Remixers Go Wild: Johnny Cash Remixed

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.


7 thoughts on “Remixers Go Wild: Johnny Cash Remixed

  1. Though I do agree with John Carter Cash that his father was always about standing in the face of tradition, I am not all together sure that is what this could be considered. These days rehashing, borrowing, and the idea that a riff or musical phrase is fair game for any use IS the new tradition. Cash was about words… stories that hit the heart hard. Somewhere I think music gets lost… absorbed in the world of fast food culture, crank it out and sell it to the public by the billion. Now remixers, MC’s, DJ’s and even bonehead pop icons can gain the illusion of credibility simply by evoking the memory of past masters. I have no problem with sampling and remixing… but pandering to the “hip” iconography to pimp “borrowed” ideas gets tiresome. YOU SHOULD NOT EVOKE THE MEMORY OF PAST MASTERS SIMPLY TO MAKE YOUR WORK MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PETULANT MASSES. When you do, you become just another hooker trying to make a buck off the real deal.

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  2. If Johnny Cash wanted to do hip hop crap, he could have done it while he was alive.

    But he didn’t!

    What’s that tell you?

    Assholes!

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  3. get over it man. just shows you how much respect johnny cash has across all genres. also i reckon his son might have a better idea of what johnny was about that your good self.

    broaden your mind baby

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  4. WELL CASH IS BAD ASS
    WHO DOESNT KNOW THAT
    HE WAS A MAN
    HE KNEW IT SO DO YOU
    AND ONE OF THE LAST THINGS HE DID WAS A UM LET ME THINK
    OH YEAH A COVER OF A NIN SONG………………….MMMMMMHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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