Now, through the magic of technology — probably a program called Celemony Melodyne, if you want to spoil the magic — some musical enthusiasts are doing just that, with the original versions of famous songs. Here are some of the better examples, for your (happy) listening pleasure:
This version of REM’s moody “Losing My Religion” from MajorScaled TVis “uncanny,” musician Michael Pulsford tells Boing Boing. “The song is just as familiar as always but the impact is utterly different. Kind of like finding a color print of a film you’d only known in black and white.” Not everyone is a fan: “This rescaled version is so wrong; it ruins one of REM’s best songs and completely missing the point,” says Matthew Linder at Patheos. “The change in tonality whitewashes the sorrowful song and brings in the pollyannaism of REM’s much derided ‘Shiny Happy People.'” But critics and fans at least agree that REM sounds much happier. “It’s like dipping your iPod into a vat of liquid Prozac,” says Summer Beretsky at PsychCentral.
For moody gloom and despair, it’s hard to beat this downer from Metallica. Here, MajorScaled TV turns “Nothing Else Matters” into a happy, Zen-like meditation on letting go of material possessions. It’s like somebody gave Metallica a whole mountain of bacon:
Nirvana fans are still sad about the death of lead singer Kurt Cobain, who killed himself not long after the band achieved international stardom on the back of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Thanks to Major Vs. Minor, with the lights out, it’s now a little less dangerous:
The process works both ways, of course. The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” isn’t the world’s happiest song, but by the time Major Vs. Minor is through with it, you feel pretty bad for Paul McCartney and the boy he’s singing.