Every now and then, a remix album is released that just makes you wonder “What the hell were they thinking?”.
But you know what the hell they were thinking – they were thinking about making a quick buck.
Johnny Cash Remixed, an upcoming release on Compadre Records/Music World Music promises to showcase Remixers Gone Wild. The album features “top music remixers and producers who were recruited to take the original master recordings and infuse them with the sounds and technology of modern music styles such as hip hop and dance music. The album, which includes a performance from Snoop Dogg, will be available in stores and online on October 14.
That’s right. They’ve dug the not-long-gone Man In Black up and remixed him so he can serve as background to a Snoop Dogg rap.
“My father made his stead by defying the expected and accepted way of things,” says John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. “He would have loved this remix record. This is what my father was about: staying true to tradition while creating groundbreaking new music.”
Sorry, John Carter Cash, but I don’t think Johnny Cash was about getting sampled to provide a background for hip-hop records.
This is what remixers do when they’re desperate for attention. This is what record companies do when they are too lazy to find and build up great new artists.
And this is what kids do when they turn their parent’s legacy into a business.
Johnny’s got a message for you and this steaming pile of crap:
Let me know what you think about remixing dead guys in the comments.
Details on the release:
The remixed tracks (and remixers) include “I Walk The Line” featuring Snoop Dogg (QDT, the new production team led by Snoop Dogg — featuring Snoop, Teddy Riley and DJ Quik), “Country Boy” (Sonny J, whose album will be released in August on Astralwerks US), “Get Rhythm” (Philip Steir, the only remixer allowed to work with the Reprise Records Frank Sinatra collection), “Leave that Junk Alone” (Alabama 3, creators of “The Sopranos” theme song), “Folsom Prison Blues” (the legendary Pete Rock), “Hey Porter” (Mocean Worker, whose remix of Elvis Presley’s “Burnin’ Love” was used as a soundtrack to Honda’s Super Bowl TV commercial), “Sugartime” (Kennedy, cornerstone of the new UK Dirty Pop movement), “Trail to Mexico” (indie favorite Mexican Industry of Sound/MIS), “Doin’ My Time” (The Heavy, critically acclaimed UK-based band) and “Wide Open Road” (Count de Money), among others.
A documentary following the making on this album is also in production, produced by Phear Creative in NYC. This short film features interviews from select remixers, filmed in their home studios, including Snoop Dogg captured at the Cash Recording Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee.\
“Johnny Cash Remixed” is Executive Produced by John Carter Cash, Snoop Dogg, and Mathew Knowles for Music World Productions, Inc. and Co-Executive Produced by Brad Turcotte for Compadre Records/Music World Music and Gregg DeMammos for DeMammos Entertainment.