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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Vespa_One, Feb 20, 2018.
I've seen Freebird improved, in this way......
O.k., maybe not, but Joe Yamanaka did go on to sing and play reggae later.
That reminds me, this is the benchmark, IMHO...
and for convenience..
You can make most anything work with the right arrangement. Pick sings people already sing along to
DJ's seems to have a good handle finding the groove with songs you wouldn't suspect
In the '70s I was in a band that did a reggae version of the Buddy Holly song "You Know Love's Made a Fool of You". It was the only reggae song we did and was always a hoot.
Thanks everyone for the amazing suggestions!! Really great ideas, much appreciated!
I've done Time (Pink Floyd) & Summertime (Gershwin) as reggae tunes. I've heard Fever done in the same style that was pretty cool. The vocalist, a beautiful voiced female, made that song her own
All the songs, all of them.
If I understand correctly you are looking for songs that people recognize the melody to but are not originally reggae tunes or covered by reggae. So if you are going to do it in "channel one" style, it must be a recognizable melody because dub isn't always so easy to pick up on. Kinda cool that you can do dub live, that would seem pretty challenging in itself. When I think about all the reverse echo and multiple percussion tracks, its mind boggling to me.
So many rock songs "done reggae" are kitschy and lame, so picking ones that work in a good way can be challenging.
I was going to suggest some Weazer tracks because they could be recognized easily and already fit the mold. Maybe even some Pixies?
I agree that if you could get a Zep song to work well that would be great. I also think there's some good disco that you could convert to dub and get the crowd into it.
The Thrill Is Gone.
I remember reading a biography of Bob Marley that was written a few years after his death, and the author was telling a story about how he heard Mr. Marley tell somebody in the band (I forget who...) that "... it's all one-four-five mon, dats it... jus' one-four-five", so literally ANY song that runs through that classic progression is ripe for a Reggae-fying. But before you simply roll it out over a sketchy skank groove, take the advice of T-less above; choose your songs wisely, don't just pick a tune and roll it... find some catchy youth anthem from a few years ago or something folks will instantly recognize and dance to. Trolling YouTube, it looks like nobody's done "Mr. Brightside" in reggae form, and my instincts are telling me it might go over pretty well. Go.
"You Won't See Me"
Beatles (or Anne Murray)