Red Dress - Sugababes 

Friday, 1 March, 2013, 05:56 - Singles Of The 2000s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Sugababes Red Dress Remix Original Cover Artwork of Sugababes Red Dress Another cover from those British 'birds' the Sugababes with their 2005 single Red Dress. In the remixed version we see the Sugababes replaced by a girl in a red dress. Now isn't that a surprise? The fact that the dress is very skimpy and she also has stripper heels (also in red) just adds to the whole red thing, which is emphasized by the monochromanicity of the rest of the cover ('black and white' ness in other words).

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Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus 

Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 05:52 - Singles Of The 2000s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag Remix Original Cover Artwork of Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag Does anyone ever read any of the trash that is written to go alongside these pieces of cover art? No? Thought so! The format is therefore gonna change to just show the original artwork alongside the remix with a few (a very few) words. Here's Wheatus 2000 single Teenage Dirtbag remixed so that there's a chick leaning against the motor. That alright for you?
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Kinky Boots - Patrick MacNee And Honor Blackman 

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 14:27 - Singles Of The 1960s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Cover Artwork Remix of Kinky Boots Original Cover Artwork of Kinky Boots This (and tomorrow's remixed album art) were submitted by Harold Binthwaite of England. Apparently, this was a 1960s song by two stars of the Avengers (the British version of Charlie's Angels), Patrick MacNee (Charlie) and Honor Blackman (insert random name of an angel here). Kinky Boots languished in the mists of time until it was made popular on a national radio station in the 1990s. Gosh, so thrilling, as they say in London.
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Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen 

Monday, 28 January, 2013, 12:45 - Singles Of The 1980s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Bruce Springsteen Born In The Usa An all American classic like Apple Pie and July the 4th, Born In The USA is an 80's classic of its own by Bruce Springsteen. The cover for the single is relatively minimalist but almost has the essentials. Firstly, Mr Springsteen is pictured, in full rock-star electric guitar playing style. You can almost hear the chord that he is strumming. He is set against a red, white and blue backdrop that isn't totally dissimilar to the old star spangled banner itself. The main difference being the stars which have been replaced by the title of the song itself. 4 out of 5 perhaps? (Incidentally, you can rate any of the pictures by clicking the blobs at the bottom of each entry).

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Original Cover Artwork of Bruce Springsteen Born In The Usa Remix Achieving a remix of this cover was never going to be easy. It's like remixing the white house. For starters you can't take away the red, white and blueness, that would just be plain wrong. But what can be done is to remix Mr Springsteen himself. So instead of his rock-star physique he has been replaced by a physique of a different type. Yes, Mr Springsteen has been replaced by a sexy all-American cheerleader type wearing a patriotic bikini. Though there is only one of her, she is clearly a shining star thereby putting the stars back into the spangled banner. She is an American model who is, it is true to say, is born in the USA. God bless America!

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Superstition - Stevie Wonder 

Sunday, 27 January, 2013, 05:35 - Singles Of The 1970s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Stevie Wonder Superstition As the classic 1970s guitar kicks in you prepare yourself for some proper 70's funk. That marks the introduction to this classic from Stevie Wonder from 1972. Superstition is one of those songs that gets people a-twistin' and a-groovin' on dancefloors even today. The cover, on the other hand, is almost totally dismal in comparison. Just a silhouette of Mr Wonder, his name and the title of the song (which is in a font so large that it doesn't even fit across the cover). The use of an =equals= sign to hyphenate the word is odd. Nothing particularly superstitious about it though.

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Original Cover Artwork of Stevie Wonder Superstition Remix A classic such as this doesn't need that much of a remix. But rather than leave Mr Wonder on his own, we've brought along a couple of sexy girls to dance behind him. They are silhouetted too, but seem to be wearing very little and may even be naked. Unfortunately asking Mr Wonder what they were wearing is a little pointless, and unless they happened to make a lot of noise whilst a-groovin' then Mr Wonder may not even have realized that they were present. Then again, maybe they came and sat on his lap (in the presence of such funk royalty it is only to be expected) in which case he will be able to tell us much more about them!

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I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton 

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 05:43 - Singles Of The 1970s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Eric Clapton I Shot The Sheriff Sometimes the name of an album or single inspires a remixed cover. Sometimes it is the original cover itself which demands a revised version to be produced. Sometimes, as is the case here, it is a random picture found whilst innocently trawling the Internet which forms the inspiration itself. Let's first look at the original cover which shows Eric Clapton standing with a guitar, and a beard. In good 1970s cover fashion the name of the song, I Shot The Sheriff, and of course Mr Clapton's name appear on the cover too. That's pretty much all there is to it and in itself the cover, or title of the song or artists would be insufficient to inspire any kind of album art remake.

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Original Cover Artwork of Eric Clapton I Shot The Sheriff Remix The inspiration in this case came from the picture that replaces that of Mr Clapton. In his place is a young lady, in a flimsy dress and high heels, carrying a whopping great gun. There are of course other songs which this picture could have been used to remix the cover of, but the question that shot immediately to mind was, 'who is it that she is looking to shoot?' The answer which immediately came to mind was, 'the sheriff, of course'. There are lots of other possibilities, and it is possible, of course, that she is just a model posing with the gun for publicity purposes (a bad move following recent events) and wasn't intending to shoot anyone. But artistic license permits all kinds of extrapolation and thus this particular remade cover was born. Following her shooting of the sheriff, she escaped by hiding the gun and her clothes (which had gunpowder residue on them) in a garbage can and running naked to her hideout several miles away. Sadly, no pictures of this part of her story are available.

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Paradise - Coldplay 

Monday, 21 January, 2013, 05:27 - Singles Of The 2010s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Paradise ColdplayMore mid-winter mayhem from those British boys Coldplay. This time their single Paradise is the focus of a remixed cover. This is one of those single covers that deserves to be remixed. It shows what exactly? Well, the words 'Coldplay' and 'Paradise' of course, but the rest of it is just some arty-farty nonsense that clearly means something to someone somewhere but doesn't do anything to convey coldness, playfulness of anyone's vision of what paradise might be like. Unless your idea of paradise is abstract blue-colored artwork. That being said, it is a great song though.

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Cover Artwork Remix of Paradise Coldplay In the tradition of remixing the cover, the cold playfulness is now bare for all to see in the form of a naked lady who seems very happy to be sprawled, in the nude, in the snow. The lady in question is a picture of paradise itself, well at least she's more like most men's idea of paradise than the blue splodges on the original cover. The question is this: if you look closely (surely you need no encouragement to do this), the snow that is strategically placed to cover her more personal bits looks fake. Whether anything else is fake is less certain but on very close inspection (go on, take a really close look) it may be that she is not in real snow at all and may not be playing in the cold. Does this make her any less of an angel of paradise?

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Girls - Sugababes 

Friday, 18 January, 2013, 05:53 - Singles Of The 2000s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Sugababes Girls Another entry submitted to us from a keen user of our remixed album art. This one comes from Dennie Macnamara from Belfast, Ireland. He says that the song Girls by the Sugababes is very popular in his country for a number of good reasons. Firstly, it's one of those anthems that girls like to show off to and when played in a nightclub often results in a lot of raunchy dancing. Secondly, the Sugababes are, he says, 'quite cute themselves'. And finally the title of the song is almost ideally placed for a remix into something different. The cover shows the three Sugababes who appear to be dancing about a bit - actually ticking all the boxes in that (a) it shows the Sugababes and (b) it shows girls - thereby fully fulfilling the function of the cover.

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Cover Artwork Remix of Sugababes Girls Dennie sent this remixed cover of which he says, 'I thought that the title Girls really should be accompanied by a cover which shows more than just the 3 Sugababes. Three girls is OK but if you were told that you were going to a party where there would be girls, you would expect more than 3. So I made this remixed version. There are 8 girls, which feels like a much better number and I wouldn't mind feeling any of the girls from amongst that number!' Well done Dennie, this is a good remix. It would be better still if the girls were 'dirty dancing' in the way that you say happens when this song is played in nightclubs where you live. Busty babes dancing topless can be a recipe for disaster, but this lot don't look energetic enough to cause any such disaster to occur.

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Cold As Ice - Foreigner 

Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 05:50 - Singles Of The 1970s, Winter Warmers, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Foreigner Cold As Ice The cover of this 1977 single from soft rock legendeña¹ Foreigner looks like something that a college student has hand-drawn during their lunchbreak. It does appear to show the band members, but in almost cartoon form. Why they are wearing long raincoats and are stood amongst some old-style leather luggage is, frankly, neither clear, nor important. The color of their faces would not, at first glance, demonstrate any kind of low temperature environment being flushed with rosy cheeks. Even at a second glance, the solution to this anomoly does not reveal itself in any meaningful way. But then again, the lyrics of the song 'you're as cold as ice' suggest that it may not be the band themselves who are chilly, but the person (presumably female) that they are singing about.

¹ legendeña is esperanto for not-quite-legends

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Cover Artwork Remix of Foreigner Cold As Ice The Internet, of course, can find anything even a long lost picture of a freezing cold girl being song about by a soft rock bandoola². And here she is - the girl that Foreigner are singing about. The Internet tells us that her name is Glacia and, common sense tells us that she is literally, as cold as ice. This is not because she has mutated genes which enable her body temperature to sink to 32F, but instead that someone has mistakenly left her standing in an ice cold field with no clothes on, or at least none that are visible. It seems much more appropriate that the cover for the single should feature Glacia than it should the band themselves and this is exactly what this revision of the artwork depicts.

² bandoola is esperanto for almost-worthy-of-being-called-a-classic-band

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Set Fire To The Rain - Adele 

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 05:47 - Singles Of The 2010s, Single Covers, Safe For Work
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Original Cover Artwork of Adele Set Fire To The Rain Buxom British babe Adele's 2011 song Set Fire To The Rain is something of an enigma. The cover for the single shows Adele but gives no indicate of how the act of setting fire to rain is to be carried out. When it comes to setting fire to rain, then this is a bit of a thorny problem. On Earth at least, the fact that rain is made of water tends to rule out any flammability. So it must be that the rain in question would be on another planet where the atmosphere is made of volatile hydrocarbons such that the rain can be ignited. This would also require the air to have some oxygen content and, if not handled carefully, could result in the complete planet being burned to a crisp. It seems unlikely then, that Ms Adkins is singing about setting fire to rain in a literal sense, but more in a metaphoric one.

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Cover Artwork Remix of Adele Set Fire To The Rain How, then, does one set fire to rain metaphorically. One option might be to shine orange light into the rain and make each droplet appear to be on fire, though the fact that when it hit the floor, it would extinguish any existing fires would make this rather pointless in many ways. The option that makes most sense from a 'cover of a single' perspective, is that setting fire relates more to making the rain appear hot, and by appear, this is not raising its temperature, but adding something that is aesthetically 'hot', and by aesthetically hot, this does not mean just the color orange. What could possibly be hotter than a naked girl, except perhaps two naked girls. The revised cover features just this juxtaposition - a naked girl in some rain - who is metaphorically setting fire to the rain by being a hottie. Whether this is what is meant by Ms Adkins is not certain but it is sufficient, aesthetically speaking, to decode the enigma hidden in the song's lyrics.

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