Created By: Willbyr on April 9, 2012 Last Edited By: Willbyr on February 27, 2014
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A music video uses a version of the song that\'s noticeably different from the original.

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Every now and then when a Music Video is made for a song, the song will either undergo a noticeable change, or a different version than that on the album will be used. Sometimes a live version or a new recording is used, and sometimes certain parts are re-done for artistic or quality purposes.

This does not cover using censored versions of songs, such as is usually done for rap videos.

Related to Rewritten Pop Version.


Examples:

Alternative Rock and related
  • Calexico's "Minas de Cobre" was used for a Cartoon Network Groovies short, "El Kabong Rides Again". Unlike the original version (from the album The Black Light), this version had an extended intro with more acoustic guitars, and omitted the song's bridge entirely.
  • The video version of "What Would You Say?" from Dave Matthews Band has two additional repetitions of the pre-sax solo titular refrain, with the sax solo itself undergoing a special extension.
  • "My Immortal" by Evanescence is much more guitar-centered in the music video version, while the regular album version is more orchestral and doesn't feature multiple Amy Lees in the chorus.
  • The video for "Everlong" by Foo Fighters features a repetition of the final chorus which isn't present in the studio version.
  • The video for Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood" has a short musical intro that isn't on other versions.
  • OKGo's music video for "Needing/Getting" is them driving around in a car, making something that sounds kinda like the song. It's cool, but entirely different.
  • Stone Temple Pilots' video version of "Creep" has the verses completely re-sung by Weiland while apparently keeping the original versions of the choruses.
  • Switchfoot made two different music videos for "Dare You to Move". The video with the surfer being resuscitated after nearly drowning was identical to the version from The Beautiful Letdown (other than omitting the really quiet part of the intro), but the video with the guy running through city streets added a loud electric guitar hook to the intro.

Electronic
  • The iconic video for "Remind Me" by Royksopp sounds like a remix of the album version.

Grunge

Hair Metal
  • Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" was a number one hit song in 1987 with two distinct versions. The album version has a long keyboard and vocal intro, and the guitar solo between the second and third verses are quite different in each version. The lyrics remain mostly unchanged, but there are differences in timing and intensity between the album and radio edit/video version.

Hard Rock
  • Aerosmith's "Cryin'" had a few repetitions of the chorus line leading into the end of the song to accommodate the video's running time.
  • The LP version of the Blue Öyster Cult's "The Marshall Plan" (about a hopeless dreamer with minimal musical talent trying to make it big) uses the heavy rock cliche of the opening bars of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." It also homages an American TV rock show and its presenter Don Kirschner. Strangely enough, the video version omits both these items; it has been suggested so as to avoid paying royalties. The story told in the video still just about makes sense, but is disjointed without the jokes implicit in a hopeless loser who can only think to rehash "SOTW" and who dreams of appearing on what is assumed to be a very cheesy, corny, mainstream TV show.
  • Quasi-ZigZagged with Guns N' Roses' hit ballad "Don't Cry" which featured two completely different sets of lyrics, one version released on each disc of their infamous Use Your Illusion double disc set. MTV used to run the same video and both versions with the text "alternate version" for the version included on Use Your Illusion II.

Hip-Hop/Rap
  • The version of Ice Cube's "Check Yourself" on the album The Predator uses a different beat (the same one Salt N Pepa used for "Shoop"), while the video and radio versions used the remix sampling Grandmaster Flash's "The Message".
  • For "It's A Shame" by Monie Love, there were two videos made. One was more straightforward, and used the album version of the song (based on a sample of "It's A Shame" by the Spinners); the other made heavy use of Day-Glo effects and early-1990s hip-hop art, and a remix of the song based on a different sampled riff (from "He's The Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge). The second version was what got MTV airplay.

Jazz
  • Jaga Jazzist's "All I Know Is Tonight" music video edits all the Subdued Sections from the middle of the track. The album version of the song runs 7:51, while the video version is just 3:35.

New Wave
  • New Order were infamous for releasing remixed, extended, radio edit, and updated versions of their songs and songs from their previous band incarnation Joy Division. The video for "The Perfect Kiss" featured what sounds like an alternate studio version of the "Substance" album version.

Pop
  • The award-winning video for "Take on Me" by a-ha has a different ending than the one on the Hunting High and Low album. While the album version does a repeat-and-fade at the end, the video has a quick, 3-note cold finish using unique instrumentation.
  • The video version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" has all the choruses moved to the end of the song instead of between verses, with Vincent Price's rap coming before the choruses. The bridge is also omitted.

Power Metal
  • The video version of DragonForce's "Through the Fire and Flame" is only 5 minutes long while the original version is 7 minutes long.

Rock
  • The Beatles made videos for both sides of their "Hey Jude"/"Revolution" single. Both are filmed performances, semi-live (live vocals with at least some instruments synched from the recordings). The "Revolution" video is a hybrid of the single "Revolution" and the album version "Revolution 1", with the harder sound and faster tempo of the single but the "shoo-be-doo-wah" backing vocals from the album version. "Hey Jude" is a good minute shorter than the single, and if you listen to the long coda, Paul McCartney ad-libs different words, like when he gives a Shout-Out to The Band by quoting the "take a load off, Fanny" chorus from Band single "The Weight".


Community Feedback Replies: 41
  • April 9, 2012
    lee4hmz
    • For "It's A Shame" by Monie Love, there were two videos made. One was more straightforward, and used the album version of the song (based on a sample of "It's A Shame" by the Spinners); the other made heavy use of Day-Glo effects and early-1990s hip-hop art, and a remix of the song based on a different sampled riff (from "He's The Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge). The second version was what got MTV airplay.
  • April 9, 2012
    uncannybeetle
    Do the Disney songs count? Like the Celine Dion version of Beauty and the Beast, or Reflection from Mulan where the pop version is significantly changed, in lyrics and even in the tune somewhat? Or Miracles from the Prince of Egypt, where the Mariah Carey version cuts the parts from Exodus and adds another stanza?
  • April 9, 2012
    Willbyr
    The first would definitely fit...not sure about the second, although I lean toward yes.
  • April 9, 2012
    MetaFour

    Not sure if this would count or not...
    • Jaga Jazzist's video for "Airborne" uses the edited version of the song from the Airborne / Going Down EP, (which cuts out some of the intro, adds a new drumbeat to the subdued half of the song, and rearranges the horns and strings in the energetic half) rather than the original version from the album A Livingroom Hush.
  • June 7, 2012
    Willbyr
    Anyone else have a comment/suggestion?
  • June 7, 2012
    captainsandwich
    does this change have to be more significant than a couple words being swapped?
  • June 7, 2012
    Willbyr
    Yes, there has to be a fairly significant difference.
  • June 7, 2012
    Duncan
    The music video for Pearl Jam's "Alive" is that of a filmed live performance, not lip-synching to the actual single.
  • June 7, 2012
    AgProv
    The LP version of the Blue Oyster Cult's The Marshall Plan (about a hopeless dreamer with minimal musical talent trying to make it big) uses the heavy rock cliche of the opening bars of Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water It also homages an American TV rock show and its presenter Dom Kirschner. Strangely enough, the video version omits both these items - it has been suggested so as to avoid paying royalties. The story told in the video still just about makes sense, but is disjointed without the jokes implicit in a hopeless loser who can only think to rehash SOTW and who dreams of appearing on what is assumed to be a very cheesy, corny, mainstream TV show. (As a Brit who has never seen him, I am asuming Dom Kirschner is a bt cheesy and past it? We got to see Casey Kasem and his jumpers over here - assuming DK is out of the same "safe" TV presenter mould)
  • June 7, 2012
    CosmicRock
    Often times it's a "radio edit" for time or language.

    I'm embarrassed to say I know this one...

    - Whitesnake's "Here I go Again" was a number one hit song in 1987 with two distinct versions. The album version has a long keyboard and vocal intro, and the guitar solo between the second and third verses are quite different in each version. The lyrics remain mostly unchanged, but there are differences in timing and intensity between the album and radio edit/video version.

    - Quasi Zig-Zagged with Guns 'n Roses hit ballad "Don't Cry" which featured two completely different sets of lyrics, one version released on each disc of their infamous "Use Your Illusion" double disc set. MTV used to run the same video and both versions with the text "alternate version" for the version included on "Use Your Illusion II"

    - British New Wave band New Order were infamous for releasing remixed, extended, radio edit, and updated versions of their songs and songs from their previous band incarnation Joy Division. The video for "The Perfect Kiss" featured what sounds like an alternate studio version of the "Substance" album version.

    - Monster Magnet released a song called "King of Mars" on their 1995 breakthrough album "Dopes to Infinity", they later released an updated version called "King of Mars 2004" on their "Monolithic Baby" album. It's a very different arrangement of the same song. This song has no official video for either version that I'm aware of, so it may be only a related example.
  • June 7, 2012
    AyriannahOllivandra
    Ok Go's music video for Needing/Getting is them driving around in a car, making something that sounds kinda like the song. it's cool, but entirely different :)
  • June 7, 2012
    raven2785
    ^^ Don't be embarrassed. Whitesnake, Guns 'n Roses and New Order are F-ing awesome
  • June 7, 2012
    CosmicRock
    Haha, I'm really only embarrassed by my Whitesnake knowledge, all the other bands I listed I actually like a lot.
  • June 20, 2012
    Willbyr
    The Monster Magnet example wouldn't count for this since there's no video...the others are good.
  • October 2, 2012
    Willbyr
    Anything else?
  • October 2, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    The award-winning video for "Take on Me" by a-ha has a different ending than the one on the Hunting High and Low album. While the album version does a repeat-and-fade at the end, the video has a quick, 3-note cold finish using unique instrumentation.
  • October 2, 2012
    Prfnoff
  • October 2, 2012
    SAMAS
    The version of Ice Cube's "Check Yourself" on the album The Predator uses a different beat (the same one Salt N Pepa used for "Shoop"), while the Video and Radio versions used the remix sampling Grandmaster Flash's "The Message".
  • October 14, 2012
    LeeM
    The video for {{Gorillaz))' "Clint Eastwood" has a short musical intro that isn't on other versions. [Unless I've just missed the ones it's on and anyone knows different?]
  • October 16, 2012
    NightNymph
    Does Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" count? The video has a cut in the middle of the song where the couple in the video has a big, emotional argument. This dialogue is not in the regular song played on the radio.
  • June 2, 2013
    Willbyr
    Alright, I've updated the draft with the suggestions. Any more examples or suggested tweaks?
  • June 2, 2013
    azul120
    Do alternate recordings (i. e. the second version of Evenflow) count, even when they're used for the video and played on radio?

    • The US version of "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard replaced the "Step Inside (Walk This Way)" intro with a distortion-laden segue. This also became the most frequently played version on radio, and ended up on future compilation albums.
  • June 3, 2013
    Willbyr
    I'm mainly thinking of when the video has a different version of the song for this one. You do hear video versions on the radio occasionally, but it's my experience that it's rare and usually by listener request.

    That's interesting RE: "Pour Some Sugar On Me"...the "Step inside" intro is the version that gets radio airplay here.
  • June 21, 2013
    Folamh3
    • The music video for "Everlong" by Foo Fighters features a repetition of the final chorus which isn't present in the studio version.
  • June 21, 2013
    Willbyr
    Added, thanks!
  • June 22, 2013
    azul120
    @Willbyr: I guess it depends on the radio station. KLOS here in LA sometimes if not always plays the "Step Inside..." version.

    • The video version of "What Would You Say?" from the Dave Matthews Band has two additional repetitions of the pre-sax solo titular refrain, with the sax solo itself undergoing a special extension.
    • "Cryin'" from Aerosmith had a few repetitions of the chorus line leading into the end of the song to accommodate the video's running time.
  • June 23, 2013
    Himbeergeist
    • "My Immortal" by Evanescence is much more guitar-centered in the music video version, while the regular album version is more orchestral and doesn't feature multiple Amy Lees in the chorus.
  • August 31, 2013
    Willbyr
    Anything else, or is this ready to launch?
  • August 31, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    • When a well-known singer does a song for a movie, the usual compromise over ownership of the song is that the company that produced the movie owns the rights to the movie version, while the singer can re-record the song provided it's not exactly identical. Example:
    • The song "Holly Jolly Christmas" as actually played in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Raindeer is different from the version included in Burl Ives collections.
  • August 31, 2013
    DAN004
    • Dragon Force's Through the Fire and Flame's music video version is only 5 minutes long while the original version is 7 minutes long.
  • September 1, 2013
    MetaFour
    Regarding Evanescance's "My Immortal", that description of the music video version sounds a lot like the version of the song I always heard on the radio. I don't recall ever hearing the album version played on the radio.
  • September 3, 2013
    Willbyr
    ^ I couldn't tell you the last time I heard "My Immortal" on the radio...anyone else notice that?
  • January 7, 2014
    Willbyr
    One last bump for examples/comments/whatever.
  • January 7, 2014
    Koveras
    • Will Smith's "Nod Your Head" video makes the song come to an abrupt halt in the middle of the penultimate chorus, when an alien (in the video) attacks Smith and knocks off his Cool Shades. After the alien is subdued, a little girl comes up to Smith and hands him her own shades, after which he picks up the chorus again and performs it until the end. Naturally, this is not on the album version.
  • January 7, 2014
    Willbyr
    Is the song the same, though, even with the break in it? If not, I don't think that it really counts.
  • January 7, 2014
    frisco
    • The Beatles made videos for both sides of their "Hey Jude"/"Revolution" single. Both are filmed performances, semi-live (live vocals with at least some instruments synched from the recordings). The "Revolution" video is a hybrid of the single "Revolution" and the album version "Revolution 1", with the harder sound and faster tempo of the single but the "shoo-be-doo-wah" backing vocals from the album version. "Hey Jude" is a good minute shorter than the single, and if you listen to the long coda, Paul McCartney ad-libs different words, like when he gives a Shout Out to The Band by quoting the "take a load off, Fanny" chorus from Band single "The Weight".
  • January 7, 2014
    Koveras
    @Willbyr: The song is mostly the same, but the break doesn't just stop the music and then continue right where it went off. The song basically crashes into the ground spectacularly, then turns the motor on again and takes back to the air.
  • January 7, 2014
    randomsurfer
    The video version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" has all the choruses moved to the end of the song instead of between verses, followed by Vincent Price's rap.
  • January 9, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Sorry - I misremembered. The Vincent Price rap comes before all the choruses in the video. It's at the end on the album version.
  • January 9, 2014
    omeganian
    Pet Shop Boys' "I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing" fits, if I remember the audio and video from their website correctly.
  • January 9, 2014
    Druplesnubb
    The Lonely Island's Boombox video removes the second verse.
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