Amanda and Rich talk about cover songs. How do they relate to the originals? What's the definitive version of the song? The better version? What makes them interesting musically? Is it a karaoke version? Great but unknown? A horror show? A complete surprise? A Hasselhoff?
Eight Miles High
We pay tribute to the irreplaceable David Crosby by discussing an incredibly innovative and influential song. Eight Miles High, originally by The Byrds, covered by Leo Kottke.
Outro music is The Byrds’ cover of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man.
Talk Dirty To Me
We riff on riffs, investigate the value of distortion, and look at some of the hilariously dirty underbelly of the music biz with a guilty pleasure song. Talk Dirty To Me, originally by Poison, covered by Reel Big Fish.
Outro music is How Does It Feel, by Slade.
The Boy from New York City
A band with loads of talent starts with a big splash, and vocal royalty takes it from there. The Boy from New York City, originally by The Ad-Libs, covered by The Manhattan Transfer.
Outro music is Yakety Yak by The Coasters.
25 Minutes to Go
We both geek out this week, sometimes in different directions, with a song that starts out looking a little silly, but reveals a ton of depth -- as a writing effort and in performance. 25 Minutes to Go, originally by Shel Silverstein, covered by Johnny Cash.
Outro music is A Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing, also by Shel Silverstein. It's like he knew we were planning this episode.
Don't Stop and Songbird.
Join us in celebration of the fifth anniversary of our show as we pay tribute to the astonishing Christine McVie. Two original songs this week -- Don't Stop, originally by Fleetwood Mac, covered by Lisa Loeb, and Songbird, originally by Fleetwood Mac, covered by Rita Wilson and Josh Groban.
Outro music is Say Hello, also by Lisa Loeb.
Flashdance... What a Feeling
One of the greatest songs of the 80s, which drove the success of one of the biggest movies of the 80s, by on of the most compelling stars of the 80s. Who could possibly cover that? Oh, OK. Flashdance... What a Feeling, originally by Irene Cara, covered by Celine Dion.
Outro music is Fame, also by Irene Cara.
Musicians on music 👍
I love listening to people who know what they are talking about talk about music. Amanda and Rich have both played music at times and clearly have a broad sense of taste. I love their criteria for rating a cover and the way they experience music overall.
Fun and thoughtful cover song comparisons
The fun and diverse song selection along with the easy rapport between the hosts make this new pod a delightful listen.
Prejudiced views on country music
Listened to the episode on Wagon Wheel. The hosts clearly and unabashedly hated on the Darius Rucker version. Fair enough.
Then they unnecessarily brought race into it, seeming to claim the only reason Rucker’s version was the biggest hit was because of his race. They didn’t bother to critique his version of the cover as much as they did they other.
They then claimed Darius “does not belong in that hat,” and backed up that claim with “Charley Pride never wore a hat.”