Thursday, July 21, 2005

recycling music

All kitties love music. Yes we are very refined, unlike those dogs.

If you think you've heard a tune before, the chances are, you have.

Lots of songs are remade into covers. The remade ones are commonly known as cover versions. Most of the time, the original is always the best. You might recognise these:

- Always on My Mind (Elvis Presley 1973, then Willie Nelson 1982, Petshop Boys 1988);
- American Pie (Don McLean 1971, then Madonna 2000);
- Boys of Summer (Don Henley 1984, then DJ Sammy 2003, The Ataris 2003);
- Cats in the Cradle (Harry Chapin 1974, then Ugly Kid Joe 1993);
- Heaven (Bryan Adams 1985, then DJ Sammy 2002);
- How Soon is Now? (The Smiths 1985, then Love Spit Love 1996 - the version on tv show Charmed, Snake River Conspiracy 2002, The Meatmen 2003, t.A.T.u. 2003);
- Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler 1983, then Nicki French 1995, oh and Ms Tyler did another version in French, a duet with Kareen Antonn called Si Demain which was number 1 in France and Belgium in early 2004).

There is so much more! And of course there is the use of a small portion of an original song tune. This is known as sampling. An artist might take a small part of a track and use it many times in a totally new song. Do these sound familiar?

- Ventura Highway (by America, being reused by Janet Jackson in Someone to Call My Lover);
- Every Breath You Take (The Police, being reused by Puff Daddy in I'll Be Missing You);
- Under Pressure (Queen, being reused by Vanilla Ice in Ice Ice Baby);
and the mother of them all:
- the orchestral version of The Last Time (Rolling Stones, being reused by The Verve in Bittersweet Symphony - the lawsuit of that one was unreal).

And of course, classical pieces which don't have copyright are always being tampered with:

- Un Bel Di from Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly used by Malcolm McLaren and the World Famous Supreme Team in Madame Butterfly (how original!);
- Flower Duet from Léo Delibes' opera Lakmé used by Malcolm McLaren and the World Famous Supreme Team in Operaa House!;
- Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 2 used by Eric Carmen in All By Myself;
- Maurice Ravel's Bolero used by Rufus Wainwright in Oh What a World.

*Please visit Cooper and Camilla who are good at finding out about things and sharing it with us.

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Today is Thursday, and we're going to watch Lost now. I hope I get another chapter or two of Harry Potter tonight.

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