Wednesday, 27 November 2013

For this writer, POSTMODERN JUKEBOX seemed better.

For this writer, POSTMODERN JUKEBOX seemed better.

(Or all after listening to Scott Bradlee 

It was months ago when this writer had the idea of listening to the cover labels of Miley Cyrus, and one of which came from a well known band named Postmodern Jukebox.

Known for its classy labels of crappy mainstream songs, New York-based Postmodern Jukebox gives a good amount of creativity as compared to those who had actually sung it; that the heavily criticized songs of Miley Cyrus been appraised by most listeners thanks to Scott Bradlee and his crew having the guts to transform Cyrus's crappy songs into classy ones being sung by Robyn Adele Anderson or Annie Goodchild.

One example is the doo-wop version of one of Miley Cyrus's songs people usually criticized about. The original "We Can't Stop" had been described as "weird," "quintessentially California," or even compared to Lady Gaga, the version made by Postmodern Jukebox had transformed it into a version that, sorry to say so, should been sung years before in a way Robyn Adele Anderson gave a sexy twist as a classical doo-wop.

However, despite having Scott Bradlee saidth in assessing his cover versions that he was breaking down barriers, that he abit "trolled" the mainstream music industry, his covered versions rather turned what is impressive from a producer into something that is expressive from a musician; and some musicians somehow love to tinker existing music, polishing it, and making it worth better to be listened; nevermind the critics so to speak, for he, and others who shared his views somehow making something better out of songs deemed crap by many.

As what Mr. Bradlee said: 

"My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities–just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours–and it is through this exploration that the gap between “high” and “low” art can be bridged most readily."

And somehow it also shared with this writer's views of twisting, shaping, altering in pursuit of bridging  contradicting themes, that  knowing how art is for the people and at the same time should be classy, one has to be creative in making existing things better than what's been actually shown in YouTube or played in the radio. 

Another song, this time sung by Annie Goodchild, had turned one of Katy Perry's well known songs into something that reminds of a session in a Bar or in a Jazz kitchen, that again thanks to mr. Bradlee and his crew turning ms. Perry's mainstream pop into something that is old school motown, with a matching tambourine player making its viewers think it adds comedic twist with someone enjoys playing his instrument while Annie Goodchild and the rest of the gang polishing an existing song and making it classy.

Yes, with one of the commentators in YouTube afford to say how Postmodern Jukebox making original songs much original than the actual, simply because how it was done, from the musicians making its melody to the singer giving its good voice to an existing song.

Anyways, as a person who listens to their labels would say that their versions made existing songs better than those who had popularise; that with all their creativity in making fitting versions of existing mainstream songs would say these are much original than those being played much in the radio. original in a sense that the musician, rather than the producer spent good amount of time making really good quality music despite being a label; that with its clever arrangement one has to replace an existing nonsense such as autotune with piano, sax, violin, banjo and a fitting voice leaving the song as polished as what Paul Anka or Neil Sedaka had appeased its listeners with their finely made music.

That again somehow pleases to the ears no matter critics afford to malign so; after all do they listen to jazz, blues, or motown and bluegrass covers of existing mainstream songs? Nope, for they chose getting contented what goes on through the radio.