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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

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    • 4.7 • 24 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?

    Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)

    Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)

    A 90s country mega-hit that doubles down on charming silliness, has no illusions about what it’s trying to be, and does it perfectly, and a cover that probably shouldn’t work, but the right band pulls it off wonderfully. Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident), originally by John Michael Montgomery, covered by Backwoods. 
    Outro music is My Walking Shoes, also by Backwoods. 

    • 15 min
    Cum On Feel The Noize

    Cum On Feel The Noize

    The power of glam, the birth of hair metal, and the bane of autocorrect. Cum On Feel The Noize, originally by Slade, covered by Quiet Riot. 
    Outro music continues our autocorrect hostility with Slade’s Mama Weer All Crazee Now. 

    • 17 min
    Head Like A Hole

    Head Like A Hole

    The most iconic song from the prince of heavy dance music, covered by a band that lives to make it weird — and a huge musical surprise. Head Like A Hole, originally by Nine Inch Nails, covered by Devo. 
    Outro music is I Love Rock And Roll by Tiny Tim. If you want to know what’s up with that, you’ll have to go back and listen to episode 65.

    • 19 min
    People Are Strange

    People Are Strange

    An archetypical song from an utterly unmistakable band, and a cover with tons of pedigree and set in a context nobody can dislike. People Are Strange, originally by The Doors, covered by Echo and the Bunnymen. 
    Outro music is Lost in the Shadows by Lou Gramm. 

    • 17 min
    Jolene

    Jolene

    Week two of Beyonce-MayOne of the biggest songs in the history of country music completely reinvented by one of the biggest artists in the world. Jolene, originally by Dolly Parton, covered by Beyoncé. 
    Outro music is Sorry, also by Behoncé.

    • 21 min
    Blackbird

    Blackbird

    Welcome to the first week of Beyonce-May! We look at a song that’s simple and pretty, with deeper roots that aren’t exactly hidden, but also aren’t exactly front and center, and a cover that knows its history and knows where it’s going. Blackbird, originally by The Beatles, covered by Beyoncé (named Blackbiird in Beyoncé’s cover).
    Outro music is Daddy Lessons, also by Beyoncé featuring The Chicks.  

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

shasbrou ,

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.

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.

Jon AM ,

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.”

Sad.

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