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  General information about the database entries
Cover versions can be recognised by bold font and a C in the right column of the database. Normal font and a Z indicate a song which only contains parts of another song, that means sampled or quoted (replayed) parts (musical quotations). The musicologist talks about samples if an original sound of an original recording has been taken using a device called sampler. If an already existing melody is only replayed, this is called a quotation (cp. question 1.5 in the FAQ). The database makes no difference between samples and other musical quotations (for the reason see question 2.4 in the FAQ).
 
If it is known, the release year of a song is written in brackets behind the song title. (For exceptions concerning the column "Original version / quoted song" see question 2.13 – third point – in the FAQ)
 
Normally, concerning cover versions in other languages, we directly indicate the original version, without saying who is the first artist who released the song with this lyrics or in this language.
 
Example: Stefan Raab's cover version "Ein Bett im Kornfeld" is based on the lyrics of the Jürgen Drews's version. This one is a cover version of "Let Your Love Flow" by the Bellamy Brothers. That is why this song is also indicated as original version of Stefan Raab's song.
 
If for one song more than one quoted song is indicated, this means that it consists in several samples or quotations.
 
Example: In the song "Mope" the Bloodhound Gang has mixed together four pieces of music: "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica, "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco and the music of the well known game "Pac-Man".
 
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  How the database entries are sorted
The entries in our database are sorted by default by cover-version titles. By clicking on the corresponding option button in the headline of a column ahead the word "artist" or "title", the sorting criteria can be changed. Database entries always are sorted in ascending order (from A to Z).
 
The links 0-9, A-Z, rest lead to lists of cover versions and musical quotations which permit to rummage in the database. Behind A-Z you find cover titles with the corresponding initials, behind 0-9 cover titles beginning with numbers and behind rest all other entries like "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". You do not find these links in the advanced-search mode.
 
Longer lists are divided into sub-pages. At the top and at the bottom of each sub-page, you can navigate through all sub-pages of a list.
 
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  New entries
The database is updated constantly. After clicking on the corresponding link, you can see the new entries of the day, of the previous day, of the last 7 days or of the last 30 days. You do not find these links in the advanced-search mode. The list of new entries is chronologically sorted by the date on which an entry has been added to the database. If there is more than one entry added the same day, these entries are sorted alphabetically by the initials of the cover-version titles. The sorting criteria can be changed by clicking on the corresponding option button in the headline of a column.
 
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  The search functions
Of course you can search in the database.
 
Our search functions are not case-sensitive.
 
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  The standard search at the top of the web site
At the top of the web site you find a search field in which you can type a search term as long as the advanced search is not activated. Before clicking on "Search", you have to choose if you want to search in the artist, in the title columns of the database or in both. The search will be executed in the cover versions respectively the quoting songs and the original versions respectively the quoted songs.
 
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 Logical conjunction (AND)
Several words as search terms basically are considered as logical conjunction (AND), that means that the search result somewhere must contain everyone of these words.
 
Example: A search for »Shade Pale« also finds »A Whiter Shade Of Pale«.
 
You also can use as search terms parts of words, of artist names or of titles.
 
Examples: »fan Raab« also finds »Stefan Raab«, »ackstree« leads to »Backstreet Boys«.
 
If you want to search in artist or title remarks or for authors, you have to activate the check box "search in remarks/authors".
 
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 Phrase search
If a search term is placed between quotation marks ("), it will be searched as a fixed term (phrase). This means that the group of words which has been entered as seach term must appear in the result. The search engine also gives results when you use as search term only a part of an artist name or of a title.
 
Examples: »"Shade Of Pale"« finds »A Whiter Shade Of Pale«, but »"Shade Pale"« finds nothing. »"Raab"« and »"fan Raab"« also find »Stefan Raab«.
 
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 Combination of logical conjunction (AND) and phrase search
Those two search options can be combined.
 
Examples: If you search for artists and titles, »"Shade Of Pale" "James Last"« and »Last "Shade Of Pale"« only find James Last's version of »A Whiter Shade Of Pale«.
 
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 Exclusion of search terms
By placing a minus (-) ahead a search term, this term is excluded from the search. You only get results which do not contain the corresponding word, part of a word or phrase.
 
Examples: If you search for artists and titles, a search for »Madonna -"Like A"« leads to songs by Madonna, but not to the songs »Like A Virgin« and »Like A Prayer«. When using this option, a search for »The Power Of Love -"Jennifer Rush" -Frankie« excludes the songs by Jennifer Rush and Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
 
 Search for quotation marks
When searching for a term which contains a quotation mark ("), a backslash must precede the quotation mark (\").
 
Example: When you wish to find the artist Royce Da 5'9", type »Royce Da 5'9\"«.
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  The advanced search
The advanced search allows you to narrow the search results. It can be found in the database area behind the link "Enable advanced search".
 
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 Search options
There are the following search options:
 
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     1. Standard search
Concerning the logical conjunction (AND), the phrase search, the exclusion of search terms and the combination of these functions, the standard search in the advanced-search mode has the same behaviour as the standard search at the top of the web site which is described above.
 
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     2. Exact search
If you use the exact search, the result must exactly correspond to the search term. A possible "[sic!]" (see question 2.12 in the FAQ) will be ignored.
 
Examples: A search for the song »One« only finds the title »One«, not titles like »One Night In Bangkok«; a search for »Ich will Spass« also finds »Ich will Spass [sic!]«.
 
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     3. Similarity search
If you choose the similarity search, the search function will try to find results even though there are spelling mistakes in the search term.
 
Example: »A Wheiter Schade Of Pale« finds »A Whiter Shade Of Pale«.
 
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 "Search for"
At "Search for" you have to choose if you like to search in titles, in artists or in both.
 
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 "Search in"
At "Search in" you must choose if you want to search in the column "Cover version / quoting song" or "Original version / quoted song" or in both.
 
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 Search for songs of certain years
By entering a year (e. g. "2004") or a period of time (e. g. "1982-1995") into the field "Year(s) of publication", the search will be restricted to entries which show this release year or whose release year is part of this period of time.
 
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 Restriction to cover versions or musical quotations
Finally you can choose in the advanced-search mode if you want to restrict the search to cover versions (entries marked with C) or musical quotations (entries marked with Z).
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 Output of a certain entry
You can go to a certain database entry by typing its number into the field "Display the entry no.". If you do so, all other options of the advanced search are ignored. You get the number of an entry by clicking on the correction button which can be found behind the corresponding database entry.
 
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  Search by clicking on artists or titles
By clicking on an artist or a title in the database, a search for the artist or the title on which you have clicked will be done. In this case, the search function uses the exact-search option (see above; what has been said concerning "[sic!]" does not apply here).
 
Example: You are searching for the song "Tell Me Why" by Prezioso feat. Marvin and you notice that it contains a musical quotation of Mike Oldfield's "Family Man". If you click now on "Family Man", you will see who also covered or quoted this song. Or you click on "Mike Oldfield" to see which of his songs have been covered or which songs he covered.
 
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  Download of the database
After a click on "Download", you can download our database as a plain text file (CSV file). You find an uncompressed and a compressed version as GZip archive (GZ). These files are refreshed once a day.
 
The CSV file contains semicolons as separators. Thus you can import it into a spread sheet or some word-processing softwares. Due to the seperators, the content of the file can be changed into a table or a database. Normally those softwares have sorting and filter functions. So you can sort the database by artists for example or filter out song titles which contain a certain word. As the download version of the database contains the registration date and the revision date of each entry, you also can use a spread-sheet software to filter out the new entries of a certain day. (For entries where the registration or revision date has not been saved, we indicate "1997-01-01" as date.)
 
Please note: The spread-sheet applications Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice.calc are not able to completely import such a big database. We recommend Microsoft Access.
 
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