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May 30, 2022

Not just the birth of rock and roll, but a song that perfectly captures brilliance, potential, and charm -- and a cover by someone uniquely able to handle all of that. Not Fade Away, originally by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, covered by Sheryl Crow.

Outro music is Everyday, also by Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

May 23, 2022

This week we get killer clowns, Killer Clowns, child prodigies, and the world's best 401k. Tears of a Clown, originally by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, covered by The English Beat (though it's a little complicated).

Outro music is That's the Way That the World Goes Round, by John Prine.

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.