Cover Me: A Little Luck
I can vaguely remember how I got into Tegan and Sara. I remember seeing the video for “Monday Monday Monday” and thinking it was pretty neat. Then I saw the video for I hear noises and thought the homage to Brian De Palma’s split screen in Phantom of the paradise was brilliant. But it wasn’t until I saw these girls guest host “Subterranean”, an hour block of music videos that was set to replace “120 Minutes” for buzz worthy music. It was there where I really caught on to their particular brand of music. I found out that they were twin sisters from Canada who did folk/rock music, and that they were funny as heck. These girls were just so oddly charismatic and had such a fun back and forth that I couldn’t help but just genuinely like them. I really got a good feel for them that night and I knew I would like what they have to put out. I remember getting excited to look for their CD albums the next day. That was back when I still bought CDs with some regularity.
Around that time I had seen a movie called “Better off Dead” with John Cusack. It was a pretty cool comedy about a kid who thinks about committing suicide after his girlfriend dumps him. At some point in the movie they go to a school dance and on stage singing “One Way Love” was Elizabeth Daily. Elizabeth Daily was an 80’s icon who did pop music for movies and sometimes would appear in them. Her more notable roles would be that of playing alongside Paul Reuben’s as his gal pal, Dottie in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” and for playing a slutty valley girl in the movie “Valley Girl.” The songs she played on the “Better Off Dead” soundtrack I really liked a lot so I had to go out and buy it right away.
The second E.G. Daily track called “A Little Luck” really won me over when I heard it on CD. I remember the scene in the movie where they played this song and thought about how generic the romance was playing out and so the song just didn’t resonate with me at the time. Hearing the song out of the context of the movie, worked much better for me.There is a section of this song where she has background vocals which would almost overlap. Upon hearing that song I came to a strange conclusion that was that I thought that Tegan and Sarah would do an amazing cover of this. I would listen to the track again and just imagine Tegan singing one part of the song then followed by Sara singing the other. I tell you I could almost already hear their version in my head already.
If you listen to Tegan and Sara’s song “Not Tonight” off their “If it was You” album, you might get an idea of what I mean. Or even the song “So Jealous” kind of reminds me of what this cover that should be like.