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“I’m always flattered and honored when people cover my music or sing my songs, no matter where it is”*…

 

Our most beloved songs have a longer history than we might think. They might exist in hundreds of alternative versions created by other artists in distant decades. Those versions can differ in character and style and reach completely different audiences.

We looked closely at the 50 most popular cover songs as well as the original works. Galaxy of Covers is the result of this analysis and allows you to explore the evolution from idea to recording.

The panorama view shows the 50 top songs as individual planetary systems with the original work as the sun. Each planet represents a version of the song and it’s appearance indicates characteristics including genre, popularity, tempo, valence, energy, and speechiness. The radius of its orbit around the sun shows the years between the publication dates. This view allows you to compare the structure and density of the constellation of different songs from a high-level perspective.

The detail view [as above] lists the versions of one song in cross section. The characteristics and positioning of the planets is consistent with the panorama. This view allows you to compare different versions of the same song individually…

From Interactive Things, a music lover’s delight: “Galaxy of Covers.”

* Amos Lee

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As we remark on the sincerest from of flattery, we might recall that it was on this date in 1958 that a new group released it’s first single, “Got a Job”– a answer to to the hit “Get A Job” by the Silhouettes– and so it was that The Miracles (AKA Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) were introduced to the world.  Berry Gordy had produced the tune, which netted the group and their producer $3.19.  At Robinson’s urging, Gordy formed his own label, Tamla (the forerunner to Motown)… and the rest is history.

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Written by LW

February 19, 2016 at 1:01 am

“When I die, I’m leaving my body to science fiction”*…

 

When it comes to cover design, the science fiction genre is often accused, along with romance novels, of having the most godawful cover design going. With their typical brilliance in style, Penguin embraces all the good, the bad and the comically ugly in traditional sci-fi design with their science fiction series. From the campy cartoon-style creatures and ridiculous, buxom alien babes of space opera, to the darkly stylized futuristic cities in dystopian futures Penguin covered it all with story selection and cover illustration…

Confidently judge books by their covers at “Penguin’s Science Fiction.”

[TotH to @MartyKrasney]

 

* Stephen Wright

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As we travel through space and time, we might recall that it was on this date in 1963 that Arthur K. “Spud” Melin patented the Hula Hoop.  In fact, both Melin’s company, Wham-O, and others had been selling millions of Martex (plastic) hoops since the late 50s.  Melin’s innovation was an improved version- which, by virtue of the intellectual property protection, was available only from Wham-O.

No sensation has ever swept the country like the Hula Hoop.  It remains the standard against which all national crazes are measured.

– Richard A. Johnson, American Fads

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Spud Melin (left) and his Wham-O co-founder Richard Knerr

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Written by LW

March 5, 2015 at 1:01 am

TRUTH is stranger and a thousand times more thrilling than FICTION!…

(Readers can find the rest of this run– and myriad other examples of arresting artwork– at The Comic Book Cover Browser.)

As we decide how to spend our allowances, we might recall that on this date in 1937, the fathers of Crystal City, Texas, took the occasion of the second annual Spinach Festival there to unveil a six-foot concrete statue of Popeye (whose covers begin here…).

Popeye in Crystal City

Written by LW

March 26, 2009 at 1:01 am

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