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VOTE NOW: Song Cover Challenge 2020

Since 2015 the Song Cover Challenge has been encouraging local musos to take on songs they wouldn’t ordinarily perform. It’s a friendly competition that has birthed some absolute gems and a number of oddities.

The rules are simple, nominate yourself to take part in the challenge and suggest a song for another participant to cover. When the competition starts, your name and one song suggestion are pulled out of a hat, participants are then assigned the challenge of recording that cover and producing an accompanying video.

In the past, rounds of the Song Cover Challenge have been themed – You can check out the past videos here and download the audio via this Bandcamp link. But this year there was no theme and the songs covered by the participants span the musical landscape.

Can I enter?

Unfortunately, this is currently the only SCC planned for 2020 but keep your eyes on the Facebook page – You never know what will happen.

How do I vote?

If you do want to get involved right now though, it’s time to pick a winner for the one-off 2020 challenge! Head over to their Facebook Page (Song Cover Challenge) and have a geeze by clicking the link below.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEOS AND VOTE!

Song Cover Challenge entries for 2020

You can check out all the entries for the 2020 song cover challenge below.

NOTE: There are a bunch of videos below, so it may take some time for them to load.

SCC2020 – 'I Saw A Tiger' (Joe Exotic) by Adam Cupitt

SCC2020 #1Dan Beazley suggested someone cover 'I Saw A Tiger' by Joe Exotic, made popular by the documentary series 'Tiger King'.The song was assigned to Adam Cupitt. Here's what Adam had to say about the task;"I made something wholesome for once!"Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/4wplGZFNWCI

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Friday, 26 June 2020
SCC2020 – 'Isolation' (Joy Division) by Jacinta Lee

SCC2020 #2Brian Walton wanted someone to cover 'Isolation' by Joy Division. The song was assigned to Jacinta.Here's what she had to say about the challenge;"I didn't like the song I was given so in a fit of petulance, I rewrote all the lyrics. Enjoy."Watch on Youtube;https://youtu.be/DjxI76UlFXw

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Friday, 26 June 2020
SCC2020 – 'The Nips Are Getting Bigger' (Mental As Anything) by Manic Pixie Dream Gorilla

SCC2020 #3Maddie McNeill wanted to hear someone cover 'The Nips Are Getting Bigger' by Mental As Anything. The song was assigned to Manic Pixie Dream Gorilla.Here's what he had to say about the task;"I’d like to thank Cory Wong for one video he did on guitar tone for inspiring this version of this song. Also thanks to Lorenzo for the video. He did everything except hold some signs saying nips on the 2nd busiest road in Newcastle."Watch on Youtube;https://youtu.be/xJmD2OWoen8

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Monday, 29 June 2020
SCC2020 – 'Loser' (Beck) by Chloe Farrell

SCC2020 #4Birds of Paradise wanted to hear someone cover 'Loser' by Beck. The song was assigned to Chloe Farrell.Here's what Chloe had to say about the task;"Despite the end of this video, I did have a good time making it. And am very proud that I got to play bass, guitar and glockenspiel on the song. Big thank you to Joshua for doing literally everything else. Thank you for your amazing skillz and incredible patience." Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/We83TEBOAjY

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Monday, 29 June 2020
SCC2020 – 'Livin' la Vida Loca' (Ricky Martin) by Ryan McArthur

SCC2020 #5Alexander Wilhelm wanted to hear someone cover 'Livin' la Vida Loca' by Ricky Martin. The song was assigned to Ryan McArthur.Here's what Ryan had to say;"Usually my foolproof SCC strategy is to turn up the tempo and fill it with synth horns. This song is blatantly already that, so I had to go the other way. When it came time to shoot the video I was on call to be interstate, so the team at Friendship Productions came up with a slightly disturbing way to make sure I could still be included…"Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/YyP4EfbLXd4

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Monday, 29 June 2020
SCC2020 – 'Cry To Me' (Solomon Burke) by Spencer Scott

SCC2020 #6Jordan Parkes wanted someone to cover 'Cry To Me' by Solomon Burke. The song was assigned to Paper Thin's Spencer Scott.Here's what Spencer had to say about the challenge;"I wanted to make the song without using any physical instruments. I was inspired by those "lo-fi hip hop to study to" youtube streams. But I think the end result reminds me of Swamp Dogg's "Love, Loss, and Auto Tune" album (which is great, you should listen to it)"Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/gil67gaU7Es

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Monday, 29 June 2020
SCC2020 – 'Midnight City' (M83) by Lani McNeill

SCC2020 #11LIKE SPIDERS suggested someone cover 'Midnight City' by M83. The song was assigned to SCC first timer, Lance Mac.Here's what she had to say about the task;"When I showed my Dad what song I had, he said “You’re a shot duck” and to be honest I didn’t disagree.For a long while I sat wondering how I was going to cover this synth pop dance number… but with the help of my incredibly talented friends Phil and Jesse we got it done! Being my first time in the SCC and first time recording anything I was well underprepared but it was super fun and I am so happy I finally gave it a crack after years of backing out!Thanks legends."Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/tH7qGU6cEC8

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Thursday, 2 July 2020
SCC2020 – 'My Happiness' (Powderfinger) by The Billy Zanes

SCC2020 #7Jacinta Lee wanted someone to cover 'My Happiness' by Powderfinger. The song was assigned to The Billy Zanes (Craig & Joshua).Here's what they had to say about the challenge;"I put my happiness in the coat… and I put the coat on her!” – Craig"The Billy Zanes are eternally greatful to both Billy Zane & Powderfinger for coming on board for this video. Also to Amelia for the wicked gfx job." – JoshWatch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/b-L8j2w6HwY

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Tuesday, 30 June 2020
SCC2020 – 'Running Up That Hill' (Kate Bush) by Dan Beazley

SCC2020 #8Sam Cupitt wanted to hear someone cover 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush. The song was assigned to Dan Beazley.Here's what Dan had to say about the task;"This is a really heavy song but I was determined to have fun with it. I loaded up Ableton and just started playing around with arpeggiators and pop-doof sounds. I tried to hit a bit of a Pet Shop Boys vibe with the vocal sound and used way too many effects, but I was having fun. My daughter is obsessed with Tik Tok, mainly because we won't let her have an account, so I asked her to teach me some dances and the video kind of made itself."

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Tuesday, 30 June 2020
SCC2020 – 'Flagpole Sitta' (Harvey Danger) by FIN.

SCC2020 #9Marcus Robertson of Manic Pixie Dream Gorilla wanted to hear someone cover 'Flagpole Sitta'. The song was assigned to Josephine Bailey.Here's what she had to say about the challenge;"Doing this cover was a challenge in speediness for me. I'm pretty time poor at the moment, so I whipped the vocals out in almost one take, and added the keys straight after. I ran out of time to add midi instruments, but I kind of like the simplicity of the vox and keys! I ended up spending a total of 4 hours on this project, including the video, and for me that's pretty efficient. Happy with the product!"Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/UncAtEo5mrM

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Thursday, 2 July 2020
SCC2020 – 'Easy' (The Commodores) by Wilhelm

SCC2020 #10Peter Van Winden suggested someone cover 'Easy' by The Commodores. The song was assigned to Wilhelm.Here's what he had to say;"I made a synth cover, threw it in the bin. I made a minimal rock cover, threw that in the bin. Then I watched some bardcore videos and on the last few days I found a way to cover this troublesome tune."Listen on Youtube; https://youtu.be/x6Wpyd-cVo4

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Thursday, 2 July 2020
SCC2020 – 'The Outdoor Type' (Smudge) by Maddie McNeill

SCC2020 #12Spencer suggested someone cover 'The Outdoor Type' by Smudge. The song was assigned to Maddie McNeill.Here's what Maddie had to say about the song;"I grew up listening to The Lemonheads' version of this song but wanted to check out the original Smudge track for the SCC. Turns out that was a terrible idea because they're almost identical except for the tempo, so it just made it harder for me to get the timing right. Thankfully Bray has the guitar skills to pick up the pieces, and the patience to edit the video as well."Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/b75xSVeq6iw

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Thursday, 2 July 2020
SCC2020 – 'It's Oh So Quiet' (Björk) by Ryan Farrell

SCC2020 #13Adam Cupitt put forward 'It's Oh So Quiet' by Björk for SCC2020. The song was assigned to Ryan Farrell.Here's what Ryan had to say about the task;"I was super keen to get this song because I have always loved Björk and her version, but when Andy and I sat down to start recording we realised just how complicated it is. So we stripped it back, changed the time signature, and taking inspiration from Moon Holiday and LCD Soundsystem came up with this electronic/dance/house vibe killer. (Andy really went above and beyond for this one)."Watch on Youtube here; https://youtu.be/AqEM_7xl1TI

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Thursday, 2 July 2020
SCC2020 – 'American Valhalla' (Iggy Pop) by Benny Tee

SCC2020 #14 – WARNING: This video contains graphic & confronting images.Andy Jones wanted to hear someone cover 'American Valhalla' by Iggy Pop. The song was assigned to SCC founder, Benny Tee.Here's what Benny had to say about the cover;“This was a difficult one, I decided to take the chance to highlight some of the tragic events happening in the USA in my cover of American Valhalla. The result was quite confronting and very long. Next time I’ll try to be not such a downer “Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/O6NGQMTij00

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Thursday, 2 July 2020
SCC2020 – 'Komm Süsser Tod' (ARIANNE) by Eliot Eli Lee

SCC2020 #15Ryan Farrell wanted someone to cover 'Komm Süsser Tod' by ARIANNE. The song was assigned to Eliot Eli Lee.Here's what he had to say about the cover;"I went from 'Yeah, probs just gonna do a quiet acoustic & vocals cover' to 'ah stuff it, let's throw an enormous kick sound in there with trappy beats and possible shades of Queen and Billy Joel.' "Watch the video on Youtube; https://youtu.be/os1VNeIms8w

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Thursday, 2 July 2020
SCC2020 – 'Super-Charger Heaven' (White Zombie) by Andy Jones

SCC2020 #16Suave Ben wanted someone to cover ‘Super-Charger Heaven’ by White Zombie. The song was assigned to Andy Jones of The Hedonists.Here’s what Andy had to say about the challenge;"I finished working on the song after midnight and knew if I didn't do the video that night it wouldn't get done, so I grabbed my camera and went walking around the streets of Adamstown looking for something to shoot." Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/GIDowR0KfL8

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Sunday, 12 July 2020
SCC2020 – ‘Together Again’ (Janet Jackson) by Suave Ben

SCC2020 #17 Tim Abel suggested someone cover ‘Together Again’ by Janet Jackson. The song was assigned to Josh Walkling & Dhare Labbe AKA Suave Ben.Here’s what Ben had to say about the song;“We stripped the song down to its basics, so that we ended up with something closer to the song that Janet originally wanted to make, before the record label came in and over produced it. We left the video until the last minute and had to use old stock footage for the closeups of the band performing – we got very luck that they seemed to sync up so well!”Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/VacDU3-h6kQ

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Friday, 3 July 2020
SCC2020 – ‘Everybody Hurts’ (REM) by Bofolk Ballico

SCC2020 #18SCC’s founder, Benny Tee suggested someone cover REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’. The song was assigned to Bofolk Ballico.Here’s what Ballico had to say about the challenge;“The song was a bit of a daunting task because of how damn famous it is. But I’m pretty happy with what I was able to do with it. As for the video, I like going to the movies.”Watch on YouTube; https://youtu.be/jRDcpi3cKPc

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Friday, 3 July 2020
SCC2020 – ‘Rock N Roll Best Friends’ (TWRP) by Eddy Rockefeller

SCC2020 #19Ryan McArthur suggested someone cover ‘Rock N Roll Best Friends’ by TWRP. The song was assigned to Eddy Rockefeller Music.Here’s what Eddy had to say about the task;“I like covers that completely change the feel of the song because I find it more interesting and creative. That’s what I’ve tried to do with this track. I also found that social distancing made my original view for the video a lot harder so I decided to add a comedy edge to the video, why not have fun with it? This challenge made me realise how poor my time management skills are…oh well at least I have Netflix…”Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/MbxTKNFb5V8

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Friday, 3 July 2020
SCC2020 – ‘All Fired Up’ (Pat Benatar) by Birds Of Paradise

SCC2020 #21Eddy Rockefeller suggested someone cover ‘All Fired Up’ by Pat Benatar. The song was assigned to SCC first timer, Birds of Paradise (Tegan).Here’s what they had to say about the cover;“So here it is. A cover of Pat Benatar’s ‘All Fired Up’. As an added bonus there is a lyric change, because really, have you actually listened to the original song? Eeeuuuggh. 1st time recording instruments, 1st time using video effects, not the last time I will leave everything to the last minute.”Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/YsIVgkhMEWw

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Friday, 3 July 2020
SCC2020 – ‘All Fired Up’ (Pat Benatar) by Birds Of Paradise

SCC2020 #21Eddy Rockefeller suggested someone cover ‘All Fired Up’ by Pat Benatar. The song was assigned to SCC first timer, Birds of Paradise (Tegan).Here’s what they had to say about the cover;“So here it is. A cover of Pat Benatar’s ‘All Fired Up’. As an added bonus there is a lyric change, because really, have you actually listened to the original song? Eeeuuuggh. 1st time recording instruments, 1st time using video effects, not the last time I will leave everything to the last minute.”Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/YsIVgkhMEWw

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Friday, 3 July 2020
SCC2020 – 'Round The Twist' (Tamsin West) by Ryan 'Pom' Cox

SCC2020 #22Joshua wanted to hear someone cover the theme song from TV's Round The Twist. The track was assigned to Pom. Here's what he had to say about the challenge;"For nostalgia's sake, I wanted to pretty much do a straight cover of the song, but I had a lot of fun playing around with it. So much so that I ran out of time to shoot a video. Though I'm actually pretty happy with how the contingency plan turned out."Watch on Youtube; https://youtu.be/5hpiL-w-y4w

Posted by Song Cover Challenge on Sunday, 5 July 2020

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