Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Secret Garden" 2.0?-Remakes: Okay Or "No Way"?

I want to hate this song but I can't; for now at least.

Just in case you got things fucked up twisted, Quincy Jones is still in the music game. Recently, a remake of his 1989 hit "Secret Garden" (bearing the same name) was released; the newer version was produced by Jermaine Dupri and included singers Robin Thicke and Usher. Undoubtedly, the newer version is molded to appeal to a younger audience and is very catchy; however should such a classic record have been remade? Let's think about the process of remaking a song (especially a classic):
Just because someone remakes a song doesn't mean they're trying to out-do the original, they could just really like the song; but does that give them the right to actually do it? Some feel it's a way of introducing pioneers like Jones (and the late great Barry White, who was on the original) to a new, younger audience while others think certain songs "shouldn't ever be touched." Below, Dupri talks to MTV about the components included in remaking such a special song:

"It took a minute for me to even think about touching it."-Jermaine Dupri

Here's the original "Secret Garden":

Personally, I think some records are untouchable like Michael Jackson's "Rock With You", "We Are The World", and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (Although I must admit, I've had some ideas come into my mind for the last one) while others are "fair game"; Additionally, I feel if someone decides to remake a song, it has to actually be good. but you don't care about my opinion so what do you think?  Here are some questions to consider:

Should a remake depend on whether the original is considered a classic or not? Should a song be remade if the original artist/collaborators are dead? Should remakes only be done by the original artist or with their consent? Should certain artist' body of work be off limits all together? Just a few questions to think about. Let me know what you think.

Side note: Samples aren't considered remakes in my book unless they use the same concept/idea for the record. 

Props to Beats and Rants and MTV.


  1. Artist should remake obscure or mediocore songs that could've been done better. Like who would've thought Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" was originally by Dolly Parton. Classic.