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Your Playlist Sucks

Aug 19, 2020

Even for the avid music listener, reactions ranging from "mind blown" to "shook" are perfectly valid responses when finding out that Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" is, in fact, a cover. This week, Your Playlist Sucks hosts Mark Horosko and Enbani Moore tackle the world of genre-bending covers and transformational sounds, sampling, and the like, with some of their most fascinating discussions yet.

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What makes a good cover and can covering another artist's music ever be considered cultural appropriation? What if you're Eric Clapton and you cover "I Shot The Sheriff" one year after Bob Marley and the Wailers release the original, but your rendition skyrockets to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and gets inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame?

In this episode, you'll learn about the hey-day of sampling and the impact of copyright law on Hip Hop, as Mark traces the court battles that led to what some termed a "soft" sound. We also find out that Enbani's grandmother knew Bob Marley, so if that doesn't have you on the edge of your seat, we're calling your bluff because it gets spicy (we mean the discussion, obviously). 

Track list:

1. I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley and the Wailers (original), Eric Clapton (cover)

2. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot (original), Jonathan Coulton (cover)

3. Footsteps in the Dark, Pts. 1&2 - The Isley Brothers (original), Won't Do - J Dilla (sample) 

4. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys (original), CHVRCHES (cover) 

5. All This Love That I'm Givin' - Gwen McCrae (original), My Feelings For You - Avicii (sample)

6. When You Were Mine - Prince (original), Cyndi Lauper (cover)