If anyone predicted that the infectious Bananarama 1983 summer hit, “Cruel Summer”, could be turned into a dark and ominous cover with the ability to create palpable nervousness and introspection, said person would surely have been laughed at. MTV sound stage. After all, without MTV, the three London women who made up the pop group would never have become a global sensation. That was in the 1980s. Artists didn’t take rhythmic songs and turned them into ballads – they took ballads from the previous decade and rocked those suckers.
Joan jett led the way by taking Tommy James and the Shondells‘trippy “Crimson & Clover” and turn it into a rock anthem. In the early 90, ugly kid joe reorganized Harry chapin‘s sentimental classic “Cat’s In The Cradle” in a first-rate fist-wave. But the reverse? Not possible. Except, of course, that he was and is.
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Check out some hymns from the ’80s and’ 90s that have been turned into ballads for some recent TV shows and movies below.
Bananarama – “Cruel summer”
Let’s use this’ 80s staple as a starting point. it has been reworked before but was used most recently, and to its best effect, for the hit YouTube Originals series Cobra Kai. Recorded by Kari kimmelThere’s a good chance you’ve heard it elsewhere and on other songs, as its original music has appeared in over 650 movies, TV shows, video games, trailers, and commercials. What made the drastically slow and provocative shooting even more serious was the fact that it was used here, where a huge ’80s film was revisited over 35 years later. Certainly, “The Karate Kid” had the cruelest summer when he first moved in with his mother in California. Until Mr. Miyagi, anyway.
Tears for fears – “Yell”
Although canceled (which still has many comic and viewers scratching their heads), the Freeform series Cape & Dagger, based on Marvel comics characters, used this Tears for fears cleverest way opus – a song with the title “Shout” in which the singer does the furthest thing from that. Zayde Wolf, a solo project by the Nashville-based producer / musician Dustin Burnett, slows it down, the need to purge is palpable, while being helped by IVESY. Tears For Fears meant their hit was about catharsis, and it always was with our cursed heroes, it’s just that their catharsis was internal.
a-ha – “Take on me”
Arguably one of the most popular music videos ever made, a-ha‘s “Take On Me” used on Cape & Dagger makes sense in many ways. The video is literally a comic (character) coming to life and two people falling in love. Of course, the pleading version by duo Wendy wang and Inga Roberts was also used in The CW‘s Heritage, but come on, the comic book that comes to life is unmatched. Digging even deeper, it’s a man escaping from one parallel universe for a woman in another. If it’s not Cape, we don’t know what it is.
Tears for Fears – “Mad World”
What makes this classic song even more special than simply reworking it into a ballad is twofold: First, it was performed in a group. Spread across multiple performers, the fact that it was a “Mad World” hit even harder – it wasn’t one person saying it; it was several. So it has to be, right? (No disrespect for twenty-one pilots‘ cover, which is a killer.) Second, the actors of Riverdale stepped up and did the vocals themselves.
Soft cell – “Tainted Love”
Listen, the point is, the unique wonder that is Soft cell‘S “Tainted Love” was a cover in itself (which few seem to know). But the ’80s pop group didn’t do much to rework it. Keeping the same pace, they just had better luck with it on the charts (and thanks, again, to MTV, the video played relentlessly). what everyone Is appear to know is that Marilyn manson took it from a ditty of self-pity and made it a heavy, menacing ode to breaking up and put it back on the map. Somehow it still felt like a revisit of 80s rock, so it happened. Claire Guerreso give the song the heartbreak it has always craved. Go up first Grey’s Anatomy, he was also hooked up on an episode of Dynasty.
Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
Yet another success with a debt to MTV, Cyndi lauper‘S energetic eccentricity would have gotten her up the ranks anyway. But Lauper, too, was doing something few people know: cover a song by another singer. Yes, the real “Girls” singer-songwriter was a guy named Robert Hazard. You’d think putting out the fire of “ride or die” vocals would be heresy, but not when it’s in Supergirl’s name. And not when it’s the trio of Charlotte laurent, Nina Nesbitt and Sasha Sloan delivering the song in such a beautifully understated way that it makes all father powerless to the pleas of his daughter.
The Shattering Pumpkins – “A Ball with Butterfly Wings”
Billy Corgan bubbling mastered in the 90s. Even on songs that never really blew up, like the hit “Disarm”, you always felt like it was about to do so, as the singer’s throaty growl rose from notch to notch. But “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” was just a blast, yet Tommee Profitt take it Crush pumpkins rocks lower than you think possible, and no entity has benefited more than The CW Roswell, New Mexico. Interestingly, while Profitt tackles many genres, its presence is widely present in the Christian rock world. Again, what is “Despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage” other than biblical?
Donovan – “Season of the Witch”
“Witch” was probably Scotland’s toughest singer ever Donovan already rocked despite being the guy who showed the ending John lennon a unique style of guitar pinching that the Beatles immediately used on the classic “Dear Prudence”. Many artists have picked up the song since, some keeping the oomph in place, while others scaling it down in such a way that the spooky factor really breaks out. There was no better place for the latter than the now canceled Netflix hit Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, even if it was just for a teaser for a new season. And of all the artists to cover it, including Jett, this is Lana del rey that really captures the magic for a version used in Scary stories to tell in the dark.
Kim Wilde – “Children in America”
Kim wildeOde to American Youth was another song that surely benefited from MTV’s overplay. But what a happy overplay it was. There isn’t a baby boomer who doesn’t ride and sing when this song is on the radio, and if their kid is in their car, odds are they’ll join them. But today’s “kids” recently had a version that would perplex this mom, who probably danced to them at the mall in the ’80s. valley girl The film’s reboot, which finally saw the light of day a few months ago, reduced the success to a heart-wrenching hymn, from anarchy to angst – and it worked. Quite well actually. The stars of the film Jessica Rothe (Happy day of the dead) and Chloé Bennet (Agents of SHIELD) fully delivered.
Gerard McMahon – “Cry Little Sister”
We probably have Manson to thank for the whole “transforming a tube of the 80s into a torturous and simmering ballad”. He first nailed it with “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”, probably causing Annie Lennox to Eurythmy go into a state of shock. Then he did it again with “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell. But the best of the lot might just be his sinister take on ‘Cry Little Sister’ from the ’80s blockbuster movie. The lost boys. Originally put to good use for the trailer for the latest X Men movie, The new mutants, this movie has been moved more times than an army brat. Therefore, the song was lost in the shuffle. But here it is for you.