Salem "Remix" Britney Spears, To Disappointing Ends


What's the music industry equivalent of a Razzie--the top spot on our year-end worst songs countdown? 2010 honorees Salem may have just taken the top spot on this year's list with their "remix" of Britney Spears' apocalyptically catchy jam "Til The World Ends." It's hard to even call their version a remix, because it appears that the "witch house" gang just ran the original through GarageBand and slowed it down (a la others' treatment of Bieber). Britney's voice is absolutely wrecked, with the effects making her sound more like a dying whale than a pop superstar.

There was some effort put into creating a video, at least: the clip first shows a strip club with various girls gyrating before switching to a night-vision war movie. There are some cool moments where the slowed-down beat matches with rockets being fired, but that's about it.

Even supporters of Salem should be disappointed here: after all, if there's one thing that the group has going for them it's that they're willing to throw themselves into their music with absolutely no regard for public opinion. This remix, however, gives off the stench of them being tired of not being in the blogs for songs they performed themselves; the strongest part of Salem's shtick--Heather Marlatt's eerie vocals--isn't even present. Wouldn't a cover have been more effective than a remix? Or at least something that dropped in a screwed take on Nicki Minaj's verse?

If you prefer your apocalypop with a touch of production value, here's Britney's original video. It may not be a masterpiece, but when compared to the treatment Salem gave her song, it should at least get a nomination for something:


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9 comments
Camr1111
Camr1111

The video is very affecting and trashing out Britney's tune is right on, this coming from a metalhead.

aom
aom

luis paez-pumar doesn't know salem

Bigbernardo
Bigbernardo

HI HATER. YOU SEE ME? BYE HATER. Seriously... love all the hate for S4LEM... just ends up making them more popular... they are playing the scene better than anyone right now...

maura
maura

the articulateness of the people taking the "anti" stance re: this post is making me think about a lot of things.

dr
dr

lol disagree

yo
yo

no way. this remix is effing amazing.

jme
jme

disagree.

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