View Full Version : Recommend me good covers for a radio quiz thing

Scabrous Birdseed
16-05-2005, 10:49:03
My student radio station is doing its yearly rounders tournament 48-hour special broadcast, and this year I'm in charge of the hourly quiz questions (in practice: about 20-odd, since it isn't done at night). So what I thought I'd do is to have people play the intro or bridge or something from obscure covers of well-known tracks, and then let peole guess what the original is.

I have a bunch lined up but I'd quite like your help tracking down more. They have to conform to the following criteria:

1) A bunch of drunk student morons have to be able to guess what it is, so (a) the original has to be well-known, ideally a classic or a recent hit, and (b) the cover has to be at least passably similar in terms of melody/chord changes/etc.


2) The cover has to be different and interesting enough to make the question reasonable and the quiz fun for the participants. It also has to be more obscure than the original, prefferably unknown. Comedy covers are a plus. Unintentional comedy covers would be great.

Stuff like this (http://www.counterglow.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=18081) (Folk-acoustic cover of the Darkness hit "I Believe In A Thing Called Love"). Or my afrocaribbean Zouk cover of Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me". You know what I mean. Any suggestions?

16-05-2005, 10:51:13
The Mike Flowers Pops easy listening version of Wonderwall?

Scabrous Birdseed
16-05-2005, 10:52:54
Exactly that sort of thing, yeah. Classic. Keep 'em coming.

16-05-2005, 10:54:42
Just to beat Debaser to it.

Hotel California - Gipsy Kings

16-05-2005, 10:58:02
Will Young did a cover of Hey Ya which was surprisingly ok.

16-05-2005, 10:59:56
china drum's version of wuthering heights

those people who covered smooth criminal recently (alien ant farm?)

16-05-2005, 11:00:34
or even the Darkness's own version of Street Spirit maybe

16-05-2005, 11:01:05
Yep, that was Alien Ant Farm.

Shatners Bassoon!


I mean Shatner's cover of Common People.

Nills Lagerbaak
16-05-2005, 11:03:24
Cover of Slayer's South of Heaven by mighty mouse.

Or Cover of born to be wild by Slayer......

16-05-2005, 11:05:34
Scissor Sisters cover of Comfortably Numb - (note i'm not condoning this monstrosity but it matches your criteria)

16-05-2005, 11:08:37
now now, he asked for suggestions not an editorial

16-05-2005, 11:11:04
I know, he's getting that as a free bonus. :beer: Lucky him!

Nirvana's cover of The Man Who Sold the World?

16-05-2005, 11:13:21
Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love

Nills Lagerbaak
16-05-2005, 11:14:52
Not very difficult, but Faith no more's version of Easy.

Brittany Spears' I love Rock n' Roll

16-05-2005, 11:19:25
Rolf Harris - Stairway to Heaven.

16-05-2005, 11:23:34
Hey, here's a pretty handy resource for this

A whole bunch of songs, with covers listed and sample clips of each:


16-05-2005, 11:54:34
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Bis
Straight Out Of Compton - Nina Gordon

Greg W
16-05-2005, 12:09:05
Originally posted by Funko
Rolf Harris - Stairway to Heaven. Dammit, beaten to it. :bash:

Nills Lagerbaak
16-05-2005, 12:18:19
Rednex - Cotton Eyed Joe.

16-05-2005, 12:56:47
The Suburban Legends cover of the Gummi Bears theme tune...

It's legendary.

Can mail you a copy if you want it....

Gramercy Riffs
16-05-2005, 13:12:54
The Stranglers - Walk On By
Sonic Youth - Into The Groovey

16-05-2005, 13:36:54
Sonic Youth's version of Addicted to Love is good too (or even their version of the Simpsons theme tune...)

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-05-2005, 22:39:40
Johnny Cash- "Personal Jesus"
Husker Du- "Eight miles high"
The Flaming Lips- "Somewhere over the rainbow"
The Jesus and Mary Chain- "Surfin' USA"

*End Is Forever*
16-05-2005, 23:44:04
Originally posted by Kitsuki
The Suburban Legends cover of the Gummi Bears theme tune...

It's legendary.

Can mail you a copy if you want it....

Not sure Gummi Bears made it to Sweden... could be wrong though.

17-05-2005, 13:01:46
Tragedy if it didnt - I think it should be reshown...!

Lazarus and the Gimp
17-05-2005, 13:57:01
Ciccone Youth- "Into the groovey"

Provost Harrison
17-05-2005, 14:03:51
Dead Kennedys "Viva Las Vegas"

17-05-2005, 14:05:55
My Way - Simon Ritchie.

Mr. Bas
17-05-2005, 17:17:36
Husker Du - Sunshine superman or Eight miles high
Sid Vicious - My way
Soundgarden - Come together
Dead Kennedys - Rawhide or Viva Las Vegas
Today is the day - Sabbath bloody sabbath
Napalm death - Nazi punks fuck off
One of the Metallica covers by Apocalyptica, probably.

Greg W
19-05-2005, 12:32:07
Anything from "Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's "No Quarter" - Unledded album would work too. Very different stuff, even if it is covers of their own music.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
20-05-2005, 10:41:00
Nirvana's acoustic 'The Man Who Sold the World', or indeed, Lulu's.

I've now met three teenagers who thought that David Bowie did a cover version of a Nirvana song...

Kristen Hersh: When The Levee Breaks

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Downtown Train

Lucinda Williams: Which Will

David Bowie: Knock on Wood, Amsterdam or Pablo Picasso

Bryan Ferry:It's All Over Now Baby Blue or I Put A Spell On You or Sympathy For The Devil

Nina Simone: I Shall Be Released or Just Like A Woman

Marianne Faithfull: Working Class Hero or Madame George or Mud Slide Slim

P.J. Harvey: Ballad of the Soldier's Wife or I Can't Get No Satisfaction (with Bjork)

Salif Keita: Begin the Beguine ;)

June Tabor & The Oyster Band: White Rabbit or All Tomorrow's Parties

Cabaret Voltaire: Here She Comes Now or Theme From Shaft

Natalie Merchant/10 000 Maniacs: Peace Train, Moonage Daydream or To Sir With Love

Scabrous Birdseed
20-05-2005, 19:22:42
Originally posted by Kitsuki
The Suburban Legends cover of the Gummi Bears theme tune...

It's legendary.

Can mail you a copy if you want it....

Yes Please.

birdseed at loudmedicine dot net

Lazarus and the Gimp
20-05-2005, 20:09:52
Originally posted by Fergus & The Brazen Car

Kristen Hersh: When The Levee Breaks

That's a great one.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
21-05-2005, 10:14:37
The Staples Singers: Slippery People

June Tabor: Verdi Cries

Alan Vega: Every 1's A Winner

Grace Jones: She's Lost Control, Ring Of Fire, Private Life, Kinky Reggae

Isaac Hayes: Use Me, By The Time I Get To Phoenix

Mathilde Santing: Tempted, We Could Send Letters, Broken Bicycles

Aretha Franklin: Walk On By, The Weight

Was Not Was: Papa Was A Rolling Stone

George Michael: Miss Sarajevo

Nina Simone: Suzanne, Pirate Jenny

Indigo Girls: All Along The Watchtower

801: You Really Got Me, Tomorrow Never Knows

The Pretenders: Windows of the World

Robert Wyatt: Caimanera, At Last I am Free, I'm A Believer

Massive Attack & Madonna: I Want You

Lisa Germano & OP.8: Sand

St Etienne: Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Billy Mackenzie & B.E.F. : Free, It's Over

Balanescu Quartet: Showroom Dummies, The Model

k. d. lang: The Joker, Two Cigarettes In An Ashtray

Devo: Working In A Coalmine

R.E.M.: Tom's Diner

Uilab: St. Elmo's Fire

The Associates: Love Hangover

John Cale: Memphis Tennessee, Heartbreak Hotel

The Flying Lizards: Sex Machine, Money

23-05-2005, 08:10:37
tainted love - soft cell

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-05-2005, 09:08:39
Yes, Scabby. "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell. Hur hur. It'll grow on you.

23-05-2005, 09:37:03
Originally posted by Funko
Yep, that was Alien Ant Farm.

Shatners Bassoon!


I mean Shatner's cover of Common People.

or anything at all sung by shatner. Lucy in the sky with diamonds springs to mind but playing that on the radio is probably a crime against humanity.

what about the fugees cover of bohemian rhapsody...

Immortal Wombat
23-05-2005, 12:33:45
Placebo - Daddy Cool
The White Stripes - Jolene

Fergus & The Brazen Car
23-05-2005, 13:09:57
Pope John Paul II's searing duet with Mother Theresa on their version of Wayne County and the Electric Chairs':

'If You Don't Wanna F@ck Me, F@ck Off!'

24-05-2005, 02:17:29
Well, I love Brian Ferry's covers of these:
"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
"Piece of My Heart"
"Its My Party"
"Sympathy fot the Devil"
"The Tracks of My Tears"
"These Foolish Things" +++
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"
"Jealous Guy"
Oh, need I say "Viva! Roxy Music"?:coolgrin:

Fergus & The Brazen Car
25-05-2005, 09:58:17
Buju Banton: Gay Bar

Revd. Ian Paisley: Ave Maria

George Bush Jr.: I Want To Teach The World To Sing

Osama Bin Laden: Israel, My Yiddishe Mama

Robert Mugabe: Smalltown Boy

Vladimir Putin: Do You Want To Know A Secret ?

Michael Howard: Creature of the Night

25-05-2005, 16:35:49

Lazarus and the Gimp
25-05-2005, 16:54:25
Pastor Fred Phelps- "Sing if you're glad to be gay"

Scabrous Birdseed
25-05-2005, 21:20:58
Thanks, I'm done now. Happy for everyone's contributions, like half the competition is stuff off here.

26-05-2005, 09:05:56
Can you let us know the full list you use?

Scabrous Birdseed
26-05-2005, 16:07:46
Sure, n/p. Bear in mind some of these are very much specific to what Swedes'd know.

Axl Rose - White Christmas
Marit Bergman - Highway to Hell
Tatu - How Soon Is Now?
Mike Flowers Pops - Wonderwall
Senor Coconut - Humo en el Agua (Smoke on the Water)
Gipsy Kings - Hotel California
Faith No More - Easy
Billy Paul - Your Song
Edson - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Charta 77 - No Limit
Soundgarden - Come Together
Square One - The Locomotion
Stereo Total - Moviestar
Nina Gordon - Straight Outta Compton
The Kartoon Krew - Inspector Gadget
Al Green - I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Inferno Band - It Wasn't Me
Ken Boothe - Mr Tabourine Man
Project D - Star Wars
Will Young - Hey Ya
William Shatner - Common People

26-05-2005, 16:11:32
Hey three of my suggestions got in! Woo.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
26-05-2005, 16:24:55
And none of mine. Boo hoo. I should have suggested the awful Duran Duran and Simple Minds' cover version albums.

Scabrous Birdseed
26-05-2005, 17:49:00
I'm sure your covers were all excellent, but the vast majority are such that the original song is out of scope for the majority of drunken student sports fans, who form our core audience. Those and 40+ fogeys.

26-05-2005, 18:43:43
I'm great for that kind of market

26-05-2005, 21:27:26
Any Beatles cover.

26-05-2005, 21:28:24
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon would be good too.

27-05-2005, 15:45:35
Mrs Robinson - Lemonheads