Six degrees of cover versionsDecember 1, 2008
This is a pretty fun site for cover fiends like us. Cover Trek is kind of like ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon’ for music. You can enter the names of two bands, and it’ll try to find a pathway between them via cover songs. For example, Metallica and Kate Bush are connected in four steps, stepping through covers by Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Pat Boone (who covered Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”). It’s definitely still in beta, as I discovered it couldn’t get me from China Drum to Metallica, even though China Drum covered Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights.” And I don’t believe that it includes live covers, like this highly improbably Belle and Sebastian cover of Irish hard-rockers Thin Lizzy. But it’s still a fun site to go and mess around with, and I’m sure the creators will appreciate feedback.