Confirmed: Changing Metallica songs to a major scale doesn’t work so well
posted at 2:02 pm on January 25, 2013 by Allahpundit
It worked like a charm with REM because, let’s face it, even the downbeat songs written by a band capable of “Shiny Happy People” aren’t going to be so far down that they can’t survive a scale change. (That said, I wouldn’t want to see this trick performed on “Everybody Hurts.” Good lord.) “Losing My Religion” is an especially good candidate for the experiment, too: The original is sufficiently uptempo and lyrically ambiguous to support the warmer tone that comes with shifting from minor to major. It’s like taking a painting done in pastels and making the colors brighter. Might not work, but it’s worth a shot.
Trying that with a metal band is like adding pink to a canvas covered in shades of black. It’s the musical equivalent of castration. The best way I can explain the transformation is this: Beavis and Butt-head would love the original version of this tune but Stewart would love the new one. Any Winger fan would.