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One thing, for better or worse, it seems that in the past couple of years has been going on in music is a wave of remakes. This spans all genres, surprisingly. However, is this a good thing? I don’t know. So here is a lost of remakes and whether or not they are worthy of the original artists blessing.

1) Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks.
Remade by Lindsey Lohan
Hit or miss? Miss by a LANDSLIDE! Seriously! Lindsey you sound coked up and drunk! Your version is like a bad youtube video of you singing karaoke with friends.

2) Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas.
remade by: Rachel Rachel.
Hit or miss? Definetly a hit. Whereas the Kansas one was excellent, the Rachel Rachel not only introduced it to a brand new then-niche audience, but also gave it a nice 80’s facelift.

3) Boys of Summer by Don Henley
remade by: The Ataris
Hit or miss? Miss. The original was better. It contained less screaming.

4) Take My Breath Away by Berlin
remade byJessica Simpson
hit or miss? Berlin’s version was more organic, albeit with a tint of lonliness. It worked well for the Top Gun Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It even won the 1986 Oscar for Best Original Song. Those tracks are some pretty big ones to follow in. Jessica Simpson doesn’t do so with her earthy version.

5) Here In My Heart by Susan Ashton
remade by: Martina McBride
hit or miss? Definetly a hit. Both are great versions because they are done by great vocalists. Ashton’s version is a bit more rockabily However, the main thing that carries this song is the message it has, which is about how

6) Stop Draggin My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty
Remade by: Neko Case and My Morning Jacket
hit or miss Definetly a hit. Neko does a great job singing Stevie’s part. Additionally, My Morning Jacket sounds UH-MAAZING playing the song. It’s a nice little update to a classic with 2 of the current-hottest rockstars.

7) This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush
Remade byMaxwell
Hit or miss: Definetly a hit for this reason: it introduced Kate Bush to a new generation.

8) Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
Remade by Relient K
Hit or miss: Relient K is quite possibly the best at remakes. They always stay true to the heart of the song. This is a hit!

9) Wouldn’t it Be Good by Nik Kershaw
Remade by: Danny Hutton Hitters
Hit or miss: I must say that both versions are pretty good. However, the more memorable of the two has to be the version by the Danny Hutton Hitters because it was featured in the 1986 Brat Pack classic Pretty In Pink.

10 Is She Really Going Out With Him by Joe Jackson
Remade by: Sugar Ray
Hit or miss: Though it stays true to the heart of the original, it just doesn’t click with Mark McGrath, a decent-looking guy, singing the song. It fits Joe Jackson much better.

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On July 27, 1981 Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks released her landmark solo album Bella Donna. That album with songs

30 years of entertainment and white-winged doves

like Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, Leather and Lace – both duets with Tom Petty and Don Henley respectively, and the ever-popular Edge of Seventeen launched her enduring solo career. Though its a belated birthday, I, would like to present you with the 10 facts that you probably didn’t know about Bella Donna.

  1. The most well-known single from this album is, of course, Edge of Seventeen. Nicks has said that this song is about the death of her uncle and the death of John Lennon. She explained in her Live In Concert video that “I was in Australia when John Lennon was shot. Everybody was devastated. I didn’t know John Lennon, but I knew Jimmy Iovine, who worked with John quite a bit in the ’70s, and heard all the loving stories that Jimmy told about him. When I came back to Phoenix I started to write this song. Right when I got to Phoenix, my uncle Bill got cancer, got very sick very fast, and died in a couple of weeks. My cousin John Nicks and I were in the room when he died. There was just John and I there. That was part of the song when I went running down the hallways looking for somebody – I thought where’s my mom? Where’s his wife and the rest of the family? At that point I went back to the piano and finished the song.”
  2. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around was one of the earliest videos to air on a new network that debuted on August 1, 1981 at midnight called Mtv. Mtv ended up being massively popular with teenagers and young adults and introduced both Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Nicks to a younger audience.
  3. Producer Jimmy Iovine (who has since worked with rap artist Eminem, Dr. Dre and R&B singer Mary J. Blige among others) produced the album. Iovine and Nicks ended up moving in together during the making of the album.
  4. Bella Donna is an italian expression for “beautiful woman.”
  5. Some tracks did not make the final cut of Bella Donna, but were included on other albums. Some of these tracks were “I Sing For Things (which was eventually re-recorded for her 1985 album Rock A Little), Gypsy (which was included later on Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage album in 1982), Sleeping Angel (which was included on the soundtrack to the hit film Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Blue Lamp (which was included on the Heavy Metal soundtrack) and Gold and Braid, which Nicks has performed live for the Bella Donna tour.
  6. The Bella Donna tour kicked off in Houston, TX at the the Summit, which was also where fellow rockers Journey recorded their 1981 Live In Houston – the Escape Tour video. Nicks herself would later return to The Summit in 1989 for her The Other Side of the Mirror tour and film the video for Whole Lotta Trouble at said concert. The Summit was the home of the Houston Rockets and later became known as the Compaq Center. It now currently houses bestselling Christian author Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.
  7. There are many tracks that still remain officially unreleased but have become popular on sites like youtube and other peer-to-peer sites. Some of these tracks include “Castaway,” “Lady From the Mountains,””China Doll”, “Christian (Spinning Wheels)”, another duet with Tom Petty, and “Stay Away.”
  8. Bella Donna hit #1 on the US Billboard charts in September 1981 and was awarded platinum status 2 months later. It has since gone 4x platinum.
  9. This was the 1st recording to feature Nicks’ longtime backup vocalists Sharon Celani and Lori Perry Nicks.
  10. Nicks wrote Leather and Lace for a duet album for country singer Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. However it wasn’t used by either singer so Nicks recorded it as a duet with Don Henley. The song itself hit #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1982.

As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks was just one of many contributing voices and songwriters. However she proves that she is much more with the release of Bella Donna.

This album is almost like an extension of her contributions to Fleetwood Mac at least on the title track and Kind of Woman, but she quickly kicks things into gear with a duet, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around with fellow rocker Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It is a sign of what is to come on her next album, The Wild Heart. She continues this with the country-tinged Think About It and The Highwayman. 

However, Bella Donna takes flight in the area of sheer amazement with the ever-popular and seminal smash Edge of Seventeen. It is one of the best songs of the album not only because of its driving guitar, but even its meaning. It has a pretty interesting story behind the song. Nevertheless it is a sad story. It is about the death of both ex-Beatle John Lennon and Nicks’ Uncle John, who died around the same time of each other. It is referenced metaphorically throughout the song. Nicks has talked about this many times whenever the subject of this song comes up. It has since become a staple of all her concerts.

On Leather and Lace, former boyfriend and Eagles lead singer Don Henley joins her in a rather beautiful manner. She tells him “I have my own life/ and I am stronger than you know/ But I carry this feeling/ That when you walked into my house/ That you won’t be walking out the door.”

Overall the album still sounds like some of the Fleetwood Mac material, yet Nicks shows that she is capable of having a great solo career outside of the band.


Vision Quest, though it has some gems, falls flat on its face

Ahhhh Vision Quest.  A movie I never saw that nevertheless has a rather strong soundtrack. Either way it is a soundtrack that has a little something for the balladiers, headbangers, rockers, and the pop princesses.

The soundtrack to Vision Quest is one that screams more 80’s than Flashdance ever did. The album starts out very strong with a track by classic rock greats Journey with Only the Young. Unfortunately it falls flat in some areas, such as the disco-themed Shout to the Top by the Style Council.  Even worse is I’ll Fall In Love Again by Sammy Hagar. It sounds too bland. However, it quickly redeems itself with Madonna’s The Gambler, a dance-oriented synth-happy track where the material girl exclaims “YOU CAN’T STOP ME NOW!”

This soundtrack even will please the rockers in the form of Don Henley’s She’s On the Zoom.

However, Vision Quest takes flight and goes off into its rocketing orbit with the late Ronnie James Dio‘s Hungry For Heaven. Dio proves himself to be worthy of a rock god.

One of the best tracks is Foreigner’s Hot Blooded, which has been covered a few times in concert by country rocker Gretchen Wilson.

Unfortunately, tracks by F0reigner, Journey and Madonna cannot even save this soundtrack. A good soundtrack should be able to tell the story of the film without seeing it. Vision Quest falls flat on its face.