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Ep. 10 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Explicit
July 28, 2014 09:59 PM PDT
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It's the TENTH episode of WTSCF, the first of the summer, and the first one to feature a song by Bob Dylan. And thus, it's by far the longest and most self-indulgent. But what amazing versions you'll be turned on to! Dylan is known for his verbose songs, and so I thought it only appropriate to make this a long-winded episode. I will not be offended if you listen to it in a couple/three installments. Enjoy!

Ep.9 I Saw Her (and Him) Standing There
May 21, 2014 05:25 AM PDT
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A bit late to cash in on the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles arriving in the USA, but better late than never. "I Saw Her Standing There" is unquestionably a timeless classic pop-rocker, and unquestionably much more McCartney than Lennon. Lennon even chose to cover it at what would be his final big concert appearance. You can hear that version, and the story behind it, as well as many other versions and the stories behind those (by everyone from Bob Welch to Mary Wells to Daniel Johnson...) Enjoy!

Ep.8 Dirty Old Town
March 13, 2014 09:13 AM PDT
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A folk song written by an Englishman for a play about his home town, but which has become most popular in the hands of a couple of Irish acts. Yet all the featured versions from the last decade have been by Americans. This underscores the song's timeless, universal appeal, especially at the end of winter as many of us look out the window at our own dirty old towns.

Ep.7 Searchin'
February 12, 2014 04:09 PM PST
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Not the most impressive song in the Leiber and Stoller oeuvre, but one that an impressive and amusing bunch of artists has covered.

Ep.6 These Days
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January 01, 2014 01:11 PM PST
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A teenage Jackson Browne wrote this world-weary classic (some know it as a Nico song; some know it as a Gregg Allman song...) while living in sunny southern California. Since then, it has been covered in a variety of styles, undergone some drastic changes, and seems to have returned to its owner in a matured, but similar state as it was in when he first gave it to the world. Browne can now sing his jaded words with some wisdom instead of teen angst. We'll hear several treatments of the song from 1967 to now.

Ep.5 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
November 12, 2013 06:18 PM PST
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A celebration of one of the best pop singles of all time, and the many cover versions it has spawned. Enjoy.

Ep.4 Insenstatez/How Insensitive
August 16, 2013 08:16 AM PDT
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One of the first bona fide classics from the mind of Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim--as well as from the genre he helped to create, Bossa Nova. With a melody partially lifted from Chopin, lyrics in both Portuguese and English--that have totally different meanings but are both equally sad--and cover versions by a surprisingly wide range of artists from Shatner to Iggy, what's not to love? A couple of technical glitches threatened to waylay this episode, but I think I succeeded in nursing it back to health.

Ep.3 Dancing in the Street
July 11, 2013 11:30 AM PDT
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As promised, a summer theme. This is one song to which I don't feel any improvements are needed. The original is perfect, and only a few of the covers featured do I feel succeed in doing something new and exciting. I think the Everly Brothers and Van Halen win the cup this time. See what you think.
In researching this episode, I discovered something interesting, which became the sub-theme of this episode: That both The Who and the Grateful Dead both began covering this song in a straight ahead form in each of the band's early days. Both retired the tune, only to each rework it in the late 70's. So I bookend this episode with those bands' versions. Yes, I might spend a few extra minutes on the Dead's version(s), but that's just because their musical references are so rich, that it's hard for me to resist diving in. I also wish I cut the Little Richard version a minute or two earlier--I started out loving it, but grew to dislike it after repeated listening.
Otherwise, you will hear some prime examples of how music changed between the 60's and 80's. I can't really say that things have changed half as much in the last 20 years.

Ep.2 To Love Somebody
June 23, 2013 01:13 PM PDT
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This episode looks at The Bee Gees' 1967 single, "To Love Somebody" and cover versions from The Upsetters, The Animals, Roberta Flack and more--some expected, some not so...
I should put forth the fact that my commentary on these episodes comes from the viewpoint not of a music critic, but of someone who has had a hand in writing, arranging and producing music for the last decade and a half. Also, from the viewpoint of a music lover and historian.
Enjoy, and if you find out where that sound's coming from, let me know!
-Brian

Ep.1 Around and Around
Clean
May 31, 2013 09:18 PM PDT
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The first in a long series (I think) examining songs that have been covered by wide ranging and sometimes unlikely artists. This episode: Around and Around by Chuck Berry. Some expected and not so expected versions of this 1958 classic.

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