How to Make an Old Song New

I love cover songs. Maybe it’s the awesome local 80’s cover band who woos their audience with their uncanny ability to emulate everyone from Journey to Madonna and still make each song their own. Or maybe it’s a well-known artist covering a well-known song to make something deliciously different.

There are myriad ways to make an old song new: speed it up and add a dance beat, change the genre to something unexpected – say, Frank Sinatra done as Dancehall, add/remove instruments and vocals, throw in some exotic scales to give the song a more worldly sound. Or…

You could do this.

If you need a frame of reference and want to hear the original song, “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple, here ya go:


1 Response to “How to Make an Old Song New”

  1. 1 sertop February 6, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Notice how so many bands became famous by covering a song, for limp bizkit it was “Faith” and for Alien Ant Farm, it was “smooth criminal,” originally by Michael Jackson. cool post.

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