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Ep.13 Moon River
February 09, 2015 01:49 PM PST
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Sorry for the long time between episodes, but in the interim, I became a father. Audrey Ruth was born Dec 15, and so I wanted to celebrate by featuring a song first made famous by another lovely Audrey. I skipped over many of the biggest versions of this song and went right for the most interesting (for the most part). Enjoy!

Ep. 12 She Thinks I Still Care
November 01, 2014 06:58 PM PDT
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A cry-in-your-beer classic told with a healthy dose of irony, "She Thinks I Still Care" has been covered in a wide range of styles since its initial release in 1962, has gender-role-flipped a few times, but never fails to deliver a sentiment that most of us has felt at one time or another.

Ep 11. Without Her
September 04, 2014 05:02 PM PDT
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From Harry Nilsson's RCA debut LP, Pandemonium Shadow Show (1967), "Without Her" is a perfectly written, perfectly sung and perfectly arranged and produced (by Rick Jarrard) song that perfectly evokes the empty, lonely feeling in the wake of a breakup. Did I mention how perfect it is? Several of the cover versions you'll hear aren't too shabby either.

Ep. 10 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
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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
Explicit
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.

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