I don’t really like remixes and covers
I usually consider covers a sort of “cop out” – they are crowd pleasers and often lack creativity and originality. I can say with a clear conscience that when I learn that a song is a cover I scrutinize it a bit more than I would otherwise.
In the history that I share with music I can only think back on a handful of covers that I really enjoy as much (in some cases more) than their originals. Iron & Wine’s cover of Death Cab for Cutie’s Such Great Heights comes to mind… or Jose Gonzales’ cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats come to mind.
Remixes I am even harder on. I don’t mean any disrespect to the RAC or what they are doing but I have been hard pressed to find remixes that (IMO) rival their originals. That is not to say I don’t respect them, but in the same way I respect Glen Campbell or William Shatner, but wouldn’t really listen to a full album on repeat for an extended period of time.
With that preface in place, I want to underscore how much I am really enjoying this remix by Jean Tonique of Outkasts’ “Ms. Jackson”. I literally have been playing this on repeat for the last few days (as I tend to do with songs that I love). Outkast was / is fantastic. They were progressive for their time and maybe even still today… but this remix turns Ms. Jackson into a different tune. Though both still fun, this version changes the mood. Where I feel the original was an apology with some tongue in cheek humor about how ridiculous Ms. Jackson was, I feel like in this version of the story, Andre really is sorry for putting Ms. Jackson out and for making her daughter cry. There is more honesty in his assurances he will stand by his child.
This is a remix that accomplished a hard task for me and so I thought it would be worth sharing. “… I am for real”