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A song remade into a fast Techno version. Could be a remix, which uses most of the actual recording, or a rearrangement, which is a whole new recording which incorporates the lyrics or tune of the song, but adds in a lot more.

Could be any kind of song, even Gregorian chants if someone felt like it. Many of the songs in the Dance Dance Revolution games are these kinds of remakes, since "speedy" also means "harder" most of the time.

Note that if only part of a song is used in a speedy techno song, that's just Sampling.

Examples (sorted by original song's genre):


Alternative Rock

  • ADAM feat. Amy - "Zombie", Eurodance cover of the Cranberries song and before that Ororo made a happy hardcore version
  • "74-75" by The Connels was covered as a rave anthem by Hands On Bell.
  • The Verve - "Bittersweet Symphony (trance remix)". Not technically speedy, but much faster than the original.
  • Discotronic and Tevin made a hard trance cover of Savage Garden's "To The Moon and Back".

Classical

  • Dj Tiesto's version of Barber's "Adagio for Strings". Doesn't seem speedy until you realize the original plays at half the tempo.
    • Before that, there was the Ferry Corsten remix of William Orbit's version.
    • A more speedy version is K-Complex "Adagio".
    • Also, Albinoni/Giazotto's "Adagio in G Minor" was remixed by Above & Beyond, as well as Tiesto.
  • "Carmina Burana", remixed by Apotheosis/Excalibur.
  • "Speed over Beethoven" by Rose (not to be confused with the Eurobeat artist) is a happy hardcore rendition of "Fur Elise". "Can't You Feel My Love" by the same artist is based on the "Presto Agitato" movement of the Moonlight Sonata.
  • Trance versions of the "Canon", "Ave Maria" and "Air on the G string" by Angels.
  • Mars - "Pachelbel 8000" (remake of Pachelbel's Canon in D)
    • And his remix of the Jungle Brothers' "Ital Stew", as "Ital Step".
      • Pachelbel's Canon is a very popular candidate for remixes. Here's one by Ban Ya (Canon D: Part of The Memories) that appears in Pump It Up. It's not as sped up, but it's still an awesome remake. In fact, it seems that the Koreans are very fond of this trope with classical music- At least a quarter of Pump It Up's track list is made up of sped up classical music.
  • "Raving to the Fifth" by Tecknophonia Ltd. is, as its name suggests, a rave remix of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
  • Take Bach's Minuet in G Major, slap lyrics on it, give it the 50's equivalent of a Speedy Techno Remix, and you get "A Lover's Concerto. Then run it through this trope the second time around a few decades later, and you get SA's Delight.

Country

Dance

  • Dune's cover of Rozalla - "Are You Ready to Fly". Although not quite as speedy as the former (but faster than the original), Blumchen did a German cover of "Everybody's Free" titled "Ich bin wieder Hier".
  • Leland Jazz Radburn - "Never Gonna Give You Up"(!)
    • The same label, Disko Warp, also did a happy hardcore remake of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok".

Disco

  • The TIME Eurobeat label did this with many of their old Italo-disco songs. For example, "Perfect Time" by Rose and its 2007 remake.
    • Asia Records/SAIFAM also did this with several old songs, eg FCF - "Bad Desire" => FCF - "A New Bad Desire", and Mike Hammer - "Divine" => Mark Foster - "Kiss Me Divine".

Eurobeat

  • King Kong & D Jungle Girls - "Boom Boom Dollar: Red Monster 2000 Mix" and "KOG G3 Mix".
  • The Hi-NRG Attack label has recently started doing "hyper techno" remixes of their old-school material.

Eurodance

Folk

  • Modo - "Eins Zwei Polizei", a techno rendition of a German counting rhyme.
  • Basshunter sped up Loituma's version of "Ievan Polkka" and the result is well liked among leekspinners.
  • Oscillator X did this with "London Bridge", In the Style Of Basshunter.

Funk

Hard Rock

  • Eurobeat artist Niko, of "Night of Fire" fame, covered Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" and "It's My Life".
  • Cherry (aka Clara Moroni aka Leslie Parrish etc.) did a speedy Eurobeat remake of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell".

Heavy Metal

Jazz

New Wave

Pop

  • "Caipirinha" by Carinho is sped up and turned into a "Caipirinha Dance" with a certain Genki Girl from Azumanga Daioh. By the way, caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil.
  • Ska artists are fans of this. Reel Big Fish in particular has covered dozens of songs at concerts and otherwise, including a memorable remix of a-Ha's "Take On Me". Other speedy ska remixes can be found by Skatallica ("Brown Eyed Girl") and Ska Daddy Z ("Hotel California"). Essentially, the songs are sped up a good bit and the main melody is played on wind instruments as opposed to guitar.
    • Er, the "techno" aspect seems to be missing from this example. However, Reel Big Fish did cover The Pixies "Gigantic" In the Style Of euro-techno...
  • O-Zone - "Dragostea Din Tei (Eurobeat Remix)"
  • Newton - "Sky High (Euro-Type Mix)" (adds to the Lyrical Dissonance), itself a cover of the Jigsaw song. There's also a speedy remix of DJ Miko's version.
  • Prodigal Son - "Stalk Her", a smashing remix of Dido's "All You Want".
  • DHT - "Listen To Your Heart (Furious F-EZ mix)" (cover of Roxette)
  • Kelly Clarkson - "Behind These Hazel Eyes": Speedbreaker Remix and Lost in Paradise Euro Mix.
  • Roberto Rossini - "That's Amore"
  • Eurobeat Lovers - "Yozora no Muko (Over the Time)", and Engrish cover of the Suga Shikao/SMAP song. By the same guys who covered Hot Limit.
  • Madonna - "What It Feels Like for a Girl (Above & Beyond remix)", this is also the version used in the controversial music video.
  • Jesse McCartney's "Because You Live" was covered as Eurobeat by Milky MC (Cristian De Leo).
  • Arguably, John Desire's cover of the notorious "Hot Limit" (a.k.a "We Drink Ritalin") qualifies. The original by T.M. Revolution (the same T.M. Revolution in this Engrish poster) is a tad slower. As a reminder, this is how John Desire's version of the song sounds like in DDR 5th Mix.
    • And apparently before that, High and Mighty Color's cover.
  • Nicky French's 1994 cover of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" isn't necessarily speedy itself, but it later had a Eurobeat remix.
  • The Olsen Brothers' "Fly on the Wings of Love", winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2000, was remade by XTM.
  • Ricky Martin - "She's All I Ever Had (Pablo Flores remix)". Not speedy by any means, but much faster than the original.
  • Jordin Sparks - One Step at a Time (Phaze 2 remix)

Punk

R & B

Rap

Reggae

Rock

  • Scooter - "Ramp! (The Logical Song)", originally by Supertramp.
  • 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor - "There's a Key" uses the tune of Aphrodite's Child - "Rain & Tears".
  • Pink's "Sober" has one of these, which is kind of missing the point: The song is about a woman regretting and/or giving up her party girl lifestyle (or dying; the lyrics can be read either way), so you make a techno dance remix of it?
  • Eurodance/techno group Kandystand did this with The Cult's "(She Sells) Sanctuary" (with somewhat creepy vocoder vocals), Heart's "Alone", Phil Oakey's "(Together in) Electric Dreams", and Sonny Charles & The Checkmates' "Black Pearl". They also covered Gary Moore's "Empty Rooms", although it's quite a bit slower than the previous examples.
  • Mindless Self Indulgence's cover of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" definitely qualifies

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Trance

  • "Under My Skin" by a project known as Paffendorf is sped up to create the Paffendorf series, affectionately called the "Paffendorf Dance" or the further evolved version. The dancing girl is Sumomomo Momomo Momoko and the main cast from Lucky Star respectively.
  • While not inherently this, some of the more famous Nightcore artists do choose to add techno elements and slightly heavier bass to some of their remixes. The style itself focuses on speeding up a song and including a higher pitch, but not (as a rule) as high as "Chipmunk-ing". What delineates this for most outsiders is the faster speed, bringing the style back around to this trope.
  • The chillout tune "Silence" by Delerium f/ Sarah MacLachlan was given the speed-up treatment at least three times; by Airscape, DJ Tiesto, and later Above & Beyond.
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