Covers: One Degree of Separation

(aired 6/17/11)

covers, willie nelson, cyndie lauper

Ready for some crazy fun? Today’s show spawned from a challenge I’d recently given myself regarding cover songs. A “cover” is a new performance or recording of a previously-recorded song. Earlier this year one of my shows featured all cover songs (March 4th). Today is the second edition of this theme, but with a twist. The lineup has a particular order: each song is a cover of a piece that was originally done by the artist preceding him/her on the playlist. As you can see, the lineage lasts for more than 20 songs, which I originally doubted was possible!

Let me know if you can find a way to continue the list longer. We’d need to find an artist/group who has done a Smashing Pumpkins cover while also having one of their own original songs covered by someone else. Or perhaps you can back up a little further and take a fork in the road at Stevie Nicks or the Dave Matthews Band. Email me if you have an insight, or post it in on the Maya’s Mix Facebook group page.

  1. clip: Goody Goody – Helen Ward & Benny Goodman & his Orchestra
  2. Goody Goody (Benny Goodman cover) – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
  3. Why Do Fools Fall In Love? (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover) – Joni Mitchell
  4. Case Of You (Joni Mitchell cover) – Prince
  5. When You Were Mine (Prince cover) – Cyndi Lauper
  6. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover) – Willie Nelson
  7. Funny How Time Slips Away (Willie Nelson cover) – Al Green
  8. clip: Night Life (Willie Nelson cover) – Bonnie Raitt & B.B. King
  9. Take Me To The River (Al Green cover) – Talking Heads
  10. Burning Down The House (Talking Heads cover) – Bonnie Raitt
  11. I Can’t Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt cover) – Bon Iver
  12. Lost in The World (adapted from “Woods” by Bon Iver, with clips) – Kanye West
  13. Heartless (Kanye West Cover) – The Fray
  14. How to Save a Life (The Fray cover) – Alicia Keys
  15. Fallin’ (Alicia Keys cover) – Justin Beiber
  16. Baby (Justin Bieber cover) – Neon Trees
  17. Ooh Baby – Fleetwood Mac
  18. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac cover) – Vampire Weekend
  19. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend cover) – Peter Gabriel and Hot Chip
  20. In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel cover) – Tim Reynolds (of DMB)
  21. Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band cover) – Stevie Nicks
  22. Landslide (Stevie Nicks cover) – Smashing Pumpkins
  23. 1979 (Smashing Pumpkins cover) – The Virginia Gentlemen

Originally aired on KSKQ on June 17, 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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