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'80s remix

The 80's remix describes a 21st-century music trend of creating 1980s remixes to contemporary pop songs—the reinterpretation of previously-released songs with 1980s production values, by those not associated with the original recording. This trend has been associated with nostalgia for the 1980s musical scene, and a dislike for current musical trends. One of the pioneers of this genre is Canadian producer and YouTuber Tronicbox. Others who have made songs in this genre include Saint-Laurent,[1] Callum Warrender,[2] Jerry Galeries,[3] Nick*[4] and Initial Talk.[5] Part of this trend is to also simulate the 1980s style of album covers and VHS-quality video. Thump, the music section for Vice, described this genre as a "niche"; Tronicbox wrote in late 2017: "Starting to see so many "80's Remix" popping up on the internet these days".[6]


A typical "cover" used in an "'80s remix". This particular image features a photo-manipulated Justin Bieber from the 80s remix of What Do You Mean?[7]

One of the earliest attempts at an '80s remix was a remix of the Game of Thrones Theme by Russian musician Steve Duzz in 2014. Duzz's remix was later incorporated with a '80s-era VHS intro of the same series.[8]

According to The A.V. Club, the general premise of this musical genre involves the hypothetical question of how modern-day pop stars would have sounded if they had dominated the industry in the 1980s rather than the 2010s; the site described the results as "surprisingly listenable" despite the contradiction of present-day lyrics and 1980s production values.[9] The site mentions that the songs take music back to the "sweet, shallow, and gloriously artificial" time of the 1980s.[10] To achieve the effect, the 1980s remix artists take the original song and "slather it with obsolete-sounding synthesizer music."[10]

They use different images of '80s music such as saxophone solos, syncopated synthesizer beats, and a more liberal use of chord progressions than the originals.

Some song adaptions seek inspiration from specific 1980s songs. An example is "Sugar" by Maroon 5 reworked with a backing track very reminiscent of "Never Gonna Give You Up" by British singer Rick Astley.[11][12]

The comments section of '80s remix songs usually include faux obituaries of fallen '80s stars who are either dead or obscure in the present-day era. They also include references to high school proms, weddings, and other life events from the '80s where the commentators supposedly had the song in their life (essentially parodying the comments frequently seen in the comment sections of '80s hits).[6]

Critical reception

Alim Kheraj, writing for Yahoo Life, described Tronicbox's remix of "Into You" as a "dreamy and slinky '80s midtempo bop".[13] An article for Triple J thought "Somebody That I Used To Know" remix by the same artist was a "pitch-perfect '80s makeover, complete with wailing guitars".[14] NME described "What Do You Mean It’s 1985" as having "motive synths and echo-y vocals over a pinky-plonky piano riff and a drum machine being spanked oh so tenderly, before one hell of a sax solo."[15] The site thought "Love Yourself" (Purpose 1985) was an upbeat and sassy rework of Bieber's original song,[15] while describing "One Last Time" as an "early Madonna-esque disco banger".[15] NZ Herald thought the "clever reworking" of Justin Bieber songs could have been at home in the soundtracks to 1980s classics like The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles, while suggesting "One Last Time" would have offered serious competition to Madonna's chart reign.[16] Mashable thought the remix of "Firework" was flawless,[17] while The Huffington Post thought the Bieber arrangements were "pure genius" and sounded breathy.[18][19] News Cult thought the Bieber songs would have perfectly suited Saved by the Bell.[20] FACT magazine said "What Do You Mean" had a "reverb heavy drums and a ripping sax solo".[21] Capital FM said that Saint-Laurent transformed "This Is What You Came For" through "technical wizardry" through synth and guitar.[22] PopCrush thought "One Last Time" paid homage to Madonna, Vanessa Williams, and Whitney Houston while sounding like an aerobic song.[23]

SpinOrBinMusic deemed Tronicbox's work as "strangely amazing",[24] while E! News deemed them masterpieces.[12] Like Totally 80s took his work less seriously, describing it as funny and hilarious, while recommending it as the "perfect prank" for kids who were oversinging the 21st century songs. Digital Spy said Tronicbox reworked the songs into "gloriously retro anthems".[25] MensXP described Jerry Galeries' reworking of Linkin Park's Numb as having a "peppy...retro-disco-vibe" that would have topped the 80's charts.[26] Thump called "Closer" as more than a gimmick, and instead something "strange and sultry".[6] This Is What You Came For works "weirdly well" according to Elle magazine.[27]

See also


  1. ^ Saint-Laurent (December 30, 2016), Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For (80s remix), archived from the original on January 14, 2017, retrieved January 21, 2017
  2. ^ Callum Warrender (May 25, 2016), Ariana Grande, The Weeknd – Love Me Harder (Artax 80s Mix), archived from the original on February 3, 2017, retrieved January 21, 2017
  3. ^ Jerry Galeries (July 26, 2017), 80s Remix: Linkin Park – Numb, archived from the original on July 29, 2017, retrieved September 20, 2020
  4. ^ Nick* (July 23, 2020), Rihanna – Umbrella (Nick* Synthwave Remix)
  5. ^ "Beyond retro: 80s-obsessed producers are taking Rihanna back in time". the Guardian. February 2, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "This 80s Remix of the Chainsmokers' "Closer" Doesn't Suck". Thump. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  7. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse (June 21, 2016). "Bieber's 'What Do You Mean' 1985 is the jam you didn't know you needed". The Independent. Archived from the original on May 1, 2022. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Domanico, Anthony (June 27, 2014). "'Game of Thrones' opening sequence gets a VHS-era remix". CNET. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Justin Bieber songs would've been surprisingly rad in the '80s". June 17, 2016. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "This 1980s-style remix of "Firework" takes Katy Perry all the way back in time". August 19, 2016. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Así sonarían Katy Perry, Rihanna, y Justin Bieber en los años 80". W Radio México (in Spanish). January 10, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Haikel, Dominique (June 17, 2016). "Can You Handle These Oddly Amazing '80s Remakes of Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber". E! Online. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  13. ^ "Someone reimagined this Ariana Grande song into an amazing '80s track and it's #ThrowBack central". Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' just got an '80s makeover | Music News | triple j". Archived from the original on January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  15. ^ a b c "80s versions of Justin Bieber songs". NME. June 17, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "Justin Bieber as you've never seen him before". New Zealand Herald. June 22, 2016. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  17. ^ Vitto, Laura. "This Katy Perry remix is an '80s teen dream". Mashable. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  18. ^ "Here's What Justin Bieber Would Look Like If He Lived In 1985". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  19. ^ "Justin Bieber's Songs Get The '80s Reworking He Never Knew They Needed". Huffington Post Australia. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  20. ^ "Some Genius Remixed Justin Bieber Hits into '80s Songs and It's Everything – Newscult". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  21. ^ "Hear Justin Bieber's 'What Do You Mean' reimagined as a 1980s ballad". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  22. ^ "This '80s Version Of Rihanna & Calvin's 'This Is What You Came For' Is Almost Better Than The Original! – Capital". Capital. Archived from the original on January 14, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  23. ^ "Ariana Grande's 'One Last Time' Gets a Synth-Powered 1985 Remix". PopCrush. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  24. ^ Xinyi. "Today's Pop Songs With An 80s Remix | Spin or Bin Music". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  25. ^ "Bieber and Ariana are remixed into '80s superstars". Digital Spy. June 17, 2016. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  26. ^ "This Remix of Linkin Park's 'Numb' Will Make You Want To Revisit The Disco 80s". Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  27. ^ "Watch This Perfectly-'80s Remix of "This Is What You Came For" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris". ELLE. January 7, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
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