So I lied. I thought I would add some Hip-Hop remixes but found a bunch of decent rock/pop remixes done well. Most of them are from the golden age of the 80’s, because we ALL know that the best music is from the “Eighties”, though they are some stretching a wee bit back and some into this century as well. Continuing a
tradition, maybe not since a tradition cannot be one post old, here are five more of some great remixes, with a nostalgic twist. Enjoy…
White Wedding by Billy Idol remixed by Virgin Magnetic Material
Billy Idol was big, kind of like an idol! Massive actually in the UK and relatively well-known in the US. This number was part of his self titled album in 1982, called surprise surprise ‘Billy Idol’. The remix has taken a catchy number and elevated it. Starting off slow and then hitting us with Idol’s deep-throated vocals it stays true to the original, remixing it with just the right amount of tweak. I haven’t heard much of VMM, but maybe its time or it’s truly a ‘nice day to start again’.
Hotel California by The Eagles remixed by Pied Piper Progressive 2012
So it had to come to this. Take one of the most famous tracks of all time, I’m sure even the Guju Aunty in Surat knows this one and remix it in a trippy way, which actually works. Hotel California is a song from the Eagles’ self- titled album released as a single on February 1977. The original is pretty much almost perfect, the lyrics being interpreted in about 1245 different ways be legions of fans and music critics. My interpretation is pretty straight forward, it’s the spiral into a drug induced life. No sorry, it’s about being trapped in purgatory. No sorry, its..never mind, interpret it any way you want or stick with what the band said, its about “The high life in Los Angeles”. Right. This particular remix stays close to the original, just adds a bit of chill into the mix.
Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees remixed by K Theory & TYR
My most unfavorite uncle once said that music was ruined forever by the advent of Disco, and specifically by the Bee Gees. Even if he was partly right, because he was really an extremely opinionated man I chose not to agree. Stayin’ Alive burst into the scene along with John Travolta on the soundtrack of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ in 1977, and the world was never the same. Remixing a 140 bpm song from the past for now is not easy but they have truly dressed it with an electro beat, some deep bass & some Princesque funk. Might want you to break out the tight white trousers and open 3 buttons on your satiny polyester shirt!
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana remixed by DJs from Mars
From one song that changed music to one band that ushered in alternative rock to mainstream consciousness. Nirvana. And to THIS song, that was in every single mix tape/CD in the 90’s. Lots has been written about the song and what it meant for a MTV generation of youth, beyond all the analysis its an instant classic. Remixing it with an electro twist which kicks in at about 2 minute mark, DJs from Mars have amped it in just the right way. Kurt Cobain’s angst vocals are not messed in, and the guitar riffs don’t recede, the remix is here to “Entertain Us”.
In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins remixed by Vintage Culture
2Pac did it. Nas did it. DMX did it. Eminem referenced to it. That makes it one of the coolest songs from the 80’s, off Phil Collins, ‘Face Value’ 1981 album and one of the better ones to remix. This one takes it in a deeper darker direction, beautifully mixed. The depth and drum beats of the original are overlaid by a cool electro rhythm making it eminently likeable and worth hearing again and again. My favourite of the 5 here.
In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins remixed by Cosmo Black
Bonus: Since I really like In the Air Tonight here’s a more upbeat remix. Move a bit cause this is an almost perfect dance number, remixed flawlessly. Man the 80’s were truly awesome for music!
Will be back with some more..hip hop remixes this time I think. Till then, to quote the quotable, “
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight“, too cheesy?