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How do you feel about string tributes?

Asked by rpm_pseud0name (8208points) April 25th, 2010

Do you like when a string quartet pays tribute to a popular band? I own Vitamin String Quartet’s tribute to both Tool & Radiohead & I really enjoy them. Of course, I’m a sucker for the beautiful sound of a violin. But how does everyone else feel about string tributes?

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Trillian's avatar

It’s the same category to me as elevator music. Frankly, I’d rather put a stick in my eye.

MissAnthrope's avatar

If it’s done well, I like it a lot. I really enjoy the emotiveness of string instruments, especially violin and cello.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

It’s always interesting to me whenever they play my favorite songs on different instruments.

gemiwing's avatar

I like it. Oftentimes I’ll find something new to like about the piece that I didn’t notice before. There was a Beatles string quartet I heard once and I’m no fan of the Beatles, but it gave me a new appreciation for them.

squidcake's avatar

I used to own a string quartest album of My Chemical Romance songs (yes, those were dark days for a young squid).
I would listen to it, but it got old pretty quick because I thought that, with the strings, the melodies sounded too forced and not genuine. I prefer traditional classical music, or the original rock music.
However, I do like the strings version of the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby.

MacBean's avatar

I’ve got whole album tributes to Coldplay, the Doors, Duran Duran, Godsmack, Good Charlotte, Hawthorne Heights, Incubus, the Killers, Metallica, Panic! at the Disco, Pink Floyd, Queen, Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol, and the Who. And I have a folder of about two dozen other random tribute songs.

Anything can be improved by the application of the cello.

cockswain's avatar

I usually hate it. It seems so pompous, particularly when Aerosmith or Metallica do it.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@gemiwing, I feel the same about Beatles string tributes because I usually pass on hearing string tributes to anything.

When I’ve heard string versions of the work of Paul McCartney, for example, that’s usually attributed to him and John, I gain an appreciation for the fact that even when John didn’t actually participate in writing a song, like Eleanor Rigby or Yesterday, the idea that Paul was writing a lot of the time to impress John shows me that they needed each other to do their best work. Pop production can only do so much razzle dazzle and hearing pop music arranged for strings will show how well the tune was originally composed, IMO.

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