Thursday, March 01, 2007

Aerosmith, Sugababes and Girls Aloud: a Signpost Libraries Blog first!

I tagged Second Hand Songs on ages ago, but I've only just got around to having a proper go with it. It's really good.

The premise is pretty straightforward: search for a song by title, and artist as well if you feel like it, and Second Hand Songs tells you who recorded the original. It lists everyone who has covered the song and gives you details of the albums, release dates and images of the CD artwork.

It relies on user submissions so it's not bang up to date: the entry for Walk this way lists the brilliant Hayseed Dixie version, but tragically not the less-than-brilliant Sugababes Vs Girls Aloud cover, which is this year's Comic Relief song. Maybe I'm being pedantic - the song isn't out until March 12th - and the website is, on the whole, very informative and straightforward to use.

It has a permanent home in Signpost's Music section.

1 comment:

Bibliothecary said...

As is my wont, I've given Second Hand Songs a bit of a road test and was alarmed by some of the omissions. It's not just recent stuff but it leaves out some of the classics. The entry for Ghost Riders in the Sky doesn't include the towering musical accomplishment that is Johnny Cash's version?

However some measure of faith in the site was restored by the inclusion of The Gypsy Kings' masterful cover of Hotel California (as showcased in The Big Lebowski).

The Dude abides.