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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Corpse Isn’t Even Cold

posted by on August 6 at 15:59 PM

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Do you fondly recall the remix of Elvis’ “A Little More Satisfaction” and the 1997 era of big-beat techno? Have you been wondering just what the guys behind The Sopranos’ theme song have been up to? Do you think Snoop Dogg needs to rival Diddy in the “ruining old music” department? Do you hate yourself?

Then you’ll surely get a three-fourths over Cash Remixed, set for release in October but now streaming at JohnnyCashRemixed.com. First bad sign? The tunes stream in the cumbersome RealPlayer format.

The only song that gets out relatively unscathed is “Folsom Prison Blues,” its basic instrumentation left mostly intact with a Pete Rock beat crazy-glued on top. But otherwise, this album will give new meaning to “no stars” and “0.0” review scores. “I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow” has been run through a trip-hop grinder to sound like a B-side from The Saint’s soundtrack. “Rock Island Line” collides with percussion straight out of a Jock Jam. “Sugartime” has been trampled by the ghost of Kid Rock’s midget. But nothing-no-nothing is worse than Snoop Dogg turning “I Walk The Line” into a G-Funk duet, inserting 16 bars, Death Row-style vocoder, and plenty of interrupting mumbles (“tell ‘em why, Johnny”) and “uh”s into the song.

I’d like to say the result of the Snoop duet is funny, but it breaks my heart. Johnny Cash did so much to unearth new meaning in older pop and rock songs in his American series, and his estate deserves nothing as low as this “turn in kind.” How odd that people saw the song title “Leave That Junk Alone” and didn’t come to their senses. Sorry, Johnny.

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I was bummed to see Apparat involved with this kind of cheese, but I don't think his take is that bad, just not much of anything.

Posted by Eric Grandy | August 6, 2008 4:05 PM
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"A Little More Satisfaction" isn't a bad title for a song, but the one you're thinking of is "A Little Less Conversation" ("a little more action...all this aggravation ain't satisfactioning [sic] me"). And yes, this compilation sounds awful.

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | August 7, 2008 12:09 PM

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