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Music Playlist: Cover Chain #1

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A cover chain is a new playlist idea that works like this. The first song is a cover song. The second song is also a cover song, but performed by the artist who was covered in the first song. So for example, in this chain we have:

1. “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by The Rolling Stones, originally by Otis Redding
2. “My Girl” by Otis Redding, originally by The Temptations
3. “A Song For You” by The Temptations, originally by The Carpenters
4. “This Masquerade” by The Carpenters, originally by Leon Russel
5. “Funny How Time Slips Away” by Leon Russell, originally by Willie Nelson
6. “Farther Down The Line” by Willie Nelson, originally by Lyle Lovett
7. “What’d I Say” by Lyle Lovett, originally by Ray Charles

8. “Crazy Love” by Ray Charles with Van Morrison, originally by Van Morrison
9. “Bring It On Home To Me” by Van Morrison, originally by Sam Cooke
10. “Little Red Rooster” by Sam Cooke, originally by Holin’ Wolf
11. “Little Red Rooster” by Howlin’ Wolf

Listen to this cover chain on Rhapsody

And you could bring it all back to the Rolling Stones by adding “Little Red Rooster” by The Stones.

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Can you come up with your own “cover chains”?

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  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Cover songs are some of the most immediately interesting songs around. One song established as sounding like Q, suddenly is revitalized as sounding like G.

    Though, oddly, albums of covers get quite old.

    But Rhapsody still no work for me, one of the 30 percent of Mac users here at BC.

  • http://www.scopecreep.com/Rhapsody/ Robert Burke

    I have a big interest in cover songs and agree with you. I especially like when the genre of the original is changed like a blugrass version of a metal song or a rock version of a country song. It can really show how good songwriting holds up.

    In regards to Mac I don’t think Rhapsody will ever produce a Mac version, which sucks, but it’s probably the right business decision. Since Mac online activity accounts for less than even Linux at 2.7 percent, also when you factor in the success of iTunes it probably makes no sense for Real to create a Mac version.

    Are there any streaming celetial jukebox services available to the Mac? ie: Napster, MusicMatch, etc..?

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Yeah the more off-the-wall the better. Like the San Francisco (??) Philharmonic playing Metallica tunes.

    Johnny Cash doing Rusty Cage, One or … well anything.

    Ray Charles’ Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

    Jay-Z – Hard Knock Life (well, sort of).

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    well this is amusing. i spent all of the last week tryin in vain to reinvent Fuck Tha Police as a sorta talkin’ blues thing. i failed miserably. my hard-drive groans with the weight of the results.

    i tried to think of a cover chain, but couldn’t, so here’s some of the dukes fave cover versions;

    wonderwall – ryan adams (originally Oasis)

    The Mercy Seat – Johnny Cash (originally Nick Cave)

    A Pair Of Brown Eyes – Christy Moore (originally The Pogues)

    A New England – Kirsty MacColl (Originally Billy Bragg)

    Here, There And Everywhere – Emmylou Harris (originally The Beatles)

    Ice, Ice Baby – Ben Kweller (originally Vanilla Ice)

    Gin & Juice – The Gourds (originally Snoop Dogg)

    The Kweller one is currently up on my MP3 Digest at http://www.mondoirlando.com/mp3_digest.html alongside a buncha other covers. It’s a fortnight overdue for change, so by monday (it now being saturday) they’ll probably be gone.

  • http://www.scopecreep.com/Rhapsody/ Robert Burke

    A couple of my favorites include Hayseed Dixie who do blue grass covers of AC/DC (get it… Hayseed Dixie – AC/DC, sound similar, right?)

    Also, Richard Cheese cracks me up. Lounge versions of metal and Alternative songs.

    Oh yea, Dread Zeppelin is up there too.

  • http://www.scopecreep.com/Rhapsody/ Robert Burke

    I almost foorgot, Keller William’s version of “Rapper’s Delight” is not only creative as hell. It’s a seriously great song.

    If you have Rhapsody, you can listen to it here.

  • http://www.scopecreep.com Robert

    Sorry that link didn’t work. Paste this URL into a browser to hear it on Rhapsody

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    I’m going to have to buzz two feet over to my girlfriend’s PC to try Rhapsody.

    Hayseed Dixie – groan.

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    temple – you dislike the dixie? but how?

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    no, I mean the pun, not the band. :)

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    lol i see. yes. those puns, man. what are they good for, anyhow?

  • HW Saxton

    Here’s a quick cover chain off the top
    of my head,it goes something like this:

    New York Dolls-Pills /Orig.- Bo Diddley

    Bo Diddley-Down On The Corner/Orig.-CCR

    Creedence Clearwater Revival- 99 1/2
    Just Wont Do/Orig. Wilson Pickett

    Wilson Pickett- You Left The Water
    Running / Orig. Otis Redding

    Otis Redding- Lucille/
    Orig. Little Richard

    Little Richard- Brown Sugar/Orig.-Stones

    Rolling Stones- Cry To Me/
    Orig. Solomon Burke

    Solomon Burke- In The Ghetto/Orig. Elvis

    Elvis Presley- Promised Land/
    Orig. Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry- Route 66/Orig.Nat King Cole

    Something along those lines, anyway.

  • http://www.scopecreep.com/Rhapsody Robert Burke

    That was pretty damn impressive for being off the top of your head.

  • rickard.

    I made my own cover chain, and it’s inspired me to look at the world in a whole new way. The relationships between musicians, and the idea of originality versus imitation, is fascinating – I think true originaility only comes in the synthesis of ideas, and cover songs are that very synthesis. Therefore, cover songs are as original as the songs they cover, if not more so.

    Song: Cover/Original
    The Times They are a’changing: Tracy Chapman/Bob Dylan
    Baby Can I Hold You Tonight: Neil Diamond/Tracy Chapman
    Sweet Caroline: Elvis Presley/Neil Diamond
    In the Ghetto: Dolly Parton/Elvis Presley
    Do I ever cross your mind: Joan Osborne/Dolly Parton
    One of Us: Prince/Joan Osborne
    Kiss: Tom Jones/Prince
    It’s Not Unusual: Cher/Tom Jones
    Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down): Nancy Sinatra/Cher
    These Boots: Supremes/Nancy Sinatra
    You Can’t Hurry Love: Phil Collins/Supremes
    You’ll be in my heart: Kenny Loggins/Phil Collins
    Danny’s Song: Anne Murray/Kenny Loggins
    Snowbird: Bing Crosby/Anne Murray
    But Beautiful: Nat King Cole/Bing Crosby
    Unforgettable: Ani DiFranco/Nat King Cole
    Joyful Girl: Dave Matthews Band/Ani DiFranco
    Tripping Billies: Jimmy Buffett/Dave Matthews Band
    Railroad Lady: Willie Nelson/Jimmy Buffett
    Pretty Paper: Roy Orbison/Willie Nelson
    Claudette: Everly Brothers/Roy Orbison
    Wake Up Little Susie: Simon & Garfunkel/Everly Brothers
    Mrs. Robinson: Frank Sinatra/Simon & Garfunkel
    One for my baby: Etta James/Frank Sinatra
    At Last: Joni Mitchell/Etta James
    River: Barry Manilow/Joni Mitchell
    Mandy: Johnny Mathis/Barry Manilow
    Wild is the Wind: David Bowie/Johnny Mathis
    Heroes: Oasis/David Bowie
    Wonderwall: Ryan Adams/Oasis
    In My Time of Need: Joan Baez/Ryan Adams
    Old Blue: The Byrds/Joan Baez
    Feel a whole lot better: Tom Petty/The Byrds
    I Won’t Back Down: Johnny Cash/Tom Petty
    Busted: Ray Charles/Johnny Cash
    I Got a Woman: Beatles/Ray Charles
    Yesterday: Bob Dylan/Beatles