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Are song remakes the future of America's music?

Asked by john65pennington (29187points) June 24th, 2010

I have just listened to a remake tribute album to Hall and Oates, by The Birds and The Bee. actually, this is not a bad remake of their music. is this the future of America’s music….....remakes? its apparently too difficult for songwriters to write better songs, than those of the 60s, 70s and early 80s. Question: will remake songs ever be as good as the original and can you give some examples?

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jazmina88's avatar

I dont love Hall and Oates but I think there are great classics that should not be ignored. There is a great plethora of good music that could have incredible remakes. it takes good arrangements. I cant think of any examples as of now. I’m sorry for that. I know they are there. i heard a set on the radio just yesterday.

MissA's avatar

I think it might be better said that ‘some genres’ of music are not experiencing a plethora of new music at this time. Also, the pop of today is not the pop of yesterday and so on.

There have been remakes since originals were recorded. Cover tunes. Many times a remake will be ‘an original’ to some folks. They’d never heard it before.

Yes, the past has seen a great number of fine songs. It’s always relative to your particular taste in music. The whole process of plugging songs has changed. It used to be that the biggest goal of a songwriter/artist was to be signed with a mega publishing house/recording company. Depending upon the circumstances, often times there is more money to be made as an independent.

To say that it’s “apparently too difficult for songwriters to write better songs, than those of the 60s, 70s and early 80s.” is a bit of a narrow-minded critique. Have you searched for new artists or relied solely on the radio to deliver your music?

@john65pennington , you live in one of the music capitols of the world…great venues for newcomers as well as troubadours from the past. The internet is a great place to learn about that which you enjoy. It’s not just the world of music that has changed…the WORLD has changed.

Aster's avatar

What I want to know is WHY songwriters can’t create new songs.
I really miss John Lennon.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

First of all, covers have been going on for a long time, it’s not a new trend, and second, they can either be good or bad. Musical taste is subjective

MissA's avatar

@Michael_Huntington Absolutely. At the same time, I can understand @john65pennington ‘s opinion that the best music was back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. That’s his taste. His opinion.

@Aster I miss John Lennon as much as anyone. Songwriters DO create new songs. Either you don’t hear them…or, you don’t like them.

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