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Jul 29, 2019

Magic guitar playing can't make up for really icky lyrics, but it sure can distract you -- unless you double down. Hey Joe, by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, covered by Willy DeVille and by The Offspring.

Outro music is Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees.

Jul 22, 2019

We are completely serious about this. A song that turned out to be way bigger than anyone ever expected, a cynical exercise with market power, and CGI-based musical redemption. Bad Day, originally by Daniel Powter, covered by Kidz Bop (really), and by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Outro music is Witch Doctor by David Seville.

Jul 15, 2019

One of the greatest songs ever recorded, one of the biggest mistakes a band ever made, the actual Greatest of All Time. Oh, and the soundtrack from Final Fantasy XV, of course. Stand By Me, originally by Ben E. King, covered by Muhammad Ali and by Florence + The Machine.

Outro music is Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters.

Jul 8, 2019

The literal beginnings of punk rock and a survey course in the wonderful ways the right band can shape a song. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, originally by The Ramones, covered by Husker Du and by Shonen Knife.

Outro music is the theme song from Hello Kitty -- you'd better believe it.

Jul 1, 2019

You're probably sitting there right now wondering "What would it sound like if Echo and the Bunnymen made an outlaw country album?". This week, we do _even_better_ than that. Love Vigilantes, originally by New Order, covered by Poi Dog Pondering and by Iron and Wine. Requested by podcast listener Ken -- Thanks...