As you all know I love “American Idol“, and I’m glad it’s finally back on track this season. A lot of people enjoy watching the show for the drama or the trainwrecks, but I really enjoy hearing someone doing a solid rendition of a popular song. In other words, I love song covers. When done right, it can breathe new life into an overplayed track or expose an unknown gem to a new audience. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been meaning to do separate posts on the following covers, but always kept pushing them back.
Since, we’re all off in Whistler enjoying a weekend of gay fun on the mountains at WinterPRIDE 2011, I decided to write this post before we left, compiling four covers that I’ve really enjoyed recently. It’s a grab bag of established singers covering hits of yesteryear mixed in with a couple of YouTube users giving their spin on new classics. Hope you enjoy the following selections.
Adele Covers The Cure’s “Lovesong”
I decided to start off with my favorite of the bunch. Adele’s version of The Cure’s classic 80s hit leaked on the internet a few weeks ago. Rumor has it, that it’ll show up on Adele’s super highly-anticipated sophomore album, “21”. I’m not even joking. The buzz and anticipation is almost deafening. I just adore the English songstress and in awe of her rendition. The way she effortlessly transforms the peppy 80s pop song into a warm emotion-filled bluesy track is amazing. Check it out, and I guarantee you’ll be moved as well. Anyone else here, an Adele fan?
Boyce Avenue Covers Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”
Undoubtedly you’ve heard probably dozens of covers of Katy Perry’s hit. Most notably Darren Criss’ version on “Glee”. Having said that, I couldn’t resist including this cover by American acoustic rock band, Boyce Avenue. Say what you will about Perry, but the woman can write a good song. The fact the song can translate into a beautifully arranged piano acoustic masterpiece is phenomenal. I’ve never heard of these brothers before hearing this, and now I’m tempted to check out them out on tour. See if they’re coming to a city near you at http://boyceavenue.com/.
YouTube’r katiegavs Covers Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair”
Don’t know much about this girl, but what I do know is that she has some major raw talent. As much as I love Willow’s dance viral hit, I really love the stripped down guitar version of “Whip My Hair“. I absolutely love the tone of this chick’s voice. Get this chick on American Idol stat. Love the end of the clip, when she actually does whip her hair. LOL.
The Pretty Reckless Cover Oasis’ “Wonderwall”
I have to admit “Gossip Girl’s” Taylor Momsen does a half-decent job of one of Oasis‘ biggest hits. The clip is from a recent live performance in France. Love how the audience is sitting on the floor like sing-a-long time during Kindergarten. PS. Get “Gossip Girl” producers, bring back Jenny Humphrey.