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9:30 Coffee Break: Recycled Songs

by Jill Riley and Sean McPherson

November 13, 2015

Tech Dump electronics recycling
Boxes of waste are organized at Tech Dump in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The free electronics recycling business opened its 32,000 square-foot warehouse in St. Paul, its second location, last September.
Jeffrey Thompson | MPR News file photo

Sunday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day, a nationwide effort to increase recycling awareness and to inform citizens about how to recycle various items. More than 1,300 events around the country are listed on the America Recycles Day website.

For example, in the Twin Cities on Saturday, Nov. 14, local nonprofit Tech Dump is hosting electronics-collection events at its locations in St. Paul and Golden Valley, as well as at Arc's Value Village store in Richfield, making it easy for people to drop off electronics for recycling.

With all this recycling going on, it got us thinking about how songs are often recycled; that is, original songs that are covered by other artists. There are even instances of multiple artists covering the same song.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what recycled songs — aka cover tunes — would you like to hear? Send us your requests. And feel free to include the name of the artist who originally performed the song in your request for the cover version.

Songs Played

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts "Crimson and Clover" (Tommy James and the Shondells)
Talking Heads "Take Me to the River" (Al Green)
Trampled By Turtles "Where is My Mind" (Pixies)
Jeff Buckley "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen)
The Avett Brothers "Spanish Pipedream" (John Prine)
Nirvana "Love Buzz" (Shocking Blue)

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