Thursday, July 11, 2024

11 July 2024 - Candlebox - Turn Me Loose

Man, the pandemic gave us some wild covers.  Take this Loverboy cover by Candlebox.

Yes, two bands you were this close to forgetting. 

And yet, it's fire.  Straight fire. 

Monday, July 8, 2024

8 July 2024 - Shania Twain - Coat of Many Colors

Let's see...

The song was written by Dolly Parton and was semiautobiographical.  I grew up with Dolly's version, as it was a favorite song of my mother.

But Shania Twain is Canadian.   "Coat of Many Colours?"

By the way, that uncredited background vocalist is big time Grammy Award-winning artist Alison Krauss.  

Monday, July 1, 2024

1 July 2024 - Charlotte Cardin - Heaven

We want to wish every Canadian a very happy Canada Day.  

Which is why we're posting Charlotte Cardin doing a live cover of a Bryan Adams classic that is arguably better than the original.  This was performed by Cardin at the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Adams and Jim Vallance, who co-wrote the song. 

This is incredible.

Monday, May 13, 2024

13 May 2024 - Taylor Swift & Natalie Maines - Goodbye Earl

Some of you might be questioning this as a cover.

You shouldn't.  The Chicks covered the song.  

So, this is Natalie Maines on stage with Taylor Swift covering a Sons of the Desert song.  

And covering it well, by the way.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

17 April 2024 - Dropkick Murphys - The Body of An American

I was fortunate enough to see Dropkick Murphys last month in State College, PA.  In my opinion, they are the perfect successors to The Pogues.

They pay tribute to Shane McGowan in their live shows, and in fact took part in a tribute to McGowan and Sinead O'Connor last month.  

This was the song they did - recorded just a few days before I saw them - and they did it beautifully.  

Saturday, April 13, 2024

13 April 2024 - Elisapie - Isumagijunnaitaungituq (The Unforgiven)

We really hope Elisapie won a Juno last month. 

We love her enough to keep posting her amazing covers.

This Inuktitut (the languange, not the album Inuktitut, although, now that we mention it, that also applies) cover of a Metallica classic - that's right.  Metallica - is both bold and beautiful, and I like it. fair bit more than the original.  

Also, Elisapie's Katajjaq - throat singing - is absolutely incredible. 

Friday, April 5, 2024

5 April 2024 - Jimmy Somerville - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

Jimmy Sommerville was a member of two bands - Bronski Beat and The Communards - who were known for having an energetic lead vocalist who was at least supportive of the LGBTQ+ community and had a hell of a faslsetto.

So, when he went solo, it's no surprise he turned Sylvester's enduring classic into a big hit song around the world in his own right.  

Sommerville, who is gay, recorded that pride anthem in the 1980s - and it fit in with the enduring theme of LGBTQ+ activism he carried throughout all his musical projects.

This recording is from 2019 and it's like it was recorded the same day.  Jimmy is a fantastic talent. Also, horns.