Thursday, March 31, 2022

31 March 2022 - Cœur de Pirate - True Colors

It's been a beautiful month of Canadian music on Wicked Guilty Pleasures.  Totally Covered has mostly stayed out of it, but we could NOT pass up one more œ here.  Tœtally Cœvered?

Anyway, it's Cyndi Lauper being covered by Béatrice Martin, beautifully. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

29 March 2022 - Babygirl - Kiss Me

Today's Wicked Guilty Pleasure is a little band with sad guitars from Ontario named Babygirl.  

I accidentally learned that they have a Sixpence None The Richer cover for all of us to enjoy.  It's a little hard to picture the song with sad guitars, and yet they pull it off. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

16 March 2022 - Lennon Stella - Hey Beautiful

I was watching "How I Met Your Father" the other day.   I heard the opening theme song, which is, of course, a cover of the "How I Met Your Mother" theme song, "Hey Beautiful", originally performed by The Solids.

I was thinking to myself, "Tony, that sounds a lot like Lennon Stella."

I decided THIS AFTERNOON to check to see if I was right.  

I was.

16 March 2022 - Lennon & Maisy - Call Your Girlfriend

Originally performed by Robyn & Erato, Lennon and Maisy Stella posted this video in 2012, when they were 12 and 8, respectively. 

31 million views later, they were cast on the ABC drama Nashville - in fact, the notoriety they gained from this video was instrumental in their work visas being granted (they are Canadian and needed those to work in the US).  Their careers have soared from there.  

16 March 2022 - Lennon and Maisy - You Belong With Me

At the CMAs

Five feet from Taylor Swift.

They knocked it out of the park.

Maisy got a hug and a bunch of kisses from Taylor.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

15 March 2022 - The Stellas - Perfect

The Stellas are well known for their cover of this Fairground Attraction classic - probably more than anything else. We can't say for sure.  

Saturday, March 12, 2022

12 March 2022 - Eastwood Collegiate's Songwriting Recording Class - Up We Go

I can't describe this any better than the YouTube description does.
This is a senior songwriting and recording class from Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario.  Most students in this class are in the Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program, representing several arts disciplines, including instrumental music, vocal music, strings, visual arts, dance, drama, and production technology.  This year we are excited to be able to sing/play indoors but we still faced the challenge of recording music together live due to indoor distancing requirements, co-horting and contract tracing.  Many hours were spent planning, arranging, learning the parts, performing, mixing the recordings and video editing for this project and we are proud of how it turned out.  We chose “Up We Go” by the Lights because the chorus lyrics really spoke to the class considering the time we are all living in:

“Everyone here is ready to go
It's been a hard year with nothing to show
From down this road, it's only on we go, on we go"
You go, kids.

This recording was done for the CBC Music 2021 Canadian Music Class Challenge.  No, they didn't win.  YES, they did a damn good version of this great song (now go to Wicked Guilty Pleasures and bask in the original).  

Saturday, March 5, 2022

5 March 2022 - The Weakerthans - Bad Time to Be Poor

Totally Covered hates being left out of things.

So for #MapleLeafMarch, here's one Canadian icon, The Weakerthans, bringing a Rheostatics cover - another Canadian icon. 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

3 March 2022 - Viola Wills - If You Could Read My Mind

Is this an abomination?  Maybe.  

Was it a big hit and still an excellent tribute to Gordon Lightfoot? Absolutely.  

3 March 2022 - Olivia Newton-John - If You Could Read My Mind

In 1971, Olivia Newton-John released her debut album, called If Not For You.  This was a covers album, with mostly recent songs featured.   This Gordon Lightfoot classic had been a huge worldwide hit the year prior, so it was ripe to be covered.

To her credit, ONJ understands the mournful feel of the song, and she covered it well.