This song was such a big deal for me back in the mid 90s that I overplayed it. It was a big pop dance crossover hit from Italy. Later I also discovered a Rollo remix and started playing that version as well. So it has a special place for me as it was def one of the bigger dance pop tunes that came out in the 90s. I was quick to want to check out when I heard about a remake of it. Sure to my surprise it’s a pretty darn cool version by Matt Helders featuring Nesreen Shah. Matt Helders is the drummer from the Arctic Monkeys and I have not idea who Nesreen Shah is but they have certainly updated a club classic 90s dance pop song and made it quite the energetic drummified bouncy update. I like it. What do you think? The track is from Ministry Of Sounds Uncovered CD which is a real cool collection of covers remakes etc. Well worth it to own!
When Weapon Of Choice came out back in 2001 it was a pretty big hit. The track was a quirky retro sounding fun electronic masterpiece. I really dug it and the video was fun too and starred Christopher Walken of all things. So it was a classic piece of work. I’m really partial to the original version of Weapon Of Choice but this new remix by Lazy Rich is pretty fun. It’s got more of a club/electro sound. Stuff that’s really big nowadays. It still has elements of the original track but definitely is an update. Works for me in some ways but again I love the original just a bit more and as always the original video is so much fun. What do you think of the two versions? Which version do you like?
If there’s any track that takes me back to the heyday of the rave techno scene this has got to be it. This piece of music is darn amazing! Totally energetic and has that updated sound from the scene in the early 90s. I have several other tracks from Surkin but I’m still really into this one track. Surkin is Benoit Heitz. Born in the South Of France now residing in Paris. This is off of Surkin’s Next Of Kin EP.
I’m really digging this remix of LollipopThe Chordettes song from the late 50s. It’s been given the extra bassy treatment but it’s really short like the original song itself. The original song I’m sure you’ve heard countless times is a cute innocent late 50s pop hit but this ones got a bit of gritty inner city feel to it even including a recognizable beat from Tone Loc’sWild Thing. I’m sure you’ll recognize it once you hear it. I love it. Found this recently on the Whip It (film) soundtrack and wasn’t even aware that a remix has been done to this song and I’m happy to have discovered it.
I love this awesome disco music series called Disco Discharge. There are a total of 8 albums in the entire collection 4 of which were released last year and this year 4 more volumes have come out literally! I love the group Lime from the 80s very much. They are a late discovery for me. I only discovered them in the late 90s and since then I’ve been hooked. They have that classic Hi-NRG/synth dance sound and their sound is pretty original and slightly cutting edge compared to some of their other cheesier sounding counterparts.
Lime were a husband and wife duo from Montreal, Canada who had underground synth pop/dance hits like Angel Eyes, Your Love (which is a #1 billboard dance charts song) and Unexpected Lovers. Their albums had really cool artwork and if you don’t know of any of their stuff do search it out. This song is a fun track in their trademark catchy lyrics and sound. One of the coolest tracks off of the coolest compilation Disco Discharge – Pink Pounders. Most of the tracks off of this collection are Hi-NRG/synth disco dance that were big hits in clubs in the late 70s and 80s. The collection includes tracks by Divine, Patrick Cowley, The Flirts, Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora and many many more on the 2 disc collection.
I like Peaches but something about her turns me off a bit. Her music is hit and miss at times. I really like some of it and the rest is just ok to me. But I really do love this song and remix of Lose You that DJ Hell did for Peaches though. The remix was released late last year but I only just heard it from the awesome International DJ Gigolos CD 12 that came out a couple of months back. The song in it’s original form is already a moody electro recording but DJ Hell has given it the dreamy midtempo beats for the clubs. I love both and can listen to them at different times. What do you think?
This one’s a fun remake cover track of the popular disco classic Every 1′s A Winner by Hot Chocolate. Electrotheque keep the spirit of the original but they add a funky house robotic groove to their version which somewhat similar to Daft Punks sound which is pretty darn cool. Most of the vocals are removed in this remake except for quiet robotic vox thrown in all of over the place. I don’t remember hearing this back when it came out in 1998 (even though I was buying up all kinds of music back then) when dance music was all over the place but I discovered on a compilation about 5 years ago and couldn’t believe that I had missed such a cool remake. Disco songs were being remixed and remade all over the place in the 90s so for some odd reason I had missed this but glad I discovered it. Even though I like You Sexy Thing, Hot Chocolates bigger hit this song in my book is the stronger of the two and this remix/remake by Electrotheque works wonders. Enjoy both versions below.
Finding a remix of one of my favorite songs by INXS let alone one of my favorite songs of the 80s was a pretty cool thing and I love this remix/remake of the INXS song Original Sin by Kash. Whos is Kash? I don’t really know but they’ve got a great bouncy club remake of this awesome new wave masterpiece. The song that put INXS on the map off of their first album has been given the remix treatment. The original version is off the INXS album The Swing from 1984.
Check out both Original Sin and remix version below:
Here’s a fun dance hit that samples the classic famous song Fantasy by Earth Wind & Fire. James Talk & Ridney have turned the hit Fantasy into a club house smash and I’m really digging it. It’s very fun and a great track. High energy and fit for clubs and fast cars cruising the streets. Released by Defected … Enjoy!
Cutting edge alternative band records song. They release album. They hire an awesome remix team and hand over their masters of one of their songs to a remix team. The remix team crafts a masterpiece remix of the cutting edge alternative bands song. The remix turns out 1000% better than the original. This story has been told countless times and I’ll say it again. Well I already did! That is the case with Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs! The original Heads Will Roll is just ok. Sounds very flat sorry I hate flat music. I love my highs and lows. But this remix of Heads Will Roll by A-Trak is just so damn good. I love it. So enjoy below and after previewing both you’ll feel the same as I do! I’ve now become a fan of Yeah Yeah Yeahs because of remix from remix team. That’s what it takes!
I’ve been listening to Visti & Meyland’s Yes Maam for a couple of years now. I discovered it on a compilation called Rasa Exotica 3. Didn’t really think much about it when I first started listening to this song but later it really grew on me. I was really interested in finding out where the sample comes from and I was definitely going to find out. Searching around online I found out that Trentemoller had also done a remix of Yes Maam which gives it the more electro club groove to it. The original is more chill with a beat. So I finally found out after researching online that Yes Maam incorporates a sample from Ora Dell Graham’s Little Girl, Little Girl. I was able to find the album that it came off of as well. The sample is pretty short – about 25 seconds in all that’s the entire length of the song on the compilation album called Afro-American Blues and Game Songs.
This isn’t the first time that an electronic band or musician has sampled old blues recordings. The compilation Afro-American Blues and Game Songs contains songs by Vera Hall as well. If you remember Vera Hall or if you don’t know of her music then you’ll probably recognize her voice on Moby’s very successful album Play with the song Natural Blues. Her song was called Troubled So Hard and Moby had sampled Vera Hall’s recording and made it into a very popular downtempo electronic beat. Love that song and I’m still very happy to hear of great sampling jobs happening with electronic musicians.
The album Visti & Meyland also contains a cover of Nightclubbing the Iggy Pop and Grace Jones song which I think is pretty cool and another hit track called Stars.
Going back to Yes Maam, I have heard of a version of Yes Maam with a rap thrown in it and I think that version sucks! Please, please don’t throw a Goddamn rap in every damn song. I hate the version of this with the rap it makes it too poppy and gives it a mass produced pop song quality and takes away from the Ora Dell Graham sample. It kind of puts it down because the rap is so damn huge and raw the female voice much more gentle so it comes off pretty bad. Stay away from the rap version of Yes Maam and go right to the original version. And the remix by Trentemoller is great too. Enjoy!
I’ve never been much of a fan of Luther Vandross but when I heard this remix to Never Too Much with the bouncy disco style I quickly fell in love with it. I remember the original when it came out in the very early 80s it was one of those songs similar to other that were released from that same era. The same song was remixed and rereleased in 1989 but never reached any charts here in the states. Now that we have this awesome remix by ODahl I have rediscovered how good this song is. The original and the very spacey dancey robo-quirky remix by Odahl. Highly recommended. Released in 2009 20 years after the first remix in 1989. Enjoy.
I’ve really been digging Edwin Van Cleef’s sound and I was happy to have heard of this remix to the Bat For Lashes hit song Daniel. Not a real big fan of Bat For Lashes mysefl … I could take it or leave it really but this remix does wonders to the song and I’m really happy to hear remixes of songs that I don’t really like remixed and made to sound better. It makes me love some songs even more. And this one I love, the remix that is. What do you think of the two? Which is better than the other?
Everybody loves 80s music but do you love your 80s music remixed and remade? I think you should. And here’s a great list of tracks to fall in love with remixed and remade 80s favorites. Each link will take you to a post here on Destroy Rock And Roll where you can click and download the 80s remakes and remixes. Enjoy!
I love buying compilations because with compilations you always discover unique tracks that never get heard anywhere, tracks that are remakes that just get discovered so I love the compilations a lot because it’s one of the best ways to discover new music. Such is the case with this remake of an 80s classic track A Love Bizarre by So Phat! I discovered this cover on Erotic Lounge 2 pictured below. It’s one of those Hotel Costes, Buddha Bar type compilations broken down to 2 discs one being the slower mellower disc the other being the more upbeat collection. They contain a great collection of tracks and this Sheila E. cover is certainly the discovery in this disc. The original was released 6 years ago in 2004 but I just recently got this collection and it’s certainly a good discovery. Check out both the Sheila E. version which has some vocals by Prince and the new So Phat! version of A Love Bizarre.
Being the big fan of electro swing I quickly fell in love with this version of Rum And Coca-Cola originally recorded by The Andrews Sisters. This version by Tim Tim gives the song the island, Jamaican reggaefied party vibe feel along with the ragga rapping and cute girl vocals and incorporated with the awesome sample from the original Andrews Sisters song. Very bouncy and will get your party shaking. I highly recommend this version as I love it and I’m sure you will too.
Check out both the original by the Andrews Sisters and Tim Tim versions below.
If you love your disco really sexy, hot and groovy then this cut which is a special Re-Edit from this awesome rare disco compilation called Disco Love by Al Kent is your cup of tea. I can just picture this groovy sexy number playing at places like Studio 54 or other similar clubs back in the day. I love it and it’s one of those rare disco hits that most folks will not know about and that’s makes this even more special. This compilation is not your typical I Will Survive or YMCA disco compilation. Those hits are a dime a dozen the cuts on this collection are just too special. Very, very worth it. Do check it out and get it.
Here’s an electrofied, beat heavy update/remix to a very fun house track that came out ten years ago … in 2000. This new version takes you further into outer space with the updated remix treatment that it has received. I do like it and it’s very robotic and very current. The original Spaced Invader is a fun very club friendly pop/house track which was a big hit in 2000 in the clubs and the dance charts. You be the judge and see which version you like?
The anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death came and went last week so I figured I’d do at least one post of a cover or sample or remix of a famous Michael Jackson track. I figured posting about this Shinehead cover of his big hit Billie Jean. I only discovered this cover a little over ten years ago and it dates way back to just after Mr. Jackson had released his big hit – 1984. I love this remake and I love how it has a very chill summery hot sunny sound to it. It’s perfect in Shineheads trademark dub and dancehall style. From Shinehead’s album Rough & Rugged. Bet you didn’t know this cover existed did you?
Ran across this awesome compilation series from France called La Musique De Paris Derniere. I believe these are compilations from a French TV show but I would need to do some research first to be correct. These compilations contain remakes, remixes of well known songs. Including this unreleased version of a very bouncy, poppy Lily Allen remake of the ELO classic Mr. Blue Sky. It’s fun and the recording is in her typical style. So if you’re a fan of Lily Allen then this is right up your alley. Check them both out below. And do check out the series as there are 7 discs now and all are fun. I love them. There remakes of so many songs you are familiar with I’m sure. Including:
Beat Goes On
Light My Fire
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Ashes To Ashes
What A Wonderful World
The Girl From Ipanema
Like A Virgin
Highway To Hell
Walk On By
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
And many, many more remakes by lesser known acts, new bands old ones etc. So I highly recommend these compilations click the album artwork below to download more tracks from this great series called La Musique De Paris Derniere.
I became a fan of Junkie XL when I heard this Slacker’s Tens Remix of Zerotonine from the Global Underground Cape Town 2 CD set by Dave Seaman. Well I guess I’m more into Slacker’s sound here than Junkie Xl but I certainly was seeking more from Junkie. His Big Sounds Of The Drags CD was not in heavy rotation for me back in ’99/00 when it was big. I love this remix so much because of it’s intense progressive beats, somewhat tribal and robotic sounding at the same time. Very energetic. Makes it one of my favorite remixes ever and listening to it today still sounds fresh. What do you think? The original was more big beat/rock/electronic fusion sort of thing but this remix is just amazing!
One of the things I should point out here also is that this version that comes off of the Global Underground Cape Town/Dave Seaman CD set is much faster with the bpm’s than the original single that was available when released in 99. So I vote for this sped up version over the single version.
Slacker on the other hand have done remixes and released their own original material in the late 90s. Including remixes for Golden Girls, Bedrock, Ascension and The Locust.
Theme from A ‘Summer Place’ by Percy Faith falls into cheesy elevator music territory. It’s a piece of music that most anyone will recognize when they hear it. I love though what Kenneth Bager has done by sampling Theme From ‘A Summer Place’. Check out the original and sampled version by Kenneth Bager below. The new version contains the haunting violin music of Jean Luc Ponty and the beautiful vocals of Nikolaj Grandjean singing Love Won’t Leave Me Alone … when you’re gone. I think this is a great job at sampling something that most folks will recognize and making it completely different where you’ll want to hear it where as Them From ‘A Summer Place’ in it’s original form you kind of skip or turn off if it ever came on. Check them out below. And download the rest of Kenneth Bager’s album Fragment From A Space Cadet. It’s an awesome album and there are several masterpieces including two tracks by Julie Cruise from Twin Peaks fame. She does a remake of Les Fleur on Fragments. So this is a great collection of chill electronic vocal and instrumental cuts.
One of the best remixes ever!!!!!!!!!! And this one goes back to 1991 and it still sounds fresh today. Remixed by Dakeyne! Whatever happened to Dakeyne??? So full of energy with a full on vocal remix from Alison Moyet belting out in her trademark singing style. It’s awesome. Almost as classic as Situation the original version. For the longest time I only had the edit version of this awesome remix. Leaving stupid decisions to record execs is pretty bad. They had this edit version on a 1991 Situation remix single and I didn’t know why they had just released the single with a edited version. It was quite dumb for Warners to do that. Finally it’s given the full release treatment it deserves. And as I mentioned earlier it’s sounding as fresh as it did back in 1991. This comes off of Yaz’s Reconnected EP that came out last year. Or wait late 2008! This is worth it if you are a fan of Yaz, Alison Moyet, 80s music, dance music and or remixes. Go get it now!
The rest of the Reconnected EP is certainly worth owning. Click the album artwork below and download the rest. Here’s the full track list:
Situation (Hercules And Love Affair Remix)
Goodbye 70′s (Black Light Odyssey Remix)
Ode To Boy (Das Shadow Re-work)
Winter Kills (Electronic Periodic’s Sub / Piano Mix)
Bad Connection (Subway Collective Broadband Remix)
State Farm (Madhouse Mix)
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