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May 16, 2022

A classic song with a more complicated -- and dramatic -- origin than anyone expected. Ring of Fire, originally by Anita Carter (yes, you read that right), covered by Johnny Cash, and by Social Distortion.

Outro music is Ball and Chain, also by Social Distortion.


May 9, 2022

There's something in the water this week with all kinds of 80s metal trying to find a way to fit in the world -- and some of those choices are unexpected. Breaking the Law, originally by Judas Priest, covered by Stryper.

Outro music is We're Not Gonna Take It, by Twisted Sister.


May 2, 2022

The episode where we run out of superlatives. A brilliantly engaging retelling of an over examined classic, and a reinvention that combines deeply personal with universal. Romeo and Juliet, originally by Dire Straits, covered by Indigo Girls.

Outro music is Storybook Love, by Mark Knopfler.


Apr 25, 2022

Maximum ballad from a great balladeer, and a giant talent's confusing choices. It all asks the question: How much is too schmoopy. Honesty, originally by Billy Joel, covered by Beyonce.

Outro music is Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It), also by Beyonce.


Apr 18, 2022

Sweet, sentimental, brilliant, and with the world's most amazing backing band. We speak for everyone when we say "We want to go to the zoo with him, too". Perfect Day, originally by Lou Reed, covered by Duran Duran, and by Kirsty MacColl with Evan Dando.

Outro music is Choppin' Broccoli by Dana Carvey, and we're...