Elvis In The Mix

In The Netherlands the Radio 538 station released it's annual year mix with the biggest hits of 2003 on CD and DVD. The 2003 edition contains the Paul Oakenfold remix of "Rubberneckin'" (mixed with Scooter and Paul van Dyk tracks).
Updated: Jan 3, 2004 
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VanGogh (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2004report abuse
Sean, I think you're wrong, although I used to feel the same way. Several years ago they put out Blue Suede Shoes as a single and even had a video on MTV. This was back in the 80's, a few years after the redone Guitar Man was a hit. Blue Suede Shoes was not redone and it went no where. When the movie Ocean's Eleven came out (the recent one with George Clooney) it featured the version of A Little Less Conversation from the 68 special, not the remix. That was pretty good promotion since the movie was a big hit. But there's no way it would've made it as a single without the remix. For one thing, it's only one minute and 39 seconds long. A very big reason the song was a hit is not so much the promotion, but because it got played by DJ's in dance clubs and people danced to it. That would not have happened with the original. Don't get me wrong though--I like the original better. I don't want to listen to techno dance music at home or in my car, but if I am at a dance club, I sure as hell will dance to it, and so will everyone else. Besides, it's a win-win situation; the CD single features the original right along side the remix, so any new fan who buys it will get to hear the original and decide for themselves. I also agree, Sean, that Rubberneckin was terrible. It was a bad choice from the start and the remix really sucks. The Jason Nevins version is far better than the Oakenfold version and I still haven't heard the DNA Project version. It was a poor choice and I don't think promotion would have made a difference. It was a stupid choice of song. People didn't seem to take into account the fact that ALLC was about attitude, not just beat. Rubberneckin has the exact OPPOSITE attitude. Less Conversation, lyrically is about taking action--shutting up and doing something, whereas Rubberneckin is about sitting on the back porch looking around. It was a dumb choice. Let Yourself Go was the right choice. Anyway, I love the remixes, starting as far back as Guitar Man, and I remember how mad some fans were about that. As far as it being an insult to Elvis, that may be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. The guy scores a worldwide #1 hit 25 years after he died, breaking the Beatles record in England and landing Elvis in the #1 spot on Forbes' list of deceased moneymakers, and people are singing along and dancing to Elvis' voice in dance clubs around the world....yeah, that's quite an insult to Elvis. Don't be ridiculous; remixed Elvis is still Elvis. If you think the accompanying musicians from the "Live a Little, Love a Little" sessions were the reason that's a good song, as opposed to Elvis' voice, than fine--maybe it is an insult to them, but still not Elvis. He's still singing.
ElvisDayByDay (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2004report abuse
Did any of the posters below read the update? It simply shows that Elvis (o.k. remixed) is simply one of today's artists.
Pharamond (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2004report abuse
To Mr Ryan, ALLC and Rubbernecking would not have been hits in today's music scene whitout a remix. What is wrong anyway, it is just an update for the people of today and i think they did a great job on both. It keeps Elvis in the charts and that is needed to keep an intrest in his records. For me those two singels sound new and i am happy to see young kids dance to an Elvis sound. It simply is a new up to date backing and i like it. I hope there is more to come because that is new and given the right promotion we have Elvis in the charts where he belongs.
Big Boss Man (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2004report abuse
In 2k4 we have the European Soccer Cup just in July, and in September the Olympics.What a great chance to put som eother remix and give it promotion joining with Aloha and Comeback DVD releases and 50 anniversary of That´s all right
Sean Ryan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2004report abuse
After reading a few of the comments after my one i feel I must reply. In 2002 ,when the remix of ALLC was a worldwide smash I was delighted and i did like THAT remix(But i still prefer the orig) but when they ruined the fantastic Rubberneckin' last year by remixing it i thought enough is enough. If there are certain fans who like the remixes then thats up to them. I think they did a terrible job on Rubberneckin' and wouldn't want any other songs to be 'Raped' like that. I,ve listened to alot of todays music and alot of it is just a noise.There are some fantastic singers about but music today has been ruined by people going into studios and ruining quality songs and i really hope that they don't continue doing that sort of thing to Elvis's music..no matter how much they appeal to the younger generation. Elvis was such a fantastic singer that there we,ll always be Elvis fans young and old without messing about with his songs. As i said i did like the remix of ALLC and its great but i,m sure with the same promotion it had, the original would have been just as successful. Its all about promotion. Rubberneckin' didn't get promoted and it got to number 6 in the UK charts.
ELV1S II reached number 4 in the album charts without getting promoted . Just imagine the impact Elvis could still have if he was promoted right . ALLC was promoted by a fantastic advert which was shown regularly along with the world cup being on.It wasn't the remix which was successful it was the promotion. I,ve said this for years, all Elvis needs to get to appeal to the younger generation is promotion and if any fans think that remixing songs is the only way to appeal to the younger generations is a bit of an insult to Elvis...don't you think?
Renan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2004report abuse
VanGogh, I agree with you. "Let Yourself Go", should become a remix. There are so many others that I would like to see. Songs like "Change Of Habit" that have a nice beat, "Power Of My Love" is very strong and the alternate take from Ryhthm & Country album "If You Don´t Comeback" the guitar on this song is fantastic. Let´s wait.
VanGogh (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2004report abuse
Good God! The remixes are a great way to get new fans and get Elvis back on the radio. Just this weekend I played host to my girlfriend's best friend (who I had never met.) The only thing I knew about her was that she HATED Elvis. She was one of those typical people who really don't know music or see it as an art form. She has no taste at all when it came to music, and all she knew of Elvis mostly had to do with impersonators and not the real thing. Her favorite music is disco (yikes!). Anyway, I already didn't like her, but I picked her up from the airport with the remix of Less Conversation in the CD player, followed by Jason Nevin's Rubberneckin' remix (which is much better than the Oakenfold one) and that was followed by Suspicious Minds. Whe we got to Suspicious Minds she said "Yuck! I hate Elvis, can we skip this?" (I know; what an idiot she was!) I told her that the first two songs were also Elvis and she didn't believe me and said she really liked them. The point is there are a lot of morons who like disposable music, like ABBA (her favorite band?!). These remixes are a testiment to Elvis' power to transcend any type of music. And no matter what they remix, we never lose the original. I hope they do more remixes. I really would love an entire album of remixes, as long as they use good well-known remixers (the Dust Bros., Moby, etc.). Also, use "Let Yourself Go" next time!
Elvos (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2004report abuse
Indeed A remix does not always (in most cases) have to be better.But it is the way to revive an under rated Elvis song as Rubberneckin An ALLC. If WE as Elvis fans want to continue getting HIGH CLASS CD'S with unreleased stuff etc it's important that Elvis keeps selling...And he (or we) proved with all the newcomers that Elvis is still an artist who can top the charts....] Because of those remixes we have a new part in the Elvis history
1960 Elvis´s first comeback after army days
1968...No explanation needed.
1977...Sorry but treu!! his death ment top sales.
2002...25th ann brought Elvis back with #1´s all overe the world Allc remix and ELV1S were the smashes of the 2002 pop year... So they are needed....Not better, but needed..
do like ´m ..actually
Rev. Gerhard (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2004report abuse
that's so true, teresa !
teresa (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2004report abuse
The way I look at it is, it is just bringing in more Elvis fans. The new generation is into this kind of mix. I guess what I am trying to say is how can it hurt if it gets the younger generation listening to Elvis? Someone has to continue where we leave off (loving Elvis) We still have the old version too.
TonyP (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2004report abuse
Your definition of pointless is a little peculiar Sean - actually it's extremely shortsighted. Oh how terrible and ill advised it was to remix ALLC in 2002. How depressed we all were to see Elvis with a worldwide number one - his first for a quarter of a century in most cases. How awful it was that countless thousands of young people bought their first Elvis record and began to afford him some respect at last, instead of simply dismissing him as a relic. As for the impact the remix had on sales of the 30 Number Ones album, well that was just appalling right? Much better to have left the remix out and sold a few million less. The fact is very few are saying a remix improves the original, but most realise the value they have in promoting Elvis to a wider audience. Anything that achieves that can be nothing but positive. It was a great summer for Elvis in 2002, so before dismissing remixes as pointless, just think of the role ALLC played in that.
Sean Ryan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2004report abuse
WOW .Thats brilliant. Just what the fans wanted to hear. nOT. I know,lets remix all of Elvis's songs so we can forget how the originals sound and forget how great a singer Elvis was by ruining them. Remixing Elvis songs is as pointless as buying a paper fireguard. What is so wrong in listening to Elvis how he originally sang them. How can anyone make them sound any better by remixing them? Open your ears!!

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