When rock music hits the dancefloor, it can be a beautiful thing. We look at the greatest examples of the indie remix. Remember the mid-noughties when Pendulum were everywhere? Their remix of The Prodigy classic was a big reason why. Combining their famous drum n' bass sound with the iconic Voodoo People riff proved a huge hit and is a club favourite to this day. The We Are Your Friends version of the track started life as a submission in a remix competition, and became one of the biggest tracks of the noughties. Fatboy Slim injected fresh life into this late nineties track, which originally only reached number 60 in the UK Chart. After Norman was through with it, it shot straight to number 1. The band approached Andrew Weatherall to remix the song and Loaded was born. A-Trak turned Karen O's indie singalong anthem into a dancefloor killer.
A lot of popular rock bands add remixes as bonus tracks on singles and albums. Some remixes are made completely independently. Here are some of the best rock remixes made from the 80s to the present.
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And if you think about it, those two genres actually went hand in hand. With radio stations playing more alt rock than they do now, it was hard not to hear something by U2 , The Fray or The All-American Rejects. To take us back to those good old days, we've put together a nostalgic playlist filled with the best remixes of some of our favorite alternative rock songs. You'll either love or hate them, but keep in mind that remixes are a tricky business. The last song on their self-titled debut album actually has two mixes that are both on the deluxe version. The first three million albums that were sold included the original mix, which had different drums, bass and no guitar feedback. In fact, it's the second most played song of the decade according to Billboard. Jimmy Eat World 's most commercially successful song, "The Middle," actually saved the band after they were dropped by Capitol Records. As reflected in the lyrics of "The Middle," it was a tough time for the band, but the success of the song put their name back in the spotlight and earned them a place on Billboard' s charts. With another song that is a band's most played song live, "Can't Stop," has become a traditional opening song for the Red Hot Chili Peppers ' performances.
Though, you have to give these remixers credit for trying to pay homage to these great hits in their own way. The band was pretty shy about playing the song in general because of how it was much slower and melodic than their other tunes. It was even re-released in the UK where it finally made it into the charts there too. Once they were done, they played it for Jackson and he told them it was going to be a hit -and he was right. After they played it at a couple of concerts, Jackson suggested they release it as a single and it went on to win an American Music Award for Favorite Rock Single. When they were doing the mixing in LA, the producer came up with the idea and, even though it was midnight, he called Clayton to come in and record her vocals. Pregnant at the time, Clayton still got out of bed and went to the studio.