The Times West Virginian


February 4, 2008

Originals vs. remakes

Favorite songs being remade for a different generation

FAIRMONT — "The smile on your face lets me know that you need me. There’s a truth in your eyes, saying you’ll never leave me. The touch of your hand said you’ll catch me if ever I fall. You say it best, when you say nothing at all.”

Are these words for the chorus of Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All” or is it Allison Krauss’ version? The answer is both. Keith Whitley originally recorded “When You Say Nothing at All” in 1988. Allison Krauss remade the same song in 1995.

Different beats are added, words are rearranged ... something to make their version one of a kind or left to be comparable to the original song ... song remakes are done every year. Looking back through the years, you will recognize that music artists have remade songs to leave their mark in the music business.

Numerous songs have been remade through time. Some of the songs are only popular once and some songs are lucky enough to be a hit the second time around. When you think of song remakes, what are some of the songs that come to mind?

“When I think of song remakes, I think of the song ‘I Love Rock N Roll,’” said Ashley Deavers, a senior at East Fairmont High School.

The Arrows originally performed “I Love Rock N Roll” in 1975. Many remade this particular song, but the most famous remake was Britney Spears’ version in 2001.

Nick Bonnett, a junior at EFHS, said, “I think of ‘Smooth Criminal,’ which was remade by Alien Antfarm. This is a good example of a good song remake.”

Michael Jackson originally performed “Smooth Criminal” in 1987. Alien Antfarm remade their version in 2001, adding their own rock style to the song.

“‘I Want You To Want Me’ is the song that comes to my mind when talking about song remakes,” said Robbie Netz, a sophomore at EFHS.

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