Song Cover Challenge: Round 15

The Song Cover Challenge is a Newcastle based Facebook competition that challenges people to learn new songs, record them and make videos. Every 2nd Monday at 6pm a themed round is put up, and six people enter to put their own spin on some famous songs. The series has already enjoyed 14 excellent rounds that you can explore here.

Round 15’s theme is Martin Scorsese Soundtracks, and was chosen by Round 12 winner Suave Ben. Round 15 is dedicated to the soundtracks that provide the back bone to some of Scoresese’s greatest films; The Departed, Taxi Driver, The Wolf Of Wall Street, and Goodfellas

Below we have all six entries for Round 15 of the Song Cover Challenge. You can vote for your favourite here.


Lachlan X. Morris – Gimmie Shelter (The Rolling Stones)

“The plan from the start was pretty much to do something stripped back and melancholic with the song, which in the end worked to highlight how dark the lyrics are. Spooky vibes all round. Thanks to Skye Harrison and Michael Mason for helping out!”


Sam Cupitt – Sweet Dream (Patsy Cline)

“The song was nice as I actually could play it and Nick Allan helped fill it out. Then I wanted to test out how much shit I could actually render on my computer. It got out of hand.”


Suave Ben – Rubber Biscuit (The Chips)

“For us, the song recording was a super organic process where we just jammed for hours and then cut it down later. With the video, we just popped a go-pro on a tripod, hit record and the rest is history.”


Daniel Foster – Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)

“This song was something really different for me because of the really trippy style of the original, but I tried to just play naturally in the style I would play if I was jamming with the band (The Longnecks) and it ended up being something I was fairly happy with. There’s at least one line where I sing completely the wrong lyrics, apologies to any die hard floyd fans xxx.”


Boots Porter – Shipping Up To Bostom (Dropkick Murphys)

“With this cover I found myself in a position again where the only real help I was able to muster in time was me, myself and I. The hardest part was making the song different enough to justify a cover whilst also keeping the energy of it. I just had to filter it a different way.”


Benny Tee – Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker)

“This cover could really use some harmonica. Maybe some electric guitar. At least some better production value. But I decided to go fishing instead, and didn’t even take the time to write my own quote. Boom Boom.”


Vote for your favourite cover to win here!


Written by Spencer Scott

Spencer is a singer/songwriter from Newcastle. He's also a Triple J Unearthed Super User and writes for many national publications.

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