(aired 3/4/11)

cover songs, kissed a girl

Who knew that Snoop Doggy Dog’s “Gin and Juice” would work so well as an alternative country song (done by The Gourds)? Or that “F*ck You” could be so beautiful as a violin piece? Or that Willie Nelson would put his own twist on song that was originally in a Jamaican reggae style?

It’s always interesting to hear a musical artist put their own spin on an existing song originally done by someone else. Today was the first Maya’s Mix show dedicated to covers, and I’m sure we’ll be doing more follow-up episodes. Thanks to your abundance of creative suggestions, I’ll want to do some more follow-up shows with this theme. So let me know if you have any other ideas (with a comment here, a message on the Maya’s Mix Facebook page, or email

To check out some cool websites on this subject, I recommend Cover Me, as well as Cover Lay Down. They both offer music to download. Enjoy this show of recycled treasures!

  1. clip: When Doves Cry (Prince cover) – The Be Good Tanyas
  2. Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen cover) – Rufus Wainright [album suggested by Jessica McFarland Walton]
  3. Womanizer (Britney Spears cover) – Sliimy
  4. Roadrunner (The Modern Lovers cover) – Joan Jett [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  5. clip: The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
  6. The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff cover) – Willie Nelson [suggested by Alison Young]
  7. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson cover) – Cake [suggested by Alison Young]
  8. Addicted to Love (Robert Palmer cover) – Florence And The Machine
  9. Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell cover) – Counting Crows [suggested by Lynn Gates]
  10. clip: Poker Face (Lady Gaga cover) – Vitamin String Quartet
  11. Common People (Pulp cover) – William Shatner, ft. Joe Jackson [suggested by Susan Ware]
  12. Jackson (Johnny Cash cover) – Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  13. Fuck You (Cee-Lo Green cover) – Eric Stanley
  14. clip: Gin and Juice – Snoop Doggy Dogg
  15. Gin and Juice (Snoop Doggy Dogg cover) – The Gourds [suggested by Alison Young]
  16. I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry cover) – Max Vernon
  17. Always On My Mind (Brenda Lee cover) – Pet Shop Boys [suggested by Laura Phillips-Mao]
  18. clip: Always On My Mind – Brenda Lee
  19. clip: Canadian Sunset – Cameos
  20. Canadian Sunset (Andy Williams cover) – Diana Ross [suggested by Stephen Krueger, for Cameos version]
  21. The Saga Begins (American Pie by Don McClean cover)  – Weird Al Yankovic [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  22. Troubled Waters – Cat Power [suggested by Anjali Altman]
  23. All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience [suggested by Lynn Gates]
  24. Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix cover)  – Tuck & Patti [suggested by Howie Morningstar]
  25. clip: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
  26. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Kylie Minogue cover) – The Flaming Lips [suggested by Susan Ware]
  27. Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon cover) – The Rolling Stones [suggested by Lynn Gates]
  28. clip: Stand By Me – Adriano Celentano in Italian (Ben E. King cover)
  29. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover) – Boyz II Men

Originally aired on KSKQ on March 4, 2011. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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