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“Mrs. Robinson”

The Lemonheads | 1992

The Lemonheads are perhaps best known for their pop punk cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic "Mrs. Robinson." But the band recorded the cover song on a whim and lead singer Evan Dando is not very excited about it's success. "I don't like it. It was all just a weird coincidence anyway," Dando told the Tallahassee Democrat. The band recorded the song in about three hours. "The Dickies did a version of 'Mrs. Robinson' that's much better," Dando said. "I don't know why that one never caught on and ours did. I'll never live that one down."

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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