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Covers just waiting to be hits

15 June 2013 Leave a comment
Grace (Jeff Buckley album)

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Over the years there’s been some excellent cover versions. Many of which have been much much better than the original.

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (originally by Leonard Cohen) and All Along the Watch Tower by Jimi Hendrix (a Bob Dylan song) are just a couple of great examples where the song is popularly associated with the cover artist rather than the original writer.

But what about future cover versions. Can we predict what would do well for modern artists if they covered particular songs?

Below are a few songs where I think these artists could make really good versions and do the original proud, if not better:

The Clapping Song by Shirley Ellis – should be covered by Fat Boy Slim.

Fat Boy Slim’s been off the scene for a while and enjoying it too as he describes in this Independent interview. But if he ever wanted to make a quick fire hit, this song would make for a classic big beat song with the pounding drums and brass section.


I Can Make You Feel Good by Shalamar – should be covered by Peter Andre

In a similar vein to the first song, this cover would also help get the cover artist back into the limelight. If Peter Andre ever decided to turn his back on reality shows and documentaries and try his hand again at making another pop song, I think this would suit him down to a tee.


She Makes My Day by Robert Palmer – should be covered by One Direction

This song would really suit any boy band covering it , not just one Direction, as the chorus has harmonies and layered lyrics which would suit a group performing it. It’s also slushy as hell, so your sister, mum and gran would all love it!


What other songs do you think would make good covers and for who?

Compus Minkus: Music For the Eclectic Connoisseur

17 April 2012 Leave a comment
  • Eclectic (ih-klek-tik). adjective. 1. selecting or choosing from various sources. 2. made up of what is selected from different sources.
  • Connoisseur (kon-uh-sur, -soor). 1. a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art. 2. a discerning judge of the best in any field.
  • Compus Minkus (kom-pus min-kus). noun 1. a method for being introduced to great music, esp. that of which you may not normally listen to.
  • Mentos (men-tus). noun 1. a music playlist combining well known and lesser known songs together.

Compus Minkus: Mixed Mentos 1

HTTP Link: Compus Minkus Mixed Mentos 1 / Spotify URI: Compus Minkus Mixed Mentos 1

1. Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas

2. The Ipcress File – John Barry

3. Blackpool Roll – Mr. Scruff

4. Chills and Fever – Tom Jones

5. Under Cover of Darkness – The Strokes

6. Miss Ann’s Tempo – Grant Green

7. Know Your Enemy – Rage Against the Machine

8. Got Myself a Good Man – Pucho

9. Never Forget You – The Noisettes

10. Photobooth – Friendly Fires

11. Get A Move On – Mr. Scruff

12. My Favourite Mistake – Sheryl Crow

13. Ironside – Quincey Jones

14. The Clapping Song – Shirley Ellis

15. Avon – Queens of the Stone Age

16. Side Saddle – Russ Conway

17. A Night in Tunisia – Miles Davis, Charlie Parker

18. Santeria – Sublime

19. Hey Ya! – Outkast

20. Fill Your Heart – David Bowie

21. Freak Like Me – Sugarbabes

22. Jumbo – Underworld

23. In Love – The Datsuns

24. Apache – Incredible Bongo Band

25. Ooah La La – The Wiseguys

26. Miss You – The Rolling Stones

27. The Knack – John Barry

28. The Mexican – Babe Ruth


Please comment below on what your favourite song is within this playlist, or what other songs should ideally have been included.

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