Old School Friday: Remakes January 30, 2009Posted by Wheneva Whateva in I Heart Music, Old School Friday.
Tags: aretha franklin, bohemian rhapsody, braids, chaka khan, en vogue, I Heart Music, mary j blige, Old School Friday, queen, something he can feel, sweet thing
Most times I don’t like remakes especially if the original artist has a distinctive sound. These are some of the better ones I’ve heard. I had such a hard time narrowing it down. I may have to do a part 2.
Something He Can Feel ~ Aretha Franklin (1976) vs. En Vogue (1992)
Aretha recorded this Curtis Mayfield written & produced track for the “Sparkle” movie soundtrack. Supposedly, the reason Aretha recorded the entire soundtrack is because the movie’s star Lonette McGee, who played Sister, was signed to an independent record label and they wouldn’t allow any recordings to be released. What made En Vogue so good? They can flat out sing. Please come back–you’ve been gone too long. (They were of the era when an artist’s career was about good music and not just showing your a**.)
En Vogue’s version:
Sweet Thing ~ Chaka Khan (1975) vs. Mary J. Blige (1992)
This is easily one of Chaka’s most requested songs, which was recorded with Rufus. And, clearly Mary channels the soulful original yet adds that hip-hop influence on her debut album What’s the 411.
Bohemian Rhapsody ~ Queen (1975) vs. The Braids (1996)
Mama, just killed a man/ Put a gun to his head/ Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
At first I thought WTH? at those lyrics. But, I’ve let my inner rock chic out and grown to love Queen. I own all three of the greatest hits albums. I choose this one because the remake crosses genres. I’ll admit it’s difficult to cover this song because Queen is just that good, but I think it works.
The Braids version: