Remakes Blogfest

So the point of this blogfest, as conceived of by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather M. Gardner, is to blog about a favorite remake. This means movie, song, whatever. Is there any time a remake is as good as—maybe even better?—than the original? Of course, that’s a matter of opinion. So FWIW, here’s mine.

My favorite remakes tend to be songs. Two in particular spring to mind. I really like Sheryl Crow’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mississippi.” To be fair, I heard Crow’s version first, so I had no preconceived notions of the song going in. I think we often prefer the first version we see or hear of something because that’s the one that makes the lasting impression. We can appreciate other renditions, but it’s not the same.

The second cover I particularly enjoy is Rob Thomas’ [gasp! you’re so surprised, I know!] version of Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979.”

Here’s the original, which is a great song in its own right:

You can listen to Rob’s version on iTunes here.

I was never into Smashing Pumpkins much, so I think my love of the remake is probably rooted in my love for Rob and his music. Matchbox Twenty did a really haunting version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Never Going Back Again,” too, which I adore. You can listen to that here. Compare it to the relatively upbeat original here. I do really admire artists who can take something and completely transform it.

15 thoughts on “Remakes Blogfest”

  1. I liked 1979 so much back when it first came out that I immediately went out and purchased the CD–a group that I thought I’d never be listening to. They did some excellent tunes though. I played the heck out of that album years ago. Haven’t listened to it in a long time.

    I don’t know that I’ve heard the remake, but I do like Rob Thomas’s music.

    Tossing It Out

  2. I do like the Pumpkins. 🙂
    That Matchbox 20 version of Never go back again is pretty haunting.

    Thank you for joining our blogfest today!!!

  3. Love me some Pumpkins. The Rob Thomas cover is kinda meh in my opinion, though I do like some of his other stuff. I like a cover to be different enough from the original to really stand out as a different entity in its own right.

  4. Hi,
    I’m a Dylan fan so by default it’s the original version for me. Agree that the first one listened to becomes the benchmark for all versions, regardless of whether it’s a cover or original.

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