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The A.V. Club's Song Covers

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For years now, The A.V. Club has been running an Uncover series in which visiting bands play covers in a round room. Here are some of my favorites. (Note: depending on whether you like the band, you may wish to skip the intro material before the actual song.)

They Might Be Giants Covers Chumbawamba: "Tubthumping"

Okay, this is wonderful. TMBG brings The A.V. Club's staff into the room and just friggin' goes for it. Song starts at 1:18, though the intro material is funny.

Superchunk Covers The Cure: "In Between Days"

A lovely power-pop twist on this one. Song begins at 1:20.

Punch Brothers Cover The Cars: "Just What I Needed"

First off, it's bananas to think that "Just What I Needed" is from 1978 (!). But that aside, this acoustic, folky cover version is terrific.

The Swell Season Covers Neutral Milk Hotel: "Two-Headed Boy"

FANTASTIC and unexpected -- this song is built for Hansard's voice, but I assumed he would've launched into the guitar part from the start!. The harmonies starting at 4:45 are truly beautiful. Oh yeah, and after the song they just keep going with "The King Of Carrot Flowers Pts. 2-3" for a bit. True fans.

Justin Townes Earle Covers Bruce Springsteen: "Atlantic City"

When I covered Springsteen way back when, this was my go-to song. Earle does it better.

Ben Folds Covers Elliott Smith: "Say Yes"

Two great tastes that taste great together. Note: mild language warning, if you're not an Elliott Smith fan.

Trampled By Turtles Covers Arcade Fire: "Rebellion (Lies)"

Lovely fiddle work on this one.

Clem Snide Covers Journey: "Faithfully"

Surprisingly beautifully executed on ukulele. Not sure about the whistling at the end.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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