Oh popular music. How you love to recycle yourself. So many songs that sample other songs. But how to tell which is better? Well, let me tell you. There are so many that I can do that really I need to make this a series of judgements, but for now let's wade in up to our waists. The first pairing is what inspired me to discuss this in the first place.
First, we have Tom Tom Club's 1982 song "Genius of Love."
The Tom Tom Club song is... special, at best. The video is even more special, especially the purple people. I didn't quite get that, but I guess Tom Tom Club is just a genius of music. Anyways, there's nothing really that great about this song or video, except maybe the part where they say James Brown over and over again, or the last line "He's so deep." Deep. Also, why are the singers in jail? It's never quite explained, but it's probably better that way.
The Mariah Carey song is... well, not as bad. It's catchier, and the video features Mariah Carey's breasts instead of creepy drawings of people. I'm ashamed to say that any Mariah Carey song is actually the better song, and in retrospect I perhaps should have started with a different pairing, but what can you do. Making the fact that I chose Fantasy even more surprising is that Mariah Carey actually steals lines from the original song for hers, something that usually angers me even more than shitty songs made from samples of good songs. Anyways, kudos Mariah Carey, you have earned a slight sliver of my respect for not sucking as much as the Tom Tom Club.
Next time, I will be reviewing another song that also steals lines from the original, but with less than pretty results.