Our Lady Peace Get American Idol Exposure

idolWhen American Idol aired last night, I was busy dodging balls. It has since come to my attention that contestant David Cook, previously written about here and my personal favourite in the competition, performed a song from the Our Lady Peace catalogue calling OLP his "favourite band".

I've always had difficulty gauging the popularity of Canadian bands south of the border. I hear Americans don't get The Tragically Hip, but I know they seem to really like Nickelback. Toronto's Our Lady Peace, a band I've seen live a couple of times, is a band I always assumed was a way bigger deal here in the great white north than in the USA. I'm rather shocked (and pleasantly surprised) to hear Raine Maida and the boys rank #1 on David Cook's hit list.

I used to be a rather big OLP fan. Naveed, the album, is one of my favourites, and "Naveed", the song, is still an iPod staple. Clumsy was a solid disc as well, with the wonderful "4am", but after that I sort of morphed from huge Our Lady Peace fan to OLP appreciator, if you know what I mean.

Here's David Cook singing Our Lady Peace's "Innocent". Too bad he didn't hit us up with something earlier. A little "Starseed" would have been cool.

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Jason | GetYourOJ.com

Ummm... OLP hasn't done anything for years and sounded a hell of a lot better BEFORE Raine had those singing lessons...

At least they have Naveed

April 9, 2008 @ 1:59 PM


I thought you'd mention the version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". It was the best version!

April 9, 2008 @ 3:36 PM

Toronto Mike

I haven't seen anything other than this one performance. Although, it's possible I have AI on tape... you know, for my daughter...

April 9, 2008 @ 3:39 PM


Youtube it!

jason castro rainbow

April 9, 2008 @ 6:57 PM

Ken Ballantyne

I'm a transplanted Canadian living in Southern California, and can safely say no one here knows OLP. I heard the "Hip" on Sirius radio one day, and couldn't believe my ears. It sucks that bands like the "hip" and OLP don't do much down here, while bands like Nickelback do?
There's no justice.

April 23, 2008 @ 6:45 PM

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