Covering random songs from the archive

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Oh sweet, Casiotone-style!
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Paco's cover of JBB's "I Can See You" is now on the page!

https://songfight.org/rsfc/

I'm going to try to add links to the originals to the page somewhere somehow too.
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New bonus point!
Song Fight Live 2020 Bonus: If you record a video of your cover to be used in Song Fight Live 2020, you get one bonus point!
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Ok, I fancy giving this a go. Hit me with a song!
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Ahaha. Just my luck to get a song entirely made up from voicemails. I have no idea how to approach this, but I will... try. Something.
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You can do it, VV!
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vowlvom wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:52 pm
Ahaha. Just my luck to get a song entirely made up from voicemails. I have no idea how to approach this, but I will... try. Something.
Lawwwwny this is ya mawwwwm, aw you theah Lawny? I love you!
blippity blop ya don’t stop heyyyyyyyyy
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It's kind of a classic, tbh. I remember that fight and that song very well. :) I wonder how many other songs out there are made up of voicemails? I can only think of the Ben Folds Five song "Your Most Valuable Possession".

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Lunkhead wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:18 pm
Sweet! Here's your random song:

http://sfjukebox.org/songs/hold_my_calls/Lonbobby
OK, with apologies to Lonbobby...
VomVorton_HoldMyCalls.mp3
(3.01 MiB) Downloaded 30 times
This is more of a reinterpretation than a true cover I guess, I used my one saved voicemail to take the place of Lonbobby's mom.
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That's pretty good! You're on the board:

http://songfight.org/rsfc/

Let me know if you'd like another spin of the wheel.
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Hanky Code covers songs assigned but not covered by the “assignee”.

“Mumbo Jumbo” by Blind Mime Ensemble covered by Hanky Code:

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Hanky Code covers songs assigned but not covered by the “assignee”.

“If I Had One” by Berkeley Social Scene covered by Hanky Code:

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Hanky Code covers songs assigned but not covered by the “assignee”.

“Under the Horse” by Henrietta and the Hostage covered by Hanky Code:



Link to my best shot at the lyrics:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=12002
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Hanky Code covers songs assigned but not covered by the “assignee”.

“Look at the Sky” by Backwards Binoculars covered by Hanky Code:

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Hanky Code covers songs assigned but not covered by the “assignee”.

“Frannie” by sonofsupercar, covered by Hanky Code:



Link to my best shot at the lyrics:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=12003
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As an exercise in simplifying my approach to music production, and to force myself to practice lead vocals and mixing/mastering, Hanky Code took on some of the “stiffed” songs (songs assigned but not covered by whoever requested the assignment).

I over-over-overproduce every song I get my paws on, averaging around 25-40 tracks in any given project. So for these songs, I gave myself an 8 track maximum. And to keep it interesting, I randomized some of the track assignments by literally rolling the dice for each song:
Tracks 1-4 were not randomized; I figured I’d need dedicated tracks for a lead vocal, a doubled lead (or harmony) vocal, drums and bass, so that’s the first four tracks right there.
I rolled a 6-sided die for a rhythm track: 1-2 = distorted guitar, 3-4 = clean electric guitar, 5-6 = acoustic guitar.
Rolled the dice again for track 6, the lead/fill instrument track: 1-3 = guitar, 4-6 = synth.
Rolled again for track 7, the backing keyboards track: 1-3 = organ, 4-6 = arpeggiator
Rolled again for track 8, the ‘whatever’ track: 1-2 = bells, 3-4 = horns/piano, 5-6 = bonus backing vocal track.

The randomized part was, admittedly, geared towards my strengths. I was strict in following the dice rolls, except that after finishing the BSS cover I switched out the horns option for piano (because the Logic Pro X horn section track option is a glitchy, buggy, time-consuming mess). I believe the dice rolls sped up the process of covering the songs because I didn’t have to think much about instrumentation - the instruments are already assigned, and I only had to decide how to use them. Otherwise I don’t recommend doing this, because you might end up having to shoehorn an acoustic rhythm guitar track into a synth pop tune. Also the 8 track maximum sped things up because I couldn’t just keep adding more and more layers to the songs.

This project was a learning experience, but I didn't get exactly what I'd hoped out of it. I did not “find my lead vocal voice”; I got some practice doing lead vocals but I didn’t have any sort of breakthrough or improvement. The 8 track limitation probably didn’t help me to simplify my approach much either, and instead I (arguably) got better at making 8 tracks sound like 16 tracks, which was not my goal. My mixing/mastering did not noticeably improve, but at least I got some more practice.

Anyway if my math is right, I get one point per song (5), plus a half point per song for the PFJr bonus (2.5), plus a half point per song for the SoundCloud bonus (2.5), plus a half point Chumpy bonus for both Frannie and Under the Horse (1). 5 + 2.5 + 2.5 + 1 = 11 points.

[p.s. I know it says "Jerkatorium" on the SoundCloud link, but these were all covered by Hanky Code.]
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[crickets]


Is this not a thing anymore?


If it's still a thing then please assign me a random song.
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Huh, somehow I totally missed your posts, sorry about that. I don't think this thread showed up in "New Posts" for me for some reason. I'll try to get caught up. In the meantime, here's a random song:

http://sfjukebox.org/songs/empty_wednesday/roymond
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