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I… I don’t know how to feel about this.
Apart of this feels blasphemous, like I committed one of the seven deadly sins by lowkey liking this mashup…
And the mashup I’m talking about, is Merle Haggard’s 1972 hit “Goodbye Comes Hard For Me,” and the iconic 1982 Survivor smash hit, “Eye of the Tiger.”
We’re talking about a slow paced western ballad, mixed with an upbeat, badass hype song off the Rocky soundtrack.
How is this possible, you may ask?
Bill McClintock, that’s the answer.
McClintock is known for mashing up a number of old songs of complete opposite genres, and “making them new again,” as he likes to say.
He’s mashed up Slipknot and The Spice Girls, Metallica and Huey Lewis, and a number of others, with some sounding surprisingly really good, and some that’ll make your ears bleed.
And for this Merle Haggard/Survivor combo, I’m not sure if The Hag is rolling over in his grave, or if he would be for this one…. but it kinda… works?
What’s the verdict?
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