2781Re(2): [Hybrid] Hybrid's Radiohead Mix
- May 4, 2001E-mail sent from work; please don't reply to my work address unless urgent.
>But to say that Radiohead are not about remixesNot being a Radiohead fan, I stand corrected about the "not about remixes"
>would be to ignore, amongst others, 'Planet Telex' the Hexidecimal &
>LFO mixes also the Karma Sunra version. There is also, apparently, a
>DepthCharge remix, which I would be quite keen to hear (assuming that
>it is DepthCharge).
>It seems to me that some bands are getting fewer remixes made, because
>This does bring up another point, however, assuming that most groups
>pick from a number of remixes, per release, why is there so much
>absolute crap around? Particularly, why do people keep letting DJ
>Tonka remix stuff? His remixes of B-52s', 'Love Shack' (one of the
>best pop-songs ever IMHO) and Salt 'n' Pepa's 'Push it' are
>diabolical, and not in a Beelzebeat/Devil in a Sports Casual kinda
less mixes will fit onto commercial releases than would be the case four
years ago or so. Back in '95-ish the Shamen got about 20 different mixes
of "Transamazonia" done, and 14 were on the commercial CDs alone. In '99
Hybrid got about 6 (?) different versions of "If I Survive" and released
them all across the CD and 12". I think there are fewer remixes being
DJ Tonka's name probably sells- there are probably clubs out there who
would be influenced towards playing a mix if it had DJ Tonka's name on it,
even if some people don't like it. It's very mainstream- it's the Todd
Terry syndrome. For years, Todd Terry mixes were just the Todd Terry
trademark beat with whichever-song's vocal laid over the top of it. People
with home computers could have put those mixes together- but certain DJs &
clubs see Todd Terry mixes as reliable mainstream and popular club
versions, so will want to play them- so a lot of people buy releases for
the Todd Terry mixes. That's why Todd Terry gets paid so much per remix-
it's a brand name.
When a band pays for a Hybrid remix, they don't just do it for the piece
of music they receive. They also buy temporary use of the Hybrid name-
meaning that dedicated Hybrid fans (like us) will buy the release and the
band will earn back the money they spent on the remix in the first place.
Equally... when Alanis Morrissette refused to allow "So Pure" onto "Remix
and Additional Production...", I don't believe that it was purely because
she didn't like the piece of music (although I guess that's possible)- it
is likely to also have been because she (or her representatives) decided
that she/they didn't want the Alanis Morrisette 'brand name' diluted by
being used elsewhere. It's not publicity that is going to significantly
benefit Alanis Morrissette, or Radiohead, whereas lesser-known artists
like Monk & Canatella and Vernon's Wonderland, or more open-minded or
remix-minded artists like Moby, Filter and Future Sound Of London, would
see inclusion as more relevant and useful to that artist's image.
Sadly, it's not just about the music.
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