Wrapping up from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, here's the final two items in this series:

Original Artist Original Version New Artist New Version
Lalo Schifrin
Man from THRUSH
Nicola Conte
Bossa Per Due
Combining the rhythm section from Shifrin's composition for the Man From U.N.C.L.E. with Bert's Bossa Nova, Conte magically produced an instant classic, suave and evocative enough for both cult and mass consumption.  But the extra twist to the story is that Conte's remix itself became a TV theme in 2001, when it was used as the soundtrack for a widely-run automobile advertisement with the tagline Do nothing. Sooner.
Original Artist Original Version New Artist New Version
Derbyshire and Grainer
Dr. Who
Doctorin' the Tardis
The original was massively avant-garde, with Delia and her pals making heavy use of electronic sounds quite a few years before the arrival of Mr. Moog and Mr. Perrey. But the late 80s situationist duo also deserve full credit for realizing the potential of the track, turning it into an instant chart-topper by fusing it with other pop-culture elements. All while taking the piss out of the entire music industry.

Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2007
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