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Just to mess with Bill 1939


(EDIT Tuesday April 3, 2018: original embed video was taken down, so an alternate one has been substituted)

I’m bored and when I saw this (the uploader does some wonderful Depeche Mode remixes, IMHO) I thought I’d tease my father-in-law, who tends to favor orchestral arrangements and boys’ choirs as music he likes.

So what will he think of this?  Hmm, we’ll see…

(partially inspired by an older post called Just to mess with purplesque)

Author: jaklumen

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5 thoughts on “Just to mess with Bill 1939

  1. Wow! Very special!!!! What did he think?


    • I still need to send it to him; he’s not a regular reader here. M-I-L stops in now and then, was hoping she’d see it… not yet that I can see. Easy enough to grab his attention on Flickr.


  2. This is a very interesting mix of classic and modern styles. Some parts a like a lot, other parts, not so much. Never the less it is interesting, and I enjoyed it.


    • Not so much a fan of the synthesizer stuff?


    • I think the word you’d really like to use is “instrumentation”. If you go back to the original Pet Shop Boys recording (and I’m almost sure some of your students played it at some point)… there’s no difference in style here. I’m not sure how Neil and Chris put the original together, but here, they’re using the original synth beat and voice sample. They apparently wrote out the orchestral parts (which were probably samples), so the BBC Orchestra could play them. The other voice tracks and the trumpet part were definitely played on a machine originally but of course here you’ve got a choir and an trumpeter filling in live.

      Compare the original recording (digital remaster) here:
      Parlophone is the record label


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