I was listening to the Pet Shop boys at the weekend – an old album we have (“Disco”) – and I was thinking how modern it sounded. Then I realised that many of the tracks I now listen to (especially in the dance/trance genre) are effectively just remixes and borrowed bits from previous tracks. It’s still good, but it does seem that the mainstream relies on preexisting music.
I do realise that it is how it’s put together (listening to Utah Saints is proof of that).
But then, I didn’t mind when Vanilla Ice used Queen’s “under pressure” for “Ice Ice Baby”…
(That was in 1990…. and I’ve discovered that it came 5th in the VH1 list of the 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever!)