Song Cover Challenge: Round 16

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 15 excellent rounds that you can explore here.

Round 16’s theme is Women Of Rock, and was chosen by Round 13 winner Alexander. Round 16 is dedicated to the women that have shaped the music industry; from Sister Rosette Tharpe in the 1940’s to modern Australian acts such as Courtney Barnett and Camp Cope.

Below we have all six entries for Round 16 of the Song Cover Challenge. You can vote for your favourite here.


Jacinta Lee – Because The Night (Patti Smith)

“It makes no sense, but she be done.”


Maddie McNeill – Hanging On The Telephone (Blondie)

“For me, the hardest part of this cover was the disappointing realisation that Debbie Harry didn’t write it. A thousands thanks to Sam and Joshua for doing the hard stuff. And sorry Jacinta… Please don’t sue me.”


Adam Cupitt – Barracuda (Heart)
“The song was very high (even when I put it down an octave) but when I sang it low it didn’t have as much impact. In the end I sang a ridiculous falsetto and layered both voices on top of each other. The video was a ridiculous pain in the arse to make. Thanks to Senem Döner for her badassery.”


Rose&theSea – Edge Of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks)
“Channeling Stevie + alcohol.”


Phillip Harden – Mascara (Killing Heidi)
“The most challenging thing about this cover was finding time to record anything while being a father of a 2 year old and 6 month old. Coming up with ideas for the cover came naturally: as soon as I realised it was a standard pop/jazz progression I knew exactly what I had to do. Many thanks to Alisdair for filming and editing the video.”


Spencer Scott – Wild Heart (Stevie Nicks)

“When I got assigned with this song, I googled it and found out there were no available chords for it on the internet…which instantly crushed my chances of ever learning it. With help from Boots Porter I was able to cut something together, Stevie Nicks fans beware.”


Song Cover Challenge: Round 16 – YouTube Playlist
Vote for your favourite cover 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.