So I am going to talk about music this time around.
The House of the Rising Sun is a really old song that no one is sure of the actual origins of. It has been recorded many times by many different artists over the years. Originally it was from the point of view of a woman (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bob+dylan/house+of+the+rising+sun_20021207.html), but with what is most likely the most famous version of the song by The Animals, they switched it to a male POV (http://www.metrolyrics.com/house-of-the-rising-sun-lyrics-the-animals.html).
This last year the band Five Finger Death Punch released their version of it. The song is updated and the music is noticeably heavier. The song is very catchy and is getting a lot of play on the radio station I listen to. It has been stuck in my head for several days now.
Now to get geeky.
The most noticeable change in the Five Finger Death Punch version is the change of location from 'New Orleans' to 'Sin City' (http://www.metrolyrics.com/house-of-the-rising-sun-lyrics-five-finger-death-punch.html). It is a change that for me really changes the over all idea of the song.
I'll be interested to know if others agree with me on this.
I always had the feeling that The House of the Rising Song was kind of a hidden place, that might be known about but no one admits to it. This idea works well with New Orleans, as it is a city that is known to have such places while at the same time people are not going to admit to it, but instead will help to keep it a well known secret.
So when they switched the city to 'Sin City', (my understanding is it is a direct reference to Las Vegas, and not a open reference a generic corrupt city or the comic book city of that name) it didn't feel right to me. In a city known for, if not celebrated for, being a center of corruption, does not have the same impact. To say you are going to Sin City or Las Vegas to take part in what the city is known for, it seems a little pointless and needless. For me the concept just does not have the same impact. With our main reference being gambling, it just does not seem like there needs to be a hidden, mysterious house in Las Vegas to sing about.
Still an enjoyable song and one that has an interesting history with a good deal of mystery to it.