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
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.
- Very minor version in Panic! at the Disco's "Nine in the Afternoon", which fills a pause with an echo of "know that it should" that's not present in the album version.
- Björk's "All Is Full Of Love" video uses the "Radio String Mix" instead of the album version.
- The iconic video for "Remind Me" by Royksopp sounds like a remix of the album version.
- Guns N' Roses:
- In an effort to make "Sweet Child o' Mine" more marketable to MTV and radio stations, the song was cut from 5:56 to 4:12, with much of Slash's guitar solo removed. This move drew the ire of the band members, including Axl Rose, who commented on it in a 1989 interview with Rolling Stone: "I hate the edit of 'Sweet Child o' Mine.' Radio stations said, "Well, your vocals aren't cut." "My favorite part of the song is Slash's slow solo; it's the heaviest part for me. There's no reason for it to be missing except to create more space for commercials, so the radio-station owners can get more advertising dollars. "
- Quasi-ZigZagged with "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.
- 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.
- "Valley Of The Kings" by Blue Murder (John Sykes' band after he was fired from Whitesnake) is edited down to about 5 minutes, from the album version which is around 7 minutes.
- 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 Don Kirshner. 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.
- The video of "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed has strings added which are not in the original version of the song.
- 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.
- 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 Music
- Slipknot does this on some of their songs' videos:
- In both versions of the video for "Wait and Bleed", the screamed vocal track in the verses and the final chorus is almost completely buried behind the sung track, unlike the album version where they are evenly balanced.
- "Before I Forget" starts with a muted chord that comes to volume instead of the album version's cold open, several instrumental parts are shortened, and the song ends with Corey Taylor dropping the mic and the band walking off the set, leaving mic noise as the end instead of the album version's electronic/scratch outro.
- "Duality" shortens a few instrumental parts and completely cuts off the final "All I've got / All I've got is insane" section, ending the song after the final chorus and a short melody line instrumental.
- The video for Duran Duran's "The Reflex" is based on the single version produced by Nile Rodgers rather than the Seven and the Ragged Tiger cut. It adds a male/female a capella intro.
- 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.
- The award-winning video for "Take on Me" by aha 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 official music video for The B-52s "Rock Lobster" is not only taken from a live performance, but features a much longer version of the track that adds several verses.
- INXS added a longer intro to their "Never Tear Us Apart" video.
- 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.
- The video versions of DragonForce's "Through the Fire and Flame" and "Operation Ground and Pound" are only about 5 minutes long while the original versions are over 7 minutes long.
- 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".
- The Beatles also did this in the Let It Be film. The versions of "Let It Be" and "The Long And Winding Road" performed in the movie are different takes than the ones used in the soundtrack album.
- Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight"—the video version has a noticeably harder drumbeat than the album version.