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Jul 31, 2023

One of the biggest and most compelling songs in the history of rock and roll gets the flamenco treatment, and takes an unusual turn. Hotel California, originally by The Eagles, covered by Gipsy Kings, and by Nancy Sinatra. 

Outro music is Layla by Derek and The Dominos, but just the long piano bit from the end, which...

Jul 24, 2023

A page directly from The Great American Songbook, with three wildly different perspectives on culture and meaning. Irving Berlin’s Puttin’ On The Ritz, originally recorded by Leo Reisman and his Orchestra, covered by Taco, and by Neil Diamond. 

Outro music is Irving Berlin’s Cheek to Cheek, recorded by...

Jul 17, 2023

An absolutely astonishing collection of songs this week. And an amazing story, with surprise appearances, proper villains, and music that endures in remarkable ways. Killing Me Softly With His Song, originally by Lori Lieberman, covered by Roberta Flack, and by The Fugees. 

Outro music is Schoolhouse Rock! The Great...

Jul 10, 2023

Artists who are absolutely dominant in their time give a song their all. And, well, they definitely leave their marks. Bad, originally by Michael Jackson, covered by Billie Eilish. 

Outro music is I Have Learned to Do Without You, by Mavis Staples. 

Jul 3, 2023

The pop punk version of a power ballad turns into a great song that may have been a victim of its own success — and a lack of active listening skills. Plus, a secret supergroup, and a band who understood the assignment. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), originally by Green Day, covered by Albert Lee and Hogan’s...