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…