Several years ago a Ska/ punk band called the Gimmie Gimmies came out with a CD... of ‘their’ remade version of oldies. The idea of remakes is nothing new. Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’ was a remake of a song written by Libber and Stroller, for Big Momma Thornton and was intended to be a rough sounding blues song.
There are an unlimited number of remakes that have crossed generational, genre, social, and even cultural lines (La Bamba...) to discuss.
Do you think that remakes can be better than the original? If so, what are some examples? Do you think that some of these remakes have lost the true meaning and essence of the song, or just expanded or updated it for a new audience? Can you see a band like Green Day redoing old Beach Boy Songs?