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April 20, 2009 - Marguerite Lanthier
Heard a strange remake recently. Seether doing a pretty faithful version of the George Michael song “Careless Whisper.” It’s not a song that really grabs me, so I wish they would have made it rock a little harder. Others might like it just the way it is. I like when a band takes a song and makes it their own. Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” is very different than the original by the song’s writer Dolly Parton. Even local bands have take songs they make sound very different from originals. Local band Money Shot’s pumped of version of “Let Her Cry” closes many of their last sets. And that’s just one example. Of course some acts have had big hits with songs that sound just like the original. Pearl Jam’s version of “Last Kiss” was their biggest hit and it sounded pretty close to the original from the 1960s. Song remakes are been around since the early days of the music industry. “Blue Suede Shoes” was a huge hit for Elvis Presley. But it become the first million seller just months early for the song’s writer Carl Perkins. Of course songs are remade all the time and I guess it’s your preference whether you like the original or the remake. Let’s hear about some of your favorite or least favorite remakes.
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