When it comes to remixing the artwork of musical legends, producers are essentially handling hot coals. For a start, you have the battles with the record labels, family estates and former band mates before you can ever attempt an ‘official remix’. To my knowledge the one time it was ever successful and even more of a hit than the original was ‘A little less conversation’, written by country star (and recent Avicii collaborator) Mac Davis and performed by the one and only King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. The remix went to No1 in the UK and in eight other countries around the world.
Another officially sanctioned remix of note was by Mark Ronson of the Bob Dylan song ‘Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)’. It was produced especially to go with the 2007 release of the compilation of hits album, simply titled ‘Dylan’. Released as an online single, the track hit #51 in the UK charts.
Next up is The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The remix is of ‘People Get Up’ by Wet Paint. By no means an official remix, just a couple of upcoming electro/funk Canadian chaps who in their own words “like to tear s*** up”, well they certainly do that. Introducing heavy drums, dub-like synths and turning up the funk with extra horns, this remix will definitely get you on up on to the pounding dance floor.
If the James Brown estate were looking for submissions for ‘official’ remixes, then the Wet Paint remix of People Get Up would be my choice. Further evidence can be seen in the number of ‘favourites’ that James Brown remixes have had on the wonderful music blog aggregator Hypem. People Get Up WET PAINT Remix – 5.3K The next favourite has 392.