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Jan 25, 2021

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.

Jan 18, 2021

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.

Jan 11, 2021

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.

Jan 4, 2021

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.