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Episode 12: Lyrically Limber
On Side A we talk about one of the greatest unrequited love songs of all time, Romeo & Juliet by Dire Straits. The song has been covered by numerous artists such as The Indigo Girls & The Killers, to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, the song has little to do with the Capulets & Montagues and more to do with a fling between two rock n roll cats. And when you’re ready to flip on over to Side: It seems that all roads lead to Jack White. And the road we took to get to Elvis Costello’s...
Episode 11: Cloak Full of Eagles
Episode 11 features a Side A and a Side B with lots in common. Although their sounds are quite different, both featured artists were child prodigies from England. On Side A, we dive into singer-songwriter, Steve Winwood, and his 1986 song “’Higher Love” which was brilliantly covered by James Vincent McMorrow in 2011. On Side B, we keep things interesting with some dudes that are truly the epitome of cool. We chat about T. Rex and their 1972 hit Telegram Sam which was covered by the...
Episode 10: Best Damn Chicken in the State
On Side A we have Nancy Sinatra, we have Lee Hazlewood, and we have Cher. Folks, that’s a lot of Banging and a lot of Boots. We find the inspiration that led to Nancy Sinatra’s cover of Sonny Bono’s “Bang Bang" and we chat about her amazing cover of Lee Hazlewood's "These Boots Were Made For Walking." On Side B we take you to Aretha Franklin via Otis Redding via Jake & Ellwood Blues. Amanda takes us on a stroll down memory lane of riding shotgun with her dad in his 1980 Ford Granada...
Episode 9: Danger in the Rabbit Hole
On Side A: We find some common threads that led to the rise in fame and success of Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Ike & Tina Revue. Each group had breakout hits by performing cover songs. That’s right, folks. Cover Songs. Susie Q was a song written by Dale Hawkins in 1957. In 1968, Creedence decided to cover the song for their debut album. The song went on to be one of their biggest hits and earned them plenty of air time on the radio. Similarly, when Ike & Tina first entered the...
Episode 8: Where Does Tomorrow Happen?
Episode Eight takes us out of the blue and into the black. Out of Canada into California and all around the heartland with one of the most iconic singer-songwriters and rock and roll heroes of the last four decades, Mr. Neil Young. On Side A we have a classic late night porch banter about Neil Young's "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" which was covered by the Chromatics. On side B we take a jaunt to London to have a little fireside chat about Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. Their song...
Episode 7: Melancholy Splendor
Episode 7 takes us back down South in the early 1970s then on over to England in the 1980s. On Side A, we have fun discovering the original Little Feat song, "Willin." Willin’ is a song written by the guitarist & singer, Lowell George, in 1970 and was a mainstay of the band Little Feat. The song is about a truck driver in the American southwest who makes some extra cash smuggling cigarettes and transporting Mexicans illegally across the border. In the liner notes of the 1993 album, As...
Episode 6: Locker Room in Heaven
On Side A we talk about the incomparable David Bowie…. In keeping with our Cover Story theme, we will be discussing Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” which was recorded on the album “Low” in 1977 which was the first of David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy – one of the most interesting times in Bowie’s life. And on Side B: “Dream Baby Dream” is one of my favorite Bruce songs of all time and is from his 2014 Album High Hopes. It also happens to be a really brilliant cover of the 1979 song by Suicide. We...
Episode 5: Countrypolitans
The temp on the porch may be arctic but Episode 5 is a little Sip of Sunshine. In the midst of a rare Bomb Cyclone, we head back to 1967 on Side A to chat about Simon & Garfunkel’s Hazy Shade of Winter which the Bangles covered for the soundtrack to the iconic 80s film - Less Than Zero. Filler waxes poetically about one of his favorite authors, Bret Easton Ellis, while I just try to keep up with him & stick with the program. On Side B, we take you from Rome to Nashville for some Sturgill...
Episode One: Leather & Lace
On Side B of Episode One, we dive in with some Dylan. Filler & I talk about the fucking brilliant Guns n' Roses cover of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and the balls on Axl to cover Dylan. The B sides usually contain some real gems - and this one does for sure. Side A takes you through Johnny Cash’s cover of the incomparable Nine Inch Nails song, “Hurt.” We get a lovely phone call from the very talented and hilarious, Jill Kargman.