DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner

11 November Critic Jonni 0 Comments

As we all patiently await Giorgio Moroder's music video to his updated version of this song, that features vocals from Britney Spears, I thought I might take a look back at the old music video. Giorgio Moroder's version has been stuck in my head for the past few days, "Tom's Diner" has been released as a single on iTunes, and a lyric video has been uploaded onto YouTube, but whether there will be an actual music video is something we're going to have to wait for.

Originally sung and released by Suzanne Vega who did an a capella version, it was later remixed by DNA in 1990. Rather than take DNA to court for copyright infringement, since DNA used the track without permission, her record label decided to release it as a collaborative effort. Suzanne Vega's version didn't get a music video as it wasn't released as an official single, she had a hit previously with "Luka". DNA did consist of Neal Slateford and Nick Batt, they remixed quite a few songs, however this song became their biggest hit. Just falling short of the number one spot in the UK. Written by Suzanne Vega, it is about grabbing a coffee in Tom's Diner, it's narrative lyrics are full of visual imagery. The DNA remix also contained writers Steve Addabbo and Lenny Kaye.

The music video is very typical of 90's music videos, it's definitely old school.

Certain images link in with the song, but only a few, the rest are totally random. It looks totally low budget even for a 90's music video.

The choreography is tight, and great to watch, it just proves how dancing changes in all the years. However the two dancers nail the moves consistently and in time with one another.

There's not much else I can comment on. Not something I'd go out of my way to watch again, and it fails to promote the song. I have also included Suzanne Vega's original a capella video version below, along with the amazing version by Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears. We definitely need a music video from the latter!
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