Saturday, May 11, 2013

Music Remakes #by: Márcia Schwarz Perel


I love a remake, especially if it is recorded live. What I have been noticing lately is that a lot of old songs are being covered. Sometimes, the new recording artist steps away from its style or genre and gives a new twist to an old song. Sometimes the remake makes no sense at all. I tend to love new versions on old classics.

I asked on Facebook what music remake people seemed to remember or like the most. I will post their suggestions along with mine, also crediting our beloved volunteers.

·      The Ramones – California Sun. Originally recorded in 1961 by New Orleans artist Joe Jones.  Re-recorded by this quartet from my home in Forest Hills, the song got a punk rock twist and it is 
just as good as the original.




·      Dave Grohl – With Arms Wide open. Originally recorded by Creed, written by its front man Scott Stapp as an emotional letter from a father waiting for his child to be born. Dave recorded a parody version of this song, making this attempt unnecessary and proving to me, once again, that he is just annoying.

·      Johnny Cash – Hurt. Originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails, Johnny went out of his comfort zone and did, in my humble opinion, THE BEST cover version ever.



·      Madonna – American Pie. Originally recorded by Don McLean, I covered his version on a previous blog, it became an anthem for patriot Americans. Madonna just made it commercial. Enough said !!!

·      Sheryl Crow – Sweet Child O’Mine. Already on my list and also suggested by Melina Virdone, the Guns N Roses song parted seas with opinions. Hard core Guns fans got offended by Sheryl’s version and others found it sweet.

·      Guns N Roses – Since I Don’t Have You. Originally recorded by The Skyliners in 1958, at the time it was considered one of the best heartbreak ballad ever recorded. Axl Rose rocked the new version, Slashed once again kicks ass with his solos.

·      U2 – Unchained Melody. The Righteous Brothers chained hearts with this song but once again, U2 mastered another cover version.
·      Faith No More – Easy. Originally performed by The Commodores, this is my FAVORITE cover song ever made. The video has Drag Queens in it, and what can I say? I love Drag Queens.



·      Billy Idol – Mony Mony. Originally recorded by Tommy Jones and the Shondells. I am not crazy about either of the versions.
·      Robbie Williams – Freedom. Originally written, recorded and played by MY George Michael; this was Robbie’s first solo single. I am not offended by it. I am offended by a Last Christmas version recoded by some country girl who I mentally blocked.

·      George Michael – Feeling Good. Originally as a Nina Simone recording, George brought class and excitement to his version. George covered many other songs, always respecting the original version. He makes them classy and precious. Am I too suspicious to comment on it?



·      Seether – Careless Whisper. Original song from Wham!. Seether had no business killing the song !!!

·      Guns N Roses – Knocking on Heaven’s Door. A Bob Dylan’s classic. Beautifully covered by Guns. A must on my list and also suggested by Prema Carvalho.

·      Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams. Originally recorded by The Eurythmics. Manson made it dark, depressing, gothic, under. Was I specific enough?




·      Annie Lennox – Wait in Vain. Annie covered this Bob Marley song beautifully. There is so much emotion in everything Annie does.  Rafaela Rangel voted for this one and obviously this one was on my list.

·      Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World. A David Bowie classic greatly covered by Nirvana.

·      Pet Shop Boys – Always on My Mind. A Brenda Lee song covered by Elvis. People have no idea this is Lee’s song, Elvis immortalized it. Suggested by Patricia Campos.



·      Santana – Black Magic Women. I am not sure who covered this first. Some say Peter Green and some say Fleetwood Mac. I vote for Santana’s version. This one is my Dad’s suggestion. He is a Santana fan since the 70’s.




·      Eddie Vedder – You Got to Hide Your Love Away. Originally by The Beatles, amazingly covered by Vedder. Suggested by Michele Mimi Caribe.

·      Jeff Buckeley/Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah.   A Leonard Cohen original, greatly covered by these two artists. I suggest George Michael’s version of Rufus’ Going to a Town. This was amazingly suggested by Natalia Cotlinsky and Melissa harbor.



·      Undercover – September. An Earth Wind and Fire song covered by the biggest cover band of all artists, Undercover. Suggested by Roberta Pena.

·      The Killers – With or Without You. A classic U2 song. I prefer the original. Suggested by my friend Manoela McGovern.
·      David Bowie and Annie Lennox – Under Pressure. A Queen and 
Bowie collaboration immortalized by Bowie with Lennox.

·      Guns N Roses – Live and Let Die. Originally performed by Sir Paul McCartney. Redone by Guns for a James Bond installment. Love it. Suggested by Prema Carvalho.



·      The Killers – Romeo and Juliet. A Dire Straits classic covered by The Killers. I am not familiar with this cover version but apparently I left my own version of Sultans of Swing on my husband’s work voice mail. Again greatly suggested by Prema Carvalho.

·      Eric Clapton – I Shot the Sheriff. A Bob Marley anthem greatly done by one of the best guitar players in the world. Prema Carvalho helped with this one.



·      Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole – What a Wonderful World. What a beautiful version of the Louis Armstrong classic. Greatly suggested by my cousin superstar Lea Baras Top.

·      Westlife – Against all Odds. A Genesis song amazingly done by Westlife. I rather have Westlife than Phil Collins.

·      Blue One Love – Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word. An Elton John Cover and collaboration on the re-recorded track.  Worth 
listening to.


·      Pomplamoose – Ananda Lima suggested this duo. They cover a bunch of songs making them a lot of fun. I love learning about new artists !!!



Thanks to all of you that helped me out suggesting songs. I enormously appreciate it !!!!

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