Madison Avenue TRASH Emma Bunton’s cover of their iconic hit Don’t Call Me Baby
Nearly 20 years after the original release, Emma Bunton’s cover of the iconic hit Don’t Call Me Baby has failed to impress the song’s creators.
The song, originally by Australian pop duo Madison Avenue, took home a slew of awards at the ARIA’s in 2000 and dominated the charts for months.
And yet Madison Avenue’s Andy Van Dorsselaer has slammed Spice Girl Emma’s remake, saying that it completely misunderstood the original message.
A classic hit! Don’t Call Me Baby by Madison Avenue’s Cheyne Coates (right) and Andy Van (left) was a hit in the 2000’s but the DJ said he is not a fan of the Emma Bunton cover
‘It felt like a karaoke version,’ Andy told the Herald Sun.
‘It should have had some raunch to it. It’s a female empowerment song about having guts and telling a guy you’ve had enough, which ironically is very now with the #MeToo movement. It was a #MeToo song 20 years ago. For me, that version had no edge.’
Emma covered Don’t Call Me Baby for her fourth studio album, My Happy Place, earlier this year.
Despite their success with their first album, The Polyester Embassy, the 51-year-old said a second never eventuated despite over a million dollars on offer at the time.
‘Cheyne and I just couldn’t connect, for a lot of reasons, to creatively build something that was awesome. I couldn’t deal with an album that was just OK. We had about 15 ideas, some uncleared samples. Cheyne took one of the songs for her solo project.’
Cheyne attempted to replicate the success with two solo songs but was unsuccessful.
Andy said he still loves performing as a DJ and believes the duo has the potential to reemerge as a group but Cheyne isn’t interested.
A lasting legacy: Their album The Polyester Embassy took home a slew of awards at the ARIA’s in 2000 (pictured) and dominated the charts for months
The DJ said they have been offered several lucrative deals to release a second album but she has turned them down every time.
He believes the reason is to do with a dislike of touring and a feeling of disconnection between the modern performers and a phone-fixated audience.
Andy still performs weekly as a DJ at the Albion Hotel in Sydney and said he has no idea what his former co-star is doing other than that she is working in music.
Falling flat: Andy said Emma Bunton’s version of the hit was like ‘a karaoke version’ of the song that missed the feeling of female empowerment
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