Cover Songs Databases + my Covers tag


17. Mai. 2006, 17:08

Are there any good ones out there other than The Covers Project and Second Hand Songs? Both are quite good, but hardly comprehensive. The biggest drawback for both is the submissions process. Covers Project's being non-existent now, and Second Hand Songs requiring you to post a list in the forum for the sitemaster to approve and add (eventually).

There's just no way I could be bothered searching the forum to check if what I want to suggest is pending, writing out a list, finding references etc. I'd like to enter songs as I think of them on a form. Covers Project at least used to have this, but also relied on approval by the site owner(s).

Is there a covers database operating as a wiki? If not, can some smart person create this please? Also a discography wiki site would be most welcome.

Now for the music: here's my covers tag. There are lots of weird and wonderful things in there:

April March and her Chick Habit/Paris In April albums where she covers Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy, France Gall, Gillian Hills, Dani etc... though I seem to have included these albums on most of my tags, so they might have to go.

Judy Mowatt covers Van Morrison.

Pat Harris covers Chan Romero (presumably via the Beatles). What I like about this is it sounds like Cartman from Southpark singing it.

Ruby Rats cover Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

Obscure Quebec 60s girl group Trio Sourire cover the Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction' in French... and Devo's version is in there too.

Cowboy Junkies cover The Velvet Underground

Johnny Hallyday covers Los Brincos

Stereo Total cover
Serge Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis and Cher

Eileen covers Nancy Sinatra in French

Thee Headcoatees cover Richard Berry

Jose Gonzalez covers Kylie Minogue

I Am The World Trade Center cover The Jam

The Detroit Cobras cover Mary Wells

Vanessa Paradis covers The Velvet Underground

Blonde Redhead cover Serge Gainsbourg

Altered Images cover Neil Diamond

Chicks On Speed cover Tom Tom Club

Belgium's Vive La Fête cover
Serge Gainsbourg & Charlotte Gainsbourg

Sonia covers
The Rolling Stones adorably in Italian

Monique Gaube covers Lulu in French

Japanese ukulele girls Petty Booka cover Van Halen

T.A.T.U cover The Smiths

The Byrds cover Bob Dylan x 2

Teenage Fanclub with Jad Fair cover Daniel Johnston

Cat Power covers Phil Phillips

Johnny Cash covers Depeche Mode

Suzi Quatro covers David Hill/Elvis

Francoise Hardy covers Leonard Cohen en francais

French chanteuse Marie Laforet covers Margo Guryan in Italian - this is just gorgeous.

Visage cover Zager And Evans' 'In The Year 2525', a song that always amuses me with its rather vague predictions of doom.

Mummy the Peepshow cover The Smiths

Flamin' Groovies cover Bob Dylan

Sonic Youth cover The Carpenters

Revolting Cocks cover Rod Stewart

The Breeders cover The Beatles

Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins cover Travelling Wilburys

Yo La Tengo cover Jackson Browne

Kahimi Karie covers 70s Spanish songstress Jeanette, and a Japanese 60s artist I can't remember on 'Giapponese A Roma'... anyone?

Andy Williams' 'Music To Watch Girls By' gets a French take by Natacha Snitkine and sci-fi take by Leonard Nimoy

The Wannadies cover The Go-Betweens... although the Swedish accent fails to convince me of the line "I come from Brisbane" ;)

Madeleine Peyroux covers Elliot Smith - this is beautiful.

Hi-Posi covers France Gall's mindblowing German pop track, 'Computer Nr 3'... I am hoping a Hi-Posi fan can help me out here. There is a track from Hi-Posi called 'The Computer No. 3' which sounds a little like France Gall's in some parts. But 'I'll Never Whistle' is unambiguously a cover of the song. Are they both covers, or are these mislabelled?

The Fall cover R. Dean Taylor

Phew! That's enough connections - I'm not going to keep adding them as I update the tag. But if you are curious to know the original artists of any new additions, always feel free to ask on here.


  • mjcrbt

    Very interesting tag ! May I suggest that you add some songs from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 's Kicking Against the Pricks ? After all he's an australian too.

    17. Mai. 2006, 18:48
  • moonlitkitty

    I'm not really enough of a fan to add him to a tag of stuff I love.

    18. Mai. 2006, 6:21
  • mjcrbt

    I'm listening your covers tag right now. Is your radio already working ?

    18. Mai. 2006, 7:28
  • moonlitkitty

    What do you mean, is it already working? :s

    18. Mai. 2006, 7:35
  • mjcrbt

    You write in my shoutbox that it was not working. Maybe I'm making confusion. I like a lot your tags cover !

    18. Mai. 2006, 7:42
  • moonlitkitty

    Yeah sometimes it doesn't work. I get you now - I was confused about 'already'. I've just added some connections. I don't know whether people still get recommended journals if you edit the connections in later. If anyone gets this entry recommended to their profile, I'd be curious to know.

    18. Mai. 2006, 8:19
  • mjcrbt

    My brother recommended me Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited with covers by Cat Power, Feist, Portishead and Carla Bruni. Do you know this album ?

    18. Mai. 2006, 8:28
  • moonlitkitty

    Yes, I'm not highly impressed by it. I think I've had my rants about it on the Gainsbourg forum. There have been quite a few Gainsbourg tribute albums over the years, and I think this is one of the weakest.

    18. Mai. 2006, 8:30
  • Orange_Anubis

    i do like that jose gonzales cover of kylie, very gentle and unexpected. the covers project is the only decent site i've seen for this sort of thing.

    18. Mai. 2006, 9:37
  • moonlitkitty

    Yes, it's nice when someone can make something lovely out of something so cheesy. I don't mind 'Heartbeats', but I must be one of the only people who prefers the original. Shame Covers Project hasn't allowed submissions for so long. Would anyone else be interested in a wiki-style database?

    18. Mai. 2006, 10:31
  • Orange_Anubis

    i prefer the original too for i am knife-crazy!

    18. Mai. 2006, 11:26
  • moonlitkitty

    Something like 'Hand On Your Heart' makes for an interesting, because he's bringing out emotion that you don't hear in the original. The original 'Heartbeats' has that emotion and lots of interesting layers in there. It doesn't entirely suit being stripped back and a bit more melancholy, to my ears.

    18. Mai. 2006, 13:18
  • g776655

    This kind of tagging, with real love put into it, and that we can listen to streamable, is just fantastic. Thank you.

    18. Mai. 2006, 16:23
  • moonlitkitty

    Thanks, that's really nice to hear :).

    19. Mai. 2006, 2:59
  • moonlitkitty

    [i]Pretty[/i] please, could someone tell me if they're getting this entry recommended to them by their profile artists?

    19. Mai. 2006, 4:55
  • Orange_Anubis

    yep, i got it through depeche mode, the smiths and kylie.

    19. Mai. 2006, 6:02
  • moonlitkitty

    Thank you! Curiosity sated; cat still alive.

    19. Mai. 2006, 6:10
  • Aspis

    Yeah, the original of Heartbeats is so much more evocative :-)

    20. Mai. 2006, 16:23
  • moonlitkitty

    ^ That's a really great way to put it. I agree.

    8. Jun. 2006, 5:28
  • Jolarti

    I'm a sucker for The Knife...! Love it. It took me quite a while to get used to their style but now I'm hooked. It only took a second to get hooked on April March, but I guess there's a reason why some people tag her as 'easy listening'....

    10. Jun. 2006, 22:41
  • RamonMercader

    I'm quite surprised to see you like the RevCo's cover of Do You Think I'm Sexy, and not Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. I guess sometimes someone's idea of other people's taste can be terribly wrong.

    22. Jun. 2006, 19:18
  • moonlitkitty

    Oh, haha I just realised I said this tag was stuff I 'loved' which I guess is a bit of a stretch. It's just that I keep getting Nick Cave suggested and I've said I don't dislike Nick Cave, I just need minimal exposure to enjoy the songs. Maybe I'll change my mind one day, I don't know. As for 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy', I have a softspot for anything that a staple when I was a teenager and I never get to hear it anywhere else. I wouldn't go out and buy the CD though. It's pretty funny and trashy, which, well is quite in line with some of my taste.

    23. Jun. 2006, 1:50
  • moonlitkitty

    Thought I'd pop this here since there were a couple of comments about preferring the Knife's version to José's cover. There's another cover of Heartbeats posted on Fluxblog, this one a choir and piano version, and it sounds lovely. I really like this quote from Matthew Perpetua about it: The piano parts more closely echo the hushed guitar of José González's version, but the vocals err on the side of The Knife's complicated and ethereal blend of melancholy and joy rather than González's less nuanced sad sackery. It nails why I like the Knife's so much better than José González's. Obviously the final word is 'to each their own', but I am still left scratching my head that González's cover seems to be more popular. I gather an influence on this is that many heard it through that ad first, and the Knife's version sounded weird to them. There's a certain buoyance built into the melody, and it doesn't quite sit with the 'sadsackery' approach to me.

    10. Sep. 2006, 5:25
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