Original Song: Joni Mitchell "Big Yellow Taxi" (1970)


Insufferably ingratiating unctuousness that'd make James Taylor proud! Adam Duritz seems cluelessly dead-set on making this jazzy, with all these laughable pseudo-scatty Van Morrison wannabe swingin' hot spot asides about “why not” and “hey hey hey” and “why you wanna be givin' it all givin' it all away.” Then the tempo slows to white reggae, and you really want to choke the twit. Definitely doesn't help that he's unaware DDT had been banned in the U.S., on apples and otherwise, since 1972