After our picnic at Maroondah Dam, we made a stopover at St Kilda to satisfy our gelati cravings. We made our way to the car where we unanimously reached a decision to play a few rounds of Monopoly at Peter’s house. On the way home, this song came on and I remember the car went silent as we all sat and listened to this haunting tune. Most of us first heard it when Kanye used it in his song ‘Lost In The World’ but it was refreshing to listen to the original version. It’s a beautiful song to drive around to at night and we all agreed it had been far too long since we had listened to Bon Iver.
It seems if you have a listen to The Wedding Singer Soundtrack, 50% of the songs listed will appear on the Raye’s Outdoors Mix. This song in many ways encapsulates the music of the 80’s and funnily enough, I only began to listen to this song again when I heard it on that episode of Modern Family. Yep, the one where Edward Norton plays the bass guitarist of Spandau Ballet.
The band formally known as The Morning Benders cover the classic Whitney song in their trademark fashion. I love their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ so it was a pleasure to discover this cover. Plus it won’t be the last time I post about them…
I remember for a long time I use to know the first few lines of this tune because of a bloody dance song that sampled it. You know:
There’s a boy, I know, he’s the one I dream of Take me to the clouds above
Anyway it was only years later when I found this song and boy did I have the biggest grin on my face upon discovery. Not too long ago some of the biggest pop songs incorporated a saxophone solo during the bridge (Lady Gaga’s Edge of Glory/Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night) but this song takes the cake. I mean, how could you not want to dance anytime you hear this song.
Hell I even put this on the playlist I made for work during their cluster feast day and I spotted a teacher dancing. Go figure.
Jagged Edge ft. Reverend Run – Let’s Get Married (So So Def Remix) (29 plays)
Jagged Edge ft. Reverend Run | Let’s Get Married (So So Def Remix)
Raye’s Outdoors Mix
I have a family friend who every weekend I’d ride my bike to his place and hangout with during my primary school years. In many ways he was a mentor and idol to me: it was through him I got into anime, drawing, martial arts films and R’n’B music.
Having just started year 7 in 2001, it was he was the one who introduced me to this song and I remember being blown away. I even asked him if it was alright if I borrowed his portable CD player (no iPods back then kids) and he burnt me a cd with this song and many others. I don’t see him much anymore but I can’t thank him enough for this and all the other things he’s done in the past.
Mention the word ‘remix’ to anyone and it can draw different responses from people. Back in the day, if a pop song was remixed, chances are they would add a new beat to it, a hip hop artist would rap in the bridge and tend to sex it up (Color Me Badd style).
When songs are remixed, the alterations can be subtle but sometimes they can completely change the whole meaning or atmosphere of a song. What was once a slow love ballad is now transformed into an upbeat dance track. There are many songs where the remix has complete ruined the song, though on the flip-side there are just as many that not only improve but completely blow the original out of the water.
For example: Jagged Edge - Let’s Get Married. My family friend introduced me to the song in 2001 just when I began highschool and I remember being amazed and loving the beat. I personally didn’t even know it was a remix until I saw the original version playing on the TV. With that said I would always be hoping for the remixed version to come on. Who wouldn’t get that chill down their spine when the beat drops and they hear those immortals words:
This here is a remarkable, SO SO DEF. REMIX.
The same also applies to R. Kelly’s IgnitionRemix. I don’t think anyone even knows what the original sounds like. Unless you watch the Chappelle Show. I want to piss on you…
It’s not only limited to just hip hop/r’n’b songs: some of my favourite songs are actually remixes though most people don’t even realise this. Case in point would be Christina Aguilera’s ‘Come On Over’. It’s one of the best pop songs of all time (or at least one of my favourites) and it was disappointing when I tried to download it on back in the day and got the original version instead. Listening to it again it definitely has that pop feel, as though it was something that would have been played on the Disney Channel back in the day. Christina was always the more talented one of the pop princesses but it was this music clip where I fell in love with her.
And of course our favourite: Carly Rae Jepsen. Curiosity has got to hands down her best song and I’m so glad she decided to include the remix on her album rather than stick with the EP version. It’s alright, but it simply doesn’t compare to the album version which is simply so much more catchier!
That’s not to say all remixes complete demolish the originals though. Sometimes the original and remixes can exist in coexistence, that usually makes it harder for me when I have to decide which version to choose. I love the remix for Janet Jackson’s ‘Someone To Call My Lover’ but the original version is just as catchy. One that I struggle with to this day is ‘So Into You’ by Tamia. The original by her is such a nice 90’s slowjam but most of us would know the version with Fabolous (oh the days of being a teenager). They both evoke different moods and I love them equally - I just tend to include both in the end.
Other times you hear remixes that are subtle in the way they enhance some of the musical elements in order to push the dance aspect of the song. There’s a few songs that I’ll play thinking ‘wait, this sounds slightly different than what I remember’ only to realise it’s actually a remix. Two examples would be LeAnn Rimes ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight’ & Kylie Minogue’s ‘Love At First Sight’. I actually really like the remix of CFTM which I think they actually quite abit on radio, though I’ll always choose the original version of LAFS anyday!
You don’t really hear remixes as often anymore - it’s become point of contention to just include some rapper on a pop song and sadly it’s commonplace nowadays. These days it tends to be the indie/upcoming dj’s who are making some of the most interesting/awesome remixes out there.
It must have been early 2011: I was picking John and Peter up for a late night catchup session on a Sunday. Driving along Kings Road, this song came on the radio and as per usual, we began singing along to it whilst remarking how we haven’t heard this song in so long. We debated who the band was before Peter took out his phone, shazam’d it and provided the answer. Damage.
Funny because I can still remember the meal I had at Chappelli’s that night. It wasn’t that great.
Gwenyth Paltrow & Huey Lewis – Cruisin' Together (36 plays)
Gwyneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis | Cruisin’ Together
Raye’s Outdoors Mix
It was 2009 and we had hired out a house in Rosebud over the weekend to celebrate Kat’s 21st birthday. Tish and Fabian had konked out leaving me, Raye, Kat, Frannie, Age and Tom to drink up and play spoons. Whilst in a state of intoxication, we started playing some music and it was there Age and Tom decided to sing this song together. As a duet.
Donna Lewis – I Will Love You Always And Forever (9 plays)
Donna Lewis | I Will Love You Always And Forever
Raye’s Outdoors Mix
I never knew the title of this song for a long time (seems to be the case in general) though everytime I would hear it on the radio, images of waves crashing along the shore in the early morning come to mind. I find this song thearpetuic in some ways and it does make me feel tiny bit more hopeful about life.
Plus I tend to feel it works well with Sophie B. Hawkins ‘As I Lay Me Down To Sleep’ - like two sides of the same record. I can’t listen to one without listening to the other.
In many ways, I feel we all romanticise the season of Summer. Most people are looking forward to summer holidays: long breaks, days spent in the sun, evenings that never seem to end. The list goes on and alot of it comes back to the summers we use to spend and enjoy during our childhood.
One watches as the days slowly get shorter and the sunsets that would feel like they lasted a lifetime now disappear so quickly in front of our eyes. Like the cherry blossoms in Spring or the falling leaves in Autumn, we begin to understand how precious these moments are. Nothing lasts forever.
We can try so hard to hold on, to let it linger just that tiny bit longer before it’s too late. But in the end all you really can do is sit back and appreciate the beauty in it’s transient nature - as it slowly fades away from our lives.
Before Smooth FM came along, I use to rely on Gold FM for my daily dose of the classics back in the day. This song use to come on quite abit yet unfortunately I didn’t have the luxury of owning an iPhone so I would remind myself to try to download this song and simply forget it.
Oh Shazam, what a life saver… most of the time anyway.
Backstreet Boys – As Long As You Love Me (49 plays)
Backstreet Boys | As Long As You Love Me
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Maybe it’s just my generation but the Backstreet Boys had some of the most iconic music videos of that era. Mention Everybody (Backstreets Back) and I can guarantee you most will remember the Universal Monsters horror music video (with each member portraying a different monster). Larger Than Life had it’s futuristic space influenced music video to reflect the new millennium (also the name of that album).
And of course this song - the audition and the musical chairs. Classic!
This is one of those karaoke songs I use to adore singing back when I was a kid with my family friends on Friday/Saturday nights. Whilst the parents would be drinking and singing karaoke at Thao’s place, us kids would go over to my house where we’d set up the karaoke (which was a VHS player with microphone inputs) insert the VHS tapes and let the magic begin.
And as mentioned previously, I tend to get a wee bit excited when I find out someone else knows/loves the songs that I do as well. When we were walking back from Revolver to the car, Rodney started singing this song and when I joined in, we both looked at each other and knew.