The Cover Chain...

I was flipping through some of the old books that I used to scribble in way back when, and I came across a page that had the following:

This was a little idea that I had long before So, sue me already, back when I loved making mix-tapes for my friends. This mix-tape never materialized, and since then, my music exposure has increased quite a bit, leading to what I think is a pretty damn impressive compilation….

Read on… download… enjoy!

Click on the musician’s image to download the track. If you prefer, you can download all the songs in a single 200MB+ zip file.

Brian Eno vs Bauhaus

Third Uncle

Bauhaus vs David Bowie

Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie vs Lou Reed

White Light/White Heat

Lou Reed vs Joy Division

Sister Ray

Joy Division vs Nine Inch Nails

Dead Souls

Nine Inch Nails vs Johnny Cash


Johnny Cash vs Nick Cave

Mercy Seat

Nick Cave vs Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen vs Sisters of Mercy


Sisters of Mercy vs The Stooges


The Stooges vs Sonic Youth

I Wanna Be Your Dog

Sonic Youth vs New York Dolls

Personality Crisis

New York Dolls vs Guns n Roses

Human Being

Guns n Roses vs Bob Dylan

Knockin on Heaven's Door

Bob Dylan vs Jimi Hendrix

All Along the Watchtower

Jimi Hendrix vs The Cure

Foxy Lady

The Cure vs Dinosaur Jr

Just Like Heaven

Dinosaur Jr vs Peter Frampton

Show Me the Way

Peter Frampton vs Stevie Wonder

Signed Sealed Delivered

Stevie Wonder vs Eric Clapton

I Ain't Gonna Stand for It

Eric Clapton vs Muddy Waters

Rollin and Tumblin

Muddy Waters vs The Rolling Stones

Manish Boy

The Rolling Stones vs Otis Redding

Pain in My Heart

Otis Redding vs Neil Yong

Sittin on the Dock of the Bay

Neil Yong vs NoMeansNo

Hey Hey My My

NoMeansNo vs Dead Kennedys

Forward to Death

Dead Kennedys vs Elvis Presley

Viva Las Vegas

Elvis Presley vs U2

Suspicious Minds

U2 vs Radiohead

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Radiohead vs The Flaming Lips

Knives Out

The Flaming Lips vs Echo and the Bunnymen

All that Jazz

Echo and the Bunnymen vs Pavement

The Killing Moon

Pavement vs REM


REM vs Wire


Wire vs Yo La Tengo

Too Late

Yo La Tengo vs Queen

We Are the Champions

Queen vs John Lennon


John Lennon vs Rod Stewart

Jealous Guy

Rod Stewart vs Tom Waits

Downtown Train

Tom Waits vs Bing Crosby

Brother Can You Spare a Dime

Bing Crosby vs The Beatles

Hey Jude

The Beatles vs The Wedding Present

Getting Better

The Wedding Present vs Julee Cruise


Overall, it wasn’t very systematically done. I mostly tried to go as far as I could without reaching any dead ends. But, even with that goal, I am sure I could have gone further—I think there have been some more covers of Julee Cruise and I’m sure she’s also covered others. Pretty much the only rules I had was that I shouldn’t repeat songs in more than one pair and I shouldn’t repeat a cover(ed) band. Without those rules, The Beatles alone would have resulted in a ridiculous spiral of cover songs.

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