Posted By Caulimovirus on January 22, 2007
“The Inherent Backwardness of Remakes”
.: Why do people release bad covers of good songs? Wouldn’t it make much more sense to switch it around? I understand that it’s easier to release a terrible rendition of something that was once great, but think of what we could have instead. Think as well of the many, many horrible remakes of once-decent movies.
.: I’d like to see a great director take an interesting premise that was ruined by a lesser director and turn it into something remarkable. Saw had a pretty good premise, no? A decent director could have gone down several different avenues and made an infinitely better film.
.: Or maybe the movies and songs don’t have to be bad, per se, just not perfect. I can think of one good example: imagine this song by Oingo Boingo with different vocals. I can’t think of anyone who could do better, but I do think it’s a song that’s just waiting to be covered.