To Know Him Is To Love Him. Matt here in the AllBum.Art design department seems to think that this song is written about him. But as Matt was not even born when The Teddy Bears wrote this song in 1958, we think he has ideas above his station. What can we say about the remix of the cover artwork that doesn't speak for itself? Well there's a teddy bear, and a girl getting to know him. If her name were Teddy, she'd be a Teddy bare, so then there would be two of them. Double!
Grease, apparently, is the word. Or so says Frankie Valli. His smiling, fuzzy-haired face grinning out at us from the original cover of the single makes you wonder why grease is a special word at all, not just 'a' word, but 'the' word. The remix helps a little as we see that he is referring to the grease that seems to have come off the hand of someone helping a lost maiden to repair her car. Perhaps next time some overalls would come in handy. Plap!
The original cover of Tennis Court by Lorde scores very highly on the AllBum.Art table as it features both the artist, and the title of the song as we see Lorde standing on a tennis court - full marks! A remix is therefore unnecessary but at the same time entertaining as in the remix we see a babe who has been playing the age old game of 'strip tennis' where you have to take of an item of clothing each time you lose a set. It looks like she lost lots of sets. Love!
Mike Toohey wrote to us from Sydney, Australia with a suggestion for a remix. Mike tells us that Khe Sanh by Cold Chisel is about, 'rooting asian babes' and contains the line 'their legs were often open but their minds were always closed'. Mike challenged us to find a way to remix the original cover of the single which already alludes to the somewhat prostitutional nature of the situation in Vietnam in those days. In the remix we see an asian babe in an army uniform. Whether her mind is closed is not know but the other part of the lyric is true. That OK for you Mike? Undergrowth!
Another obvious title for a remix of a song, this time Fake by Alexander O'Neal. The original cover shows Mr O'Neal but is it a fake picture of him, it looks quite realistic? The obviousness of the remix is obvious in itself. Instead of Mr O'Neal, we see a babe in a similar pose to Mr O'Neal but who is, at least partially, a fake. Which part of her is fake? You don't have to look very closely to work that out. Pointy!
As we often say, here at AllBum.Art, sometimes a remix for the cover of a record is inspired by the record title, and sometimes by a picture. This remix was inspired by a picture. The original cover of Tongue by R.E.M. shows some blurry photo of what might be a girl. No sign of a tongue of any kind. The remix shows a babe sticking her tongue out at us, though in the process of doing this, she seems to have forgotten to get dressed. Shame!
A week's worth of icy songs is quite enough, so let's get back to the more regular remixes. It's always nice to receive email and better still with suggestions for remixes. We received a suggestion from Scott of Orlando, FL to remix Spending The Night Together by Dr Hook. The original cover shows the band smiling. It might be night as it is dark, but it might not be. In the remix it is definitely night time and there are two girls. One is leading the other by the hand no doubt taking her somewhere they can spend the cold, dark night together. More suggestions are always welcome, as they (apparently) say in Germany, 'if you don't ask, the beer won't cook'!
There is so much scope for invention when the name of a band is Super Furry Animals and the title of the song is Ice Hockey Hair. What there isn't scope for is having a single cover that shows a drawing of what must be some kind of hockey jockey wearing badly drawn goggles and a microphone. That's just lamentably bad. Which is why in the remix we have shown a hockey babe who is keen to show off her ice hockey hair. Why she is doing it wearing red lingerie is another question. Query!
When you think about it, to sugar-coat an iceberg would require an awful lot of sugar. But that is what The Lightning Seeds sing about in their song Sugar Coated Iceberg. The cover of their single looks more like a load of failed origami models and whilst there is a passing resemblance to an iceberg or two, there is no indication of why they might be sweet. In the remix, poetic license is used to show (a) icicles instead of icebergs and (b) a sweet babe instead of sugar coating. But that's OK with you right? Sure!