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Guest Post: Movie Remakes vs. Movie Covers by Melissa F. Olson

12 Jul

I don’t know very much about music, but one thing I’m sure of: there’s no point in doing a cover of a song that’s exactly the same as the original.

The best covers I’ve heard take a great piece of music and try something different with it. The songwriter comes at the same melody from a different angle (or in this case, key, I guess?) creating a new work that shares DNA with the original, but succeeds on its own. Last year Ryan Adams famously covered an entire Taylor Swift pop album with his own unique style, but I also like Damhnait Doyle’s haunted-music-box take on I Want You to Want Me or Yael Naïm’s surprisingly unsettling rendition of Britney Spears’ Toxic. Covers are not actually about being better or worse than the original. Good covers become their own unique thing. 

And movies are often the same.

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The Skiffy and Fanty Show 35 — Newsies and Mary Anne Mohanraj

6 Feb

It’s about time we gave you all a little bit of happy news, and that’s what this episode is (mostly) about.  Upcoming movies?  Check.  Fantastic science discoveries?  Check.  Stuff about the new Batman movie?  Check.  More happy things?  Check.  See?  We’ve got it all, including an interview with Mary Anne Mohanraj of the Speculative Literature Foundation.

Feel free to shoot us an email at skiffyandfanty [at] gmail [dot] com, leave a comment, or follow us on Twitter.  We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):


Episode 35 — Download (MP3)

Intro and News (0:00 – 16:39):

Interview w/ Mary Anne Mohanraj (16:49 – 31:39):

The End:  Reading and Writing (31:40 — 34:50):

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

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