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1st Jul '16 10:29:17 AM Pichu-kun
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* The original "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thorton is about a man that the singer doesn't want to affiliate with anymore. Music/ElvisPresley takes the title literally and reinterprets it about a literal hound dog that doesn't act like he wants.
27th Jun '16 5:32:43 AM 06tele
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* "Good Times, Bad Times" by Music/LedZeppelin is about growing up and learning how to be a man. Sung by the all-female Lez Zeppelin, it could be from the point of view of a trans man learning how to deal with his new identity, or a young gay woman who's been abandoned by her bisexual lover.


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** Laurie Anderson quotes the opening lines of "Secret Agent Man" in the eerie, melancholy title track of her album ''Big Science'', making it seem like it's about alienation in general.
26th Jun '16 10:12:57 AM twilicorn
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* "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People is a [[LyricalDissonance very upbeat, catchy dance tune]] about a school shooting. Rapper Yonas took the chorus, added rap verses, and set it to a music video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MthoZXOdz84 of children running around with water pistols]].

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* "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People is a [[LyricalDissonance very upbeat, catchy catchy, yet mellow dance tune]] about a school shooting.guy who shoots a bunch of hipsters. Rapper Yonas took the chorus, added rap verses, and set it to a music video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MthoZXOdz84 of children running around with water pistols]].
23rd Jun '16 2:36:03 AM gewunomox
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** CreedenceClearwaterRevival's version, with the instrumentation almost thundering, sounds wrathful about the situation.

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** CreedenceClearwaterRevival's Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival's version, with the instrumentation almost thundering, sounds wrathful about the situation.
21st Jun '16 7:28:44 PM gewunomox
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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1gxkRve4Q0 Down By The River]]" by NeilYoung is creepy enough. It's a murder ballad, possibly inspired by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C3r9PnoNTw Banks of the Ohio]], combining Neil's mournful voice with occasional frenetic blasts of guitar jamming, over minimal background and an implacable walking bass line. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a_NQoXvE-w Indigo Girls' version]] is fairly straightforward aside from the [[HoYay Les Yay]], but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E5V7edC2rI Mc_Kendree Spring's version]] sounds more like ''Johnny'' Rivers, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOxbGEXM89g Low and Dirty Three's version]] sounds as if it were recorded ''in'' the river, and Empty Mansions' version sounds like it's coming from the afterlife...

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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1gxkRve4Q0 Down By The River]]" by NeilYoung Music/NeilYoung is creepy enough. It's a murder ballad, possibly inspired by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C3r9PnoNTw Banks of the Ohio]], combining Neil's mournful voice with occasional frenetic blasts of guitar jamming, over minimal background and an implacable walking bass line. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a_NQoXvE-w Indigo Girls' version]] is fairly straightforward aside from the [[HoYay Les Yay]], but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E5V7edC2rI Mc_Kendree Spring's version]] sounds more like ''Johnny'' Rivers, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOxbGEXM89g Low and Dirty Three's version]] sounds as if it were recorded ''in'' the river, and Empty Mansions' version sounds like it's coming from the afterlife...
20th Jun '16 11:43:05 AM gewunomox
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* "Piano Man" by BillyJoel: Ana Belén's cover has little to do with the original's lyrics. The titular piano man is now an old man who can't forget about the woman that refused to stay with him "locked up in a cage", and now only plays sad songs that "taste of honey and defeat".

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* "Piano Man" by BillyJoel: Music/BillyJoel: Ana Belén's cover has little to do with the original's lyrics. The titular piano man is now an old man who can't forget about the woman that refused to stay with him "locked up in a cage", and now only plays sad songs that "taste of honey and defeat".
18th Jun '16 1:14:52 PM twilicorn
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* "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star": ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''[='=] [[http://www.deadspacegame.com website]] hosts [[NightmareFuel creepiest]] [[IronicNurseryTune version]] of this nursery rhyme ever recorded.

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* "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star": ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''[='=] ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''[='=]s [[http://www.deadspacegame.com website]] hosts is home to quite possibly ''the'' [[NightmareFuel creepiest]] [[IronicNurseryTune version]] of this the classic nursery rhyme ever recorded.



* "What A Wonderful World" by Music/LouisArmstrong:
** [[Music/TheRamones Joey Ramone's]] [[Music/DontWorryAboutMe cover]] changes the song from bittersweet observations about the transient beauties in the world to someone experiencing dance-inducing synesthesia over how fucking awesome the world is. The fact that Mr. Ramone recorded the album while dying of cancer just seems to add another layer of awesome to it.

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* "What A Wonderful World" by Music/LouisArmstrong:
Music/LouisArmstrong, a bittersweet observation about the transient beauties in the world:
** [[Music/TheRamones Joey Ramone's]] [[Music/DontWorryAboutMe cover]] changes the song from bittersweet observations about the transient beauties in the world song's tone to someone experiencing dance-inducing synesthesia over how fucking awesome the world is. The fact that Mr. Ramone recorded the album while dying of cancer just seems to add another layer of awesome to it.



%%* "What Hurts The Most" by Mark Wills: Cascada has a very energetic pop version.

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%%* * "What Hurts The Most" Most", originally by Mark Wills: Wills but CoveredUp by Rascal Flatts: Cascada has a very energetic pop version.version that downplays the GriefSong undertones.
17th Jun '16 7:45:12 PM gewunomox
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** [[{{Ramones}} Joey Ramone's]] [[Music/DontWorryAboutMe cover]] changes the song from bittersweet observations about the transient beauties in the world to someone experiencing dance-inducing synesthesia over how fucking awesome the world is. The fact that Mr. Ramone recorded the album while dying of cancer just seems to add another layer of awesome to it.

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** [[{{Ramones}} [[Music/TheRamones Joey Ramone's]] [[Music/DontWorryAboutMe cover]] changes the song from bittersweet observations about the transient beauties in the world to someone experiencing dance-inducing synesthesia over how fucking awesome the world is. The fact that Mr. Ramone recorded the album while dying of cancer just seems to add another layer of awesome to it.
13th Jun '16 5:11:12 PM twilicorn
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** Notably, the Jonas brothers' cover of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" gets a lot creepier with a gender flip. When a noticeably villainous female is telling you to "hold [your] tongue" to get guys to like you, you know it's not true. (Well, except that in RealLife it sometimes is....) When hot boys are singing it, and the hot boys are supposed to be virgin icons of teen hormones... yeah.
*** Is it just me, or does the slight change in the lyrics -that is "well, a witch" being changed to "kinda strange" and "magic" being changed to "secret" in the first verse- make the whole song sound like a drug dealer talking about his customers? Seriously.
*** Of course, the video [makes the changes more positive - what was a song about making a DealWithTheDevil becomes a song about how adults are forbidding kids to play in a pool, making them [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin poor unfortunate souls]].

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** Notably, the Jonas brothers' Music/JonasBrothers' cover of [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid "Poor Unfortunate Souls" Souls"]] gets a lot creepier with a gender flip. When a noticeably villainous female is telling you to "hold [your] tongue" to get guys to like you, you know it's not true. (Well, except that in RealLife it sometimes is....) When hot boys are singing it, and the hot boys are supposed to be virgin icons of teen hormones... yeah.
*** Is it just me, or does
yeah. And the slight change of lyrics in the lyrics -that is "well, first verse ("well, a witch" being changed to "kinda strange" and "magic" being changed to "secret" in "secret") makes the first verse- make the whole song sound like a drug dealer talking about his customers? Seriously.
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customers. Of course, the video [makes [[MusicVideoOvershadowing makes the changes more positive positive]] - what was a song about making a DealWithTheDevil becomes a song about how adults are forbidding kids to play in a pool, making them [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin poor unfortunate souls]].
13th Jun '16 1:23:51 PM Pichu-kun
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* "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Music/TearsForFears about popularity. Music/{{Lorde}}'s cover makes it into a dramatic VillainSong about wanting to literally rule the world.



* "Starstrukk": Original srtist 3OH!3 sounded proud of stringing their lovers along, but Marina And The Diamond's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nCRqL5UmN4 version]]" sounds far more regretful about it.

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* "Starstrukk": Original srtist artist 3OH!3 sounded proud of stringing their lovers along, but Marina And The Diamond's Music/MarinaAndTheDiamond's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nCRqL5UmN4 version]]" sounds far more regretful about it.



*** Which is silly. We ''all'' know that Punk goes "OI!".



* Up and comer Chase Holfelder does this with his series of videos called "Major to Minor", one of which includes turning "the Star Spangled Banner" from a war hymn about perserverance to a requiem for a fallen nation.
* Quite a few of Music/PostmodernJukebox's covers don't change the [[TheCoverChangesTheGender wording]] so songs like "Wiggle", "Careless Whisper" and "Creep" become about lesbians in the early to mid 20th century.

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* Up and comer Chase Holfelder does this with his series of videos called "Major to Minor", one of which Minor":
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includes turning "the Star Spangled Banner" from a war hymn about perserverance to a requiem for a fallen nation.
** "Animals" by Neon Trees is a SillyLoveSong. Holfelder's "major to minor" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=280IZQ5oBx8 cover]] makes the song incredibly predatory and creepy. It sounds more like a MurderBallad or song about a StalkerWithACrush.
** American Author's song "Best Day Of My Life" is an unironically happy song about having a good day. Holfelder's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dotCUp9HwNU cover]] turns it into something akin to a VillainSong.
* Music/PostmodernJukebox:
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Quite a few of Music/PostmodernJukebox's their covers don't change the [[TheCoverChangesTheGender wording]] so songs like "Wiggle", "Careless Whisper" and "Creep" become about lesbians in the early to mid 20th century.century.
** Their cover of "Gangsta Paradise" reinterprets it as being about early 20th century gangsters.



* Chris Holfelder:
** "Animals" by Neon Trees is a SillyLoveSong. Holfelder's "major to minor" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=280IZQ5oBx8 cover]] makes the song incredibly predatory and creepy.
** American Author's song "Best Day Of My Life" is an unironically happy song about having a good day. Holfelder's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dotCUp9HwNU cover]] turns it into something akin to a VillainSong.


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* Parodied in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAXrgl_oF-8 Happy Sad Songs and Sad Happy Songs]]" which, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin true to form]], changes the key of various songs. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams sounds sarcastic while "All Of Me" by John Legend is less romantic and more like a like BreakupSong.
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