Mefi Cover Challenge February 25, 2016 2:22 PM   Subscribe

There's been a lot of music I've only learned about because of Front Page Posts to the blue, so I would like to suggest a little Mefi Music Challenge! Please record a cover of a song that you only know about because it was in a post on metafilter.

It can be an FPP that was specifically about a band or song, or maybe it was, like, a news story that had a little song link attached to it. Or maybe even it was in a "what's that song" askme, and you were like "oh wow this song actually rules".

Whichever subsite it was posted in, if mefi has exposed you to a song you liked (or heck, even a song you hated), I'd like to hear you cover it! YES, YOU. EVEN IF YOU DON'T USUALLY DO MUCH IN MEFI MUSIC. LET'S GET YOU IN THERE, WE'RE ALL FRIENDS HERE, WE'RE ALL TRYING OUR BEST

"But... I've never recorded music..." you might be saying. "I'm... not a musician. What even is that subsite anyway. All I have is a bad singing voice and a box to hit like a drum." Hey! You ARE a musician and the software Audacity is a free program for you to do some recording! And your voice and that box are BEAUTIFUL, DUDE

Tag your cover song with "FPPcover", and post it in Music! There's no deadline, really, but let's sorta shoot for "By The End Of March" so we can do a lil April roundup and see what we've come up with in these dreary dregs of winter.

GOOD LUCK SOLDIER
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter-Related at 2:22 PM (73 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

Are MeFi music posts eligible for covering?
posted by grumpybear69 at 2:35 PM on February 25, 2016


Get ready for my 36h version of hangin around with hams
posted by poffin boffin at 3:04 PM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


Are MeFi music posts eligible for covering?

Let's say: YES!
posted by Greg Nog at 3:18 PM on February 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


This seems like a good excuse to try covering Courtney Barnett.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 3:31 PM on February 25, 2016 [2 favorites]




Thanks to melorama, I learned there were at least 79 recorded versions of the song "Popcorn." Is Metafilter ready for my a capella medley of all of them?
posted by dersins at 3:55 PM on February 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


I thought we had a "music" site for that purpose.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:15 PM on February 25, 2016


I hate that these Challenge ideas get me excited and then I never finish my piece (I still owe MeFi Music a Ziggy cover). I thought I was safe this time because there's not many coverable songs I've come across here, MegaPosts or no, and... I've remembered two songs that I've loved and adopted as my own to prosletyse to others just typing this damn comment.

Maybe... maybe!
posted by comealongpole at 4:25 PM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Who's ready for an atonal noise-rock instrumental ocarina cover of "Punch 'Em in the Dick?"
posted by prize bull octorok at 4:28 PM on February 25, 2016 [20 favorites]


ocarinthe dick
posted by Greg Nog at 4:29 PM on February 25, 2016


Also, forgot to say, the strong, explicit emphasis in this post on encouraging people who love music to just try doing something musical is to be thoroughly applauded.
posted by comealongpole at 4:36 PM on February 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


I thought we had a "music" site for that purpose.

And if this is about music, why is it WRITTEN with WORDS

WORDS aren't MUSIC only MUSIC is
posted by shakespeherian at 4:46 PM on February 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


Quick, somebody make an FPP out of that new Dark Souls III trailer with the gothy Cyndi Lauper cover!
posted by mittens at 5:00 PM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Literally one hundred covers of the Marco Rubio song.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:04 PM on February 25, 2016 [12 favorites]


Dibs on John Ashcroft's "Let the Eagle Soar."
posted by Pater Aletheias at 5:38 PM on February 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


I recently inherited an autoharp that I need to figure out. Sounds like the perfect instrument for a Big Freedia cover.
posted by nicepersonality at 5:48 PM on February 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


dersins: "Thanks to melorama, I learned there were at least 79 recorded versions of the song 'Popcorn.' Is Metafilter ready for my a capella medley of all of them?"

Chocolate Pickle: "I thought we had a 'music' site for that purpose."

Chocolate Pickle is absolutely right, dersins. You should post a medley of all 79 recorded versions of "Popcorn," because that is the entire purpose of Metafilter Music.
posted by koeselitz at 6:05 PM on February 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


David Booey... Cyndi Looper...
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 7:05 PM on February 25, 2016


What if it was in a comment? OR only the artist was mentioned, but then you checked it out, ...
posted by invitapriore at 7:11 PM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Sure, let's say yes! DO IT MY BRO
posted by Greg Nog at 7:18 PM on February 25, 2016


I just want to say that I would be really happy if someone did another cover of Diamond Joe. Jofus' version is still my favorite song on MeFi music and maybe one of my favorite tracks ever. I don't know much about music but it seems like such a fun, flexible song.
posted by WidgetAlley at 7:19 PM on February 25, 2016


Turns out the one I'm thinking of was an entire album that I now really love mentioned in an AskMe post, so FUCK YEAH
posted by invitapriore at 7:19 PM on February 25, 2016


What if it was in a comment? OR only the artist was mentioned, but then you checked it out, ...

I suspect this may not be an ironclad rules type situation.
posted by dersins at 7:19 PM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire"

I do not recommend this. When listening to the original, it is the most intense ballad about an unattainable crush and the desperate things this will do to a man. When you read the lyrics, they're really rather silly and trite. If your mind is ever affected by the unique insanity that only the profoundly incessant and irrational yearning for the perfect person you will never be able to possess causes, and you feel that putting Springsteen's greatest song into your own sorry voice is appropriate, it will take you less than 5 minutes to realize that no, you are a fool, you will never get the girl, and you are no Springsteen sir.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:26 PM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


I think everyone should just do a cover of the David Lee Roth/Microsoft Soundsmith collaboration, which I submit is the best song to ever be posted to MetaFilter.
posted by sideshow at 7:27 PM on February 25, 2016



Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire"

I do not recommend this.


Ok, the one by Low is sublime. But no one else besides Low and Bruce himself is Springsteen. and maybe Johnny Cash sir
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:34 PM on February 25, 2016


I like metal and dub and
gabba and proper ambient industrial and weird distortion and any even half-clever stuff done with breakbeats and Bowie and KRS let loose and The Crunch when it comes to guitar and so much cheese and still Johnny Cash makes everything better. Fact.
posted by comealongpole at 7:56 PM on February 25, 2016


The first thing that came to mind is TAS-1000 which would be a pretty interesting experience to cover, so uh, we'll see.
posted by capricorn at 7:59 PM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


On looking things over, I've kinda already done this.

The MeFi post on Matt Farley led me to his ode to a city close to Manhattan but part of New Jersey, "A Song About Jersey City, New Jersey," which I enjoyed so much that I had to cover it.

I suppose I could just rip the audio from that and post it to Music, but I'll try to come up with something else instead.
posted by Shmuel510 at 9:14 PM on February 25, 2016


what if griphus does a weird dissonant Philip Glass version of the marco rubio song and i choreograph an extremely pretentious modern dance piece for it and shakes' babies perform it

can that still go in music
posted by poffin boffin at 9:38 PM on February 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


done and done
posted by shakespeherian at 9:56 PM on February 25, 2016


I just want to say that I would be really happy if someone did another cover of Diamond Joe.

It really is a great tune. Maybe I'll give it a whack!
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:27 PM on February 25, 2016


YES this is a great idea
posted by greenish at 1:23 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Every time the Marco Rubio song plays in my head, my brain mashes it up with Uptown Funk. If anyone wants to forever incapacitate me with a permanent earworm, this would be a good way to do it.

I don't know who it is, but it probably is fhqwhgads
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:54 AM on February 26, 2016 [5 favorites]


Can music posts be anonymous? I only ask because I'm not sure I want my ukulele version of Peaches' "Fuck the Pain Away" to be linked to my name forever.
posted by Rock Steady at 4:55 AM on February 26, 2016 [5 favorites]


The Marco Rubio song has literally become a weapon in our marriage. Mr. Pterodactyl will be like "I think we should eat something other than nachoes once in a while" or I'll make a joke about UNC basketball being anything less than of vital national importance and the other party will be like "Counterpoint: Mar-co Rubio, Marco Rub-i-o!" and it instantly silences dissent.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:18 AM on February 26, 2016 [8 favorites]


OMG Rock Steady I'm not familiar with that song, so my brain inserted the melody from Fraggle Rock.
posted by Night_owl at 6:27 AM on February 26, 2016 [4 favorites]




Speaking of Hamilton
posted by pxe2000 at 7:42 AM on February 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


"Popcorn." ... my a capella medley
...
atonal noise-rock instrumental ocarina cover of "Punch 'Em in the Dick
...
autoharp ... Big Freedia
...
ukulele version of Peaches' "Fuck the Pain Away"


I honestly can't tell whether these are jokes or serious ideas which is like my acid test about what is An Extremely Good Creative Concept
posted by Greg Nog at 7:43 AM on February 26, 2016 [7 favorites]


I'm just going to sing all of Hamilton, ok? Ok.
posted by arcticwoman at 9:04 AM on February 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


What rhymes with "Oblivion" songwriter Grimes?
posted by nom de poop at 9:11 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


"Counterpoint: Mar-co Rubio, Marco Rub-i-o!"

I haven't heard the alleged song, but the way you've syllabized it there suggests that it's to the tune of the Hallelujah Chorus... is that right?
posted by Wolfdog at 10:29 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Awesome. Here is my cover of John Cage's. 4'33"
posted by Nanukthedog at 11:43 AM on February 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


Also, my son sings the Marco Rubio song pretty much where-ever he goes now, which is awkward because I find myself apologizing for my son's politics.
posted by Nanukthedog at 11:46 AM on February 26, 2016 [4 favorites]


Night_owl: “OMG Rock Steady I'm not familiar with that song, so my brain inserted the melody from Fraggle Rock.”

you aren't the only one
posted by koeselitz at 11:46 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Can we make requests? I will pay actual money[*] to anyone who posts a horrorcore cover of "Jingle Rock Bell."




[*]This offer void where prohibited. Also where not prohibited.
posted by dersins at 12:53 PM on February 26, 2016


This offer void where prohibited. Also where not prohibited.

Etrigan fires up the schroedingerophone...
posted by Etrigan at 1:14 PM on February 26, 2016


I just realized that the Marco Rubio song sounds like the "Feelin' 7-Up" jingle featured in REPO MAN.
posted by pxe2000 at 1:14 PM on February 26, 2016


my ukulele version of Peaches' "Fuck the Pain Away"

Incidentally, the ukulele version of "Fuck the Pain Away" is the National Anthem of Brooklyn.
posted by four panels at 2:32 PM on February 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


Ska version of Shake It Awwwwffffffff. (That's the Screaming Females version I'm covering)
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 8:04 PM on February 26, 2016


I found out about the Alexander Hamilton musical from Metafilter, so this here is gonna be easy.

I’ve only heard of Hamilton on Metafilter. Last week was the first time I saw it mentioned somewhere else and was convinced it wasn’t an elaborate hoax you people were pulling. (Which would have been pretty great.)
posted by bongo_x at 9:44 PM on February 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


In my ideal world, someone who's never actually heard Hamilton at all would use this challenge to create a cover of what they BELIEVE Hamilton sounds like, with the post title "Didn't read the article, but"
posted by Greg Nog at 10:25 PM on February 26, 2016 [7 favorites]


I’m pretty tempted...
posted by bongo_x at 10:36 PM on February 26, 2016


No joke, until the Grammy post last week I knew absolutely nothing about Hamilton and assumed it sounded a lot like 1776. But I have never seen 1776, so I guess I sort of assumed that sounded like Gilbert and Sullivan. Basically, until last week, I thought everyone was really excited about a Gilbert and Sullivan biography of Alexander Hamilton.
posted by teponaztli at 10:57 PM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Is that not what it is?
posted by dersins at 11:14 PM on February 26, 2016


i have some people on Facebook to apologize to.
posted by dersins at 11:14 PM on February 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: I have some people on Facebook to apologize to.
posted by teponaztli at 12:16 AM on February 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


Hot tip: if you spend an hour workshopping Diamond Joe first thing in the morning, you're probably gonna be hoarse the rest of the day.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:57 AM on February 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


> I think everyone should just do a cover of the David Lee Roth/Microsoft Soundsmith collaboration, which I submit is the best song to ever be posted to MetaFilter.

By coincidence, "I set the Happy Slider to Full" was also one of the engineer's notes first discovered and published in the 33 1/3 book about the making of and cultural impact of "Bitch's Brew".
posted by ardgedee at 8:31 AM on February 27, 2016


/Looks forward to awkward renditions of sludgy Chipmunks covers of 80s pop hits
posted by Existential Dread at 10:23 AM on February 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


Rejected Bond themes please!
posted by knuckle tattoos at 10:29 AM on February 27, 2016


My cover of 4'33" is coming right up! You're welcome.
posted by carmicha at 3:03 PM on February 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


I honestly can't tell whether these are jokes or serious ideas which is like my acid test about what is An Extremely Good Creative Concept

I looked for tabs for "Fuck the Pain Away" but couldn't find any, so... let's say joke.
posted by Rock Steady at 3:00 PM on February 28, 2016


Phonetic version of Psy's Daddy coming right up.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:10 AM on March 1, 2016


What rhymes with "Oblivion" songwriter Grimes?

omg I thought I might be the only person who still has a weird fixation with the Allison Lundergan Grimes song. I seriously get it stuck in my head like at least once a week
posted by threeants at 6:36 AM on March 3, 2016


ME TOO
WE MOVED TO KENTUCKY AND HER NAME IS EVERYWHERE AND I'M CONSTANTLY SINGING THE CATCHY SONG ABOUT THE NICE WOMAN
posted by Greg Nog at 6:58 AM on March 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


hmmm so a cover of Stormzy "Know Me From" or a cover of "Workin' In a Cocktail Bar?"

or maybe "I Wanna Get High With You" by FrankJavCee?
posted by infinitewindow at 4:07 PM on March 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


I also first heard about Hamilton here. Yes! We should all take a different song and have a Metafilter Hamilton cast album.
posted by corb at 3:30 PM on March 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


A polite *cough*
posted by Wordshore at 3:35 PM on March 11, 2016




Greg Nog: "In my ideal world, someone who's never actually heard Hamilton at all would use this challenge to create a cover of what they BELIEVE Hamilton sounds like, with the post title "Didn't read the article, but"

Paul F. Tompkins claims he is going to do that.
posted by team lowkey at 10:59 PM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


I borrowed greenish's amazing voice and made this for your challenge, Mr. Nog. (Thanks, greenish!!!)

Thanks, too, to gwint for turning me on to Paths to Graceland and opening the door to all that amazing music. That FPP was a gamechanger for me.
posted by not_on_display at 7:26 PM on March 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


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