Cover Me

Cover Songs, Opinions on First Aid Kit & Mark E. Smith

Jim and Greg talk to author Ray Padgett about his book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. They discuss the roots of the term "cover" and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock's most notable examples, from Elvis's rendition of "Hound Dog" to the Feelies doing the Rolling Stones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite cover songs. Plus, a review of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and a remembrance of Mark E. Smith of The Fall.

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Ray Padgett

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to author Ray Padgett about his book, Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. They discuss what makes a good cover version of a song, as well as what makes a bad one. Plus, they dig into some notable rock covers that Ray mentions in the book. Then, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite cover songs:

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First Aid Kit Ruins

The Swedish duo First Aid Kit is returning with their fourth studio album, Ruins. The band, made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, is known for their beautiful and intricate harmonies. While Jim loves these harmonies, he finds that Ruins relies on that strength a bit too much. He loves when the duo ups the production with a big backing band sound that pushes them out of their comfort zone. He thinks Ruins is half a great album and gives it a Try It. Greg really enjoys First Aid Kit, and loves when they show a different, rocking side to them. He loved when the band performed a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" when he saw them on tour in 2015. He also loved their single "You Are the Problem Here," a song that eviscerates men who abuse their power to harass women. Greg wishes he would have seen more of the duo's intense side, but he enjoys the harmonies and beautiful vocals the band supplies. He gives it a Try It.


Obit: Mark E. Smith

CMark E. Smith Mark E. Smith, the lead singer of the post-punk band The Fall, died at the age of 60. The Fall emerged in 1976 and with 32 studio albums and some additional 30 live albums, one can see how the band is both impactful and daunting. Their sound was grinding and aggressive, often paired with Smith's caustic lyrics. Jim has mixed thoughts about The Fall and Smith's aggressive performances, but thinks that there are about a dozen or so great tracks worth your time. Greg thinks there are plenty of songs and albums to recommend to the uninitiated. Smith had some great tracks on early '90s albums like The Infotainment Scan, showing moments of entry points. However both hosts agree that Smith's contribution to music as a lyricist and performer was one-of-a-kind.

Featured Songs

  1. The White Stripes, Jolene, Hello Operator (single), Sympathy For The Record Industry, 2000
  2. The Fall, Fit and Working Again, Slates, Rough Trade, 1981
  3. First Aid Kit, Distant Star, Ruins, Columbia, 2018
  4. The Everly Brothers, Wake Up Little Susie, Wake Up Little Susie (single), Cadence, 1957
  5. David Ross, Wake Up Little Susie, Wake Up Little Susie (single), Embassy, 1957
  6. Madonna, American Pie, The Next Best Thing (music from the motion picture), Maverick, 2000
  7. The Feelies, Paint It Black, Paint It Black, A&M, 1990
  8. The Arrows, I Love Rock N Roll, I Love Rock N Roll (single), RAK, 1975
  9. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, I Love Rock N Roll, I Love Rock N Roll, Boardwalk, 1981
  10. Big Mama Thornton, Hound Dog, Hound Dog (single), Peacock, 1953
  11. Elvis Presley, Hound Dog, Hound Dog (single), RCA, 1956
  12. Freddie Bell and the Bellboys, Hound Dog, Hound Dog (single), Teen, 1955
  13. Elvis Costello, Alison, My Aim Is True, Stiff, 1977
  14. Linda Ronstadt, Alison, Living In The USA, Asylum, 1978
  15. Prince, Nothing Compares 2 U, The Hits/The B-Sides, Paisley Park, 1993
  16. Sinead O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, Chrysalis, 1990
  17. Manfred Mann, The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo), The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo), Fontana, 1968
  18. Bob Dylan, Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn), The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes, Columbia, 2014
  19. The Fugees, Killing Me Softly, The Score, Columbia, 1996
  20. Roberta Flack, Killing Me Softly With His Song, Killing Me Softly, Atlantic, 1973
  21. Lori Lieberman, Killing Me Softly With His Song, Lori Lieberman, Capitol, 1971
  22. Gloria Jones, Tainted Love, Tainted Love (Single), Champion, 1965
  23. Soft Cell, Tainted Love, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, Some Bizzare, 1981
  24. Phil Manzanera, Big Day, Diamond Head, Island, 1975
  25. Yung Wu, Big Day, Shore Leave, Coyote, 1987
  26. Al Green, Take Me to the River, Al Green Explores Your Mind, Hi, 1974
  27. Talking Heads, Take Me to the River, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Sire, 1978
  28. John and Yoko, Listen The Snow Is Falling, Wedding Album, Apple, 1969
  29. Galaxie 500, Listen, The Snow Is Falling, This Is Our Music, Rough Trade, 1990
  30. Dolly Parton, Jolene, Jolene, RCA Victor, 1974
  31. The White Stripes, Jolene (Live), n/a, n/a, 2009
  32. First Aid Kit, Rebel Heart, Ruins, Columbia, 2018
  33. First Aid Kit, It's A Shame, Ruins, Columbia, 2018
  34. First Aid Kit, To Live a Life, Ruins, Columbia, 2018
  35. First Aid Kit, Hem of Her Dress, Ruins, Columbia, 2018
  36. First Aid Kit, War Pigs (Live), un-released, N/A, 2015
  37. First Aid Kit, You Are the Problem Here, You Are the Problem Here (Single), Columbia, 2017
  38. The Fall, Totally Wired, A Part of America Therein, 1981, Cottage, 1982
  39. The Fall, Mr. Pharmacist, Bend Sinister, Beggars Banquet, 1986
  40. The Fall, How I Wrote Elastic Man, Grotesque, Rough Trade, 1980
  41. The Fall, Cruiser's Creek, The Nation's Saving Grace, PVC, 1985
  42. The Fall, Glam Racket, The Infotainment Scan, Matador, 1993
  43. The Jackson 5, I Want You Back, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5, Motown, 1969
  44. Young T.H.U.G., Travis Scott, feat. Quavo, pick up the phone, Jeffery, Atlantic, 2016
  45. New Order, Bizarre Love Triangle, Brotherhood, Factory, 1986
  46. Vic Mensa feat. Ty Dolla $ign, We Could Be Free, The Autobiography, Def Jam, 2017
  47. Vic Mensa, Say I Didn't, The Autobiography, Def Jam, 2017
  48. Five Man Electrical Band, Signs, Good-byes and Butterflies, Lionel, 1970
  49. Tesla, Signs (Live), Five Man Acoustical Jam, Geffen, 1990