Why a Remake of ‘Lady Marmalade’ Would Be a Bad Idea
Let’s face it. We live in a world of throwbacks and remakes. It’s like we’re living in an era of nostalgia. Sometimes, remaking or revisiting a certain pop culture phenomenon can be exciting. We often see it done with films–almost too much. Rarely do we see it done with music, and for good reason.
Recently, British singer and actress Rita Ora announced to The Sun that she would like to round up some pop icons for a reboot of the 1975 soul classic, “Lady Marmalade.” One problem, Rita. You can’t remake good music; it’s already been done, over and over.
If you’ve never heard any of the past versions of Lady Marmalade, now is your chance to expose yourself to some classic music. The most recent version, released in 2001, consisted of Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk, and became a song on the soundtrack for Moulin Rouge! The song’s setting changed from New Orleans to Paris, which was the setting for Moulin Rouge! The song turned out to be a hit.
Now, roughly 14 years later, Rita Ora is “trying to round up the troops.” The names Rita threw out were Miley Cyrus, Charli XCX and Iggy. A lot of people are arguing that this bunch wouldn’t deliver such a powerful song together. Other contenders would be Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, and perhaps Ariana Grande–though we’ve seen many collabs with these celebrities before. Nonetheless, Rita’s “troops” aren’t buying it.
What really won’t make a remake like this work is plain and simple: no one is going to be able to match past celebrity voices on the track, like Christina Aguilera. (Ariana Grande might be able to contend, but she’ll still never be the same.) The best solution to Rita’s silly ideas is exactly what Iggy has said–the song should be left alone and the conversation should be no more. We may live in a world of remakes, but this is one remake that just shouldn’t happen.