RFCI COVERSI’ve always been a fan of unusual cover versions of my favorite songs. While they rarely manage to match the power of the original performer, the novelty of hearing a new take on a familiar classic can be exciting and intriguing. In this week’s Radio Free Charleston International, we bring you two hours of slightly offbeat cover tunes.

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In this show you will hear artists that you don’t normally expect to perform songs that they didn’t write themselves, like Ben Folds, Kate Bush, Todd Rundgren and The Clash. You will also hear songs originally written by the likes of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Queen, Abba, Jimi Hendrix and Jethro Tull. We have a set of Ska covers and a set of Beatles covers. You’ll hear rare vocal turns by Keith Emerson and Keith Moon. We even bring you a performance by GWAR.

That’s all in this week’s RFC International. Take cover!

Our playlist:

Ben Folds  “Video Killed The Radio Star”

Kate Bush  “Sexual Healing”
Flaming Lips  “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Dave Stewart and Colin Blunstone  “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”
Men Without Hats  “S.O.S.”
DEVO  “Are You Experienced”

Reel Big Fish  “Brown Eyed Girl”
Save Ferris  “Come On Eileen”
Buck-O-Nine  “Pass The Dutchie”
Goldfinger  “99 Red Balloons”

Klaus Nomi  “Lightning Strikes”
Keith Emerson  “I’m A Man”
Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Kaye & Steve Cropper “Riders On The Storm”
Todd Rundgren  “Good Vibrations”
Dave Gregory  “Frankenstein”

Tin Machine  “Working Class Hero”
Tim Curry  “I Will”
Adrian Belew  “Free As A Bird”
Dave Edmonds,  “Lady Madonna”

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes  “On The Radio”
The Clash  “Police On My Back”
Rabbit  “Locomotive Breath”
GWAR  “School’s Out”
Rammstein  “Pet Semetary”

The Rock Lobsters  “Stairway To Heaven”
Pseudo Echo  “Funkytown”
Robert Palmer  “Bad Case of Lovin’ You”
Keith Moon “The Kids Are All Right”


This was a fun theme, and I’m sure we’ll revisit it many times in the future.