Making a song your own is tough, and so is crafting an interesting and original YouTube video to go with it. Sometimes a simple shot of you on the couch will do. Sometimes you’ve got a multi-camera set up. Sometimes you just want to share a live clip of your old band from its second (and final) show in 2008. It’s a cover, so people will hear it, then discover your originals. Next stop: a million views and your own reality show!
Anyway, here are 10 times that YouTube tried to cover Big Sugar songs.
1. “Turn the Lights On” – The Looprechaun
Apparently dead filmmaker John Hughes isn’t dead at all, but he’s beatboxing with loop pedals, covering songs on YouTube. AND HE’S CALLED THE LOOPRECHAUN.
2. “If I Had My Way” – Stifler’s Mom
It appears that there is more than one ’90s cover band called Stifler’s Mom (shudder). Maybe this is the Canadian chapter of a worldwide society of bands taking the character Jennifer Coolidge made famous in 1999’s American Pie and paying tribute to Blink 182, Third Eye Blind and Sugar Ray?
3. “Turn the Lights On” – Summer Rock Camp
In 2011, the worlds of Ben, Jasper, Luke, Murray and Tyler were changed forever when they attended Peter Taschuk’s ROCK CAMP. Or maybe they weren’t. Anyway.
4. “100 Cigarettes” – Sam Taylor and the East End Love
Not bad. That camera angle, though. I mean, a few inches to one side or the other and we’d be able to see both members of the band.
5. “The Scene” – White Ostrich Farm
According to this Cambridge, Ontario trio’s Facebook page, the band specializes in everything from Tom Petty to Tool and everything in between. They also specialize in isolating live drum takes with Plexiglas dividers.
6. “Ride Like Hell” – Gabster9music
“Quick take,” notes the YouTube description.
7. “Joe Louis” – Fireball
Gotta love a frontman in shorts and sandals!
8. “All Hell for a Basement” – Tim Chaisson
Proof that a Big Sugar song can soundtrack a montage in a Cara Delevigne rom-com.
9. “I’m a Ram” – Brickhouse
I came for the original song, actually.
10. “Better Get Used to It” – Sons of Adam
“She’s not bad, dude. You know, for a girl.”