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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cadillac_Mike, Jan 23, 2021.
Weird Al of the 70s?
For me, it doesn't come down to "better or worse" per se just a fresh take. This didn't have that, just the exact same song with Miley on vocals.
You can tell he means business on that album cover lol.
Malcolm Gladwell does an amazing podcast on Revisionist History about the significance of this album. Highly recommend checking it out.
I watched it.
The cultural baggage of her personae warrant little discussion at this point, hovering somewhere between calculation and inspiration. The same could be said for myself.
She is belting the verse melody here, but it’s above her range and it is noticeable. This does add an element of stylistic interpretation, though, because she just tosses the falsetto off of the table from the get-go.
From my experience, on-stage monitoring can play an integral part in vocal delivery. Also, damaged vocal chords can make falsetto unpredictable, so I avoided it after ragged years of gigs.
The instrumentation is close to the original, no foul from me.
I was relieved that at least the performance was straightforward without twerking or some other distraction technique. She looked a little like Sharon Stone in Casino.
I did get to see Blondie live many years ago and had a place close enough to the stage.
Debbie Harry said a lot with her eyes, and her charisma was unmistakeable, yet playful. There was a tough attitude combined with nuanced femininity that was the epitome of cool.
Blondie encapsulates a specific feeling and period of time. Those who lived through it might be a little put off by this performance, because it seems introverted, angry, and doesn’t seem to want connection.
Part of Debbie Harry’s mystique was an element of numb aloofness, but she knew who was watching her. She wasn’t going to brashly pull our memories off the rack just to wear them for the evening without hanging them back up nice and neat.
MC has her strengths, no doubt. I didn’t see her specific performance here as derivative, but tackling a Debby Harry Blondie cover is no small feat and requires a certain breadth of historical and interpersonal understanding to summon.
I for one am really scepticle of second party covers of popular tunes , if I want to hear it I'll put on the original, which moved me in the begining , there's nothing worse than listening to a song butcher kill a great tune, I dislike covers, just because bobby Pimplebutt does all of petula Clarkes favorite hits does not make a good rendition .......
Wow, kudos to you! I just feel like the strength of the original vocals are how they effortlessly "shimmer" over a dense mix. Although Miley hit all the right notes she has to strain to hit them and it doesn't add anything positive to the song at all.
I’d say this is fairly different from the original. I think?
She's a total nut, but immensely talented. Like has been stated, they should have tuned down for her, or transposed it to a better key for her voice.
She's got serious chops from years in the biz.
As ever. Folks should share their own work, then comment on others.
More substantively, what do you want? It’s a cover. She has a different voice and band. So they come across differently. In particular her cadence is quite different.
Also, ironic, as one of Blondie’s big hits is a pretty faithful Nerves cover.
Years ago there was a television show called The Money Or The Gun on ABC in Australia (BBC counterpart, of sorts), one of its featured pieces was a cover of Stairway performed by a different guest performer on each episode.
There's a full list here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Money_or_the_Gun
Some of them can still be found on YouTube, some of them are quite good.
I think it's safe to say there's a version of Stairway for everybody, even if they don't like the original. Which I don't.
I didn't personally like Miley's cover at all. Not because she's new, but because I don't think it's very good. If I'd never heard the original, which I genuinely DO love, I still doubt I would like this version.
People have been covering songs since a second person played the sticks on a rock the same way the first person played sticks on a rock (Keith Richards). Most are blah. I like covers that don't sound like the originals, which is why I think you're better off covering a song that isn't great to begin with. I could be wrong. It happens often.
you think alot about stuff and the possible contradictions which I like, it appeals to me , but when somebody else does it I don't get it. That stuff is all in my mind, my opinions.
When I not thinking This product is generated to create profit and applying this product is supposed to be a timeless piece of art , I get confused
Andy Warhol said business is my art, art is my business
I have kind of mastered 'interested' when my kids or nieces and nephews turn me on to such things. I remember Linda Ronstadt having a big hit with 'Your No Good' and absolutely loving that whole record.... and then finding the original of 'Your No Good' and then remember Linda laughing about messing up Glenn Frey's 55 chevy because she couldn't change gears very easily (clutch was stiff) so, she drove home in first gear on the freeway, listening to a mixtape of songs for what would become that album... and I always appreciated that she chose great songs (not all very well known) and had hits with them.
It is tough for artists in the rock and pop genre--> its all been done. How do you out do 'Tapestry'? (well, taylor swift kinda tried, but, without those songs, danny kortchmar and surfer boy on drums and either charlie Larkey or Lee Sklar hard to get that kind of continuity)
Carving out niches is not the wild field it was even in Debbie's day... just remember (and I know you do) for them, for your little sister, it is cool and new and WOW... we saw it when it was new to us.... it is kind of an intriguing perspective to hear and see other people have the look and sound we had when we first went through that.
TDPRI needs ribbons, awards, or something to give out to the many users who jump on a brief personal experience to diagnose the core illness of the modern music industry and manage to fit it all into a short paragraph.
I'm tending to disagree on some points. There are a lot of covers done in an original way on youtube. Now that most are not worth listening to is another matter, and most are clickbait. Some bands have originals that are way better than their extremely popular uninspired cover, even if done differently from the original. Or some only do covers.
I also disagree with "new artists" to mean "extremely popular artists", and only certain styles.
What I mean by this is that I simply don't care to hear Smoke on the Water or Iron Man done with banjo and accordion, or sitar and tabla or whatever, no matter how much innovation or improvisation is there. You could even do an electronic or industrial version, I still don't think I'd care.
It's just kitchy and not even that new of a phenomenon. There were countless Beatles covers in the 60s and 70s, some were good but many were not worth listening to, and I don't like the jazz versions either.
And another annoying thing is that people tend to cover the most popular song by an artist, when there would be other songs which would make much better covers.
Blondie’s first hit was a cover lol
I don't think anybody could say that this song was ever popular...
She was on Rogan’s podcast recently. Though she is a train wreck, I like the fact that she knows she’s a train wreck and doesn’t try to hide it. She recently had surgery on her vocal chords and said she was just now learning how to take care of them. Something she was never taught when filming Hannah Montana and then sent out to tour extensively. I’m not a big fan, but at least she’s somewhat real. She said people write that her voice sounds like she was up all night smoking, and she laughs and says she was up all night smoking.