This morning while doing my YouTube rounds, I found a clip claiming to have as its audio bed a high-quality version of Kanye West’s Tears For Fears homage “Coldest Winter,” so I–hoping to hear the song without all that peaking and radio static that nearly ruined last week’s leak somewhere around listen No. 10–clicked. But instead of “Coldest Winter, however, we’re treated to a video that fuses together a photo of Steve Jobs holding a pitcher of Kool-Aid, paparazzo shots of The Game and Snoop Dogg, and gunshot sounds in a way that’s seemingly inspired by both Paperrad and ransom notes.
We love charts here at Idolator, but sometimes they can be so elitist. Who cares what critics think, or what the program directors of America feel like shoving down peoples’ throats? We want to know: What are the people demanding to hear? What songs inspire people to vote with their wallets, making them insert a dollar into a machine with one hand while holding a longneck in the other?
If a cheeky keyboard-driven outfit were to craft a peppy minor hit out of an 18-year-old soft-rock song, similar to the way the Canadian outfit Kon Kan transformed Lynn Anderson’s “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” into their U.S. top 20 track “I Beg Your Pardon,” what song would you pick to be rescued from the pop history books? Feel free to ponder this question while noting the lyrical back-and-forth between the Kon Kan track and the Anderson song, which I’ve placed after the jump.
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