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« Reply #15 on: Dec 19th, 2017, 03:37am »

on Dec 4th, 2017, 10:12am, Witchwood wrote:
When Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" comes on while I'm shopping, my first thought is to abandon my parcels or groceries and run to the nearest exit.
Absolutely grating.

We thought it was bad, but I heard a cover version of it yesterday that was far worse than the original, which is quite an achievement! rolleyes
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 19th, 2017, 03:41am »

on Dec 5th, 2017, 3:45pm, Dr. John wrote:
In general, I really don't like melodramatic soft pop takes on Christmas hymns. The hymns sound best as hymns - simple, not over-emoted.

Itís not just hymns. Xmas ads are the worst for pumping out insipid cover versions of good older songs as background. In one TV ad break last night I heard bland regurgitations of Supertrampís Give a little bit, Wingsí Let Em In & Chaka Khanís Ainít Nobody. These ads must be made by - & aimed at an audience of - people who donít like music, as they just irritate the hell out of anyone who remembers the originals & make them vow to avoid whatever's being advertised angry
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 19th, 2017, 07:30am »

on Dec 19th, 2017, 03:41am, boredatwork wrote:
Itís not just hymns. Xmas ads are the worst for pumping out insipid cover versions of good older songs as background. In one TV ad break last night I heard bland regurgitations of Supertrampís Give a little bit, Wingsí Let Em In & Chaka Khanís Ainít Nobody. These ads must be made by - & aimed at an audience of - people who donít like music, as they just irritate the hell out of anyone who remembers the originals & make them vow to avoid whatever's being advertised angry


The Supertramp and Chaka Khan ones are dreadful, ad created garbage. But the version of Let 'em in: if you mean the one from the peoplespostcode lottery, it was in fact an actual release from around the time of the original, it's Billy Paul, if memory serves.
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 23rd, 2017, 2:18pm »

on Dec 19th, 2017, 03:41am, boredatwork wrote:
Itís not just hymns. Xmas ads are the worst for pumping out insipid cover versions of good older songs as background. In one TV ad break last night I heard bland regurgitations of Supertrampís Give a little bit, Wingsí Let Em In & Chaka Khanís Ainít Nobody. These ads must be made by - & aimed at an audience of - people who donít like music, as they just irritate the hell out of anyone who remembers the originals & make them vow to avoid whatever's being advertised angry

I know exactly what you're talking about and it drives me bonkers.

Regarding that cover of Chaka Khan, that's part of the interminably obnoxious modern trend where obscure female singers in their 20s cover popular songs by stripping them down to just a light piano or soft electronic backing and a manipulative "hush little baby" lullaby voice. This style of cover has been done such a shocking number of times now that it's become laughably obvious that these covers aren't as genuine as they first seem and are merely designed to be like that to attract the same ignorant, undemanding audience.

And why do adverts use these songs? Because they think "If we use a really soft cover by a 20-something with the most harmless and inoffensive singing voice imaginable, the public will see us a company who really cares!" And so we end up hearing over a dozen of these covers every year. It's vain, pretentious, worthless garbage and a huge insult to the original artists.

I don't care if these cover artists give an excuse like "Oh it's one of my childhood songs, it reminds me of my family blah blah blah". You don't need to reduce decent tracks to a breathy baby song.
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 23rd, 2017, 4:45pm »

on Dec 23rd, 2017, 2:18pm, NoSonOfVine wrote:
I know exactly what you're talking about and it drives me bonkers.

Regarding that cover of Chaka Khan, that's part of the interminably obnoxious modern trend where obscure female singers in their 20s cover popular songs by stripping them down to just a light piano or soft electronic backing and a manipulative "hush little baby" lullaby voice. This style of cover has been done such a shocking number of times now that it's become laughably obvious that these covers aren't as genuine as they first seem and are merely designed to be like that to attract the same ignorant, undemanding audience.

And why do adverts use these songs? Because they think "If we use a really soft cover by a 20-something with the most harmless and inoffensive singing voice imaginable, the public will see us a company who really cares!" And so we end up hearing over a dozen of these covers every year. It's vain, pretentious, worthless garbage and a huge insult to the original artists.

I don't care if these cover artists give an excuse like "Oh it's one of my childhood songs, it reminds me of my family blah blah blah". You don't need to reduce decent tracks to a breathy baby song.


It just occurred to me that there is a version of the Midnight Oil anthem Beds Are Burning which fits this description precisely. It's by Marina Celeste.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2izfTgoDSn0
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« Reply #20 on: Dec 24th, 2017, 04:47am »

on Dec 23rd, 2017, 2:18pm, NoSonOfVine wrote:
I know exactly what you're talking about and it drives me bonkers.

Regarding that cover of Chaka Khan, that's part of the interminably obnoxious modern trend where obscure female singers in their 20s cover popular songs by stripping them down to just a light piano or soft electronic backing and a manipulative "hush little baby" lullaby voice. This style of cover has been done such a shocking number of times now that it's become laughably obvious that these covers aren't as genuine as they first seem and are merely designed to be like that to attract the same ignorant, undemanding audience.

And why do adverts use these songs? Because they think "If we use a really soft cover by a 20-something with the most harmless and inoffensive singing voice imaginable, the public will see us a company who really cares!" And so we end up hearing over a dozen of these covers every year. It's vain, pretentious, worthless garbage and a huge insult to the original artists.

I don't care if these cover artists give an excuse like "Oh it's one of my childhood songs, it reminds me of my family blah blah blah". You don't need to reduce decent tracks to a breathy baby song.


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« Reply #21 on: Dec 25th, 2017, 09:26am »

The use of "Give A Little Bit" in the Amazon ads doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I'm a big Supertramp fan. but I've always considered this song to be a middle-of-the-road, somewhat bland mainstream pop number, and I think it lends itself perfectly to this particular ad.
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« Reply #22 on: Dec 26th, 2017, 06:38am »

on Dec 19th, 2017, 03:41am, boredatwork wrote:
In one TV ad break last night I heard bland regurgitations of Supertrampís Give a little bit

I like the original song, but the "give a little bit" commercial makes me want to shoot the TV!

I've also seen commercials with bits of Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" and an early '60s hit, "I'm Into Something Good" by Herman's Hermits. The first one, especially, makes me wonder: how much money did someone have to pay to use a bit of that song?
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« Reply #23 on: Dec 27th, 2017, 12:38pm »

on Dec 23rd, 2017, 2:18pm, NoSonOfVine wrote:
I know exactly what you're talking about and it drives me bonkers.

Regarding that cover of Chaka Khan, that's part of the interminably obnoxious modern trend where obscure female singers in their 20s cover popular songs by stripping them down to just a light piano or soft electronic backing and a manipulative "hush little baby" lullaby voice. This style of cover has been done such a shocking number of times now that it's become laughably obvious that these covers aren't as genuine as they first seem and are merely designed to be like that to attract the same ignorant, undemanding audience.

And why do adverts use these songs? Because they think "If we use a really soft cover by a 20-something with the most harmless and inoffensive singing voice imaginable, the public will see us a company who really cares!" And so we end up hearing over a dozen of these covers every year. It's vain, pretentious, worthless garbage and a huge insult to the original artists.

I don't care if these cover artists give an excuse like "Oh it's one of my childhood songs, it reminds me of my family blah blah blah". You don't need to reduce decent tracks to a breathy baby song.

I am with you 100% on this, I see it in adverts a lot and I hate it.
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