Sunday, August 4, 2013

Blast from the Past: Remade in the 80s

I have a friend who first heard the song Ticket to Ride as The Carpenters' version, and to him it's the "real" version of the song. The Beatles' original version is to him the lesser of the two. That's crazy, I know, but it really does seem to be the one you heard first that sticks and feels "real" to you. As a consequence, lots of people alive in the 1980s are far more familiar with remakes made of earlier songs, and think it is the 80s cheese that reigns supreme.

1. & 2. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde vs. Diana Ross & The Supremes

3. & 4. Venus - Bananarama vs. Shocking Blue

5. & 6. Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles vs. Simon & Garfunkel

7. & 8. Lean on Me - Club Nouveau vs. Bill Withers

9. & 10. Take a Chance on Me - Erasure vs. ABBA

I really saved the best for last there, didn't I? I could watch those two over and over!

Happy Monday, everybody.

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