One of my favorite guilty pleasures are remixes done by Almighty. Back in the late 90s and early 00s, Almighty branched out from high-NRG dance covers of popular songs to remixing some of the best-known artists of the day. They remixed Cher during this time and produced what is likely my favorite remix of all-time, the Almighty Definitive Mix of “Believe.”
I played the hell out of that remix and honestly, when you get right down to it, I prefer it to the album version which seems a little bit plain when compared to what Almighty did to it. They repeated their success with Cher’s “All Or Nothing” from the same album and “Song For The Lonely” from son-of-Believe, Living Proof. In addition to Cher, they’ve remixed P!nk, Savage Garden, Alison Moyet, Pet Shop Boys and LeAnn Rimes. They disappeared for a while from the remix scene (much like Trouser Enthusiasts, another remixer whose mixes I am quite fond of) but seem to be back in full force, doing remixes for Katy Perry (“T.G.I.F’ and “Hot N Cold”), The Wanted and Wynonna Judd. But two Almighty remixes really caught my eye (or should it be my ear?) this summer – one for what is almost unquestionably the song of the summer and one for what SHOULD have been the song of the summer.
The first – Carly Rae Jepsen’s ubiquitous hit “Call Me Maybe” which ChartRigger broke in the U.S. (I have been listening to it since March thanks to him) but now has him wanting to hang himself with a garden hose from the nearest tree branch.
I have surprisingly not burned out on this song yet because I don’t really listen to Top 40 radio and because it’s just so darn cute. Hating this song is like hating a kitten. You just can’t do it. And Almighty’s remix of it extended its shelf life indefinitely for me. Actually, all the remixes of this song are pretty good. When a song starts out so perfect, that’s not an easy thing to do.
The second is for Scissor Sisters “Let’s Have A Kiki” which in my world would be a huge hit and all over the place this summer. And it is. Kind of. But this remix of it took it to the next level.
Lock the doors, lower the blinds, fire up the smoke machine and put on your heels. Because what we need are MORE Almighty remixes. I think what I love about Almighty’s remixes is that they aren’t just 14 minutes of mind-numbing thump-thump-thump with 13 seconds of vocal put on a loop. They still maintain the integrity of the original song while improving on it. In all these remixes, you can still here the solid framework of the song, And it’s still a song. One you can sing along with if you so desire. You can’t say that of a lot of remixes these days. Yes, they’re kind of cheesy and 90s sounding, but I don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with that.
In other remix news, it’s delights me to report that the remixes for Madonna’s “Turn Up The Radio” are all pretty good. Still, I would love for Madonna to let Almighty have a chance at one of her songs. Or even Trouser Enthusiasts.