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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

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?

    108 - Wagon Wheel - The CoverUp

    108 - Wagon Wheel - The CoverUp

    A song with a complicated origin and non-collaborative collaboration that became a signature sound, unexpected country, and the Nashville machine. Wagon Wheel, originally by Old Crow Medicine Show, covered by Nathan Carter and by Darius Rucker.

    Outro music is I'm On My Way by Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi.

    • 29 min
    107 - A New England - The CoverUp

    107 - A New England - The CoverUp

    It's not often that we get two versions of the same song that are so incredibly different, but still utterly delightful. It's a shame that it also comes with a big does of tragedy. A New England by Billy Bragg, covered by Kirsty MacColl.

    Outro music is the title theme from The Simpsons by Danny Elfman.

    • 19 min
    106 - I Want You Back - The CoverUp

    106 - I Want You Back - The CoverUp

    It was hard to be the kid that recorded one of the best songs ever. Covering that song is hard for much more benign reasons. We look at three attempts that each have very different motivation. I Want You Back, originally by The Jackson 5, covered by Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, and Taylor Swift.

    Outro music is Crash Into You by Dave Matthews Band (and it totally belongs there).

    • 22 min
    105 - In The Air Tonight - The CoverUp

    105 - In The Air Tonight - The CoverUp

    A classic song and a brilliant example of song craft by an art/prog/pop triple threat, and some covers that show how hard and how satisfying it can be to tackle genius head-on. In The Air Tonight, originally by Phil Collins, covered by Barenaked Ladies and by Larkin Poe.

    Outro music is Annabel Lee by Stevie Nicks.

    • 19 min
    104 - If We Make It Through December - The CoverUp

    104 - If We Make It Through December - The CoverUp

    One of the greats delivers a brilliant example of how good a sad Christmas song can be. And A brilliant band takes that idea and runs with it to a beautifully intense conclusion. If We Make It Through December, Originally by Merle Haggard and the Strangers, covered by Over The Rhine.

    Outro music is All I Need Is Everything, also by Over The Rhine.

    • 21 min
    103 - It Doesn't Matter Anymore

    103 - It Doesn't Matter Anymore

    The final hit from a brilliant talent, a lovely interpretation from one of the biggest talents in popular music, and the fulfillment of the promise of an interesting song. It Doesn't Matter Anymore, originally by Buddy Holly, covered by Linda Ronstadt and by Flat Duo Jets.

    Outro Music is Fell in Love With a Girl by The White Stripes.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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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