Thursday, 23 April 2020

Corona virus video collection

Since the spread of the so called Corona virus and the resulting Covid 19 sickness from China around the world a new musical sub genre has emerged and spread via social media and online hosts. I have tried to collect here some of the (in my view) best  examples and I guess this genre will be around for  a while.
It started with the parody of well known songs from the history of Pop music, but longer into quarantine more orginal songs started to appear.

But before we start don't forget: Stay at Home, Wash your Hands and Stay Safe and don't forget to clean your phone screen / keyboard regularly!

And if you had enough of singing "Happy Birthday" while washing hands here are some 20 second alternatives: 

This was the first song I received in February, which start starts also my round up
Fight Coronavirus Song -Wuhan China
Sound of Silence Parody by Alvin Oon

Tom Jones Parody Corona Virus

Some prominent singers adapted their own songs:

Even Ralph McTell has updated his hit "Streets of London" for the coronavirus era: Here

Kaiser chiefs - Oh My God

Of course the Fab 4  song catalague is a popular target for parody:

Yesterday (Lockdown Acapella Version) by The Kiffness

Here Comes The Sun - Camden Voices (self-isolation/virtual choir cover)

Solo Beatles are in demand too:

Imagine (there’s no bog roll)

Can't Get No (Sanitiser) - A Covid-19 Parody [Family]

Some Bee Gees classics 

were also used:

 ABBA as well

Queen songs 

(especially Bohemian Rapsody)  are a very popular choice:

Coronavirus Rhapsody

Here they managed to include Donald Trump in the video:

Quarantine Song (Donald Trump Cover) Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song

Or here Trump vs Talking Heads

Bohemian Virus Rhapsody after Queen COVID-19  by Jennifer Corday

Coronavirus Rhapsody

The Kiffness - Lockdown Rhapsody 

Coronavirus Responders - You Are The Champions

My Corona by Chris Mann

Crappy (Pharrell - Happy 5G Conspiracy Parody)

Coronavirus Rising (CCR Parody) | Mike The Music Snob

Fifty Ways to Catch Corona - Paul Simon Coronavirus Parody (covid-19 Song Remix)

Bob Dylan

Margot Cotten - Stuck Inside Of Paris With The Virus Blues Again

Margot Cotten - I'm Your Virus

Corona (Parody of Lola by The Kinks)

Hello (from the Inside) An Adele Parody by Chris Mann

@Daycare Closed' by Chris Mann (A Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Parody)

"U CAN'T TOUCH THIS" - COVID 19 Edition 
(Made Entirely With Healthcare Products)

There also original songs with a Corona / Covid 19 topic:

"Stay Home" by Big & Rich 

Coronavirus Song in London - Austrian Fun(k) Music by Prinz Leo

and there is already a Corona Dance:

Masaka Kids Africana Dancing Let's Fight COVID-19 

It spread to Germany:





Zorman - Corona virus canzion

and of course there is a concerto:

and it spread around the world:

Corona Virus Alert by BOBI WINE & NUBIAN LI (Uganda)

Ndlovu Youth Choir - We've Got This  (South Africa)

 Coronavirus - Cumbia versión Hispanoamérica

So how long will this be going on?

I hope you enjoyed my collection of Corona Virus v/ Covid-19 Videos, but please don' t forget to support all this creative people out there in difficult times like this! A lot of performers are running out of dosh, cash, money, as they can't perform live! Most of the the artists have donation links on their YouTube channels and website or just support them through legally downloading & buying their content, merch & recordings!

As usual I am looking forward to any suggestions and feedback!

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Stay Awake, Stay Asleep... R.I.P. Hal Willner!

Just heard a couple of days ago the sad news, that Hal Willner, Music & Tribute concert Producer and Longtime ‘SNL’ Music Supervisor, died at 64 on 7/4/2020. According to a representative of the Hollywood Reporter Willner had symptoms consistent with coronavirus.
As a producer he was responsible for many lauded albums by Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Gavin Friday, Bill Frisell and of course Marianne Faithfull and was pivotal in the career of Jeff Buckley.
Since 1985 he also produced and curated numerous tribute albums for Theolonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Nino Rota, Kurt Weill and Walt Disney's Film music with an illustrious cast of musicians from Rock, Pop, Jazz, Americana & Avantgarde background. According to Variety, which first reported news of Willner’s death, he was compiling a T. Rex tribute album at the time of his death. If you want to know more about the man behind all this projects read this extensive Interview with Hal from 2013 here.
Hal live in March 2020:

Gregory Corso with Marianne Faithfull (who has been in hospital with Covid 19 in April 20):
Thoughts Concerning A Sickness

Hal's appreciation of outsiders pirates & rogues resulted in 2 compilations:
Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads

He also appreciated composers like Nino Rota

and  issued even 2 tribute albums to Kurt Weill:

and an eclectic nod to the music for the classic Disney movies:

Jazz Giants:


Bird Up - The Charlie Parker Remix Project:

Charlie Mingus Weird Nightmares (album):

Weird Nightmares(film):

"Whoops, I'm an Indian" from 1998 is his only personal album:

At the time of his death he was working on a tribute album to Marc Bolan. He can be seen in the background in the studio while recording "Cosmic Dancer" the contribution of Nick Cave:
"Cosmic Dancer" is from "Angelheaded Hipster": The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex’
 Tribute Album Out in September, feat. U2 & Elton John, Nick Cave, Marc Almond, Joan Jett, Kesha & Many More and it has Sean & Julian Lennon on the same album (Albeit on different tracks)!
(Of course Produced and compiled by the late Hal Willner)


Rolling Stone, Hal Willner

The Guardian, Hal Willner

Stay tuned! In the coming weeks I will update this post with more infos, concerts & tributes!
Don't forget I am always grateful for suggestions & comments!

Sunday, 5 April 2020

R.I.P. Bill! Ain't no sunshine without you!

Bill Withers (4 July 1938 - 30 March 2020)  has been in retirement from the music industry since 1985, but his songs are still on the radio and are covered by many artists worldwide.
Bill Withers'  songs navigate heartbreak, friendship, youth, history, Harlem and much more across his high-quality discography – here are some of the brightest moments recorded live in concert:

Just As I Am Bill Withers

Bill Withers' performance for BBC in 1973. Tracklist: 00:00 Aint No Sunshine 03:18 Lonely Town Lonely Street 09:14 Grandma's Hands
(dedicated to his Grandma, who partly raised him) 11:40 Use Me 16:05 Let Me In Your Life 20:15 Lean On Me 24:47 Harlem - End

Friend of Mine
 (From the 1973 album, "Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall")

Just The Two Of Us (feat Grover Washington, Jr.)

Bill Withers tells about songwriting and why he stopped releasing music.

Who Is He (And What Is He To You)

Lean On Me feat. Stevie Wonder and John Legend 
at the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Still Bill - The Bill Withers Story
Very good BBC documentary from 2009

Lovely Day

So now have a Lovely Day and dig out Bill's albums, songs, playlists etc. and celebrate one of the greatest songwriters, singers & musicians and humble humans of his time! 


The Guardian

Animal Cruelty Is the Price We Pay for Cheap Meat | Rolling Stone

Wikipedia /Bill_Withers link


In the coming weeks I will update this post with more infos, concerts & tributes!
Don't forget I am always grateful for suggestions & comments!

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