Feb 192021

They Say It’s Your Birthday  celebrates an artist’s special day with covers of his or her songs. Let someone else do the work for a while. Happy birthday!


Hi, I’m Patrick Robbins, the features editor here at Cover Me, and today’s my birthday. Please forgive the self-indulgence of a one-year-older guy for putting up a post that’s about me.

2021 is kind of a big year for me. Not only am I having one of those milestone birthdays – you know, one of those ones that ends in a zero – I’m also having a milestone anniversary. This year marks ten years since I joined the Cover Me staff. In all that time, I’ve gotten off a few good lines here and there (my favorite: a song had “more hooks than Moulty’s closet”), but far more importantly, I’ve found some great covers that I never would have discovered if I hadn’t been looking for them to share and talk about here.

So, as a little birthday present from me to you, I thought I’d pick out some of my favorite discoveries I’ve made over the years. What follows are some of my all-time favorite covers that I found specifically for Cover Me posts (as opposed to covers I already knew about), and links to the pieces in which I originally wrote about them. There’s a lot of songs here, but they’re only about one percent of the songs I’ve written about. So think of these as the cream of my cover crop.

Thanks to all of you for reading Cover Me – without you, this post wouldn’t exist – and here’s to many more birthdays and anniversaries to come.

Al Kooper – Sam Stone (John Prine cover)

Azure Ray – For the Sake of the Song (Townes Van Zandt cover)

Bing Ji Ling – You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC cover)

Blues Brothers – Guilty (Randy Newman cover)

Catherine – Come Back Jonee (Devo cover)

Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Cars (Gary Numan cover)

Dan Reeder – Stand By Me (Ben E. King cover)

Ernie Garrett – Eleanor Rigby (Beatles cover)

Gene Vincent – Party Doll (Buddy Knox cover)

Graham Parker & the Rumour – I Want You Back (Alive)(Jackson 5 cover)

Hot Kangaroo – Back in Black (AC/DC cover)

Jeff Buckley – Three Is a Magic Number (Schoolhouse Rock cover)

Jiggernaut – Down Where the Drunkards Roll (Richard & Linda Thompson cover)

Joe Fletcher – Pink Cadillac (Bruce Springsteen cover)

MakroSoft – I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor cover)

Milky Edwards – Starman (David Bowie cover)

Mother’s Finest – Mickey’s Monkey (The Miracles cover)

Rockfour – Rain (Beatles cover)

Samuel James – Rocket Man (Elton John cover)

Secret Machines – Astral Weeks (Van Morrison cover)

Steven Wilson – The Day Before You Came (ABBA cover)

Tanger – The New So Long Marianne (Leonard Cohen cover)

Those Poor Bastards – I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash cover)

Union Avenue – Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover)

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  3 Responses to “They Say It’s Your Birthday: Patrick Robbins”

Comments (3)
  1. Happy Birthday and thanks for the wonderful shares

  2. This is a great list

  3. Have a happy 30th, Patrick!! (Arf!)

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