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.”
“Weird Al” Yankovic first debuted his new “Polka Face” covers medley live last year, and now, 15 months later, we move from shaky concert footage to off-the-wall music video. Now, normally Al’s polkas get music videos for his concerts consisting of the original video clips synced to his medley (like this one), so this marks his polka-video debut.
If you’re a frequent reader of Cover Me, you may recall a piece we posted a couple months back featuring five covers of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory,” proving that our cover-finding chops are better than Mother Monster’s (as they should be). This post happens to contain our first mention of Andi (a.k.a Andrea Kristinsdottir), a globe-hopping singer/songwriter who’s currently based in New York. The nu-jazz musician is at it again with a cover of Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go,” and (unsurprisingly) it’s just as unique as her first one.
It’s been some time since Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” was all over the airwaves; think back to when you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing the song on at least three different stations. Despite this fact, British singer/songwriter Catherine A.D. chose to cover the track, and her rendition’s far from the electronic pop hit you’re used to hearing.
Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!
Ever since her debut single, “Just Dance,” hit the airwaves back in 2008, Lady Gaga has captivated America (and the rest of the world, for that matter) with her ever-changing looks and music. This is far from the first time we’ve mentioned the mega pop star — her hit songs are clear favorites for musicians everywhere looking for something catchy to cover. But we would probably be doing Gaga a disservice if we failed to acknowledge her chart-topping sophomore album, The Fame Monster.