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In the *ZoneAmerican Life
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Britney and Madonna Against the Music

On Britney Spears' 2003 album, "In the Zone," Spears adopts a more mature persona. She works with a number of different collaborators including Madonna. The two stole the show at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards when they shared a kiss during their opening performance. The lead track "Me Against the Music" on "In the Zone" is performed with Madonna.

Hunchback of Notre Dame, The
"Notre-Dame de Paris" was originally written in 1831 by the French novelist, Victor Hugo (1802-1885). The basic plot elements – the fate of the misunderstood hunchback Quasimodo and the beautiful, but condemned gypsy girl Esmerelda - have been adapted in various musicals and films. The most recent incarnation is the French blockbuster musical "Notre Dame de Paris," which opened in Paris in 1998.

Les Miserables
"Les Miserables" was originally written in 1862 by the French novelist, Victor Hugo (1802-1885). The epic story of misjustice follows the plight of former convict, Jean Valjean in Paris of the mid 1830s, and his plight to begin a new life. There have been countless film adaptations, but perhaps the most beloved version is the long running Broadway musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil which opened in 1987.

Victor Hugo Inspired Music
Novelist, poet, and dramatist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) is one of France's most durable and popular Romantic literary figures. Two of his works, "Notre-Dame de Paris" (1831) and "Les Miserables" (1862) have been used in numerous film and musical adaptations, ranging in wide musical styles from jazz and rock albums to Disney soundtracks. Written over a century prior, the two works, which share similar themes of misunderstood protagonists subject to injustice, continue to inspire new musical style adaptations even today.

Dread Zeppelin
"Led Zeppelin Music Inna Reggae Style" is the tagline for Dread Zeppelin who perform Led Zeppelin covers in a reggae style and Elvis Presley-like vocal delivery. Even Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant gave the group kudos for one of their cover songs. Hefty lead singer, Tortelvis (Greg Tortell) and crew serve up tongue-in-cheek album titles like 1990s "Un-Led-Ed" and 1991's "5,000,000" cover art work which mimics Led Zeppelin's 1971 "Led Zeppelin" cover.

Britney and Madonna Against the Music
On Britney Spears' 2003 album, "In the Zone," Spears adopts a more mature persona. She works with a number of different collaborators including Madonna. The two stole the show at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards when they shared a kiss during their opening performance. The lead track "Me Against the Music" on "In the Zone" is performed with Madonna.

Pink and 4 Non Blondes
Emerging from the pack of late '90s teen-pop acts, Pink (Alecia Moore), has proved more enduring than the rest. Her surprise 2000 debut "Can't Take Me Home" spawned a number of teen dance hits. Not content to be labeled as a teen pop phenom, Pink worked hard to ensure that her sophomore 2001 release "M!ssundaztood" would break that label and it did. It featured contributions from her idol, ex-4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry, who helped instill some rock muscle into Pink's sound. Pink continued her relentless innovation on her 2003 release "Try This."

Classical Influences in Progressive Rock
In the late '60s and early '70s, rock music exploded into a myriad of different directions. One offshoot of the progressive rock style incorporated elements of classical music. For example, The Moody Blues' 1967 "Days of Future Passed" features the London Festival Orchestra sharing the spotlight on the group’s psychedelic rock. Deep Purple’s 1969 release "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" featured the group sharing the stage with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Still other examples include Emerson, Lake and Palmers 1972 "Pictures at an Exhibition" which quotes classical compositions and Yes' 1971 "The Yes Album" which incorporates classical elements into the song composition.

Design Similarity: Echo & the Bunnymen and Starsailor
The Britpop group Starsailor burst on the scene with their widely hailed 2002 debut "Love Is Here." Their sophomore release "Silence is Easy" has drawn comparisons with their fellow countrymen, Echo and the Bunnymen. Even the Starsailor album cover featured the quartet in a pose by water similar to that of the Echo and the Bunnymen's 1981 release "Heaven Up Here."

Switched On Fad?
Upon its initial release, 1968's "Switched-On Bach" by Wendy Carlos was greeted with mixed reaction. The album consists of a selection of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), performed on a Moog (rhymes with vogue) Modular synthesizer system. In time, Carlos' work was hailed as groundbreaking and fresh. As in the case with many successes, there were many "Switched-On" knockoffs. Carlos herself released "Switched-On Bach II" in 1974 and "Switched-On Bach 2000" in 2000 to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the original release. Other infamous switched-on knockoffs include Christopher Scott's 1970 "Switched on Bacharach" and Gil Tryall's 1970 "Country Moog: Switched on Nashville."

As Nasty and As Funky As They Wanna Be
The rap group 2 Live Crew's 1989 album "As Nasty as They Want To Be" was a lightening rod for controversy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The cover featured the group peaking out between the legs of four thong-clad women on a beach. Florida attorney Jack Thompson, affiliated with the conservative group the American Family Association, worked to have 2 Live Crew's music outlawed because of its sexual nature. He succeeded and the result was several record store retailer arrests as well as the arrest of three members of the group themselves. The rapper MC Pooh Man released "Funky As I Wanna Be" in 1992 as a reference to the 2 Live Crew release. MC Pooh Man's cover features him peaking out behind legs, but in a very different position.
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