The following is a guest post by Matt Thames.
Had enough of all those movie remakes yet?
Indeed, the last several years turned out a bunch of big budget remakes — The Longest Yard, King Kong, True Grit, The Bad News Bears and Fright Night — to name just a few. Soon Evil Dead, Carrie and Red Dawn will be coming down the pike, along with a slew more. With the big flick industry's creativity in the red, the studios are cranking out one recycled flick after another amid declining box-office numbers, and its been giving the 'biz a boost.
Maybe the music industry should consider a similar approach.
After all, it's no secret that the record biz is beleaguered these days, too, what with all that downloading and, some might argue, not enough quality product out there to buy.
Rather than wasting time and resources on signing acts that can create hit records, why not just have top contemporary artists re-create entire hit albums of the past? The novelty alone should move some units, and this way record execs won't have to worry about whether or not they "hear a single" from an album that's in the works. They were already decided upon decades ago!
With that in mind, here's a tongue-in-cheek look at some remakes I'd like to see from a few of the biggest hitmakers of the last decade:
- Katy Perry covering Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (1995): A bit of pop sheen would shine up this trove of love-lorn angst for maximum listen-ability in a post-grunge world.
- Green Day covering The Damned's Damned Damned Damned (1977): Dick, the record store clerk in the film High Fidelity, duly noted Stiff Little Fingers' influence on Green Day. But the track "American Idiot" proved that Billie Joe Armstrong and company are well-seasoned enough to rip through searing punk classics such as "New Rose" and "Neat Neat Neat.". Maybe it would help lure them back from Broadway, too.
- The Black Eyed Peas covering Digital Underground's Sex Packets (1990): "The Humpty Dance" brags the kind of unapologetic camp just waiting to be embraced by today's fans. It would also pass as responsible, deep, and thoughtful material from the group that gave us a song called "Let's Get Retarded."
- Adele covering Ratt's Out of the Cellar (1984): If this sounds like a stretch, consider that Mariah Carey took a crack at early '80s hair metal with her rendition of Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." The obvious single here would be Ratt's signature song, "Round and Round," with lyrics that nearly scream to be belted out soulfully by a pop diva: "With love we'll find a way, just give it time".
Matt Thames is blogger and Brand Manager for Selby Acoustics, Australia’s premiere source for HDMI cables.