Great Cover Songs

Sep 14, 2011

Note: A complete playlist from today's show is below.

The cover version is an odd creature. Ideally, it pulls a new idea out of an old song and retains from the new artist, some of the old artist's sensibility.

On the recent Buddy Holly tribute album, one of the successes, I thought, was "True Love Ways" by My Morning Jacket, mostly because I never heard My Morning Jacket sound anything like that.

Today we're talking cover versions. What are your favorites?

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1. "Pocket Calculator" by Brent Amaker & the Rodeo (original by Kraftwerk)
2. "Since U Been Gone" by Ted Leo (original by Kelly Clarkson)
3. "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (original by Wilco)
4. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Frightened Rabbit, featuring Craig Finn (original by Elton John & Kiki Dee)

1. "Close To You" by Hannah Cranna (original by The Carpenters)
2. "Baby Blue"  by Aimee Mann (original by Badfinger)
3. "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley (original by Leonard Cohen)
4. "Stairway to Heaven" by The Beatnix

1. “For No One” by Rickie Lee Jones (original by the Beatles)
2. “Sisters of Mercy” by Serena Ryder (original by Leonard Cohen)
3. “It’s A Man’s Man’s World” by Etta James (original by James Brown)
4. “Sea of Love” by Tom Waits (original by Phil Phillips)

1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Paul Anka (original by Nirvana)
2. "This Must Be The Place" - Shawn Clovin
3. "Hurt" by Johnny Cash (original by Nine Inch Nails)