Song of the Day: “The Boys of Summer” by The Ataris

This week, I’m going to share some cover songs that I like. I’ve long believed that someone’s preferred version of a song will almost always be the first one they hear. It’s not a matter of which one truly came first, just which one came first to that listener. Such it is with “The Boys…

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Song of the Day: “Mad World” by Gary Jules

This week, I’m going to share some cover songs that I like. Gary Jules is not the first person to discover that stripping down a song’s production can give it new interpretive layers. But his rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Mad World” stands out as a particularly excellent example of the practice. The original, though a…

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Song of the Day: “The Loco-Motion” by Grand Funk Railroad

This week, I’m going to share some cover songs that I like. “Locomotion” is one of only a handful of songs to reach #1 Billboard by two different artists, and, to my knowledge, the only one to hit the top 5 by three different artists across three different decades (’60s, ’70s, ’80s). It’s especially peculiar that…

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Song of the Day: “Game of Thrones Theme” by Swamp Donkeys

This week, I’m going to share some cover songs that I like. Game of Thrones has become such a massive sensation that you can name-drop “Daenerys” or “Tyrion” or “Jon Snow” in casual conversation and assume people will know what you’re talking about. It’s one of this generation’s great zeitgeists. The show’s fantastic theme song…

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Song of the Day: “Time” by Pink Floyd

Today marks 45 years since Dark Side of the Moon debuted. Nearly half a century later, it remains one of rock’s touchstones. Though its structure is fluid, its best moment is a distinct song: “Time.” It’s one of the only Pink Floyd songs I love without reservation; a masterpiece with a stunningly crafted soundscape. The accompanying words are depressing…

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Song of the Day: “Telstar” by The Tornados

Did you know that the first Billboard #1 hit by a British band was a funky, sci-fi-inspired instrumental? “Telstar,” named after a satellite, has an earworm of a tune, transmitted through some sort of synthesize (Wikipedia says a “clavioline”). It boasts the vibe of a cheesy black-and-white alien movie, the type that would be featured on Count…

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Song of the Day: “Lovebug” by The Jonas Brothers

As I mentioned in my review of “Levels” by Nick Jonas, I am a fan of the Jo Bros. I think boy bands, in general, can make really appealing pop music. And I think Jonas Brothers, in particular, built a power pop sound, blending frothy pop hooks with rock instrumentation and dynamic harmonies. I considered…