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?
Keep on Loving You
The birth of the power ballad, disdain for the power ballad, and a proper sendup of the power ballad, which actually outclasses it in some important ways. Keep on Loving You, originally by REO Speedwagon, covered by The Donnas, and by Tenacious D.
Outro music is Rock and Roll Creation, by Spinal Tap.
Eye of the Tiger
A song so over-the-top it can't help but always be a crowd pleaser, and the most eclectic possible cover. Eye of the Tiger, originally by Survivor, covered by Walk off the Earth.
Outro music is Yesterday, by Gheorghe Zamfir, and we swear it makes sense that it's there.
Love at the Five and Dime
We remember one of Nashville's most delightful but under appreciated singer songwriters, and hear her work interpreted through one of its greatest vocalists. Nanci Griffith's Love at the Five and Dime, covered by Kathy Mattea.
Outro music is John Prine's Speed of the Sound of Loneliness, performed by Nanci Griffith and John Prine.
Baby Please Don't Go
The birth of recorded blues straight through its evolution to mayhem-based guitar rock. Baby Please Don't Go, originally by Big Joe William, covered by Muddy Waters, and by AC/DC.
Outro music is Wild Cow Blues, also by Big Joe Williams, because how could we not pick that.
The Book of Love
A contentious episode where style and talent make for very different opinions about a great (nor not so great) song. The Book of Love, originally by The Magnetic Fields, covered by Peter Gabriel, and by Gavin James.
Outro music is In Spite of Ourselves, by John Prine, featuring iris DeMent.
We look at one of the greatest love songs ever written, one that has been covered countless times. We take on versions by three giants of their times. Something, originally by the Beatles, covered by Frank Sinatra, and by Billie Eilish.
Outro music is I'm Every Woman, by Chaka Khan, as a continuing tribute to Pattie Boyd. Chaka's looking at you, George.
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.”
My only complaint: is your microphone broken? Every time you pause or take a breath the mic cuts out to pure silence and it makes sounds like my device died or my headphones disconnected or something. Would be five stars if not for that.