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  • The Art of the Remake III

    Posted by Lexington Green on July 21st, 2011 (All posts by )

    It’s Only Rock n’ Roll (But I Like It).

    A rock solid Stones nugget we all know so well we could sing it in our sleep.

    But then Juliana Hatfield takes it to a sad, sweet, girly place that none of us, not even Mick Jagger, ever knew existed before.

    Dan’s standard: “If you are going to cover a song, rip it apart a bit and make it your own.” Juliana did it.

    The original of course, is a timeless bit of Chuck-Berryish swagger:

    The world is a better place for having both.

    AOTR1
    AOTR2

    If I could stick my pen in my heart
    I’d spill it all over the stage
    Would it satisfy ya or would slide on by ya?
    Or would you think this boy is strange?
    Ain’t he strayayange?
    If I could win you
    if I could sing you
    a love song so divine.
    Would it be enough for your cheating heart
    If I broke down and cried? –
    If I criyiyied.

    I said I know it’s only rock and roll
    But I like it.
    I said I know
    it’s only rock and roll
    But I like it
    like it
    yes I do.
    Well
    I like it
    oh yes
    I like it
    I like it
    I said: Can’t you see this old boy’s getting lonely?

    If I could stick a knife in my heart
    Suicide right on the stage
    Would it be enough for your teenage lust?
    Would it help ease your pain?
    Ease your brain if I could dig down deep in my heart
    Feelings would flood on the page
    Would it satisfy ya
    would it slide on by ya?
    Would you think the boy’s insane?
    He’s insayayane.

    I said I know
    it’s only rock and roll
    . . .

    Don’t you think that you’re the only girl around
    I bet you think that you’re the only woman in town.

    I said I know it’s only rock and roll

     

    5 Responses to “The Art of the Remake III”

    1. Nicholas Says:

      Completely different musical styles than the above but what do you think? IMHO they’re both great. I especially find the lyrics touching.

      Original
      Cover

    2. Nicholas Says:

      Another pairing for your consideration (sorry that the sound quality is iffy):

      Original
      Cover

      (It’s been raining like crazy here for almost a week… something like 200mm [8 inches] total in five days. The first video is a bit too close to reality for comfort!)

    3. Dan from Madison Says:

      I hate Julianna Hatfield with the burning passion of a thousand suns, but I do like this remake. It holds the standard of making it her own.

    4. Lexington Green Says:

      I love Juliana, even though I can see how you could hate her.

    5. ettubloge Says:

      I saw George Harrison in the late 70’s in Providence. He did his Beatle songs in different tempos and styles throughout. Since I need my live shows to prove they are not lip-synching, I like riffing and change-ups (as an Old Deadhead, I expect that at live shows).