People reuse tunes for different reasons. In class we saw the tune of “Greensleeves” reused for a song about blacksmiths. I have heard songs to the tune of “Tinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Yankee Doodle,” and “Old McDonald.” an artist chooses to do this for a similar reason as we saw with “Greensleeves:” because the tune is popular and easily reused.
After researching this topic, I found that this reusing of tunes can be done for comic relief. Popular on BBC, is a show called “Sorry I haven’t a clue.” On this show they play a game called, “One song to the tune of another.” I have attached a clip of a man singing Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby got back” to the tune of Billy Joel’s “I love you just the way you are.”
If you take a step back and think about each song, both artists are telling a woman that they do not have to change and that their assets are perfectly acceptable and desirable. What makes this performance so comedic is that when some people here , “Baby Got Back,” they’re ready to “jam out” or “get their grooves on.” I assume this version of this song will not have that same effect on those people. If we think of Billy Joel’s song, we think of true love, compassion, and a soul mate. This same tune with Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” lyrics certainly aims to another audience and another aspect of Love than what was initially portrayed.
I found this particular clip interesting. I hope you enjoy it as well.