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Osymyso (real name Mark Nicholson) is a musician and DJ from the United Kingdom who specialises in the genres of bastard pop and breakbeat. He has been making music since 1994, but he released his first album, Welcome to the Pailindrome, in 1999. Songs which he has created include "Pat n Peg", which manages to turn an argument between two EastEnders characters into a track through the looping of the shouts You bitch! and You cow! and the addition of a hip hop beat, and "Intro-Inspection", which brought the genre of bastard pop to its logical extreme. In a 2002 front page survey of the genre, The New York Times remarked on "Intro-Inspection" and called Osymyso "one of the most popular bootleg artists".

Music making technique[edit]

Osymyso uses Cubase and Wavelab on a PC to make music. In interviews, Osymyso has indicated that it takes him a week to make a track that contains no samples, but that he can compose a bootleg track in a matter of hours.


"Intro-Inspection" is a bastard pop song by Osymyso. It sets itself apart from other songs of its genre by putting together the intros to one hundred different, well-known songs—all by different artists, no less—into a twelve-minute long song.

"Intro-Inspection" was never officially released, although there was a very limited number of CDs and vinyl copies printed. It therefore never entered any official charts. Some MP3s in circulation are tagged "Intro-Introspection", repeating the first two syllables, but this is an error.

List of samples used for Intro-Inspection[edit]

  1. "Rivers of Babylon" – Boney M
  2. "Wild Thing" – The Troggs
  3. "Hello" – Lionel Richie
  4. "Fairground" – Simply Red
  5. "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
  6. "Vienna" – Ultravox
  7. "Unchained Melody" – The Righteous Brothers
  8. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" – Bauhaus
  9. "I Get Around" – The Beach Boys
  10. "Tainted Love" – Soft Cell
  11. "Bohemian Rhapsody" – Queen
  12. "No Woman, No Cry" – Bob Marley
  13. "Hound Dog" – Elvis Presley
  14. "Drinking in L.A." – Bran Van 3000
  15. "99 Luftballons" – Nena
  16. "The Lovecats" – The Cure
  17. "...Baby One More Time" – Britney Spears
  18. "Walk on the Wild Side" – Lou Reed
  19. "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" – Barry White
  20. "True" – Spandau Ballet
  21. "Leader of the Pack" – The Shangri-Las
  22. "The Message" – Grandmaster Flash
  23. "Wannabe" – Spice Girls
  24. "Pure Shores" – All Saints
  25. "Eye of the Tiger" – Survivor
  26. "Only You" – Flying Pickets
  27. "Need You Tonight" – INXS
  28. "Come on Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners
  29. "Praise You" – Fatboy Slim
  30. "Down Under" – Men at Work
  31. "Pump up the Volume" – MARRS
  32. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" – Marvin Gaye
  33. "Relax" – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  34. "3 a.m. Eternal" – The KLF
  35. "I Should Be So Lucky" – Kylie Minogue
  36. "Don't You Want Me" – The Human League
  37. "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston
  38. "I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor
  39. "Theme from Shaft" – Isaac Hayes
  40. "The Pink Panther Theme" – Henry Mancini
  41. "Is There Something I Should Know?" – Duran Duran
  42. "Groove Is in the Heart" – Deee-Lite
  43. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" – Eurythmics
  44. "Oh Yeah" – Yello
  45. "Song 2" – Blur
  46. "Blue Monday" – New Order
  47. "Baggy Trousers" – Madness
  48. "You Really Got Me" – The Kinks
  49. "Sweet Child o' Mine" – Guns N' Roses
  50. "Wipe Out" – The Surfaris
  51. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" – The Offspring
  52. "Firestarter" – The Prodigy
  53. "Barbie Girl" – Aqua
  54. "I'm a Believer" – The Monkees
  55. "Anarchy in the U.K." – Sex Pistols
  56. "I've Never Been to Me" – Charlene Duncan
  57. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – The Rolling Stones
  58. "Disco 2000" – Pulp
  59. "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" – Baz Luhrmann
  60. "Disco Inferno" – The Trammps
  61. "Like a Prayer" – Madonna
  62. "China in Your Hand" – T'Pau
  63. "Just Can't Get Enough" – Depeche Mode
  64. "Music Sounds Better with You" – Stardust
  65. "My Name Is" – Eminem
  66. "Shout" – Lulu
  67. "I Feel for You" – Chaka Khan
  68. "Take a Chance on Me" – ABBA
  69. "The Power of Love" – Huey Lewis and the News
  70. "Killer" – Adamski
  71. "Bad" – Michael Jackson
  72. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" – Eric Idle
  73. "Tom's Diner" – Suzanne Vega
  74. "West End Girls" – Pet Shop Boys
  75. "Oh, Pretty Woman" – Roy Orbison
  76. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" – Stevie Wonder
  77. "Let's Dance" – David Bowie
  78. "All Right Now" – Free
  79. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" – Nirvana
  80. "Stayin' Alive" – Bee Gees
  81. "Israelites" – Desmond Dekker
  82. "The Power" – Snap!
  83. "The Safety Dance" – Men Without Hats
  84. "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" – Etta James
  85. "Lust for Life" – Iggy Pop
  86. "My Generation" – The Who
  87. "Take My Breath Away" – Berlin
  88. "Red Red Wine" – UB40
  89. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" – Nancy Sinatra
  90. "It's Not Unusual" – Tom Jones
  91. "Johnny B. Goode" – Chuck Berry
  92. "Bring It All Back" – S Club 7
  93. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" – Procol Harum
  94. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" – The Hollies
  95. "Imagine" – John Lennon
  96. "Little Fluffy Clouds" – The Orb
  97. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" – Bonnie Tyler
  98. "I'm Not in Love" – 10cc
  99. "Temptation" – Heaven 17
  100. "My Way" – Frank Sinatra
  101. "Albatross" – Fleetwood Mac
  102. "The End" – The Doors


In 2005, Osymyso set himself the task of releasing one short track every week for 50 weeks, a project he called 05ymy50. However, progress was slower than hoped, and by year's end only 15 tracks had been completed. Despite this, Osymyso felt the project was at least a partial success: some of the tracks have been released on vinyl by Juno Records, and Osymyso has indicated that he may eventually finish the project, no matter how long it takes.

Work With Chris Morris[edit]

Osymyso has remixed Chris Morris' work a number of times. A remix of Morris' George W. Bush cut-up Bushwacked 2 can be found on Morris' website www.thesmokehammer.com and a remix of Morris' short film My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 can be found on the DVD release.

Work With Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright[edit]

Osymyso provided a track called "Spaced Jam" for the 2004 reissue of the complete Spaced TV series, which samples of dialogue from the show over a dance beat. He also produced the soundtrack album for the pair's 2004 film Shaun of the Dead, and was responsible for a track on the 2007 soundtrack to Hot Fuzz. Osymyso is also providing seven "trailer remixes" for Edgar Wright's upcoming movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the first of which was released on 14 July on EmpireOnline.com[1]

Pegg also contributed percussion parts for the 05ymy50 project.

As a remixer[edit]

Osymyso has also remixed several artists, mostly notably Placebo – his "Birthday Mix" [made by Osymyso apparently on his own Birthday] of their hit "Twenty Years" appears on the CD format of the single. 2009 saw Osymyso produce a 60-minute remix for Warp Records for their 20th Anniversary box set.

Osymyso produced a mix for the Mary Ann Hobbs Breezeblock radio one show. Whilst this did not bring a mainstream following it opened a lot of peoples eyes and made them smile, a smile is always good![citation needed]


  • Neil Strauss, "Spreading by the Web, Pop's Bootleg Remix", New York Times, 9 May 2002, Pg. A1.

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