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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

 

RentWatch: Take Me or Leave Me

The Rent movie may have flopped in movie theatres last year, but the DVD's led the sales charts, Anthony's memoir is selling well, and the remixes of "Seasons of Love" dominated the dance clubs during the winter. So it's no surprise that a second jacked-up tune has been released; the new "Take Me or Leave Me" has re-recorded vocals of Idina Menzel and Tracy Thoms cranking over a breezy Chicago house rhythm.

I realize that many will consider these mixes sacrilege, but I think Jonathan Larson would have been thrilled that his music was being mixed for club play, and I'm personally thrilled that a Broadway musical has any pop currency at all. The Gabriel D Vine's Big Band Disco Remix is perfect for a big Fire Island beach dance. Bonus: also included are one-off mixes of "Out Tonight" and "Light My Candle," the latter of which is probably the most successful of the bunch.
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