Wednesday, February 24, 2021

24 February 2021 - Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman - Somethin' Stupid

Here's something you didn't realize. 

Nicole Kidman can sing.  For real.  

This song, a cover of the song originally recorded by Carson and Gaile in 1966 and made famous by father/daughter duo Frank and Nancy Sinatra in 1967, went to #1 in the UK in 2001.  Kidman and British hitmaker Robbie Williams make a charming pair, good enough to earn the coveted Christmas #1 that year.

Friday, February 19, 2021

19 February 2021 - Charly Bliss - Steal My Sunshine

Brooklyn band Charly Bliss has been compared to Weezer....

in the comments to the video on YouTube, Weezer with Tommy Pickles as lead singer, but that wasn't a bad thing.

When they showed up at A.V. Club in 2017, they covered the Len classic song, without the Andrea True connection.  I personally think they nailed it.  

(Update: 10 May 2021) A.V. Club apparently took this video down, so we replaced it with a live version that's pretty solid.  

(Update: 23 August 2023)  The A.V. Club version is back!  That's good, because it's better.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

18 February 2021 - My Chemical Romance - Song 2

We've been mostly paying attention to Wicked Guilty Pleasures lately.   So should you, by the way.

But we still love covers.  Here's MCR covering what is probably the best known song by Blur.  Well.

Friday, February 12, 2021

12 February 2021 - The Din - The Old Apartment

The Din are a Canadian band who took on a very Canadian song with a lot of direct Toronto references.

For a song recorded in their den, it certainly is a terrific, heartfelt cover.  I especially appreciate the commentary prior to the music.  

Thursday, February 11, 2021

11 February 2021 - John & Mary - Alcohol

Buffaloians covering The Kinks?   

We've got you.  In a rare John Lombardo vocal performance, here are John and Mary (providing a feverish violin) giving a fantastic rendition of a classic.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

10 February 2021 - 10,000 Maniacs - Peace Train

After Yusef Islam - formerly Cat Stevens - (allegedly) called for the death of Salman Rushie for his book The Satanic Verses, Natalie Merchant demanded this song be removed from future pressings of their album In My Tribe and they never played it again.  

Which is a shame.  It's a beautiful song and they performed it beautifully.    

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

9 February 2021 - Alana Davis - 32 Flavors

Alana Davis took an Ani DiFranco folk song and made it her very funky debut single.  It would be her only top 40 single (to date - she's still making music) but it is so spectacularly done, I still listen to it to this day.  

I somewhat love this live version a little better.  Davis's personality truly shines through in this live performance.  This is the very meaning of "taking ownership of a song" personified.

In 2018, Alana Davis re-recorded the song.  It's far more stripped down, and yet seems even MORE genuine.  

Monday, February 8, 2021

8 February 2021 - Goo Goo Dolls w/ Lance Diamond - I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man & Down on the Corner

Before they were national superstars, the Goo Goo Dolls were a local Buffalo band and a big deal.  On a couple of their early albums, they teamed with local personality Lance Diamond on a couple of covers.  The band met Diamond when then-vocalist Robby Takac moved into the same apartment building as him. 

In this free concert in downtown Buffalo (and, for the record, I was in downtown Buffalo but not at the concert that day, and I don't remember why we didn't go), Diamond joined the Goos for these covers, which were both incredible.  

Thursday, February 4, 2021

4 February 2021 - Charli XCX - Stay With Me

There was once a time where I posted a LOT of Charli XCX on Wicked Guilty Pleasures.  Some of you have asked why I don't post her stuff anymore. 

I don't have a great answer for that - I'll probably get back to it at some point, but there's a lot of great music.  Even Charli realized that.  This song, a cover of the Sam Smith hit, was recorded in 2014, and it's pretty excellent.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

3 February 2021 - Carly Rae Jepsen - Hold Me

It takes a singer with a pretty huge voice to cover a duet by themselves.  

Carly Rae Jepson is that singer.  This song, originally sung by Fleetwood Mac and performed at a festival in tribute of the band, was such a duet.  Clearly, she's making some concessions with the chorus, but she makes it work.

Unfortunately, it seems like this was a one-time performance, which is a shame, because she absolutely slayed this song.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

2 February 2021 - Devo - [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones were - are - a band with a lot of roots in soul and blues.  Devo is the opposite of that.  That doesn't mean that they're bad - Devo is excellent! - they're just different bands.  So when Devo covered one of the best known Rolling Stones songs, it was met with some skepticism.  

It shouldn't have been.  The frenetic, electronic nature of the cover brings a different feel to the song, but still a valid, enjoyable one. 

Monday, February 1, 2021

1 Feburary 2021 - A Cover Me Canada Life is a Highway Special

You may recall that when I posted the first Cover Me Canada special last year, I told you two things.  1) The bands in the competition could, as part of their audition, cover one of four Canadian classic songs - we featured Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" in that installment 2) I would be revisiting the other three in the future.  
 Don't worry.  I'll be featuring the other three songs soon. - me

Whereas that post took me by surprise, I had some time to plan this one.  It's still going to be a tour of Canada, but this time, we know where we're going.  And we're starting with The Eastman Encounter, from Ontario, covering "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane.  Their cover is pretty faithful, if not a little guitar-heavy.  The video was recorded at Stroud Farms, outside of Oshawa, Ontario.

The Metronomes from British Columbia took over a mall for an acapella version of the song.  Frankie Cena is the leader of this little glee club, and it suits him, as does the spotlight, as he's gone on to other TV hosting jobs.  

TEA, from Montreal, Quebec, did NOT go acapella.   They went orchestral, and I have to admit, I like the song on the harp and standup bass.   It's inventive and I will be looking into what else they might have done for a future post.  

Let's head back to British Columbia and get a little heavy with 2StepCloser. Now, it's been a few years, and I'm sorry to report that this duo has broken up, but you can still enjoy their Cover Me Canada audition.