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  • The Art of the Remake

    Posted by Dan from Madison on November 17th, 2010 (All posts by )

    I don’t like a lot of remakes because the artist remaking the song usually stinks, or, more typically, tries to do it the same exact way as the original. This is an example of a remake that I do like. First, the very definition of a perfect song, “No Love Lost” by Joy Division:

    and now, the same song by LCD Soundsystem:

    If you are going to cover a song, rip it apart a bit and make it your own. Nice job by LCD Soundsystem.


    19 Responses to “The Art of the Remake”

    1. Paraphrase Says:

      > If you are going to cover a song, rip it apart a bit and make it your own.

      I agree with that. Other examples are the Effigies’ version of “No Love Lost” and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy version of “California Uber Alles”

    2. Dan from Madison Says:

      I didn’t know the Effigies did a cover of that, must find. The Effigies are serious ChicagoBoyz.

    3. Lexington Green Says:

      “rip it apart a bit and make it your own”

      DEVO’s cover of Satisfaction.

    4. Dan from Madison Says:

      I don’t see any reason why Bald Cow can’t cover No Love Lost for their next show.

    5. Lexington Green Says:

      Yeah, that would be good. Mark, our guitar player, loves Joy Division. We have done a sloppy, impromptu version of Ceremony, because if we are on stage he cannot resist just starting to play that one.

      I am getting the itch to try to do a reunion show in 2011. It would be our third reunion since we broke up in 1990, so we refer to this hypothetical future event as BCIII. The obstacles are substantial. But if we do it, I will let everyone know in advance.

    6. Dan from Madison Says:

      I would be there for that come hell or high water.

    7. Lexington Green Says:

      That’s the spirit. I’ll get working on it.

      BTW, did you see this?

    8. onparkstreet Says:


      I was just listening to LCD Soundsystem this morning on the way to work.

      It was like listening to college radio in the 80s. It was like 1985 in my car.

      Because I was listening to the ACTUAL radio (like an oldster), I heard a funny clip on WXRT.

      The clip was all about how “at least the government can’t regulate away our happiness” and then a comedian went into a little tirade about how San Francisco hands out needles to heroin users but bans toys in Happy Meals. “Because that sets a bad example.

      People are fed up, eh?

      – Madhu

    9. Dan from Madison Says:

      Lex – Radiohead is just a sick good band. Madhu – funny coindicence on the LCDS. Also good point about the herion needles vs. the stupid happy meal toys. I am always amazed how beautiful California is when I am there EXCEPT the bums and junkies that are tolerated everywhere. I guess winter does have one benefit here in the Midwest, keeping them out west.

    10. Carl from Chicago Says:

      I have seen LCD Soundsystem 3 times. They are great live and Dan next time they are around we should go see them.

    11. Lexington Green Says:

      I was just in San Diego for work. I got some kind of stomach bug, so I left the others and walked a couple of miles back to my hotel, since dinner was out of the question and I wanted the fresh air, and if I had to vomit, the sidewalk would be just fine. I was surprised to find a lot of the place was like a traditional hobo jungle, rows of people bunked down on sidewalks and in alleys. Pretty menacing, actually. I am big and I walk fast and only got a few verbal grumbles. Chicago is better in this regard. The Winter prevents it from sinking that low.

    12. Jonathan Says:

      San Diego is probably a winter homeless destination because of its climate and perhaps also local policies. Down here it’s similar, and the population of people sleeping under overpasses seems to increase during winter.

    13. Nicholas Says:

      Hmm… good song covers that don’t sound exactly like the original, with flavours of the ’80s. Now this is a game I know how to play.

      How about Solar Twins, Rock the Casbah?

      Or perhaps A-Ha, Crying in the Rain…

    14. Nicholas Says:

      Or ’80s-tastic Depeche Mode:

      and the rather more “hardcore” Rammstein cover:

      and while I’m on the top of heavy metal covers of pop songs, what about Dream Theater – Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding:

    15. Dan from Madison Says:

      Nice Nicholas, thanks for playing! Lex – I thought the same thing when I was in San Diego last February.

    16. onparkstreet Says:

      Yeah, Nicholas, nice suggestions! I love covers when they are well done.

      – Madhu

    17. Nicholas Says:

      Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed it.

      Here are a couple more. This one is not for those who are disturbed by men dancing around in drag ;)



      And Icehouse / Iva Davies put out an excellent album full of covers (The Berlin Tapes, later re-released as Heroes), many of them songs from the ’80s. Here are a couple of my favourites:

      (IMO Icehouse were one of the better bands of the ’80s but maybe I am biased as they are from my home town.)

    18. Lexington Green Says:

      Here is a nice lineup of remakes.

      David Bowie’s “Oh, You Pretty Things”:

      First, the original album version.

      Second, Bowie’s own, even better, live version.

      Third, a remarkable cover by Au Revoir Simone.

      The girls really do completely reinvent the song.

      I like all of them.

    19. Dan Says:

      I’m surprised no one has mentioned Dinosaur Jr.’s cover of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven. I think it’s one of the better examples of making someone else’s song one’s own.