When is a cover song not a cover song?
April 4, 2009 6:13 PM Subscribe
Is it still, technically, a cover song when the original songwriter records a track that they wrote for someone else?
posted by SansPoint to media & arts (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Take, as an example, Iggy Pop's "China Girl" - written by David Bowie for Iggy and recorded in 1977. In 1983, Bowie rerecorded it and put it on the Let's Dance album. Another example, slightly more obscure is "Video Killed the Radio Star" - written by Trevor Horn for Bruce Wooley and The Camera Club, and then re-recorded by Horn's group Buggles. We know which of those versions was better known.
There's other examples too. Are the re-recorded versions, then, still covers, or is there some other term for this?