Sunday, November 10, 2013

Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees Cover)

OK, this sounded like a good idea at the time, and I think it turned out pretty well with just the acoustic guitar:


The idea here was to focus on the meaning of the lyrics (which are pretty dreary, and completely bulldozed by the disco arrangement of the original).

I have a bit of a different sound in mind for a full band... sort of "Tom Jones backed by Lynard Skynard". Don't laugh... it would be amazing.

Also... I have to credit Jonathan Coulton with the inspiration for covering a song and taking it as far from its roots as possible. His version of "Baby Got Back" is brilliant. I'll be doing re-interpretive covers.

Lyrical Notes:

I made a couple of changes, as usually happens in a live performance, when you're having to remember things on the spur of the moment. For instance I substituted the second pre-chorus for the first. Oops. But I also deliberately left out the first chorus, putting the verses back-to-back with only the pre-chorus between. It sounded better for the genre to me.

But I did also give some thought to removing gender-specificity here, as there are a couple of female performers I'd love to hear do this sort of arrangement.

"I'm a woman's man, no time to talk"
becomes 
"I'm a woman, man; no time to talk"

"Music loud and women warm"
becomes
"Music loud and lovin' warm"

"I'm a dancing man, I just can't lose"
becomes
"I'm a dancing fool, I just can't lose"


Unless, of course, you're a gal who likes her women warm.



Others

I did do some looking around to see if anyone else had genre-shifted this song. Not really... Ozzy Osbourne did a fairly straight (for him) rendition, and some other band did a half-hearted metal attempt that was still beat-for-beat with the original.

And then I found THIS. I like the way these folks think. We could party.

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