Cover Me could probably have a new category added to the site just to handle all the Lady Gaga covers. For better or worse, the pop goddess’ songs have come to define mainstream music over the last couple years, and if you’re a young artist looking for a catchy (or ironic) cover, her stuff is a good place to start. Or maybe you’re a living legend of rock guitar and you’ve been making hits since the ’60s. Well, you too can cover Gaga.
You’re not seeing double. The indie pop-rock duo, HelenaMaria, is comprised of identical twins Helena and Maria Mehalis. The two recently covered Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night” for the Gaga edition of Perez Hilton’s Can You Sing??? contest. Recent winners of the contest were signed to Ellen DeGeneres’ record label, and with chops like these, HelenaMaria may be headed that direction.
Tony Bennett dropped Duets II a couple weeks back, pairing himself with a wide array of singers. One of the surprises was a version of “The Lady Is a Tramp,” reminding us that, oh yeah, Lady Gaga has one hell of a voice. She sounds so natural on the Rodgers and Hart song, you’d never guess this was an unusual pairing. Unless you saw the new music video, though, which looks significantly odder.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Today’s sort-of theme: stripping back big songs. Whether that’s Sonic Youth burners or T-Pain travesties, most of these songs take big ideas and pull them back for intimate performance. Except, you know, when they don’t.
“Poker Face” covers are a dime a dozen. Jef Kearns knows this, but thought he could bring something new to the Lady Gaga megahit all the same. “I know it’s been done a million times before (just plug “Poker Face, cover” into YouTube) but not the way I was about to,” he said. “I am a flute player specializing in urban music. I slowed it down, put a hip hop beat behind it, and did it as a jazzy instrumental. It turned out so well that I wanted to use it as a B-side to my single, On the Level.”
This weekend, Sting celebrates his 60th birthday with an all-star concert in New York. One of the featured performers is Lady Gaga, and the duo gave us a preview of what they might do at Las Vegas’ I Heart Radio festival over the weekend. The two came together to belt the classic “Stand By Me,” a song they tackled once before, in May 2010. They follow it up here with the Police’s “King of Pain.”