March 5, 2010

New Artists - Old Songs

I've spent a lot of time driving my son around lately, therefore we have "radio station wars".  We are actually very polite about it, we will ask the other "did you want to hear this song?" and wait for a response before switching the station.  The Sound vs. KROQ

You know what kind of music I like.  I am not even sure how to categorize my son's genre of preference.

What I've noticed over and over is how many old classic rock songs have been re-recorded by today's new artists!  It kind of blows my son's mind when i just happen to know all the lyrics to "his mucic" which gives me a chance to remind him "no, this is MY music, your people stole it because they couldn't come up with anything this good themselves"    Of course I was joking - sort of  :)

So I am going to compile a list of some of those songs, please add to it!

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd - Widespread Panic
Patience by Guns & Roses - Six Finger
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac - Smashing Pumpkins
I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones - Offspring
Maggie's Farm by Bob Dylan - Rage Against the Machine
Simple Man by Lynryd Skynrd - Shinedown
Tom Sawyer by Rush - Deadsy



Rockin' Jeff said...

I was in my young teens when Motley Crue's version of 'Smokin in the boy's room' came out. At the time i had never heard of Brownsville Station and no idea it was a cover. I was playing the record one time, and my mother commented: "Hey, i remember this song.." and singing along.

Barbara said...

Jeff - I LOVE IT! That's very similar to what happened when "I want to be Sedated" came on the other day.

Not all the bands I listed are "new" but they are new enough to be played on KROQ

Dan said...

My first thought was "Hurt" done by Johnny Cash but that kinda goes the other way from what you were describing.

Anonymous said...

Barbara - I totally agree with you. were right that the song writers and artists of today cannot come up with anything as good as the classic rock artists.

May be an interesting side note to this. Listen to the background music of many TV commercials and you will hear so many tunes from the classic rock era. You will only receive a few seconds of the tune but YOU will of course identify the band or artist.

Barbara said...

Dan, but a good song nevertheless!

Anon., I'm glad you brought that up, that happens a lot!

cjk_44 said...

here's a few for consideration:
She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult - Keane
Do Wrong Right - Elvis Costello - The Devil Makes Three
Bad Company - Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police - Ra
Champagne Supernova - Oasis - Assembly of Dust

Sean Coleman said...

Some songs just seem to be indestructible and most artists/bands start out by doing other people's tunes. All of the major British invasion groups covered the first wave of rockers from the fifties, not to mention blues artists that went further back. It will be interesting to see what the next wave of bands will be re-recording.

Barbara said...

CJK, thanks for adding to the list!

Sean, very well articulated. I had that thought but didn't know how to say it in a way that it sounded good, so I'm glad I waited. :)

Perplexio said...

25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago (1970)- Chicago (1986)
Give a Little Bit - Supertramp - Goo Goo Dolls

It's funny as a child who was born in the mid-70s I grew up largely in the 80s. So the first time I heard Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4 it wasn't the classic 1970 version it was the over-synthesized drum machine happy 1986 version from Chicago 18. Gone was the Terry Kath guitar solo (replaced with a solo by a session guitarist-- either Buzz Feiten, Steve Lukather, or Michael Landau), gone were Peter Cetera's vocals, replaced with then newcomer Jason Scheff's vocals, and gone was Danny Seraphine's drumming replaced by Danny Seraphine's drum sequencing (in all fairness to Danny he wouldn't let David Foster bring in a studio hack to program drums-- he taught himself how to do it so he could still be "the drummer").

I recently heard an interview with Jason Scheff. They were recording Chicago 18 in the same studio that Toto was recording their Fahrenheit album so the guys from Toto were the first to hear the new version of 25 or 6 to 4. Toto's late drummer, Jeff Porcaro replied simply "That's bold!"

It was, but not in a good way. Nothing beats the original.

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