We’ve told you about the Voice Project before. The non-profit supports efforts towards peace in North Uganda, helping in particular the women so often victimized in such conflicts. To spread the word, they record regular cover videos by well-known performers for their website. What’s the connection between cover songs and Uganda? Nothing – but a cover allows a site like ours to inform readers about their noble efforts, all while providing a great new tune. Win-win.
Two weeks ago we premiered Revolver’s brilliant French-pop cover of ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love on Me” and now we return with the latest in a trend absolutely no one is calling INDIEBBA. For Billboard’s Mashup Mondays series, the Rural Alberta Advantage took on another ABBA song. Thankfully, they too avoided the obvious “Dancing Queen.” No, they invited “S.O.S.” into their Americana style. Well, really singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff did, as the other two members remain on the sidelines.
Today marks the
7th 17th birthday of Canadian popstar Justin Bieber. If you’re a fan, you might already have plans to celebrate by watching his video for “Baby” another 472 million times on YouTube (that’s the actual view count), sending hate mail to Esperanza Spalding, or seeing his recently-deceased haircut in glorious 3-D during your seventh viewing of Never Say Never. Montreal band Code Pie have marked the auspicious occasion – and more importantly the upcoming release of their third album – with a nostalgic cover of Bieber’s hit single “Baby.”
The blogosphere exploded a couple of weeks ago with the release of Radiohead‘s latest album, King of Limbs. Almost immediately on release, insta-reviews popped up everywhere with people boasting how many times they’ve already listened to the album. Robotonists even covered the full album within 24 hours!
Call me old fashioned, but I am still a sucker for Joey Fatone, Brian Latrell, and the other Lachey Brother from their boy band glory days. The success of their songs didn’t come from legendary lyricism or face-melting guitar solos, but from their pop-perfect voices and sweet dance moves. Their boyish good looks didn’t hurt either. So join me in some late-’90s nostalgic looking with covers of all those dirty-pop hits. Though a biased fan, I will attempt to objectively scrutinize these covers and determine whether they’d be teen-idol approved.
Here’s one we’ve been eagerly anticipating! It’s the Dropkick Murphys covering 1913 ballad “Peg o’ My Heart.” As if that wasn’t enough, they’re joined by a special guest: Bruce Springsteen. The cut comes from their Going Out in Style album (out Tuesday). Originally from the 1900s Broadway series Ziegfield Follies, this one sounds exactly like you’d want Dropkick and the Boss to sound. Raise those steins high and listen below.