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26 minutes | 15 hours ago
177 - I Heard It Through The Grapevine - The CoverUp
The greatest song ever recorded, immediately overshadowed by the song that inspired it, kinda? And musical greats who are outclassed but still good enough that it doesn't matter. I Heard It Through The Grapevine, originally by Gladys Knight and the Pips, covered by Marvin Gaye, and by Amy Winehouse with Paul Weller. Outro music is In the Modern World by The Jam.
23 minutes | 8 days ago
176 - Jailhouse Rock - The CoverUp
The undeniable roots of rock and roll, and band that couldn't help but force rock to evolve, and bongo drums. Jailhouse Rock, originally by Elvis Presley, covered by Jeff Beck Group and by John Mellencamp. Outro music is Yakety Yak by The Coasters.
24 minutes | 15 days ago
175 - The Passenger - The CoverUp
An incredibly compelling song by the greatest living punk, and a cover so full of depth, musical richness, and complexity that the band can hardly be called punk, but always is. The Passenger, originally by Iggy Pop, covered by Siouxsie and The Banshees. Outro music is Trust In Me by Sterling Holloway, as the voice of Kaa.
17 minutes | 22 days ago
174 - We Found Love - The CoverUp
An enormously successful song with the rare combination of being entirely danceable and wonderfully listenable -- and a cover that shows surprising depth to an apparently thin story. We Found Love, originally by Rihanna with Calvin Harris, covered by Jessie J. Outro music is Cherry Cherry, by Neil Diamond.
21 minutes | a month ago
173 - Achy Breaky Heart - The CoverUp
We promise, this is more interesting than you might think. One of the biggest country songs and debut singles ever, covering a serviceable but uninspiring original, and the only change was adding mullets -- ALL the mullets. As far as the eye can see. Achy Breaky Heart, originally by The Marcy Brothers, covered by Billy Ray Cyrus. Outro music is Achy Breaky Heart by Alvin and the Chipmunks, with Billy Ray Cyrus. We're serious about this one. Give it a chance.
21 minutes | a month ago
172 - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding
The best song nobody ever knew, except the one guy who had to know it, so he made it huge and unforgettable. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, originally by Brinsley Schwarz, covered by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Outro music is Cruel To Be Kind, by Nick Lowe.
18 minutes | a month ago
171 - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - The CoverUp
Classic comedy, brass mayhem, and cartoon minarets. What more could you ask for in a song? Istanbul (Not Constantinople), originally by The Four Lads, covered by They Might Be Giants. Outro music is The Teddy Bears' Picnic, sung by Bing Crosby.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
170 - Layla - The CoverUp
The song with the greatest amount of controversy ever around its cover-song-status, guitar rock greatness, blues/jazz greatness, and stopping in at the honky-tonk in between. Layla, originally by Derek and the Dominos, covered by Charlie Daniels, and by Eric Clapton (yes, we know). Outro music is Alive by Pearl Jam (unplugged).
24 minutes | 2 months ago
169 - Brown Eyed Girl - The CoverUp
An artist's most beloved work, that he kinda' hates because of a terrible business deal made at a desperate time, radar-evading maneuvers, and a bouncy castle full of trumpets. This week is Brown Eyed Girl, originally by Van Morrison, covered by Jimmy Buffett, and by Reel Big Fish. Outro music is Talk Dirty To Me, by Poison.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
168 - Fairytale of New York - The CoverUp
A Christmas Song? In March? Absolutely, if it's this Christmas song. By far the UK's most successful, and arguably the most relatable, despite the absence of sleigh bells and reindeer. Fairytale of New York, originally by The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl, covered by KT Tunstall with Ed Harcourt, and by Jon Bon Jovi. Outro music is Chemical Rush, by Brian McFadden. It's appropriate to the episode, so we're only a little sorry about that.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
167 - Break-a-Way - The CoverUp
A hidden gem of a song with all the feel and style of Motown, and a cover that ended a musical career in the best possible way. Break-a-way, originally by Irma Thomas, covered by Tracey Ullman. Outro music is (The Best Part of) Breakin' Up, by The Ronettes.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
166 - If You Could Read My Mind - The CoverUp
Quick, which version of the song is thoughtfully arranged with respect to its roots and current musical context: folk or disco version? Did you say both? If You Could Read My Mind, originally by Gordon Lightfoot, covered by Viola Wills. Outro music is Save A Prayer by Duran Duran.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
165 - Time After Time - The CoverUp
One of the greatest pop songs of the 80s, and a musician who was out to redefine modern music. These are probably the two smartest songs we've had in the same episode. Time After Time, originally by Cyndi Lauper, covered by Miles Davis. Outro music is Human Nature by Michael Jackson.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
164 - You Are So Beautiful - The CoverUP
The idea that the original song wasn't released as a single is a crime. It's brilliant work by an impossibly talented musician, overtaken by a singer who exists to overtake brilliant songs. You Are So Beautiful, originally by Billy Preston, covered by Joe Cocker. Outro music is In Your Eyes, by Peter Gabriel.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
163 - Sharp Dressed Man - The CoverUp
One of the biggest songs by the longest running bands ever. It was a moment of transformation in a band that worked harder at keeping their music fresh than anyone gives them credit for. And a cover version by a band that has always known exactly what they were about. Sharp Dressed Man, originally by ZZ Top, covered by Ministry. Outro music is I Love L.A., by Randy Newman.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
162 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The CoverUp
A rare - or maybe not so rare -- self-diss-track rich in text and subtext, covered brilliantly on instruments that shouldn't be covering it. While My Guitar Gently Weeps, originally by The Beatles, covered by Jake Shimabukuro, and by Regina Spektor. Outro music is Bohemian Rhapsody, also by Jake Shimabukuro.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
161 - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - The CoverUp
A full set of listener requests leads us to a musical titan at his best, and two covers that run as fast as possible in opposite directions. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, originally by Elton John, covered by Sara Bareilles, and by Queens of the Stone Age. Outro music is Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
160 - The Whole of the Moon
An 80s triumph of power pop folk rock has vastly more coherence than the genre implies. It gets a genuine folk rock cover as well as an aggressive new wave treatment. The Whole of the Moon, originally by The Waterboys, covered by Peter Mulvey and by Fiona Apple. Outro music is Wild World by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
159 - Sloop John B - The CoverUp
The evolution of a folk song, from its rootsiest roots to a marvel of orchestration and production. Sloop John B, originally recorded by The Cleveland Simmons Group, covered by The Kingston Trio, and by The Beach Boys. Outro music is Sixteen Tons by The Weavers.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
158 - Heart and Soul - The CoverUp
A great song by the wrong band, and saved by the right band -- who nobody expects should ever be the right band, but they always are. Heart and Soul, originally by Exile, covered by Huey Lewis and the News. Outro music is Somebody to Love, by Queen.
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