Thursday, 1 March 2007

Resource discovery: Second Hand Songs

I tagged Second Hand Songs on del.icio.us ages ago, but I've only just got around to having a proper go with it. It's really good.

The premise is pretty straightforward: search for a song by title, and artist as well if you feel like it, and Second Hand Songs tells you who recorded the original. It lists everyone who has covered the song and gives you details of the albums, release dates and images of the CD artwork.

It relies on user submissions so it's not bang up to date: the entry for Walk this way lists the brilliant Hayseed Dixie version, but tragically not the less-than-brilliant Sugababes Vs Girls Aloud cover, which is this year's Comic Relief song. Maybe I'm being pedantic - the song isn't out until March 12th - and the website is, on the whole, very informative and straightforward to use.