Suzanne Vega sings of Marlene On The Wall. Sings is what she does, but the cover of her single adds no additional color to the scene she is describing. Where is Marlene and what is this wall that she is on? Thankfully the remix assists with answering some of these questions. Marlene appears to be a young girl wearing naught but a pair of high heels and some panties. And it seems that she is on the wall because for some reason that is where she has chosen to sit. Perhaps she finds it comfortable. We would love to ask her. Query!
Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows are things that remind you of what? For us it is time for a remix of this classic song by Lesley Gore. The original cover shows Ms Gore smiling but there are no rainbows, and no lollipops and though the sun may be shining, it is not totally evident. The remix replaces Ms Gore with a different babe. Behind her the sun is shining. She is licking a lollipop. And the lollipop is rainbow colored. Tick!
An XXX-remix for John Foxx (is that enough X's?) and his single A New Kind Of Man. According to the original front cover artwork, a new kind of man is represented by a regular man, in a shirt and tie, putting his hand near a large bright rectangle. On the remix, we see an alternative take on a new kind of man, that being one who wears make-up a bikini and high heels. Just for good measure, there are 5 new men, or she-men as you might call them, though plenty of other names spring to mind. Other things appear to spring too. Erect!
Video Killed The Radio Star. Kind of ironic really when you think how the likes of MTV have helped keep pop music alive. But back in 1979, Buggles thought that the days of the disc jockey were doomed. So time then, for the remix, and what would you know it, radio has got its own back and seems to have ensnared a babe who was watching some video. Why she should be watching the video in naught but her high heels is not a question that really needs and answer, is it? NTSC!
Another remix for British 80s popsters Tears For Fears. And this time it's their single Change. On the original cover we see the two band members in an odd set of positions: one is sitting on the floor, the other is hanging from the ceiling. Both seem intently focused on something. The remix shows the opposite end of the room in which they are seated/hanging. And what can be seen is a busty babe who is trying to make a decision on which shoes to wear. She is incessantly changing between the different pairs which (as it goes) all look pretty much the same to us. Pretty!
What, specifically, are Poison trying to tell us when they sing Every Rose Has Its Thorn? Is it that for every sweet smelling flower in the world, there is a painful spike waiting to rip open naked flesh? Perhaps, but then again it is just a song. And in that vain, we have remixed the cover to show a babe whose naked flesh has yet to be punctured by a thorn and who is holding a rose. Made sense to us at the time. Surrexit!
Is there Life On Mars? That's the question that David Bowie asks us in this 1970s song. Whilst Mr Bowie's wacky outfit might lead us to believe that it is, in fact, him who is the alien, that does not qualify as proof of existence. Nor, should it be said, does the naked babe sprawled across the Martian landscape in the remix. It doesn't prove anything much, other that you can find naked babes in almost any pose and setting hiding somewhere in the annals of the Internet. Ares!
It is probably understandable that back in the 1970s when synth-pop pioneers like Vangelis were perfecting their art, that they spent less time on the covers of their albums and singles than the music contained therein. But as time as moved on, help is at hand and in the remix of Heaven And Hell we see two babes. One is dressed as an angel and the other as a devil. Heaven and hell personified. In a cute way. Vintage!
Reflections of, the way life used to be. That's what Diana Ross And The Supremes sing of in this 1960s Motown classic. The original cover shows Mr Ross and the Supremes but there's no mirror image, no upturned picture, no flipped-over photograph. The remix sadly does away with the original band, but does add the all important reflection. In this case of two nude girls holding hands on a beach at sunset. Lovely!
Born Naked. Of course that's true of anyone, even Ru Paul. But we don't think that Mr Paul (or is it Mrs Paul, we never know) was specifically meaning that. Or at least even if (s)he was, there's scope for a sexy remix. And on the sexy remix are two babes. One has already been born and the other is yet to be born. Both are naked and thus any ambiguity, other than that relating to Mr(s) Paul is removed. Like clothes. Flambo!