7 Pop Music Remakes That Never Should've Happened

Bon Jovi's "Prayer '94," Vanilla Ice's "Too Cold" and other updates that no one asked for

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The Police, "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86"

Sting was already off making jazzy solo records when the Police reconvened to try and make new music together in the mid-Eighties, and the only thing the band's final studio sessions yielded was snoozy versions of a couple of classics. "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" slowed down (and Stinged-up) the original, which had only come out six years earlier, adding big Eighties drum machines and synths. It's not awful, really, but it doesn't hold a candle to the spunky original. The two videos highlight the difference: In the 1980 version, the trio goofs around in costumes, looking like fun-loving young lads; in the very-Eighties update, they're mostly surrounded by slow, swirling computer graphics and shooting serious looks. The Police gave "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" pretty much the same treatment during the same sessions, but had the sense to keep that one under wraps for years after the recording.

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