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The Playlist: Cover Songs

October is a month of costumes, so our playlist is artists dressing up as other artists. We will be sharing the best covers of all time. If you have a suggestion call us at 1-866-340-1932, email daybreaknorth@cbc.ca or tweet @daybreaknorth.

  • Track 1: Jimi Hendrix covers Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower"
  • Track 2: At the suggestion of listener Luke Stent, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's take on the Hollywood classic "Over the Rainbow."
  • Track 3: Canadian chanteuse Feist tempers the hard rock of the Constantines for a tender take on the Bee Gees' "Islands in the Stream."
  • Track 4 is a request from listener Bill Smith of Dodge Cove, who says Annie Lennox's cover of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum reminds him what happens when he drinks too much.
  • Track 5 dovetails nicely with Track 1, with Stevie Ray Vaughn's instrumental cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing", as suggested by listener Terry Sawchuk.
  • Track 6 comes from listener Sue Hay in the Greater Metropolis of Toad River, whose favourite collection of covers is "In My Life" put together by Beatles producer George Martin. Of the many surprising and interesting covers of Beatles songs, her favourite is Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin doing "Come Together."http://www.allmusic.com/album/in-my-life-mw0000037930
  • Track 7 is a U2 favorite of our Daybreak Producer.  "One" covered by the Cowboy Junkies.  "One" 
  • Track 8 comes from listener Robert Edge who wanted a high-octane jolt to wake him up, and got it with Jeff Healey's cover of Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown."
  • Track 9 is a popular playlist request. Kelly Ruston from Prince George says it is surprising we have not played the Barenaked Ladies' version of Bruce Cockburn's "Lovers in a Dangerous Time." 
  • Track 10 has a bit of a music lesson in it. Listener Tim Keenan suggested a cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway" by Bonnie Raitt. He adds: "The most amazing thing about it is the harmonica solo by the late Norton Buffalo, on which he uses 5 different diatonic harmonicas twice each within 33 seconds."

    When we mentioned not knowing much about harmonicas, he emailed again, saying, "The diatonic harmonica is the basic 20-hole harmonica that almost all blues players use. A diatonic harmonica only has notes belonging to the scale of the key stamped on the harmonica--so a "C" harmonica only has the notes belonging to the scale of C major. It is distinct from a chromatic harmonica, which has a slide permitting the player to play a complete chromatic scale (all the notes, including the sharps and flats)."

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  • Track 11 is one we knew would be coming from day one: Nirvana's cover of "The Man Who Sold The World" by David Bowie.
  • Track 12 comes to us from another CBC program via a listener. Carla Moffat heard Chilliwack musician Bria Skonberg cover "Lovefool" by the Cardigans and figured it was a perfect fit. We agree.
  • Track 13 comes from listener Christo Homes' time spent in a basement in the late 1960s: Vanilla Fudge's cover of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On."
  • For track 14, we figured we'd let you know that we already have a ton of requests for a certain famous cover of a Leonard Cohen song. But before we get to that, Mark Broad requested another Cohen cover- Don Henley taking on "Everybody Knows."
  • Track 15 comes from Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata. As a fan of genre-hopping covers, he likes punk group the Slits cover of Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through the Grapevine."
  • Track 16 is from listener Nancy Lilienweiss, who says that Paul Simon was a big fan of Aretha Franklin's cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
  • For track 17, listener Laura Leli suggests we get bouncing with Jimmy Buffet's take on the Grateful Deads' "Uncle John's Band.
  • Track 18 is another Leonard Cohen cover- Paul Wodchyc suggests Madeleine Peyroux's cover of Cohen's "Dance Me To The End Of Love."
  • Track 19 comes from Lori Woodworth, or rather her teenage son. It's Johnny Cash taking on "Hurt", originally by Nine Inch Nails.
  • Track 20 landed on Hallowe'en, so Mandi Schwarz's pick is appropriate "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)", a Eurythmics tune made scarier by Marylin Manson.
  • From track 21, Kim Menounos writes suggested the Tragically Hip song "Courage" as performed by Sarah Polley.
  • And track 22 is another great Canadian cover suggested by Penny Goodacre: Smithers' very own Alex Cuba with a Spanish version of the Blue Rodeo song "Bad Timing," translated to "Arrepentido."

  • For Track 23 we went to the Dixie Chicks and their take on Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide."
  • On Track 24, listener Michael Slark suggested the Talking Heads doing Al Green's "Take Me To The River."

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