An Online Resource That Offers Rabid Music Fans Plenty of Replay Value

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Did you know that Willie Nelson once covered Paul Simon’s ”Graceland”? Or that Radiohead (right) have performed Carly Simon’s James Bond theme, ”Nobody Does It Better”? Well, neither did Chris Heschong — until he started the Covers Project (coversproject.com), an online database where anyone with a computer can contribute to an ambitious listing of every cover song on the planet. Heschong, a 26-year-old computer engineer in North Carolina, put up the site about five months ago, and already users have inputted info on more than 34,000 songs, a number that grows every day. The result? An elegant merging of advanced database techniques and obsessive rock-nerd trivia. According to the site, Bo Diddley’s ”Who Do You Love” has been covered a mind-boggling 164 times, by acts ranging from A (the Aces) to Z (Frank Zappa). Browsing the database directly pulls up even stranger links: Blur covered Rod Stewart’s ”Maggie May,” while the Barenaked Ladies’ song ”Brian Wilson” was sung by none other than… Brian Wilson. And Bruce Springsteen’s ”Cover Me”? According to the site, it’s been covered just once: by the teenyboppers on the mid-’80s TV show Kids, Incorporated.

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