What’s current life without some typical vintage meets present vibes? Vintage fashion and style are hotter than ever. When it comes to music, old has ofcourse always been gold. As long as I can remember, I grew up with classics of the old days and of course the popular 90s hits that now have become classics. Back then – as in: the 90s – I used the rewind button a lot. Mostly because I always scrolled back too much and then I had scroll forward again, while still missing the beginning of the song. 90s kids will understand the struggle. At the moment the repeat button makes my life a lot easier.
While I like the present technology, I love the music of the old days. Going back in time is always a good idea. All my fellow vintage fans will agree with that. But…it’s ofcourse more original if you go back in time without leaving the modern youtube times. Trends come and go these days. The last couple of months I’ve spotted a new trend that’s going viral on social media and which can stick around for a while. A Present meets vintage (cover)bands that covers popular and fairly modern song and wraps it in a typical 1940s and 1950s music sound. And I must say: not bad. Not bad at all.
Postmodern Jukebox: bringing back the 50s and 60s
From a creativity perspective, the biggest challenge is to take a song with a totally different music style and put a 1940s and 1950s filter on it. And ofcourse the singing part is also important, because some vintage musical notes can be pretty high.
Although the 90s could be seen as vintage, depending on the time you grew up, I still consider the 90s as fairly modern. If you follow me on Facebook, you might have already seen the following song. Remember the Titanic? Ofcourse you do. Remember how many times the title song was replayed over and over again in 1997 and 1998? Ofcourse you do. Well, take out the drama and bring in some swinging shoo wop shoo-wah shoo-wop shoo- wah vibes and this is what you get:
Another interesting example is the song “Seven Nation Army”. The original song is a classic on its own, but Postmodern Jukebox made a pretty good vintage remix.
There is a lot more where that came from. They also cover a lot of modern songs and add their typical 40s, 50s or… roaring twenties filter on it. It might even turn some present not-so-great songs into something worth listening!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’d say: keep this trend going! I’m all about that vintage bass…
Rita Hayworth picture via Dennis Amith