Friday – House remix. 10/02/12. Valero – Sunglasses At Night [Corey Hart]

Friday’s child played for the Brewers,

The man most would associate as a one hit wonder with Sunglasses At Night actually released a higher charting and better selling song Never Surrender a couple of years later. It’s ironic that it became such an important Canadian song, sure the Canucks take pride in never surrendering, but since the great white north is like that awkward kid filming the fight with his RAZR from a safe distance, when would they have ever had the chance to not wave the white flag? It’s like American’s never give up on their dreams, through the amount of artificial food and prescription drugs, what dreams can they have to never give up on?

Without further delving into the Canadian psyche, lets take it back to Corey Hart’s first single, Sunglasses At Night. The iconic New Wave hit is more a political snapshot of a police state than about some douche in your local club, however I don’t give a crap about 1980’s politics, but I do hate with a passion people that wearing sunglasses at night, so the next time you see a prospective douche in your local club wearing shades, follow these steps to determine what you should do –

Step 1: Check if this person may be affected by one of the following afflictions
Blind – Look around for a dog, or a cane, if none present, reach forward with your left thumb towards their mouth until they either stop it or start sucking
Double dipping – If you touch their skin, do they shudder or giggle? If so, then realize that their pupils are more dialated than octomom’s cervix
Migraines – Believable if they are deaf maybe? Try telling them you appreciate their neck gobble.
Puerto Ricans – (Don’t ask)
Abused wives – Just be aware that she has already been told, twice
Twihards – Throw 3.2 lbs of glitter on them and see if they sparkle
Terminators – Again, look around for a dog, if none present, ask them what they think of Christian Bale

Step 2: If they fail step one, query their reasoning. If they reply with either of the following quotes
Because when you’re cool, the sun shines on you 24 hours a day
Because I party til the sun comes up

Step 3: Rip off their sunnies and defacate on their grandmothers grave. No reason is good enough to wear sunglasses at night.

Over the years through careful inner appreciation and self worth did Hart’s song writing measure up to his aging maturity, it can be heard in such songs as Jenny Fey & In Yo.. “Shut the fuck up! do you really think I want to read about Corey Hart’s career? When I hear his name, I think only of drunken Home Runs in Milwaukee, just play the fucking song already and get to the remix..”

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OK, after careful selective processing, I think I’m over the fact that I might be the only person under 50 that cares what happened to this portrayal of 80’s synth pop godliness, I mean the guy has kids named India, Dante, River & Rain, AND he was nearly Marty McFly, how is that not cool? However, I know I won’t be the alone in loving today’s remix by a talented German producer Valero.

The man knows what people want to hear, apparently in order to be a decent remixer nowadays, you need to give your take on one of these two tracks – Somebody That I Used To Know and Levels. Valero does both! However, he goes a lot further than that with sweet remixes to Salt N Pepa, Aloe Blacc, Adele, Yolada Be Cool & Dcup, Kings Of Leon and Fatboy Slim! He is simply the reason why The Daily Remix Blog needs to change underwear right now with so many exciting tunes to choose from. However we are settling for Sunglasses At Night for now.

There is nothing drunk chicks love more than hearing songs they know from their parents era, even if its portrayed completely differently “heeeeey, I know this song, hold on eiiisha, gimme my purse… NOW.. thank you darling, love you. OMG listen to this song, I wear my Sunglasses at night, and would you look at me now, Im wearing my sunglasses at night, so I can so i can ugh yheah yhhh story goes.. I love this sooooong, but it sounds different, wierd, the pills must be kicking in, sweet! Ummm, like excuse me, can you like umm take a picture of us three wearing sunglasses… AT NIGHT!!! bahahaha, but no seriously, take the picture. Hi im Jessica by the way, LOL, you should buy me a drink.”

Now where was I? Oh, right, Valero’s remix features a bouncy rhythmical house beat with a glowing arpeggio of organ synths that lie beneath upbeat percussion and cleverly sampled vocals. The breakdown takes you back to 1983 with the classic sullen new wave sound and Hart’s ‘I’m trying to look and sound sexy at the same time but end up doing neither‘ voice. A quick drum fill drops back into the happy heart of this remix that brings the collective mood of the room up a few notches, that is until someone whips on their sunglasses and you collectively beat the shit out of them.

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Friday – House remix. 03/02/12. Brass Knuckles – Lie To You (WhiteNoize remix)

Friday’s child looked innocent,

Would I Lie To You Baby? is the answer to every question ever posed to Charles & Eddie by their past girlfriends. These two make Bert and Ernie look straight. Whatever their sexuality, I’m sure this song got them a lot of T&A (but most likely A).

Not enough is known about Charles Pettigrew’s life, other than studying yazz vocals with Ron Burgandy (and claiming to be straight). He unfortunately succumbed (don’t you think succamb should be a word?) to cancer in 2001, so we will never know what he may have lied about.

Eddie, however, has a whole lot of WTF’s that need a Would I Lie To You? answer. The one-time Scientologist’s first band was formed with Cliff Burton of Metallica and Mike Bordin of Faith No More (at the age of 12 mind you), he helped produce tracks for 2 Live Crew and The Dust Brothers, not to mention S Club 7! Now he is one half of the Electro duo The Polyamorous Affair with his (female) wife.

We all had a little guilty pleasure in this song in the early 90’s, and I wouldn’t lie to you about the fact I have lent my vocals to this song a few times (alone, in the shower, in the mountains, in fucking tibet). This is one of those songs you ‘accidentally’ put on your one-night-stand iTunes playlist and hope she is drunk enough to love it or too tired to notice.

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Brass Knuckles have smashed their way through the faces of many a club goer with their take on this 1992 R&B classic. The Miami based trio have replaced Charles & Eddie by the less androgynous Chipmunks, whilst still holding true to the original as the riffs melt off Nu-disco electro synths smoother than lamb in a slow cooker. The solid beats are as strong as Charles’s personal trainer and whilst the tempo is raised significantly, it rubs as gentle as Eddie’s handshake. Check out the Brass Knuckles Lie To You EP for two more decent remixes.

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WhiteNoize has beefed up Brass Knuckles remix with a steroidal injection that is worth lying to the federal jury about. With groovy glitched up vocals that speak lies of better days and a darker faster bassline, this remix is one that will be played for years to come. If you are looking for a strong, yet fun and happy remix to give you that extra burst of energy after dropping Bingo Players – Cry (Just A Little) to follow the ironic trend of cheesy 90’s anthems turned insanely awesome dance tracks, this is the remix you want. Would I lie to you? How dare you question me bitch!

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Friday – Disco House remix. 20/01/12. George Benson – Gimme The Night (Sulli5657 Jammin mix)

Friday’s child had a seat at the main table,

You have had your days, or more likely, they have had you. From the annoying phone habits of the cubicle next to you to the 10 minutes of freedom you have on the bathroom every day, its time you took back the night, and being Friday, its your god given right.

So once you demand the time off from your respective other (or more likely, politely ask permission), it’s time to go make mistakes, coz when there’s music in the air and there’s lovin everywhere, just make sure to never tell anyone what happened (except your local barista the next morning), and be sure to clean up that lovin, UV lights catch EVERYthing.

Tomorrow, when you pass a busking child, I bet you’ll pretend not to be impressed just to avoid giving them your hard earned cash (that you threw away the previous night), be aware though, that in ten years time, these kids may either be playing at the Big Day Out reunion concert (today was the final BDO in New Zealand), or giving ZJ’s (if you have to ask what a ZJ is, you can’t afford it) to support their crack addictions, your support now could help influence their path.

George Benson’s first paid performance was at the tender age of 7, with nothing but a Ukulele and dogged determination. He dropped off his Ukulele and picked up his act with the help of legendary pioneers Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, with their help he rose to the heights of the R&B scene (I’m talking about when R&B was sexy, with the body of Jazz & the heart of Soul). Pulling a Fresh Prince out of his ass, Jones helped propel Benson to the top of the 1980 Billboard charts with Give Me The Night.

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Sean Sullivan & Cody Nasir aka Sulli & 5657, hailing from the biggest little city on earth, Reno, have upped the stakes and doubled down with their impression of Benson’s Disco era hit. Right off the deck, the first hand they play is a strong one, with an uptempo bongo and high-hat drum track that alerts us to down our Red Bull, and entices you to keep riding your luck. Stuttered electro chords pepper the table as the ante is raised with perfectly quantized vocal samples that are intermittently glitched for added style. The first break gives you a chance to breathe, but there are no bluffs here as it builds back into the chorus with smooth delays and high pass filters, unleashing your inner disco beast as the beat drops. Everyone’s a winner tonight, except hipsters and Jersey Shore fans, they don’t deserve music this good.

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Friday – House remix. 13/01/12. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I Feel (Frankmusic cover) (Emdeeema remix)

Friday’s child was in an interpretive mood,

Wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place if everyone responded to inane questions in dance form? What did you get up to last night? What kind of music do you like? What is your sexual history? Why do you keep itching? and finally the question to turn every psychiatrist’s room into a night club, how do you feel?

Where Is The Swimming Pool? or Ou Est Le Piscine? (which considering what we have all done under the comforts of the tepid communal water, piscine might be a more fitting english name). For fans of this band, im sure they wish that none of this was real, for the bands lead singer to stop breathing in the quite the manner he did was a shock to the music community. Haddon, in a primordial vision, wrote the lyrics to this fateful song that spoke of crashing down on all the people in his way. (read the story of Haddon’s passing here)

When bands like The Baha Men, OMC and Wheatus are known for their one hit wonders, its not for lack of talent that Ou Est Le Swimming Pool joins them. With their only album The Golden Year receiving massive critical acclaim, you can believe whatever plans they had laid out, would have brought them to the upper echelon of successful indie pop.

If I were to Dance The Way I Feel, it would be a sad site of confused malaise that wouldn’t be out of place in the Woody Allen Biopic “Soon Ye Olde Men Be Lovin (Ye Daughters)”. I challenge you, my faithful readers to think about what your dance would look like right now in relation to how you feel, where’s a Tosh.0 video challenge when you need one?

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With solid beats and catchy synths, the band had set themselves up for airplay beyond the radio, numerous indie clubs had been dropping their single to pretentious Hipster crowds that danced they way they felt by standing around sippin gin (hipsters don’t feel anything, they have no soul). Armand Van Helden, the sauce behind the duck, released his popular floor smashing remix to the happiest of dance floors, ask any London clubber how they feel and they will answer ‘I love the feel of suede on the mooooon’, ahhh drugs are fun.

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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I Feel (Armand Van Helden remix)

Speaking of drugs, Cleveland based producer Emdeeema (whose parents clearly think their son’s moniker has something to do with his love of The Girl from Ipenema as they played a lot of Antonio Carlos Jobim in Bill’s impressionable years) has released his tribute of a tribute from Frankmusic. The song is introduced with haunting bells straight out of an 80’s horror movie that meet youthful lighthearted vocals, taking on a new persona with an added horn section to give a little extra oomph in the second drop. No amphetamines are needed to induce your crowd into dancing the way they feel, with peace, love and unity.

These remixes makes me as happy as the day I took my first emdeeema, that is until I realize that all of this was real, and damnit if we aren’t missing out on the continuation of real talent. It is through the talent of young musicians such as today’s remixer that we entrust to keep beautiful music alive.

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Friday – Disco House remix. 30/12/11. De La Soul – Ring Ring Ring (Yasumo remix)

Friday’s child was on Facebook,

How technology has changed in 20 years. Walkmans have been replaced by cellphones, typewriters by desktop computers & desktop computers by cellphones, little black books by cellphones, personal porno vhs collection by cellphones, watches by cellphones, music production suites by cellphones, tv by cellphones, fuck what cant a cellphone do? Well apparently using it as a phone, as taking someones number down doesn’t mean squat anymore, but its nice to reminisce.

De La Soul, the celebrated 90’s Hip Hop act brought a melodic elegance to sampling that was way ahead of it’s time. Whereas today’s ‘innocent’ Gamma Phi sisters are stupefied to know how many different songs Girl Talk can piece together, their parents (in their day) were astounded by this new alternative jazz rap and how well it blended musical tastes of different genres.

Like you wouldn’t imagine Girl Talk as a whiteboy medical geek behind a laptop, the main chorus from Ring Ring Ring came from a similarly contrasting image of the British pop band Curiosity Killed The Cat seen below.

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Released in 1991 for the album, De La Soul Is Dead, Name & Number was the forefront to the renovation of the De La Soul brand. The versatile hip hop artists brought a funky jazz sax riff that was central to flowing rap vocals highlighting their annoyance towards new artists using the bands fame to gain endorsements from De La Soul.

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It reached #10 in the US singles charts, their second highest to date behind The Magic Number. However, they might have reached the top of the charts like they did as a featured performer for The Gorillaz on Feel Good Inc. had they just sampled George Costanza’s brilliant answer machine message.

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Yasumo? (no I don’t sumo!), the Disco Funk kings of Melbourne have been on fire the past year with official remixes and bootlegs coming thick and fast at a rate that I doubt they could find time to answer their phones. These boys know how to recreate the vibe and energy that the late 70’s New York disco clubs formulated with fun upbeat tunes that make me pull on my flared jeans, grow out my chest hair and strut my stuff to their diverse selection of remakes.

Yanni Nair and Simon Salerno have sampled De La Soul’s main chorus in a clever rearrangement leaving it secondary to their relaxed rhythmic composition. A prevalent funky expidited drumtrack expertly drives along loops of the original bassline accompanied with a sweet fast sweeping high-pass filter to create a warping glitchy effect that make this a Disco House gem.

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Friday – House remix. 12/23/11. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give it Away Now (Rob Nutek bootleg)

Friday’s child was generous to a fault,

Believe it or not, in the early 90’s, Anthony Kiedis was on the board for The Salvation Army, then just a fledgling 5 man operation based out of Dani, California. Intense competition for donated goods from the much larger & well funded NGO Higher Ground, forced The Salvo into some drastic restructuring after their Fortune Faded. Kiedis and the other members of the board came up with a new marketing slogan; give it away, give it away, give it away NOW. The Salvation Army is what it is today because of this stroke of marketing genius.

A year later, Kiedis was arraigned on charges of Cali-fornication against an LA based stewardess. She claimed he said to her “Tell Me Baby, how about you and me in the bathroom, I’ve got a rather large Soul To Squeeze, and then if your lucky you can Suck My Kiss (certain words may have been changed for public decency)” Feeling uncomfortable, she moved to the Otherside of the plane, to which Kiedis followed her to the food prep area. In an angry rage he threw a pot of coffee in her face that resulted in massive Scar Tissue damage.

Despite the case being dropped (most likely due to an out of court settlement), Kiedis had to leave the Salvation Army in shame. He took a trip Around The World, By The Way of the Coffee Shops of Amsterdam. After many innebriated nights in the red light district, he was last seen leaving down the main De Wallen Road Trippin on Zephyr. Kiedis was later found Under The Bridge in Hagelstamm with a baggie full of Snow in his possession. Claiming ‘I Can’t Stop, I’m nothing without My Friends’, Keidis had to find a way to turn his life around.

Arriving back home in Hollywood to Taste The Pain of defeat, he got in touch with local male model/bassist/natural healer Flea who suggested he go back to his altruistic ideals. After receiving permission from The Salvation Army, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were born with their first big single Give It Away.

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Now if your still reading after the exasperation of following the bullshit above, it’s because you know how iconic this song really is. It blends together funk and rap with strong blues guitar riffs in a way that had never been done outside of underground clubs.

Coincidentally on the 20th anniversary of the Chili’s first #1 single, the first real attempt to put this track on the dance floor has been accomplished by Briton – Rob Nutek. The instantly recognizable guitar riff has been implanted into a very bouncy bassline with some sublime tribal percussion that guides your ear to some phenomenal vocal sampling. Albeit a little faster than the original, Kiedis has a ridiculously fast tongue (ask the flight attendant) anyway, so it’s not over the top fast.

Nutek has shown great control over his choice and technical skill of his sampling as evidenced in his other free-to-download bootlegs, especially in his Roger Sanchez supported remix of Lily Allen’s I Could Say. If you get sucked in through his awesome remixes, you will spend even longer going through his original catalogue as there are many good things to come out of the Rob Nutek brand.

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Friday – House remix. 16/12/11. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand (Fare Soldi remix)

Friday’s child was bone thin,

Life is pretty cyclical; tight jeans have made a comeback, plaid shirts are the rage and Warholian square glasses are all too prevalent, yes we know the Daily Remix Blog has made its feelings towards hipsters all too clear, but my point is what was cool once, sure will make it back into mainstream culture. We all wish mullets were hip once, because it would mean we might get a 30 year break from them, but as they were never cool enough, bloody bogans continued to take a bit-off-the-sides for the rest of their (hopefully short) lives.

In dance music we are experiencing a resurgence of classic rock and pop tunes remixed to brilliant results, hence why this blog was created. It’s great to see young and old alike dancing to the same song, both wondering how the other generation knows all the words.

There is a limit though right, if one song is too big, im talking top of the pops for weeks on end, when is it good to bring it back. Im sure there are just as many people who love it compared to those who are just sick of it. This is one of those tracks.

I don’t plan to still be writing this blog in 10 years, so its about time, one year on that I can face Ms Streisand again, but in order to do so, I needed to find a brand new sound for the giant disco house track. Firstly I want to say a little bit about Duck Sauce‘s version, it goes to show what a lot of digging and a little imagination can do. Take a listen to Boney M’s – Gotta Go Home from 1979 and see if you can spot any similarities.

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Assuming you have ears and a working cerebral cortex, you might notice that it’s pretty much the same damn song, all thats missing are the vocals and the sweet steel drums (a glaring omission if you asked me). It helps that A-Trak and Armand Van Helden are big enough to release anything and get instant listens, but just think for a moment, if your average joe was listening through his old disco records, then decided to put the loops through ableton a managed to produce something like Barbra Streisand, could this make you world famous?

Gimmicks are a plenty for Duck Sauce and this is part of their magic, I myself (and thousands of others) wore a duck bill at their Coachella concert earlier this year. A weird catchy name, an outdated celebrity and a catchy remake, if only Dr. Evil knew it was this easy to make billions. Check out their video below and spot all the cameos.

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So about that brand new sound; even though Italian duo Fare Soldi released this interesting remake over a year ago, incidentally before the Duck Sauce release, I can bet you it will sound fresh to the majority of clubbers around the world. The relaxing melodic build, reminiscent of the classiest porn movies from the 70’s, brings you to the money shot as it drops into a fun bassline full of Boney M’s orgasmic releases with subtle low creaking electro. Better still, in the secondary drop Soldi changes the time signature of the original hook to energize and refresh the waiting crowd. Even if you are sick of Duck Sauces version, this track blends the fun of the new with a disco feel of old. Well worth a listen and download.

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