List thread alert!
I overheard this as the phone in topic on a radio show the other day, and I thought it would make an interesting thread. So … artists who have chosen to do a completely new recording of the same song, for whatever reason.
(It’s such an obvious idea for a list thread I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before… so it probably has… but hey ho).
I’m not talking about:
– live versions (too obvious)
– acoustic remakes (because EVERYONE has done that)
– remixes (too common)
– bootlegs (I mean proper released versions only)
The two that spring to mind for me are:
– Bowie re-recorded Space Oddity not once but twice. I believe there was an original version in ’67 or ’68 that sounded a bit twee and it bombed, then the classic ’60 one, then he did a complete reworking (which is terrific and sinister) in 1980.
– Kate Bush wasn’t happy with her original “squeaky” version of Wuthering Heights (she was wrong, but it’s fair enough as she was probably about 16 or something at the time) so took the opportunity to re-record it for her Greatest Hits collection in the late 80s, with some then trademark eighties gated reverb on the vocal. It’s good, but the original is better.
(D’oh – and it’s just occurred to me that Kate then re-recorded a whole load of her songs for that Director’s Cut album a few years ago – I forgot about that).