Covers and covers of covers

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 14, 2002

The Covers Project is a database of cover songs (no remixes please) while the knockoff*project details a bunch of copies of album covers.

Reader comments

tamimJul 14, 2002 at 2:15PM

Bryan Ferry sounds exactly like John Lennon.

(I had dropped by this site a while back when it was at a different URL.)

npJul 14, 2002 at 2:28PM

It’s really great, thanks for posting the links.
I like the deliberate parody:


the most.

AnPJul 14, 2002 at 2:29PM

thanks for posting the link… good find for the day (for me, that is!)

nowakJul 14, 2002 at 7:21PM

I don’t think “knock-off” is a bit of a harsh word to use. Most are parodies or tributes… though there are a couple definite rips there. Weird Al’s album covers are always good, though.. heh.

scottJul 14, 2002 at 8:16PM

I had a radio show and i used to always do the cover song chain thing. It was fun.

AmyJul 15, 2002 at 4:23AM

One of my favorite covers is Annie Lennox’s version of The Clash’s “Train in Vain” — she stays true enough to the original to make it recognizable but changes it just enough to make it interesting. I never liked the Red House Painters doing Paul McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs.” And I’ve always thought Radiohead belting out Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” was both hysterical and brilliant.

Karen NielsenJul 15, 2002 at 7:09AM

I like the fact that the website itself is a cover-version og Blue Robot (http://bluerobot.com/web/layouts/layout2.html

Karen >:)

Dave RommJul 15, 2002 at 7:39AM

On my radio show, Shockwave, I play covers all the time. I went to the site, and they didn’t have most of the really fun ones that I play. I entered in one Big Daddy CD, but got tired. There are several songs where I have two covers/parodies but not the originals.

yonderboyJul 15, 2002 at 8:12AM

No cover has knocked me on my ass quite like This Mortal Coil’s cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren”. Haunting and exquisite, but you probably knew that.

JohnJul 15, 2002 at 9:25AM

Great cover?

Jeff Buckley covering Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

carsonJul 15, 2002 at 10:51AM

read a great book recently called 100 Best Album Covers. definitely worth a look.

as for cover songs, my favorite would have to be the smashing pumpkins’ cover of landslide.

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