Venus - Shocking Blue: Original Song & Worldwide Covers

Created by Ivan Luden on 11 Mar 2019 | Last edited by Ivan Luden on 17 Mar 2019

The compilation of some good, some not so good covers of the song "Venus"
In memory of Mariska Veres (1 October 1947 – 2 December 2006)

Original version from the album "At Home" (1969).
Songwriter: Robbie van Leeuwen
For more on this Song - see Wikipedia:Venus (Shocking Blue song)

Translations:  Serbian Turkish Italian 12 more

"Venus" is not an original song.Big 3 (US folk band), in 1963 they recorded a song called “The Banjo Song”. Van Leeuwen took that arrangement — the riff, the vocal melody, everything — and used it for “Venus".

Translations:  German

From the album "Tom" (1970).
One of the best (IMHO) covers of Shocking Blue's "Venus".

Translations:  French

Song from the album "True Confessions" (1986).
Both versions ("Shockin Blue" original and "Bananarama" cover) of this song reached number one on the US Billboard Chart, a highly unusual feat.

Translations:  Serbian Finnish Polish 7 more
Song | English Mina

Cover from Italy.
Italian singer Mina recorded song "Venus" in 1986 (album "Sì, buana").

Cover in Ukrainian.
Performed by "a cappella" vocal group "Pikkardiyska Tertsiya" (Lviv, Ukraine).
Recorded in 1999 (album "I will invent the world").
Song "Venus"  in the countries of the former USSR is also known as “Shizgara”. This happened due to the unusual perception of the first line of the chorus in the original english lyrics. So the refrain "She's got it" turned into “Shizgara”.

Cover in Russian.
Performed by vocal quartet "Doctor Watson" (Moscow, Russia), recorded in 1998.

Translations:  Transliteration

Cover in Spanish.
The song was recorded in 1970 by mexican beat and garage band from Guadalajara.

Translations:  German English Portuguese

Cover in Bulgarian.
Recorded in 1969 by bulgarian singer Lili Ivanova.

Cover by American animated virtual band of three female anthropomorphic chipmunk singers (Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor) -  "The Chipettes".
Recorded in 1998 (Album "The A-Files: Alien Songs")

Cover in Japanese/English.
Sings Yoko Nagayama.
I recommend one more video:

Translations:  English Transliteration

Cover from Japan.
Song performed by singer Koda Kumi - album "Trick" (2009).

Cover in French.
Sacha Distel recorded this song in 1978 (album "Forever And Ever").

Translations:  German

IMHO: The most original cover version of the song "Venus".
Recorded in 1984 by Dutch alternative rock band "Claw Boys Claw" (album "Shocking Shades of Claw Boys Claw")

Cover in Czech.
Recorded in 1969 by Czech (at that time - ČSSR) female singer Hana Zagorová.

Translations:  English

Cover in Slovak.
Recorded in 1970 by Slovak (at that time - ČSSR) female singer Eva Kostolányiová.

Translations:  English

This cover was recorded in 1994 by the Greek singer Paschalis and the music group "Olympians".

This cover recorded by US female singer Tiffany (album "Greatest Hits of the '80s and beyond" - 2011)

Ivan LudenIvan Luden    Mon, 11/03/2019 - 15:22

New collection.
To be continued...