They say that imitation is the best form of flattery but it’s really not in this case. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is quickly becoming one of the most popular genres of music and dominates the UK music charts. However there is one trend in EDM which is pretty annoying; song reboots.
Reboots have become a trend across TV and film for a while, with old-time favourites like The Powerpuff Girls, Gilmore Girls, Footloose, Fantastic Four among many others being made into lack-lustre remakes. However, this trend has now transported to the music industry and is ruining classic songs.
Now I’m all for covers of songs because some older songs still deserve to be relevant in today’s music and some artists get it right. Adele’s cover of ‘Make You Feel My Love’ originally by Bob Dylan, paid respects to the original by the renowned music icon, as well as staying true to Adele’s vocal characteristics (not that I’m biased or anything). Even Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’, originally sung by the timeless Dolly Parton, is Whitney’s most successful song to this date. These are just a number of examples showing that covers can be executed correctly, but there are now too many songs out there that keep getting it wrong; EDM being the main suspect of this crime.
A good example is ‘Ain’t Nobody’ which was originally released by Rufus and Chaka Khan in 1983. This song was originally soulful with powerful vocals and a funky melody paired with it. It is still one of Chaka’s most iconic songs and is still played on radio shows like Club Classics on Heart (If you know, you know).
However, the once great reputation of this song has been tarnished by a limp dance cover by Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson. The vocals are very weak and the soul which was originally present in the song has disappeared. What’s worse is that I’ve talked with multiple friends about this song and many of them thought that this version was the newer version of this song is the original.
Another example which needs no explaining is ‘Show Me Love’ by Robin S. I don’t think anyone will be able to forget the long opening note which forces you pay attention to the song, and then before you know it, you’re dancing and singing like a complete fool (or is that just what happens to me?). Unfortunately, this club classic has also been rebooted to a dance track by Sam Feldt featuring Kimberley Anne. I admit that the vocals in this song aren’t horrible but the song is lacking a heavy beat and it certainly doesn’t have the same effect as the original.
Many music listeners (typically hipsters or people of older generations) always rant about music not being as good or as unique in current industry compared to 10+ years and this craze shows that these people may be onto something here. Are artists beginning to run out of ideas and are therefore resorting to changing the beat/ vocals to an already existing song and releasing it? Or is the music industry progressing and this is a step to music evolving further?
Either way, these reboots suck and people need to stop ruining songs that don’t need to be changed.