Listener challenge: 3 degrees of cover version separation

Here’s a well-known song, along with two cover versions that are both wildly different from the original and from each other.

I love all three versions.

I’ll make a bet with you: pick four random people (your co-workers look bored, don’t they?).

Without telling them the song or the artist, play the Otis Redding version for two of the people (individually), and the Shockabilly version for the other two (also individually).

Let the song play until each person is able to name the song, if they can.

I bet people catch on to the Shockabilly version first.

Try it and let me know. And if you have an idea for future blog posts in this vein, let me know that, too.