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Week Four Song List

Our competitors are back in the studio again (with Gavin Brown and Hawksley Workman), tirelessly preparing their new covers for this Sunday night! Here's a roundup of their latest assignments; we can't wait to see how these turn out!

Living In Red (Vote!)
Song: "1234" (Feist)

History: Canada's most ubiquitous indie darling found mega success with the release of "1234", especially following its placement in an iPod Nano ad. The song was written by Australian singer Sally Seltmann, who felt it had a Feist-y feel and later presented it to the singer while touring with her in Canada. Feist began performing a more upbeat version of the song, changed a few lyrics and eventually included it on The Reminder. (source) Later it was nominated for two Grammies, won a JUNO Award and charted all over the world.

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Whosarmy (Vote!)
Song: "Feel it Again" (Honeymoon Suite)

History: Written by keyboardist Ray Coburn, "Feel It Again" was the second single from 1986's The Big Prize and their first to crack the US Top 40 charts. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock and Bruce Fairbairn. In 1986, Honeymoon Suite opened for Heart, ZZ Top and Journey (among others) and won the JUNO Award for Group of the Year.

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Ali Milner (Vote!)
Song: "I Just Wanna Stop" (Gino Vannelli)

History:After some success with earlier recordings, Gino hit it big in 1978 with the foxy slow jam "I Just Wanna Stop". It peaked at #1 in Canada, #4 in the US and it earned Vannelli a Grammy Award nomination. The album Brother To Brother was certified platinum, and in the same year Gino won a JUNO Award for Best Male Artist.

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Warren Dean Flandez (Vote!)
Song:"Big Yellow Taxi" (Joni Mitchell)

History: One of the greatest Canadian songs of all time, Joni Mitchell originally recorded "Big Yellow Taxi" in 1970. Said Joni in the early 70s: "I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart... this blight on paradise. That's when I sat down and wrote the song." Since then, it has been covered by dozens of artists, including a version by Counting Crows produced by our judge Ron Fair.

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Georgia Murray (Vote!)
Song: "Home For a Rest" (Spirit of the West)

History: Even though "Home For A Rest" was never released as an official single, it has become Spirit of the West's most popular tune since its debut in 1990. It was written by John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly while touring in Britain - or rather, after having been replaced on a tour by KD Lang. Recently it has been included on lists of the top Canadian songs of all time, and perhaps most important of all - I think we can officially declare it the number one Canadian party anthem?

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Melanie Morgan (Vote!)
Song:"Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)

History: Released in 1968, "Magic Carpet Ride" became one of the 60s biggest tunes and for Steppenwolf was only surpassed in popularity by "Born To Be Wild". It hit #3 on the US charts and since then has been featured in countless films and TV shows. Steppenwolf have gone on to sell 25 million albums worldwide.

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