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April 8: Songs that have been murdered.

on April 8, 2012

My first education in someone ruining a decent song happened at my fathers house when I was 14.

My sister was only little, and my Caro-Mumma and I were watching our Saturday Morning show: Rage. All of a sudden, as I’m watching a film clip by the Slinkee Minx, I hear Caro-Mumma go “Oh no they didn’t… they did… I loved this song… THEY’VE BUTCHERED IT!” What were they singing? Belinda Carlisle’s “Summer Rain.”

I believe it was this instance that made me appreciate the originals and know how to pick up on remakes that were sub-standard.

A more recent one is Jason Derulo’s version of Toto’s Africa. Daniel’s favorite song is Africa, and while I don’t particularly like it, I hate Derulo’s version even more. A song, that I think I dislike more for the annoyance it gives Daniel than anything, which was inspirational and pleasant to the ear, was mixed in with a voice and music that didn’t mesh right.

So, when Derulo’s version came on the radio today, it was the inspiration for tonights blog: My list of butchered songs.

  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Originally by Cyndi Lauper and remade by Miley Cyrus
  • American Pie – Originally by Don MacLean and remade by Madonna
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine – Originally by G’n’R and remade by Sheryl Crowe
  • These Boots Were made For Walking – Originally by Nancy Sinatra, remade by Jessica Simpson
  • BallRoom Blitz – Originally by Sweet, remade by Tia Carerra
  • Papa Don’t Preach – Originally by Madonna, remade by Kelly Osbourne
  • We Will Rock You – Originally by Queen and remade by 5ive
  • Tainted Love – Originally by Gloria Jones, made famous by Soft Cell, remade by PussyCat Dolls
  • Heaven – Bryan Adams, remade by DJ Sammy
  • The Tide is High – Originally sung by Bob Marley, then successfully rehashed by Blondie, remade by Atomic Kitten
  • Do Ya Think I’m Sexy – Originally by Rod Stewart, remade by Paris Hilton
  • You Shook Me All Night Long – Originally by AC/DC, remade by Celine Dion
  • I Love Rock and Roll – Originally by Alan Merril and Jake Hooker, but Joan Jett made it big. It was Remade by Britney Spears
  • Ring Of Fire – Originally by Anita Carpenter, but made famous by Johnny Cash, and remade by Olivia Newton John
  • Fuel – Originally by Metallica, and absolutely murdered remade by Avril LaVigne
  • Take On Me – Originally by Ah-Ha, and remade by The Jonas Brothers

And I can’t forget, Derulo’s version of Africa.

Now, these are all obviously only my opinions, and I would love to hear yours. Do you have something to add to this list? Is there one you disagree with? Shoot me a comment and let me know!


2 responses to “April 8: Songs that have been murdered.

  1. Chiko says:

    Original: Butchered by:
    Behind Blue Eyes – The Who. Limp Bizkit
    Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles. William Shatner
    Imagine – John Lennon. Avril Lavigne (Repeat Offender)
    (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones. Britney Spears (Repeat Offender)
    Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana. Miley Cyrus (Repeat Offender)

  2. thebitchybride says:

    I agree 100% with all of the above. Butchered songs make me so sad, especially when you think there will be a whole generation for whom the remake will be the only version they know.

    Two more that make me angry are:

    Big Yellow Taxi – originally Joni Mitchell, then not atrociously, but pointlessly remade by Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton. In fact, she also made a whiny version of the Stones’ Paint It Black.

    Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds – currently being murdered on an O2 advert in the UK.


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