Is anyone that reads this blog old enough to recognize that song? Just wondering.
My thoughts today are about songs. I was in my car listening to KSHE rockin’ out to “Live and Let Die” and it was an instrumental part of the song, then I realized…THIS WASN’T THE PAUL MCCARTNEY VERSION! It was Guns and Roses. Admittedly, not my favorite band. But, I was sitting there thinking, “Does anyone ever think that the remake is better?”
Now, the first one that comes to mind is Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” First written and sung by Dolly Parton. But, was it a hit? Or was it just some track on an album or a “B side” as we used to call them? Had anyone really heard it before Whitney made it huge?
I was telling my husband that I felt I should send Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr a note of apology. Because when I was in Jr. High, the Bee Gees version of Sgt. Pepper’s was big and so was the movie, I guess. I didn’t see it. But, I remember my choir teacher had us listen to the Beatles version because we were going to do a medley of Sgt. Pepper’s songs. The class practically revolted! “This isn’t as good as the Bee Gees!” “Why can’t we listen to the Bee Gees version?” I’m so ashamed because I was right along with them. Now, I look back and say, “Oh dear. What was I thinking?”
So, are remakes ever worth it? Or is it a case of whichever version you hear first, you like better? My good friend and I go round and round about which movie is better: “Philadelphia Story” or “High Society”. She saw “High Society” first, so she likes it better. I saw “Philadelphia Story” first, so I like it better. She’ll say, “C’mon! Grace Kelly and the music!!!!” And, I’ll say, “C’mon, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant!!!!” We’ve agreed to disagree. She’ll never convince me and vice versa.
Another example is “Sabrina.” As a huge (and I mean HUGE) Harrison Ford fan, I wanted to LOVE the remake. I really liked it. Really, really did. But, seriously, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn? Can you top that? No way. Saw it first, loved it.
I’m not going to go on about how Hollywood and the music business has run out of creative ideas of their own and so they remake the classics or turn TV shows into movies. That’s another issue altogether.
But, I’m curious. Do you have any examples of remakes that were better than the original? Now, it’s not fair if the original was not a hit. Because if you go to www.imdb.com, you will find a surprisingly large number of remakes that you had no idea were originally done in the 30s or 40s.
Let me know. Right now, I have to send a letter to Paul and Ringo.