The only thing that can be deduced from the cover of Ne-Yo's 2010 single Beautiful Monster is that Mr Smith (a.k.a. Ne-Yo) believes that it is more important to see his pouting face on the cover of the single than a close up of the monster about which he is singing. Thankfully, we have managed to get hold of a close-up of the particular monster about who Mr Smith is singing and remixed the cover for you. Unfortunately we have had to lose the image of Mr Smith himself, but this is an acceptable collateral loss.
Yes, you're correct. The original single front cover artwork for Time (Clock Of The Heart) by Culture Club, does show a clock with a heart on it. If that is not enough, it also has the name of the band and the title of the song. A bonus, you might think. The remix, then, does away with just the clock and instead we find a babe sitting on some stairs next to a clock. Did you spot the change of time? Alarm!
In 2003 when 50 Cent released In Da Club, his first single, Mr Jackson (for that is his real name) was not that well known. Now we know him well for his hard hittin' hip-rap-hop blend of musings (for that is how we describe it). The thing is, the cover of the single for In Da Club (for that is how it is misspelled) has had the club itself airbrushed out. Thankfully the original cover still exists and in it we can see why Mr Jackson is so interested in 'da' club. It has a naked chick dancing in it (for that is what she is wearing).
Continuing the remixes for Joe Jackson, today we discover that It's Different For Girls. Based on the original single front cover artwork, what's different is some slimy dude smoking a cigarette and looking altogether dodgy. On the remix is a girl for whom it is different. You have to examine her curves carefully to notice the difference, when you will discover what it is that is differentiates her from other girls who may not be quite so different. And it's not her earrings. Fake!
Let's go Steppin' Out with Joe Jackson. On the original single front cover artwork we find Mr Jackson standing around holding his hand horizontally at chest level. Not quite sure what that has to do with steppin' or out, but that's the 80s for you. On the remix we find a babe steppin' out on a street. Her outfit seems to consist of her high heel shoes, a bow tie and collar, some panties and a coat. Not the most sensible steppin' outfit. Boulevard!
Mythologically speaking, in the Bermuda Triangle, things disappear. That's the general thrust of this 1980s song by Barry Manilow. On the cover, though, the only thing that has clearly disappeared is Mr Manilow's fashion sense. What would be more convincing would be to see a familiar Bermudan view but with something having obviously disappeared. On the remix Mr Manilow has disappeared but so, it seems, have all the bikinis being worn by a triangle of Mr Manilow's fans. It is not possible to see whether there are other triangles which have disappered too, though it appears that some may have.
With summer here, what better time than to focus on songs about rain! This 1982 song from Supertramp declares that It's Raining Again. The cover of the single, however, has to rate as a 'fail'. Not only is the band not visible, but the only thing to suggest any kind of rain is a picture of a hat. A hat, what about that? Not a cat, in a hat, but a hat, on it's own. All alone. So it's been remixed with a more rainy outlook. Sat, without a hat, is a cat (of a pussy kind).
There is no particular reason for having a bit of a run on Eurythmics songs other than they make good subjects for remixes. Here Comes The Rain Again is another melancholy performance from the band with a cover which is equally lugubrious, showing the band members sitting looking at a brown wall. No rain though - which is odd. That's why it's been remixed to show the rain, that's come again. And a girl, who seems to be enjoying it. Not so dreary after all, eh?
There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) was a top chart pop hit for British band Eurythmics in the mid 1980s. In those halcyon days, the art of producing appropriate (or inappropriate) single covers had not been perfected and we therefore see on the cover, an angel flying through the sky pushing a heart along for the journey. But is that my heart she is playing with? No, it's any old heart. The remix shows an angel that could definitely play with your heart if you let her: But Don't! She is much more dangerous than her appearance let's on.
This version of Can't Take My Eyes Off You is a 1980s remake of the classic Frankie Valli song of the 1960s by 'Cisco disco dudes Boys Town Gang. But, yuk, what a single cover. The gang seem to be car mechanics and it is completely unclear why anyone would be unable to take their eyes off them, except, perhaps, members of the Village People. The remixed cover keeps the urban garage scene of the original, but replaces the oily dudes with some freaky femmes. Look closely and you will find many things that will draw you in to the remixed album art. Now, can you keep your eyes off it?