“Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix)” by Mariah Carey feat. ODB

There was Mariah Carey before the “Fantasy” remix and Mariah Carey after the “Fantasy” remix. Prior to this remix, Mariah seemed to be headed down a direction that could charitably be described as “middle of the road”. Inspirational ballads, soft-rock covers, and the occasional dance-informed tune to remind her fans that she was a) still… Read More “Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix)” by Mariah Carey feat. ODB

“Fallin'” by De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub (1993)

Sure, we can blame the soundtrack of the forgettable film Judgment Night for spawning the rap/rock movement that gave us Korn and Limp Bizkit. We can also laud it for commendably bridging what were thought of as two disparate musical worlds (save for the Beastie Boys, who defy all logic); alternative rock and hardcore hip-hop.… Read More “Fallin'” by De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub (1993)

“Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac (1987); “Everywhere” by Chaka Khan (1996)

Chaka Khan’s had some wins as a songwriter; “Sweet Thing” perhaps chief among them. But she’s better known as an interpreter, and her choices of cover material over the years has been exquisite. She’s sung Stevie (“Tell Me Something Good”), she’s sung Joni (“Ladies Man”), she’s got Brenda Russell’s best song (“Please Pardon Me (You… Read More “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac (1987); “Everywhere” by Chaka Khan (1996)

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Ghetto Bastard)” by Naughty By Nature (1991)

Three things to unpack here: “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” was originally titled “Ghetto Bastard”. Presumably, when Naughty By Nature and Tommy Boy realized that it was going to be the second single from Naughty’s debut album, a title change became necessary. It may not be the case anymore, but in 1991, no radio station was… Read More “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Ghetto Bastard)” by Naughty By Nature (1991)