These songs didn’t need dance remixes

New on Mostly-Retro, a review of the amazing Blade Runner soundtrack vinyl re-issue, and a look at an INCREDIBLY stupid movie on Netflix.

And with that out the way, I now present the latest in my continuing efforts to share the dumbest music possible:

Collective Soul – Shine (Souza Mix) 
Queen – We Will Rock You (Bass Kicks Micks)
The Eagles – Heartache Tonight (Hell Freezes Over Mix)
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock & Roll (Dance To This Mix)
The Breeders – Cannonball (Bass Line Mix)
Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way (Rip That Guitar Miques)
Oh boy, these are dumb.

So in the 80s and 90s (and maybe probably today to a lesser extent) there were special labels that strictly released “DJ Only” singles and records. I think I wrote about these before. Typically, these releases would include special edits or mixes of popular tunes, or sometimes they would even include their own “megamixes,” saving club DJs the time and effort (and skill) of having to mix tracks together.

Most of the time these releases focused on “dance” tracks, or at the very least, rock songs with a strong dance focus. I’m sure there is an “Ultimix” record out there with an extended dance edit of “Centerfold,” for example. Also, in nearly all the cases I’ve come across, the songs are just mixes and not remixes. What’s the difference?

Typically speaking, a remix is a song that has been modified by someone who has access to the original masters. Remixers usually remove and/or drastically rework original aspects of a song, and almost always add their own elements as well. Remixes may also use different vocal takes or other outtakes by the original artist.

A mix, on the other hand, is more like a re-edit of a song. More often than not, mixers do not have access to the original masters, so they’re rather limited as to what they can change.  So all they really do is add in a couple extra breaks to the beginning and end of a song, throw in some new beats or maybe extend the breakdown in the middle, all stuff done to make the song easier for DJs to mix into another track, or make the song more dance-friendly. These tracks are all perfect examples of mixes, taking the original song, taking on some extra beats or basslines, and not much else.

That, however, does not make them any less hilarious. A dance mix of “Shine?” What the fuck? “Heartache Tonight?” Why? Who the fuck thought that was a good idea? I guess the hysteria from the then-recent Eagles reunion was fucking rampant.

(Side note: I remember when the Eagles reunion concert aired on VH1 that year, holy shit my dad was one stoked old white dude.)

So yeah, if you like dumb shit (and boy, if you don’t then goddamn are you at the wrong blog) then you should dig these.

And if you like The Eagles, fuck you.

5 Responses to “These songs didn’t need dance remixes”

  1. Awesome, thanks for the Jett remix. I can’t say how many times I listened to that song on 45 as a kid.

  2. serpico009 says:

    Digging the Joan Jett and Breeders mixes. Not much to them, but they extend the riffs that make the songs what they are, so they’ve got that going for them.

    You familiar with Joseph Watt/Razormaid? He did a alot of mixes and remixes in the 80s that were DJ-only mailorder iirc, and for the most part they are consistently amazing. The only official release I have with a remix by him on it is Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” 12″.

  3. Eric Schulz says:

    To be fair, track down Ultimix’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (The Medley)” featuring a great megamix of that song, We Will Rock you, Sweet Home Alabama and more…very clever!

  4. There’s a pretty good mashup of I Love Rock & Roll and We Will Rock You here: http://www.beatmixed.com/music/

  5. Darren Stuart says:

    Dumb idea to mix rock and indie tracks into dance mixes. Bit like making a teapot out of chocolate!!!

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