Thursday, July 12, 2007

Gregg Gillis gets busy

Girl Talk goes topless for Playgirl, eats hot dogs with Congressman Doyle and Newsweek, quits his job and goes on tour with Dan Deacon.

Although you’re more likely to see Gillis strip down to his skivvies at a Girl Talk show, half a million people saw Gillis exposed in June’s “Man of The Year” issue of Playgirl Magazine. When discussing what he likes to do in his free time, Gillis says, “I enjoy swimming, playing basketball, lighting off fireworks, snacking it out, and bro’n down.” About the issue, Gillis says, “I didn't know it was out, and a friend actually spotted it in a women's restroom at this pretty dive-y bar in Pittsburgh. She didn’t know I was in it, she was just browsing. Pretty funny situation.

What some might find even funnier is the fact that Gillis ate hot dogs with Newsweek journalist Steven Levy and Congressman Mike Doyle shortly after the Playgirl piece hit stands. Levy and Congressman Doyle flew to Pittsburgh to meet Gillis at local hot dog joint Franktuary to discuss Doyle’s recent statements supporting Girl Talk’s sample based music on the floor of Congress. Read all about it (LINK).

Gillis recently was granted the freedom to do the above mentioned things, as he recently resigned from his job as a biomedical engineer that up until now has also kept him from taking on more remix projects and touring on a regular basis.

“I couldn't keep up with both worlds,” Gillis says. “It was just too much. I keep getting sick because I'm in a constant state of running somewhere else. Music has always been my main interest, but I never really thought of it as a possible career. I think I'm extremely lucky to be in the position I am in now, where I can dedicate at least a year of my life to music and stay afloat.”

According to Gillis’ booking agent Sam Hunt at The Windish Agency, “It shouldn't have too great of an impact on his live schedule. There's something awesome about only playing on the weekends, and we'd like to do our best to keep that going,” Hunt says. “However, there have been a number of uniquely awesome opportunities that have been impossible because they took place during the week. Also, there's a chance he'll be able to do a more thorough/actual tour involving multiple consecutive shows!”

Gillis’s resignation also granted him the opportunity to go on tour with Dan Deacon, more flexibility to perform at special events during the week and also more time to work on Trey Told ‘Em, a band he started with friend and collaborator Frank Musarra (Hearts of Darknesses). The duo has already completed one remix for Tokyo Police Club, and has many more in the works including tracks for Simian Mobile Disco and Professor Murder.

Girl Talk was one of the highlights of this year’s Coachella festival (VIDEO), with Paris Hilton (mere weeks before her incarceration!) and Perry Farrell dancing alongside him and throwing confetti. As usual, Gillis had a crew of dancers join him on stage, with gigantic bright yellow balloons tied to their wrists. Girl Talk was also a hit at this month’s Bonnaroo Festival and the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona.

Who ever thought you would see the day when the words Playgirl, Newsweek and Paris Hilton could all be used in one of our press releases? In true Girl Talk fashion, he never ceases to amaze.

In addition to the tour with Dan Deacon, Gillis is excited to be playing several more summer festivals, including Pitchfork and the Winnipeg and Montreal Jazz Festivals. He will also put his fan base to the test this July by playing Red Rocks in Colorado with Violent Femmes and Blues Traveler, soon to be followed by a show with Widespread Panic in Boston. This just further illustrates Girl Talk’s notorious “down for whatever” attitude about music.
  • Girl Talk Live:
* w/ Dan Deacon

07/04 Morrison, CO Red Rock Pavillion
07/14 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
07/18 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
07/27 Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party
07/28 Louisville, KY Forecastle Festival
08/04 Baltimore, MD Pimlico Race Park
08/09 Indianapolis, IN Talbott Street
08/10 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
08/24 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom
09/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
09/12 Toronto, ON Phoenix*
09/15 New York, NY Webster Hall*
09/17 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church*
09/20 Charlottesville, VA Satellite Ballroom*
09/21 Asheville, NC Orange Peel*
09/22 Atlanta, GA MJQ Concourse*
09/27 San Diego, CA Epicentre*
09/28 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex*
09/29 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*
10/04 Lawrence, KS The Granada Theatre
10/05 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/06 Iowa City, IA The Picador
10/11 Calgary, AB The Warehouse
10/12 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
11/01 Houston, TX Engine Room
11/02 Dallas, TX Palladium Loft

After I saw the tour schedule I got in touch with Mr. Gillis and said "'re hitting up Dallas and Houston, you should come by and see us in the capital city." He assured me that there will be another Girl Talk performance taking place in Austin before the end of '07. Keep an eye on for all the latest news & tour dates.

I keep getting requests for another spin of the live Girl Talk tracks from his set at Chop Suey in Seattle, so I'm going to do this thing one more time. The same rules still apply from before:
  • 1. Turn it up.
  • 2. if you recognize a sample that is used in any of these tracks that hasn't been listed yet, or see one that is incorrect, leave it in the comments.
Girl Talk - One (2:48)
Ciara - "Goodies"
Boston - "Foreplay/Long Time"
Beyonce - "Ring The Alarm"
Rich Boy - "Throw Some D's"
Ginuwine - "Pony"

Girl Talk - Two (2:16)
Ciara - "Goodies"
Ying Yang Twins - "Jigglin"
Jackson 5 - "ABC"
*Cat Stevens - "Here Comes my Baby"

Girl Talk - Three (2:50)
* The Game - "One Blood"
Girl Talk - "Unnamed Original Track"
* Ludacris- "What's Your Fantasy?"
Wu-Tang Clan - "C.R.E.A.M"
Birdman & Lil Wayne - "Stuntin' Like My Daddy"
Manfred Mann - "Blinded by the Light"

Girl Talk - Four (2:24)
Clipse - "Wamp Wamp"
* Fine Young Cannibals - "Good Thing"
The Verve - "Bittersweet Symphony"
Kelis - "Bossy" (Feat. Too Short)

Girl Talk - Five (2:43)
DJ Cerla - "Yo DJ"
Neutral Milk Hotel - "Holland, 1945"
Soul II Soul - "Back to Life"
* Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"
E-40 - "Tell Me When To Go"
Digital Underground - "The Humpty Dance"
Technotronic - "Pump Up The Jam"

Girl Talk - Six (3:10)
Technotronic - "Pump Up The Jam"
Pras/Ol' Dirty Bastard/Mya - "Ghetto Supastar"
* Amerie - "1 Thing"
Missy Elliot - "Work It"
* Beck - "Cell Phone's Dead"
Lakeside - "Fantastic Voyage"
E-40 - "U and Dat"
Zhane - "Hey, Mr. DJ"

Girl Talk - Seven (1:58)
INXS - "Need You Tonight"
Young Gunz - "Set It Off"
Keak Da Sneak - "That's My Word"
Lil Scrappy - "Money in the Bank"
Styx - "Renegade"

Girl Talk - Eight (1:41)
Lady Sovereign - "Love Me or Hate Me"
*The Beatles - "Lady Madonna"

Girl Talk - Nine (1:53)
* Elastica - "Connection"
Salt-N-Pepa - "Push It"
2 Live Crew - "If You Believe In Having Sex"
Nazareth - "Hair Of The Dog"

Girl Talk - Ten (2:11)
Nazareth - "Hair Of The Dog"
Deee-Lite - "Groove Is In The Heart"
Young Dro - "Shoulder Lean"
The Cars - "Just What I Needed"
Three 6 Mafia - "Stay Fly"
* Spank Rock - Backyard Betty

Girl Talk - Eleven (3:39)
Daft Punk - "Technologic"
Peter Bjorn and John - "Let's Call It Off"
Christina Aguilera - "Ain't No Other Man"
* Uniting Nations - "Out of Touch"
* Creation - "Making Time"

Girl Talk - Twelve (2:46)
Steve Winwood - "Valerie" / Eric Prydz - "Call On Me"
Elton John - "Tiny Dancer"
The Notorious B.I.G. - "Juicy"
Paula Cole - "I Don't Want to Wait"

Girl Talk - Thirteen (4:41)
The Eagles - "One Of These Nights"
Crime Mob - "Knuck If You Buck"
Too Short - "Blowjob Betty"
Queen - "We Will Rock You"
Ace of Base - "All That She Wants"
Kelis - "Bossy" (Feat. Too Short)
Snoop - Drop It Like It's Hot (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
James Taylor - "Your Smiling Face"
* T.I. - "Top Back"


Rosie said...

you Rock...thank you...i am seeing the fab Gregg on Saturday at pitchfork...can't wait

Rob said...

Love your blog. This is the first time I have something to contribute. According to, Girl Talk will be playing at (the now two day) Fun Fun Fun Fest happening November 3rd and 4th. I'm hoping that in addition to the festival performance he'll have time for a late night side show elsewhere.

jho said...

Track 11 - New Order - Bizzare Love Triangle

Brad said...

Take note that Girl Talk added a show for September 14th in Boston at Avalon.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap! I missed these tracks again? Bummer...

I guess I'll have to wait to see him live at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

nc said...

hey is there a way to get these tracks? they don't work anymore