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2009-11-01

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If you ask me to play each of the following songs, how many different artists (including the original artist) will I have available in iTunes? (Not including parodies, but including instrumental-only versions.)

Poll #1479153 How many different artists?
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7

All Along The Watchtower

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Mean: 5.50 Median: 6.5 Std. Dev 2.22
1
0 (0.0%)
2
1 (16.7%)
3
1 (16.7%)
4
0 (0.0%)
5
0 (0.0%)
6
1 (16.7%)
7
2 (33.3%)
8
1 (16.7%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Don't Fear The Reaper

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Mean: 3.17 Median: 3.5 Std. Dev 1.34
1
1 (16.7%)
2
1 (16.7%)
3
1 (16.7%)
4
2 (33.3%)
5
1 (16.7%)
6
0 (0.0%)
7
0 (0.0%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Ever Fallen In Love

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Mean: 2.50 Median: 2.5 Std. Dev 0.50
1
0 (0.0%)
2
2 (50.0%)
3
2 (50.0%)
4
0 (0.0%)
5
0 (0.0%)
6
0 (0.0%)
7
0 (0.0%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Hallelujah

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Mean: 6.33 Median: 6.5 Std. Dev 2.49
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
1 (16.7%)
4
1 (16.7%)
5
1 (16.7%)
6
0 (0.0%)
7
0 (0.0%)
8
2 (33.3%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
1 (16.7%)

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

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Mean: 3.25 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.92
1
1 (25.0%)
2
1 (25.0%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
1 (25.0%)
5
0 (0.0%)
6
1 (25.0%)
7
0 (0.0%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Mean: 3.50 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.80
1
0 (0.0%)
2
3 (50.0%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
2 (33.3%)
5
0 (0.0%)
6
0 (0.0%)
7
1 (16.7%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Spirit In The Sky

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Mean: 3.80 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.75
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
2 (40.0%)
4
2 (40.0%)
5
1 (20.0%)
6
0 (0.0%)
7
0 (0.0%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Tainted Love

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Mean: 5.33 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.69
1
0 (0.0%)
2
1 (16.7%)
3
1 (16.7%)
4
1 (16.7%)
5
0 (0.0%)
6
1 (16.7%)
7
1 (16.7%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
1 (16.7%)

Total Eclipse of the Heart

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Mean: 3.80 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.75
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
2 (40.0%)
4
2 (40.0%)
5
1 (20.0%)
6
0 (0.0%)
7
0 (0.0%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Video Killed The Radio Star

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Mean: 2.80 Median: 2 Std. Dev 0.98
1
0 (0.0%)
2
3 (60.0%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
2 (40.0%)
5
0 (0.0%)
6
0 (0.0%)
7
0 (0.0%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Wuthering Heights

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Mean: 3.60 Median: 4 Std. Dev 1.50
1
0 (0.0%)
2
2 (40.0%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
2 (40.0%)
5
0 (0.0%)
6
1 (20.0%)
7
0 (0.0%)
8
0 (0.0%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Stairway to Heaven (bonus question)

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Which of these songs do I not have the original version of?

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All Along The Watchtower
0 (0.0%)
Don't Fear The Reaper
0 (0.0%)
Ever Fallen In Love
1 (16.7%)
Hallelujah
0 (0.0%)
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
0 (0.0%)
Smells Like Teen Spirit
0 (0.0%)
Spirit In The Sky
0 (0.0%)
Tainted Love
0 (0.0%)
Total Eclipse of the Heart
1 (16.7%)
Video Killed The Radio Star
1 (16.7%)
Wuthering Heights
0 (0.0%)
Stairway to Heaven
1 (16.7%)

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Music: "Stairway To Heaven", Pat Boone (yes, really)
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From:cdk
Date:2009-11-01 06:04 (UTC) [T+00:52:08]
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Wow, I think I have at least one version of every song listed except Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want. I only have original versions of Stairway to Heaven, Wuthering Heights, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Spirit in the Sky, Smells Like Teen Spirit, and Ever Fallen In Love (assuming this is the Buzzcocks song).
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From:ckd
Date:2009-11-01 16:47 (UTC) [T+11:35:02]
2009-11-01 12:47 (ckd's time)
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assuming this is the Buzzcocks song

That is correct.
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From:tober
Date:2009-11-01 07:03 (UTC) [T+01:51:12]
2009-11-01 03:03 (tober's time)
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Huh. This list includes three songs I wasn't even familiar with ("Ever Fallen In Love", "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want", and "Wuthering Heights") and for most of the rest I am not familiar with any covers - the one major exception being "Hallelujah", which is one of my favorite songs and for which I am aware of a lot of covers... and a fair number of (sad) people who believe the original artist is Rufus Wainwright (I like his cover, but...)

Somebody needs to compile a comprehensive list of songs where the best-known version is a cover. Maybe somebody has already but my google-fu seems to be weak tonight. For example, the most popular version of "Blinded By The Light" is by Manfred Mann's Earth Band but the original artist is Bruce Springsteen.
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From:timprov
Date:2009-11-01 07:09 (UTC) [T+01:57:43]
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This works startlingly well as a list of songs which I am boggled that anyone likes. I'm not sure if that's a sign that I should not be making effort in this area, or a sign that I really should.
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From:ckd
Date:2009-11-01 16:48 (UTC) [T+11:36:00]
2009-11-01 12:48 (ckd's time)
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That anyone likes in the original version, or in any version? Some of the covers are very different....
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From:timprov
Date:2009-11-01 21:22 (UTC) [T+16:10:12]
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Being the age I am, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the member of the list I've heard covered most. Some of them are dada and self-aware enough to amuse me occasionally - TMBG's, for instance.

Mostly, though, covering a dumb song does not make it any less dumb.
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From:kalimac
Date:2009-11-01 10:19 (UTC) [T+05:07:38]
2009-11-01 03:19 (kalimac's time)
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I actually have heard and can identify, and even moderately liked, a full five songs on this list, which considering my detachment from pop music is mind-bogglingly high for me. (One of those five, however, I only know because Weird Al did a good parody of it, and for that, one is a low number for me.)
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From:barondave
Date:2009-11-01 11:51 (UTC) [T+06:39:35]
2009-11-01 06:51 (barondave's time)
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For a long time, there was a range of songs that I had at least two different parodies of and not the original. In some cases, I have filled in. Still, every now and then, I'll be listening to the radio and a familiar tune will come on but I'll say to myself, "those aren't the lyrics. These are boring."

None of those you listed, however.
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From:ckd
Date:2009-11-01 16:50 (UTC) [T+11:38:21]
2009-11-01 12:50 (ckd's time)
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Don MacLean's kids played "Weird Al" Yankovic's "The Saga Begins" so often that he reportedly has to be careful not to sing the wrong set of lyrics to "American Pie" now.
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From:irilyth
Date:2009-11-01 12:24 (UTC) [T+07:11:48]
2009-11-01 08:24 (irilyth's time)
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How many of them are a capella?
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From:ckd
Date:2009-11-01 16:52 (UTC) [T+11:39:50]
2009-11-01 12:52 (ckd's time)
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Good question. I don't have very much a capella in general; I think the answer is "none of them for the listed songs".
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From:dd_b
Date:2009-11-01 16:27 (UTC) [T+11:14:47]
2009-11-01 11:27 (dd_b's time)
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Wow, there are three songs there I actually know, and I think a fourth that I've heard OF.

For which reason I will not be attempting to answer the actual question you ask.
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From:aedifica
Date:2009-11-03 02:05 (UTC) [T+1d20:52:51]
2009-11-02 22:05 (aedifica's time)
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I don't know for the quiz, but I hope you have Michael Hedges' version of "All Along the Watchtower"--it's a good one. (Instrumental.)
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From:ckd
Date:2009-11-03 06:28 (UTC) [T+2d01:16:27]
2009-11-03 02:28 (ckd's time)
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I don't; I'll have to check it out.
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From:aedifica
Date:2010-07-12 00:32 (UTC) [T+36w0d19:19:49]
2010-07-11 20:32 (aedifica's time)
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Apparently I commented without voting! I still don't know, but now I've voted (for the fun of it).
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From:xthread
Date:2009-11-03 10:24 (UTC) [T+2d05:12:35]
2009-11-03 03:24 (xthread's time)
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Right. Don't forget that the performances that we are most familiar with of Where Did Our Love Go and Ball of Confusion are not by their original artists.
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From:curiousangel
Date:2009-11-04 19:40 (UTC) [T+3d14:28:01]
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I do hope you've got Dolly Parton's cover of "Stairway to Heaven". :)
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From:ckd
Date:2009-11-04 21:19 (UTC) [T+3d16:07:06]
2009-11-04 17:19 (ckd's time)
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Yup. I'll post the answers soon.
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From:the_xtina
Date:2009-11-06 21:18 (UTC) [T+5d16:05:57]
2009-11-06 14:18 (the_xtina's time)
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I want like a list of the songs you have for some of these.  (All Along, Don't Fear, Stairway.)

In return:

http://myoldkyhome.blogspot.com/2006/05/hallelujah.html
http://plasticshards.com/blog/archives/tag/nescover
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