Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Song Remakes (Informational Post # 2)

How many of you write a paper and research and paraphrase someone else’s work? Artists do the same thing in a way; instead of paraphrasing they just remake or do a cover of a song.

Songs are remade from every era but it seems like the eighties is one of the most popular times people remake songs from.

Even if people don’t remake it they borrow or get rights to use the instrumental parts of songs. 

“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell is one of the most used instrumental pieces in music. (Thanks to Ms. Payseur for that information)

Some examples are “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde, “Dancing with Myself” originally by Billy Idol, 
“Jenny/867-5309” by Tommy Tutone, “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper, and one of my personal favorites “Lady Marmalade” by the amazing Patti Labelle.

Music Quote, available at, 4/18/2012

“Kids in America” was remade by twenty-nine artist! Some of the artists who remade the song are The Bam Bams, Cascada, The Donnas, and The Jonas Brothers.

“Dancing with Myself” (which is now stuck in my head) was remade by Blink 182, The Donnas, and the Boomtang Boys.

“Jenny/867-5309” got remade by Bracket, Less Than Jake, and The Refreshments. I love this song personally, I think it’s very catchy.

Phil Collins and Fredro Starr featuring Jill Scott remade Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”

My personal favorite from this list is Patti Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade”, Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil Kim, and Mya did an amazing job remaking this classic.

Remakes of songs are everywhere, in fact today I heard the original Lady Marmalade, and version of Breakeven by Colbie Calliat. 

Some people do not like remakes at all; an article by ABC News on the new Dirty Dancing remake say, 'Nothing will EVER compare to Dirty Dancing. I don't know why they're gonna try and remake it #PatrickSwayze will always be a legend.' Alyssa Reale from Ohio wrote on her Twitter feed. 

It's up to you, decide for yourself if you like remakes or you absolutely hate them because the original is much better. 

You've probably heard a remake and never known about it. So ask your parents if they know any songs by another artist. You might just like the original better. I hope you’ll go look at remakes now that you know some of the songs that have been remade.

With love and music-

Montana <3

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