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Did Guns and Roses version of this song.......slaughter it?

Asked by john65pennington (29215points) May 22nd, 2011

The 1959 recording of The Skyliners hit song, “Since I Don’t Have You” has a remake by Guns and Roses. I cannot decide if I like the remake. I realize that three generations of music has passed, since the original was recorded in 1959. This is a beautiful slow dance song but, Guns and Roses has taken the beauty out of the song and made it into a new generation Doo Wop song with screams and sounds never intended in the original version. Question: To you, does it appear that Guns and Roses has slaughtered a beautiful song or am I just over the hill?

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

After listening to both The Skyliners and Guns N’ Roses versions of the song, I wouldn’t go as far to say that the latter took the beauty out of it. They stayed true to tempo and lyrics, as far as my untrained ear can tell. If I had sentimental connections to the original version, I might feel the same way as you do.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I like some of their songs,but their version of this is not as good as the original.

Cruiser's avatar

@john65pennington Yes…no comparison…hatchet job….sad. (Sassy video though…woof)

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I like both versions equally. I love this song, period.

augustlan's avatar

I like both. That is a lame video, though.

john65pennington's avatar

Pied Pfeffer, I really do not have a connection to this song. I accidentally heard the Guns and Roses version. At first, I liked it because it was different, really different. The more I listened to it, the more I decided that The Skyliners original version was the best. That song was really advanced for the 1950s.

Thanks everyone for your opinions. jp

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thanks John. I read more into your details than I should have. Please accept my apology for doing so.

filmfann's avatar

New version is Crapperific!

john65pennington's avatar

Pied… problem. I wish today artists would make more remakes of the oldies. Just treat the originals with respect and not forget what the song initially stood for.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

John, as a peace offering, you might enjoy this remake of the song by Don McLean.

drdoombot's avatar

Never heard this song before.

The song is definitely out of Axl’s vocal range, and yet I’m impressed that he did as well as he did with it. I thought he would have done much worse.

The original is superior though.

Poser's avatar

I hate it. Definitely slaughtered.

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