Popular Song (Wildly Different Genre Version)
September 25, 2011 8:28 PM Subscribe
The Rework. I'm looking for examples of the self-cover in a different style, i.e. a reimagining, where the musician reinterprets their own song in a new genre. Is this a thing?
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Sorry if it's obvious, but I can't come up with a term to describe this phenomenon.
Examples: Sufjan Stevens' "Chicago" (Adult Contemporary Version)
; Washed Out's "Far Away" (Lounge-lizard Inspired Soft-Rock Version)
; Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Country Road Version)
I only tentatively use the term "cover", because it seems to imply a separate artist recording their own rendition. This would be the artist returning to their own work. I guess "Unplugged" versions technically count, but I'm more interested in cases of a more deliberate genre shift. Also, I'm aware that certain artists, such as Bloc Party, will usually commission a bunch of (electronica) artists to remix their album in a specific genre. So, not so much remixes in that fashion. Thanks for your help.