Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years
as selected by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Gas Money (mp3)
Time for somebody to remake this novelty surf/car tune into a top 40 hit again.. ?
JAN & ARNIE'S rocker from 1958.
A perennial favorite covered by goofball/ garage bands like
the Rip Chords, the Skeletons (a.k.a the Morrells)
, Cousin Al and the Relatives
, and the Inner City Unit
Above. ... to commemorate the new Gas Crisis. It must suck to be a Hummer Owner. ... unless it's the "Hydrogen Hummer"
. More covers of the song listed here
A huge, comprehensive collection of Italian soundtrack covers.
With print runs as small as 300, some of these soundtracks are impossible to find nowadays. Some of the cover art is really fantastic
. There's a pretty extensive collection of French, German, American, English and Japanese soundtracks too.
BBC Radio 2 -- Sold On Song
The website for this show on BBC Radio 2 is pretty awesome; it's got a list of pages on various classic songs in their library
(also sortable by artist
), which includes song clips and (where available) clips from covers of the songs, taken from the same place -- check out the various It Must Be Love
s (originally by
Labi Siffre) -- my favorite will always be the Madness one, but the Lyn Paul version is actually pretty cool. There's also some weird
covers available for the picking. I've just been spending about an hour or two picking through random songs and noting on which ones are as good as the original
or ones that just fall so very short
. (They've also got lots of other content, like the songwriting guide
, but the real fun is in the song pages, reading about these great songs and listening to other people do their own cuts on them. [All links go to text; all sound files are in RealAudio.]
Together at last!
Joy Division and Mongolian throat singing.
The Bookscans Database.
A large collection of vintage paperback covers. (via Things Magazine
Art rock/metal band A Perfect Circle
are releasing a new album
consisting of mostly politically orientated covers, including John Lennon's Imagine
. With so many bands
pumping out the politics recently why is this strange? Because for so many years the band, and frontman Maynard James Keenan (also the lead singer for Tool) have usually kept right out of politics, opting for a more mysterious and individualistic approach to their music.
Interesting to read what some of their fans think
Head Back to Mono
in 32k at the rineke.net records archive
, where a rather consistent curator has digitized a goody chunk of his record collection. It's posted in more-or-less every iteration imaginable. Observe the linked scans
(1 mb page, careful!) of the covers (also in multiple resolutions up to full-size). Note the records themselves
, in sleeve or out
, depending. Most especially, savor the clean, low-res mono mp3s that cry out to be played through the dashboard speakers of a 1967 Dodge Dart
Bonus Big Beat Bonanza:
The site's author is also behind the similarly detailed
archive of shows by ex-WFMU dj The Hound
, from 1987 through 1995, heavy on the rare regional sides
beloved of certain of my pals down New Orleans way.
Last, but not least, rineke.net hosts the adventures of a platoon of Tux clones
, sealing my geek admiration for the overseer of the site. There's more
, of course. My propeller beanie's off to you, sir, and long may you wave, or particle, as is your choice and preference.
(Permission was sought and granted to post this, as I feard for the site's bandwidth. Have at it, Mefites!
The Scriptorium's American Sheet Music.
North Carolina's Duke University maintains a wonderful, sprawling archive of ephemera
, as you, chers linkeurs
, know well. But perhaps you didn't know of the vast collection of American sheet music
, most attractively explored via these cover galleries
), that awaits within.
a free visual database of magazine cover art from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
(MP3 download), the radiohead country and western medley. Please note there is absolutely no reason to post this apart from it's Friday, it's a bank holiday weekend and it made me laugh. If you're looking for in-depth then move along, nothing to see here...
All songs sound better when performed on a ukulele
Every Playboy Cover
Find the bunnies! (NSFW if they don't like you looking at Playboy Magazine Covers)
In the United States,
the cover of Paul Krugman's new book is a little
bit different than the cover in England
. (from Atrios
One hundred established graphic and fine artists were approached to create the definitive album cover of their favorite recording artist. Each chose an iconic musical subject from the 1940s to the present and from the genres of rock, blues, jazz, country and soul music. The result is an original and highly creative collection of contemporary art. The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were
POWERSLAVES: An Elektro Tribute to Iron Maiden
A record label in Amsterdam has assembled 14 electro-fied covers of classic tracks by the British metal band. Vocoders, drum machines, and analog synths galore, plus influences as diverse as industrial, synthpop, and Miami bass. Loving tribute? Unholy abomination? Entertaining genre cross-pollination? You decide -- the entire album is available as streaming audio from this Dutch radio station
Worst Album Covers Ever.
It is either "Let me touch him" or "Julie's Sixteenth Birthday." I'll let you decide.
a heartfelt cover of it by My Robot Friend
. -another Flash link...
, & Weirdo
magazine cover archives.
Insane Japanese a cappella that makes Jud Jud
or Anton Maiden
seem sober. Check out his 3 albums: One of heavy metal covers
(including an incredible version of Metallica's Creeping Death
), one that includes classics
like Ramblin' Man
, and another that's just a wonderful hodgepodge
(Stevie Wonder Triple
, oh my....). He's got a fairly useless homepage
, but it's worth keeping an eye on because he posts new songs there.
This is so good: "Hi, I am Wing! I immigrated to New Zealand with my family about ten years ago from Hong Kong. I have been learning singing in New Zealand and I do performances in Rest Homes and Hospitals.
Don't miss her, eh, "treatment" of the Carpenters, and Summertime
The 25 greatest comic-book covers of all time,
based on impact, readability, uniqueness/subject, and drawing/presentation. And the 12 dumbest
bob dylan covers don henley.
bob dylan has been doing great covers on his latest tour. also 'brown sugar' by the stones and 'old man' by neil young. and lots of warren zevon who has untreatable lung cancer.
The Covers Project
is compiling a list of covers, in hopes of creating "chains" ie: Band covered Song by Artist who covered OtherSong by OtherArtist, etc. Also see prevous thread
about Musical Sausage. Unfortunately, that link now redirects to the Grand Royal on-line store, for some reason.
(MP3).I was searching for Godzilla stuff and ran into it.The so called great nirvana
seems to taken Blue Oyster Cults Godzilla
and changed it a little.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes!
No, not the children's book
, but the punk novelty band, featuring talent from various punk bands, including the bassist from NOFX. They do covers of decidedly non-punk songs, such as Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs," the themes from "Phantom of the Opera" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl".
Their record label offers four free mp3s
including "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Wild World."
Evan Dando is releasing a solo album this summer. (Why not pre-order?)
Forget the "alterna-hunk" crap; just download some MP3s
of his acoustic live shows and agree with me that his taste in covers (esp. country stuff) is awesome, he can write a hell of a pop song, and his voice -- well, he's the Velvet Fog
of his generation (in more ways than one).
Make CD Covers for your napster grabs
Good quality scans of CD covers suitable for printing. Cool.
I found this site's list of 90's remakes
at hack the planet
. Having grown up in the eighties, I knew about half these songs were remakes from my childhood, but since I was a wee boy for much of the 70's, I didn't know some of today's songs were redone oldies. The coolest thing about this list is I could find any interesting songs as mp3 using napster
. Every search resulted in a successful download. Even the Cure's 'Love Song' done by Tori Amos on the radio was on my hard drive a minute after I read about it on that page.