SF WEEKLY "BEST OF SF 2012" READERS POLL! Yeah, we know ... we can't believe it either, but it's true! Thanks, San Francisco! We love you!
VIDEOS FROM BOOTIE
LA 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT ECHOPLEX POSTED TO YOUTUBE Smash-Up Derby's entire live set
from the Bootie LA 5-Year Anniversary on June 5, 2010 have been posted
to YouTube. Thanks to Tim Rich, the entire
10 song set is there for your viewing pleasure. Click here!
DERBY CHRISTMAS MASHUP ON "SANTASTIC 5" HOLIDAY ALBUM Smash-Up Derby has contributed another holiday song to this year's "Santastic
V," the annual holiday mashup/remix album compiled by DJ BC.
The band contributes "Seven Nation Santa" -- their mashup of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" with the holiday classic "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Click here todownload!
WELCOMES NEW SINGER MIMI LEE FERRARI In January 2010, Smash-Up
Derby welcomed Mimi
Lee Ferrari as
the band's new co-lead singer, joining band leader Adrian
on the middle mics. She steps into the role formerly held
who after four years singing with the band, has gone on
to pursue other creative endeavors in theatre and performance.
GAGA OPENS UP FOR
SMASH-UP DERBY IN LA!
Well, at least she did back in June 2008, at the Bootie LA 3-Year
Anniversary Pirate Ball at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Check
out the video HERE!
SMASH-UP DERBY ON FACEBOOK
Yup, we love social networking sites as much as the next band.
So check us out on Facebook. Let's be friends!
DERBY IS THE HOUSE BAND AT BOOTIE AT DNA LOUNGE
You can catch Smash-Up Derby twice a month at the DNA
Lounge, where we're the house band at Bootie,
the biggest mashup bootleg club in the world. The band hits the stage every
2nd and 4th Saturday at 11 PM sharp! The DNA Lounge is at 375
11th Street at Harrison. More info: BootieSF.com
DERBY INTERVIEWED IN THE BEIJINGER, BEIJING, CHINA'S ENGLISH
LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER! Check out this interview with Adrian in The Beijinger from March 4, 2009.
THE RECORDING STUDIO
We are nearly finished recording our long-awaited album! We're working
on a dozen different songs, which we will be releasing as
a full-length CD. Of course, for what we're doing, song licensing is
a bothersome nuisance, so we'll probably be doing this underground
style -- at least until we can find some sucker who wants to pay all
the publishing companies and lawyers that represent the songs we're
bastardizing! Stay tuned...
SMASH-UP DERBY A WEEKLY PICK
IN THE SF BAY GUARDIAN In the "Weekly
Picks" of the April 9, 2008 issue of the San
Francisco Bay Guardian, they write: "The only thing better
than a mashup — that fantastic alchemy that makes two songs,
played together, better than either is on its own – is a live
mashup. Which is exactly why Smash-Up Derby — the world's only
act to cover and mix songs on stage with actual instruments — is
the crowning jewel on the bizarre tiara that is Bootie
SF. (Imagine the bassist playing "Smells Like Teen
Spirit" and the vocalist singing "Billie Jean Is Not My Lover" and
you'll have some idea.) This month, the strange (and strangely sexy)
mashup party features the internationally renowned band along with
French mashup master DJ Moule."
VOTED "BEST COVER
BAND" – SF WEEKLY BEST OF 2007 Smash-Up Derby was voted "Best Cover Band" in
Poll in their annual Best of SF 2007 issue. Thanks, San
Adrian did an interview about Smash-Up Derby for SFStation.com,
talking about the creative process of rearranging songs, being the
house band at Bootie, and how band practice can sometimes make his
brain hurt. You can read it all here.
DERBY CHRISTMAS MASHUP ON "SANTASTIC 4" HOLIDAY ALBUM Smash-Up Derby has contributed a holiday song for "Santastic
4," the annual holiday mashup/remix compilation.
"Christmas Bop" -- their mashup of The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg
Bop" vs. "Deck The Halls," "Silent Night," and "Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer" -- has been a part of the band's holiday
sets since 2006 -- and now it's finally available for download!
SF BAY GUARDIAN BEST
OF THE BAY!
Smash-Up Derby made theSan Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bayissue
for 2006. Woo-hoo! We were an editor's pick in the "Entertainment and Nightlife" section,
under the category "Best Tori Amos meets Slayer." You can read all
about it here.
GRAY - AMERICAN EDIT: THE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
On August 11, 2006, Smash-Up Derby presented the world's first mashup
rock opera, based on the acclaimed (and banned) Green Day bootleg
album, Dean Gray - American Edit. The show was performed
live at the Bootie 3-Year Anniversary Pirate Ball at the DNA Lounge
in San Francisco, and featured performance artist Foxy Cotton in the
main role, with the band providing the instrumentation and vocals.
STORY SO FAR:
we know how most of these band bios start. It usually goes something
like this: Imagine a band that mixes [insert well-known indie band
here] with [insert famous pop artist here] sprinkled with
a dash of [for intrigue, insert descriptive noun here]. And
of course, it's usually complete bullshit. Unless, that is, you're talking
about SMASH-UP DERBY.
That's because SMASH-UP DERBY indeed does do all of the above
– quite literally. In fact, they're a totally kick-ass rock cover
band – except the singers think they're in a pop band. So while
the band is cranking out rockin' renditions of songs by Nirvana,
Franz Ferdinand, U2, or Metallica, the
singers are belting out Madonna, Michael Jackson, Christina
or Run-DMC - at the same time.
On paper, it sounds like a train wreck, but in actuality, it melds
beautifully. With the band's skillful execution, these "hybrid songs" sound
like they were always meant to be together. You'll never hear the originals
the same way again.
However, mashing up the music is only part of what makes Smash-Up Derby
unique. Their stage presentation makes them one of San Francisco's
most exciting bands, with singers Adrian and Mimi playing off each
other, bringing a polished sense of glamour and theatricality to the
proceedings. Meanwhile, the band – to put it bluntly – simply
rock out with their cock out. It's a culture clash that's exciting
to watch, and even more exciting to listen to.
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Photo by Eric ShutterSlut
From left to right: Graham Ruby, Angela Momiyama, Adrian Roberts, Mimi Lee Ferrari, Matty C., Gavin Owen