misattributed songs in Napster, AudioGalaxy, etc.

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In the "Dexy's Midnight Runners: C or D" thread, someone noted that they found "Come On, Eileen" in Napster which someone had misattributed to the Clash. In that spirit, what are the most spectacularly misattributed songs that you've come across in your MP3 searches? I've got one: I once found "The Flowers She Sent and the Flowers She Said She Sent", which is a Magnetic Fields song, in a search for Apples in Stereo. It's hard for me to fathom how someone could have got those two bands mixed up.

o. nate, Friday, 15 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I have a copy of the Pogues "Dirty Old Town" which is attributed to the Levellers. Don't know how that happened?

iano, Friday, 15 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Sort of on-topic: I have no idea what 'King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown' actually sounds like - I thought I did but then I got the album of the same name and the MP3 I have is listed as 'Braces Tower Dub No.2' on the LP. Blimey am I confused.

That Come On Eileen/Clash confusion was posted by my horrid bro if I remember right, it woz quite funny really.

DG, Friday, 15 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The most common problems I've seen are 'Horse with No Name' by Neil Young, and 'Stuck in the Middle With You' by Bob Dylan.

Graham C, Friday, 15 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Jesse" by Joshua Kaddison attributed to the Spice Girls. Seriously.

Judd Nelson, Friday, 15 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Magnetic Fields "All the Umbrellas in London" was attributed to OASIS???

Also, there's a great cover of "Gin & Juice" done by The Gourds, but I've seen it listed under the Barenaked Ladies and Phish...

phil-two, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Beck apparently sings Lolitapop Dollhouse

anthony, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Apparently Right Said Fred's classic "I'm Too Sexy" is a Chipmunks tune.

Sean, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

If anyone knows what the Freeek song that's on Audiogalaxy really is, let me know. It's devoid of cybersexy thumps so I was seriously disillusioned.

nathalie, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

yes, but doesn't anybody think that this is a great way to get some of your favourite, more obscure tunes more exposure..?

just relabel your latyrx or dave clarke tunes as britney spears or something and leave them in your shared directory.

better still rename aphex's 'come to daddy' as gareth gates 'unchained melody' and revel in the fact you're going to freak some poor brainwashed 12 year old out when they come to play it... >:- )

matt, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Last year I was constantly seeing versions by 'Simon & Garfunkel' of indie rock songs like Clinic, Hood, etc. Some form of song-blocking end run, I hope.

Curt, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I've seen Mr Roboto by Styx, and some strange thing by Megadeth attributed to Radiohead. And anything reggae seems to have been done by Bob Marley.

sos, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I found Sigur Ros's "Svefn G Englar" under Radiohead's "True Love Waits", Tori Amos's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" cover attributed to Jewel. And this horrible death metally thing attributed to Jewel too.

agri, Saturday, 16 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

That "Gin & Juice" cover is also being attributed to Ween.

Dobler, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I got L'Trimm's 'We like the cars that go boom'. Apparently it's by Le Tigre, which certainly would be fantastic if it were true!

Bill E, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The Evolution Control Committee used to set up copies of its "Rocked by Rape" single under various other artists' names, with fake song titles. Called them "Napster Bombs" or "Napster Nuggets", if I recall correctly. A lot of the misattribution is probably on purpose.

Sean Carruthers, Sunday, 17 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

>I got L'Trimm's 'We like the cars that go boom'. Apparently it's by Le Tigre

Yeah, I also have it listed under JJ Fad...

phil-two, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Never Met a Girl Like You Before" by Iggy Pop. (Edwyn Collins)

Dave225, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Bach's "Moonlight Sonata," also by "Motzart." Someone named "classical" wrote one, too, but I wouldn't be so snobby as to consider that an error.

matthew m., Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I saw today where Stealer's Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" is available for download in versions by, in order of popularity:

Bob Dylan
Steve Miller Band
Grateful Dead
Steely Dan
Stealer's Wheel (!)
Tom Petty
Lynard Skynard
Bob Dillon
Greatful Dead

Curt, Tuesday, 19 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I've noticed a lot of hip-hop and R&B songs listed under "Simon and Garfunkel", as well. And when I downloaded "Rocked By Rape", it was masquerading as "Sunshine Bonnet Pylon" by XTC, presented as a thirteenth (presumably hidden) track on Apple Venus Volume One. Had me fooled until I played it :).

Robin Carmody, Wednesday, 20 March 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Apparently Right Said Fred's classic "I'm Too Sexy" is a Chipmunks tune.
You mean...it isn't!?

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Friday, 6 June 2003 00:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

On Kazaa, everything you can think of is by The Band. I had no idea Robbie and the boys were so prolific.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Friday, 6 June 2003 02:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Rocked by Rape" is also attributed to Beck, among others. Apparently, this was a deliberate move by ECC (or whatever they're called) to better disseminate the song.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 6 June 2003 03:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was looking for Cocteau Twins stuff and came up with a track that claimed to be a Cocteaus/Aphex twin collaboration. You can imagine my delight. Downloaded it, it turned out to be "Let my Fish Loose" by Nobukazu Takemura (Aphex remix). I mean, she sings all warbly-arbly but geez.

I am also fond of when CDDB mis-reads a CD and suggests the wrong album. I stuck on House of Love's self-titled album and it came up as some Christian folk music thing. Tee hee.

Trayce (trayce), Friday, 6 June 2003 04:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

CDDB the other day:

Is this album...

The Biz - Sea and Cake
The Biz - Death Cab for Cutie

Um, okay. (It was the former, obv.)

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 6 June 2003 04:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

A Minha Menina by... Nick Drake

jadrenos (jadrenos), Friday, 6 June 2003 07:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Turning japanese by... the Kinks

snowballing from paris, Friday, 6 June 2003 08:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

I came across a funny one: if you use Gracenote to tag this disco/boogie tune by Glass:


...it attributes it to Philip Glass. I wonder if anyone who doesn't know Philip Glass has tried to search for more tunes by this "disco artist", and gotten properly confused by the results?

Tuomas, Saturday, 2 April 2011 13:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aphex Twin - Outside Kickass Violin Solo

corey, Saturday, 2 April 2011 13:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

my favorite was when St. Anger was coming out, some jokester got a whole buncha authentic metal songs that might have sounded like Metallica, and labeled them as new Metallica songs. obv people did/do this all the time, but it was funny cuz more fans than usual bot it hook, line, and sinker.

and all these nerd fans were actually using quotes from the songs on their sig lines on metal message boards and shit. "Hunger" was the one I remember....fans were so desperate to think they were gonna write quality metal again that they believed shit that obviously wasn't Metallica was.

San Te, Saturday, 2 April 2011 13:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

In a similar vein to the St. Anger story. I remember fondly the many fake leaks of Autechre's 2005 release - Untilted.

historyyy (prettylikealaindelon), Saturday, 2 April 2011 14:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

A standard one is Sublime - Smoke Two Joints being listed as being by Bob Marley, which had to have been a mistake someone who hated all sound must've made.

filthy dylan, Saturday, 2 April 2011 21:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Good God I'd love to shoot whoever did that witha BB gun loaded with bubonic plague infected bullets

San Te, Saturday, 2 April 2011 21:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Sundays' cover of "Wild Horses" used to be listed as being by Mazzy Star on Kazaa. I've gotten the impression lots of people never got that one cleared up...

Mule, Saturday, 2 April 2011 21:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Grandaddy's "so you'll aim toward the sky" was listed as Radiohead. Also apparently recorded by Radiohead: the harmonica theme from Once Upon A Time In The West. For a couple of years there any vaguely british falsetto (or spaghetti western post rock?) was Radiohead. Super-prolific period for those dudes.

Cosmo Vitelli, Saturday, 2 April 2011 23:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

i found quite a few instances of "send me an angel" being attributed to the pet shop boys. not a difficult mistake to make, mind you

flow (chilli), Sunday, 3 April 2011 03:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

I remember when searching for Boredoms songs I got a track called "Dead Cat" which turned out to be by The Macc Lads. There's some screeching and yowling at the start which is (very) vaguely Eye-ish, I guess, but jesus...

Also, I found Taco's "Puttin' On The Ritz" being attributed to They Might Be Giants, and the Beatles' "What's The New Mary Jane" being listed as a collaboration between the Fab Four and Syd Barrett. And there were seemingly hundreds of people sharing Blur's "Song 2" as "Woo Hoo".

TechYes, Monday, 4 April 2011 07:45 (seven years ago) Permalink


labelled as 'the clash'

timbo slice (D-40), Monday, 4 April 2011 08:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

apparently there's a widespread misconception on the internet that the popular Gary Jules cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World" is by R.E.M., which i find totally inexplicable and hilarious

Metal Jennifer Saunders (some dude), Monday, 4 April 2011 17:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

I remember when Daft Punk's Human After All leaked (nearly a year early!) and everyone just assumed it was a fake

frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2011 17:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

All-time favorite example is when somebody posted Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted as the unreleased new Weezer album in 2000/2001. A lot of people fell for it.

Evan R, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

there are still dozens of people on slsk with "Detachable Penis" attributed to either Primus or the Butthole Surfers.

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

animal collective rickroll

timbo slice (D-40), Tuesday, 5 April 2011 00:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Saw "99 Luft Balloons" by Bjork on grooveshark yesterday.

Pleasant Plains, Friday, 30 September 2011 14:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...


Now if he ever covers "Bette Davis Eyes", I'll know he's trollin'.

pplains, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 02:54 (two years ago) Permalink

that's not misattributed....confused

akm, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:33 (two years ago) Permalink

It's because Bonnie Tyler was often described as having a voice like Rod's. "The Female Rod Stewart" they would say...

Mark G, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 14:06 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

But why'd they use a pic of Jimi Hendrix?

pplains, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 01:43 (one year ago) Permalink

This thread is making me very nostalgic.

As mentioned above, Send Me An Angel as attributed to the Pet Shop Boys feels like the canonical example - I remember being on a PSB newsgroup around the Nightlife tour in 1999, and some wag who would post the set lists from each night would occasionally slip Send Me An Angel in there causing boundless confusion to great amusement.

Also - Popcorn by Jean Michel Jarre. (Confusing, Jarre DID record versions of Popcorn - under the names The Pop Corn Orchestra and I think Jamie Jefferson? but the versions tagged as Jarre would always be the M&H Band version).

Oh, and Adiemus by Enya.

bamboohouses, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:03 (one year ago) Permalink

In hindsight these seem so funny to me, like how would you end up with totally unattributed MP3s and have to guess at the artist and title? But I guess people did a lot of mass ripping and ending up with generic file names and then other people downloaded them and gave them names? What a strange and wonderful moment. The biggest one I remember was Weird Al getting the blame for any parody or comedy song, even if neither the vocal stylings nor the type of comedy remotely resembled anything he would do - "King of Spain," "Because I Got High," that "piece of shit car" song, etc.

There was also that thing, which I think only lasted from maybe 2000 to 2002, where people would deliberately misspell artists and song titles in an effort to evade primitive piracy detection schemes, or so it was believed. The ones that stick out in my mind are the Ramones becoming the Romones, and the Flaming Lips' "Buggin'" becoming "Baggin'," which made me think of it as some kind of Phish kid hackey-sack anthem, or a statement of lazy summer-day purposes: ahh, we're just baggin' around, baggin' the day away.

✓ (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Ah, the Bee Tols.

Mark G, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Apparently Right Said Fred's classic "I'm Too Sexy" is a Chipmunks tune.

― Sean, Saturday, March 16, 2002 1:00 AM (fifteen years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Isn't that the one that's actually a Hendrix one?
Main melody is 3rd Stone from The Sun on one of their songs from what I remember.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:41 (one year ago) Permalink

I found a whole treasure trove of Beatles cuts on Grooveshark once by searching for Los Escarabajos.

pplains, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:19 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

"She's Making Movies" by Lou Reed

pplains, Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

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