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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?

The CoverUp Amanda and Rich Friedeman

    • Music Commentary
    • 5.0, 17 Ratings

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?

    Oh, Pretty Woman

    Oh, Pretty Woman

    The most recognizable song from an instantly recognizable artist, and a pair of transformations that couldn't be more complete or more different. Oh, Pretty Woman, originally by Roy Orbison, covered by Count Basie, and by Van Halen.

    Outro music is Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries performed by The Royal Philharmonic.

    • 23 min
    Back on the Chain Gang

    Back on the Chain Gang

    A band collapsing on itself pulls out their greatest song, a master of her craft completely reinvents it, and a nihilistic egomaniac does whatever nihilistic egomaniacs do. Back on the Chain Gang, originally by The Pretenders, covered by Selena, and by Morrissey.

    Outro music is In A Big Country by Big Country.

    • 25 min
    Our Lips Are Sealed

    Our Lips Are Sealed

    An incredible debut single, a cover version that's actually an original version, a surprising yet inevitable producer, and glam. We look at Our Lips Are Sealed, originally by The Go-Go's, covered by Fun Boy Three, and by Peppermint Creeps.

    Outro music is Cherish by The Association. How could it be anything else?

    • 26 min
    Hey Ya

    Hey Ya

    The biggest song of 2003 isn't just a party anthem, it's a genre-defining master work that remakes popular music in its own image. This week we look at Hey Ya, originally by OutKast, covered by Obadiah Parker.

    Outro music is Polaroid by Keith Urban.

    • 20 min
    SOS

    SOS

    The original Swedish Supergroup starts a run of hits that puts them on top for a almost a decade, their biggest fans do a song their way, and someone in England makes a really creepy movie with a soundtrack with unexpected substance. SOS, originally by ABBA, covered by Erasure and by Portishead.

    Outro music is A Little Respect by Bjorn Again, who is covering Erasure.

    • 29 min
    You Oughta Know

    You Oughta Know

    A song that is simultaneously one of the greatest Done-Me-Wrong songs and one of the greatest artist transformations in popular music meets al kinds of jazz. You Oughta Know, originally by Alanis Morisette, covered by Jordana Talsky and by Scary Pockets featuring Crystal Lewis.

    Outro music is How Far I'll Go, also by Scary Pockets featuring Whitney Avalon.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Memememe21 ,

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.

dgauthier09 ,

Good new pod

Incisive commentary by Amanda.

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