Paper Bag Artists Cover Madonna True Blue

Paper Bag Records is celebrating eight years as a label and their new website by releasing a tribute album covering Madonna’s 1986 album True Blue. The label asked their roster of artists — including Born Ruffians, PS I Love You, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and You Say Party (RIP) — to record songs from the album, which is 25 years old this year. There were great songs to chose from — the album includes big Madonna singles like “La Isla Bonita,” “Live To Tell,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” and “Open Your Heart.” The latter was covered by Montreal-based trio Young Galaxy. Their version of “Open Your Heart” is light and airy, with little more than two keyboards and a drum machine behind singer Catherine McCandless’s voice. It’s a nice contrast to PS I Love You’s “Where’s The Party,” which is all crashing guitars and anguished vocals (that one is also below). Listen:

Young Galaxy – “Open Your Heart”

And here’s PS I Love You’s cover of “Where’s The Party”

Download the comp at the Paper Bag Records website. Here’s the tracklist:

01 Woodhands “Papa Don’t Preach”
02 Young Galaxy “Open Your Heart”
03 The Acorn “White Heat (Silken Laumann Remix)”
04 The Rural Alberta Advantage “Live To Tell (We’re Scared Version)”
05 PS I Love You “Where’s The Party”
06 Winter Gloves “True Blue”
07 Laura Barrett “La Isla Bonita”
08 Born Ruffians “Jimmy Jimmy”
09 You Say Party “Love Makes The World Go Round”