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THE WORST 12 COVER SONGS IN MUSIC EVER

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Dance, Music, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

THE WORST 12 COVER SONGS

Alot of songs have been covered and original songwriters have made a lot of money. It was common in the 60s for at least one Bob Dylan or Burt Bacharach song to be on most albums and in the 70’s this occurred less frequent. In the last 20 years artists have sampled from famous tracks and created better songs or horrible re-harshes.

But below is in my opinion the worst top 1 covered songs, the reason for this is due to awful singing, no imaginative re-working, pales in comparison to the original or just plain and simply awful.

Number 12

Girls Wanna Have Fun-Miley Cyrus

Her father was an awful singer with Achy Breaking heart, but this just reminds you why Americans youth is so messed up after listening to this I just wanted to piece my eardrums with forks. Dreadful and this is the cover of Cyndi Lauper’s infamous song, so this song had now messed up two generations of American children, should be banned for future governments.

Number 11

Faith-Limp Bizkit

The group is named after a rugby boys changing room game, so that doesn’t help. Then you massacre a classic 80’s song by George Michael. At first listen back in the late 90’s this song was more comical now 10 years later you just wonder why did anyone like Fred Durst or this group.

copy link above into browser-Universal think it is so great that it can’t be embedded in this blog.

Number 10

American Pie-Madonna

Classic 70’s song about the story of Buddy Holly written by Don Mclean, Madonna simply covered this song for the dreadful film ‘The Next Best Thing’ in which Rupert Everest has to pretend to love Madonna (I think that is hard for a straight man to do I.E Guy Ritchie). Hence the song has no real meaning and the video is just vacuous, and the next song released after this ‘American Life’, someone really should just hand Madonna a giro book and she should retire as she is quite embarrassing.

Number 9

911 Is A Joke-Duran Duran

Duran Duran covers a Public Enemy song, WTF? Duran Duran at this time was trying to find themselves as a group after their 80’s heyday, and this redneck version is like a poor song in the background of My Name Is Earl. Listen to this and cringe in despair

Number 8

Rocket Man-William Shatner

Yes, William Shatner (Captain Kirk) sings an Elton John song. Now you know what a HAM actor Shatner is, well his singing is no better, but the joke is he has released at least four albums in his lifetime. This was performed at a science fiction award show and presented by Bernie Taupin (the original writer) who must have been pissing himself back stage.

Number 7

Wild Thing Oliver Reed & Alex Higgins

The Troggs version in the 60’s was always tongue in cheek, but this cover is bizarre (the video is even stranger) and actually released to compete for a Christmas number one during the early 90’s. Oliver Reed being sober at this time was RARE (check interviews with Oliver Reed) and Alex Higgins the same. So to come up with this, a record company thought this would be a great tax write off, because it is that dreadful.

Number 6

Billie/Thriller-Ian Brown

Ian Brown has legendary status in his field of alternative/indie but he released in the late 90’s a double A side of Billie Jean and Thriller. Now most people try not to cover Michael Jackson due to respect or not wanting to ruin original classic songs, so why did Ian Brown think he could do these songs justice. The word my friends is EGO, as again both of these versions are lifeless and soulless, something usually people don’t associate with Michael Jackson’s music. Find this on youtube to Listen and weep.

Number 5

The Tide Is High/Eternal Flame-Atomic Kitten

EMI had a problem with Atomic Kitten; they did ok for a pop group with their unmemorable songs but not making enough money so they were going to be dropped unless they had good songs that made some revenue as it was costing the record company a lot of wasted money. So some brainiac in the record company thought lets get them to sing a cover. Eternal Flame covered by Atomic Kitten became a Number One record after their first dreadful song Number One single Whole Again. Now their was a new problem, the group had to make more money to ride on the success, so they created a soulless version of the Tide is High The Blondie version is bearable for a pop song, a cover of an old reggae song-which never gets heard very much. The Atomic Kitten version is different and has a new bridge section, which if you hear, it was not needed. Xenomania produced this and other awful pop songs by Girls Aloud, The Saturdays and the list goes on, this teaches you that sometimes songs should be left alone.

copy link above, EMI are proud of this but won’t allow this to be embedded into blogs….

Number 4

Papa Don’t Preach-Kelly Osbourne

This whiny adolescent tramp wannabe thought she had so much talent after the success of reality TV show The Osbourne’s. Well bad news for Kelly,

• Your mum Sharon is a great business women
• Your Dad Ozzy is a talented musician and is part of rock royality
• Your brother has a personality which you lack

Kelly you are a famous nobody and quite frankly you should stay under a rock. This her first song released on her first album a cover of a Madonna classic and the joke is Kelly hates Madonna songs, but the music industry and world didn’t buy into Kelly’s music career for too long she got dropped after her second album, there is justice in the world.

Number 3

Dancing In The Street-David Bowie and Mick Jagger

A great Motown classic butchered by two actually Rock Legends who should have known better. The worst thing about this version it was a number one when the original failed to be. Plus they seem to have this need to teach primary children countries around the world, and both of them in the video look like they will break into a fight. Plus I am sure a mistake in the video when Bowie is singing at 1:34, Mick Jagger is drinking a can of coke, plus watch the syncing.

copy this link into your browser, and laugh at Bowie and Jaggers butchered version of this classic song.

Number 2

Like A Virgin-Lords Of The New Church

Well Madonna butchered American Pie and Kelly Osbourne destroyed Papa don’t Preach. However a group can destroy a Madonna classic in the most unusual way, so awful it makes you wonder the A&R scout didn’t get instantly sacked for this.

Number 1

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart feat Macy Gray/ButterCup-ODB

ODB is sadly not with us; he is no doubt one of the most original MC ‘s in Hip–Hop history. For some reason though and I don’t think he thought he could sing, but for some reasons ODB believed he should release songs. Don’t go breaking my hear was originally a hit for Kiki Dee and Elton John and then again for Rupaul and Elton John, and others have covered this song. So it is not like it has much creditability., but oh yes ODB has gone one further and actually made it comical and butchered the song. Plus to add insult to injury he has Macy Gray as the female lead. This is probably the weirdest duet in music history.

However ODB has not just covered one song in his short musical career, others in his repertoire is Cold Blooded by Rick James, and a weird version of The Foundations-Buttercup. Which we have the link here for you below also.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Build Me Up ButterCup

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Samples Galore-Part 5 and Part 6

Posted in Dance, Folklore, Music, Urban Myths, Vinyl Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

I’ll admit I have been slack on updating the blog

However I am writing for a new blog and hope to get my writing noticed instead of by chance or picture (stealing)

Anyway I present to you funktuall’s Sampling Part 5 and 6, and we still have alot more to go up to episode 28.

Part 5

The Songs In Question Are…

1) My Jamaican Guy by Grace Jones = Wild Thang – 2 Much
2) Wild Thang by 2 Much = Doin’ It – LL Cool J
3) Magic Mountain by War = Potholes in My Lawn – De La Soul
4) Cookies by Brother Soul = Potholes in My Lawn – De La Soul
5) I Will by John Holt = Encore – Jay-Z
6) Cavern by Liquid Liquid = White Lines (Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster Melle Mel
7) Found A Child by Ballin’ Jack = Bust A Move – Young MC
8) I Got The (Blues) by Labi Siffre = My Name Is – Eminem
9) As Long As I’ve Got You by The Charmels = C.R.E.A.M. – Wu-Tang Clan
10) The Big Beat by Billy Squier = Fix Up, Look Sharp – Dizzee Rascal

Part 6

The Songs In Question Are…

1) Juicy Fruit by MTUME = Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.
2) Before The Night Is Over by Joe Simon = So Fresh, So Clean-Outkast
3) Mary Mary byTHE MONKEES = Mary Mary – Run DMC
4) Between The Sheets by The Isley Brothers= Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G.
5) Headless Heroes by Eugene McDaniels = Get It Together – Beastie Boys feat Q Tip
6) Don’t Burn Down the Bridge by Gladys Knight & The Pips = 360* (What Goes Around) – Grand Puba
7) Running Away by Roy Ayers = Description of a Fool – A Tribe Called Quest
8) The Champ by The Mohawks (ALONG With Blondies Rapture”) = Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delite) – KRS-One
9) Black Cow by Steely Dan = Deja Vu (Uptown Baby) – Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz
10) Be Thankful For What You Got by William DeVaughn = Diamond In The Back – Ludacris

Juicy Fruit by MTUME was also used by…

1. Stetsasonic for the classic “Talkin’ All That Jazz”
2. Common for “Charm’s Alarm”
3. Warren G used twice for “This DJ” & “Don’t You see”
4. Allure feat. LL Cool J for their collabo “No Question”

Between The Sheets by ISLEY BROS too.

1. A Tribe Called Quest BONITA APPLEBUM ya gotta put me on.
2. Naughty By Nature WRITTEN ON YA KITTEN
3. Da Brat FUNKDAFIED
4. Heavy D & The Boyz NUTTIN’ BUT LOVE for ya babe!
5. Keith Murray THE MOST BEAUTIFULLEST THING IN THIS WORLD is just like that….I get in ya!
6. Whitney Houston ONE OF THOSE DAYS

Michael Jackson Legacy and Life at Sony.

Posted in Controversy, Dance, Folklore, Music, News Media, Nights Out, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

With Michael Jackson’s passing in June

Their has been a lot of speculation on what he was like in reality and how he worked in the music industry.

Well this 6 part radio interview with two staff members at Sony music gives you an insight in what Michael was like as a human being and a recording artist.

The people being interviewed is Cory Rooney and Chris Apostle

Cory Rooney has worked and been instrumental in the music careers Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, Shakira to name a few.

While Michael was working on Invincible Cory was his confident and inside man at Sony. He discusses this within the interviews and what Michael was like to work in the studio with.

Chris Apostle is a music executive at Sony Music and dealt with a lot of business issues at Sony related to Michael.

The interviews are in 10 min chunks

Enjoy

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Michael Jackson Videos YOU MAY HAVE NEVER SEEN

Posted in Controversy, Dance, Film, Memorabilia, Music, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Okay

If you were or still are a Michael Jackson fan

Here is some video treats for you

Captain EO

Part 1

Part 2

Captain EO

Captain EO is a 3-D film starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola that was shown at Disney theme parks in the 1980s and 1990s.

This is a story description below

The movie tells the story of Captain EO and the ragtag crew of his spaceship on a mission to deliver a gift to a wicked alien leader, the Witch Queen, on her home world of rotting, twisted metal and steaming vents. Captain EO’s alien crew consists of his small flying sidekick Fuzzball, the double-headed navigator and pilot Idee and Odee, robotic security officer Major Domo, a small robot Minor Domo (who fits like a module into Major Domo), and the clumsy elephant-like shipmate Hooter (Tony Cox) who always manages to blunder the crew’s missions.

Upon arriving on the planet, the crew is captured and sentenced to torture. Before being sent away, EO tells the Witch Queen that he sees the beauty hidden within her, and that he brings her the key to unlock it: his song, “We Are Here To Change The World”.

The two robot members of the crew transform into music instruments and the crew members begin to play the various instruments. As Hooter runs toward his instrument, he trips over EO’s cape and breaks his instrument, stopping the music. The spell broken, the Witch Queen orders her guards to capture Captain EO and his crew.

Hooter manages to repair his instrument and sends out a blast of music, providing EO with the power to throw off the guards. He uses his power to transform the dark hulking guards into agile dancers who fall into step behind him for a dance number. As EO presses forward toward the Supreme Leader she unleashes her Nich Warriors, two cybernetic defenders each with a whip and shield that can deflect EO’s power.

The others all run away leaving Captain EO to fight the Nich Warriors alone. EO is trapped by a closing gate and is preparing for a last stand as both the whip warriors draw their whips back for a final blow. Fuzzball drops his instrument and speedily flies over to tie the two whips together, causing the Nich Warriors to be thrown off balance giving EO an opportunity to transform them as well. With no further obstacles, EO uses his power to transform the Witch Queen into a beautiful woman, her lair into a peaceful Greek temple and the planet into a verdant paradise.

A celebration breaks out to “Another Part of Me”, as EO and his crew triumphantly exit and fly off into space.

Special FX used when watching this at Disney World

Captain EO made full use of its 3-D effects. The action on the screen extended into the audience, including lasers, laser impacts, smoke effects, and starfields that filled the theater. These effects resulted in the seventeen-minute film costing an estimated $30 million to produce.[1] At the time it was the most expensive film ever produced on a per-minute basis, averaging out at $1.76 million per minute.

Music

Two new songs appeared in the film. The first, is an early version of “Another Part of Me.” The song was re-mixed and later appeared on Jackson’s hugely successful Bad album. It was released as a single in 1988.

The song also makes a brief appearance in the movie “Rush Hour” in which Chris Tucker mimics Captain EO after blowing up a car.

“We Are Here to Change the World” was not officially released until 2004 as part of Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection. This version however, is not the same version heard in the film. Soul/R&B singer Deniece Williams covered the song on her As Good As It Gets album (1988).

THE MAKING OF MOONWALKER

This was originally a BBC special and it contains 2 parts.

Part 1

Part 2

Making on In The Closet

Famous video with Naomi Campbell and the great late Herb Ritts

Best Music of 2009…So Far

Posted in Dance, Music, Nights Out with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

As we now have under 6 months of the year to go with new music releases coming out..

I have compiled a list of albums which are worth listening to and in my opinion obtaining and what is not!

Golden Silvers-True Romance

This album has a mixture of 80’s but nevertheless is original in content. The musicianship on this album is high class and i expect alot of excellent albums from this group in the future. For people who love The Smiths mixed with great musicianship, I would highly recommend this album

True Romance

The Invisible-The Invisible

Another trio produced by the genius of Matthew Herbert, the lead singer has a rich voice reminiscent of old soul singers but set in a indie context. This album has grown on me and the musicians are great live..

Florence and the Machine-Lungs

Not since Bjork or Fiona Apple have I thought someone can try to compete with Kate Bush in musicality and style, but Florence is very good. Her music should be very successful in a underground/inide context if her music was in another era she would be hugely successful. This album has songs which pop music should be.

Passion Pit-Passion Pit

Another group that has been getting a little undercurrent of following, a group from Boston, USA which has musicality like TV on the Radio and more bite then the flat Hot Chip.

Noisettes-Wild Hearts Run Free

I loved their first punky, all balls first album, here the group have used Shingai’s voice to great effect and it is a shame they seem to have only got recognised now..

Paulo Nutini-Sunny Side Up

I love this album and I didn’t like the first atall (I thought he was a poor James Morrison who was a poor soul-type James Blunt) but Paolo Nutini has really improved alot and this is my 2nd favourite album of the year and surprised me so much. Great songs, great musicianship and shows this man has talent. Try and get to listen you will find something to like..

Lady Ga Ga-The Fame

My album of the year so far, an album full of great songs and Redone is a sick producer (the stuff here is so much better then Akon’s) yes I am not a big pop fan but this is great music and I can’t see many albums beating this. Plus it has no Steven Hawking voice machine in it gladly. We may have the new Madonna on our hands and she has struggled and worked hard to get where she is..

Some albums that have disappointed me…

Maxwell-Black

I love Maxwells voice, and I was ready to promote his new album with open arms and embrace it but another issue again with a Soul singer’s album where are the F*CKING melodies? Bad Habits and Cold are good but the album is another disappointment for me, cold dead and uninspiring from Maxwell who has become so safe musically since the amazing Embrya album..

La Roux-La Roux

Two hit songs but a boring album, and I think a very contrived artist who doesn’t interest me at all because the material is so one dimensional, In For The Kill remix by Skream is great, acquire that and forget about this artist otherwise. If i wanted to hear this type of music i would listen to Eurythmics, Yazoo and later on Everything But The Girl..

Daniel Merriweather-Love and War

Rated very highly Mark Ronson’s protegee, but talk about a boring album, if you weren’t depressed before you will be after listening to this album. Change is a good pop song but apart from that No memorable music and to be honest if you want to hear something like this I feel sorry for you. Over hyped as an artist but however Daniel can sing and I would hope to hear a better album next time, a couple of up beat numbers at least.

Mos Def-The Ecstatic

Black on Both Sides is one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the last 10 years, but Mos Def doesn’t seem to want to replicate at least one track as good ever again. This is a mixtape and really should be free because all this is, Mos Def lazy rhyming over Madlib beat konducta beats, it isn’t bad but I expected more especially all the fuss over not wanting to be on a major record label. After this hearing this I would be glad not having to promote Mos Def-shockingly DULL.

Ciara-Fantasy Ride

LoveSexMagic is a good radio tune but her album is a waste of money and promotion. No good songs and no development since she started-AVOID for your sanity. The only fantasy you get is that Ciara would be good in bed as for her music it is about as useful as a limp dick!

Keri Hilson-In A Perfect World

This lady maybe able to write songs with Timbaland for Nelly Furtardo and Britney but her album shows she needs other artists. Knock You Down is cameo filled with Kanye ‘The Ego’ West and Neyo and the rest of the album just doesn’t ever get going. In a Perfect world this album should be good but it ends up being so dry that it makes you want to listen to Rihanna, and that really is depressing.

Eminem-Relapse

One sentence GIVE UP RAPPING YOU ARE BORING TIRED AND SHIT AND YOUR TRACKS ARE GARBAGE!

Sample Alert No 2-Hip-Hop Tracks

Posted in Dance, Education, Music, Nights Out, Romance, Urban Myths, Vinyl Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

This guy is crazy but give him credit he is enthusiastic-this is part XXI on wax-and i will put more on here…

This is showing original tracks and explaining which Hip-Hop tracks use these samples…

Enjoy

Sample Alert No 1-Music Samples Used

Posted in Dance, Education, Folklore, Music, Urban Myths, Vinyl Records with tags , , , on May 17, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

OK, as I am a song-writer, learning to DJ and an overall music nerd!

I am doing a series of Original songs and where the sample is being used.

I like both these songs, i can’t say that for all the tracks you will find on here, but

The original is here, a track by The Chi-Lites (who will feature alot in the next few weeks)

This is the song David Morales-Needin You which uses a sample from the above song…