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Tegan & Sara

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Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Kiersten Quin (born September 19, 1980, identical twins) are Canadian singer-songwriters, performing as Tegan and Sara.

While both twins are similarly involved in vocals and playing instruments, the singing of the lead melody often goes to whichever twin wrote the particular song. Sara has been quoted saying that Tegan writes songs prolifically, "like a fish lays eggs," eventually discarding most of them. Sara's songs, on the other hand, evolve slowly and methodically and almost always make it onto the record.

In 2004, Matt Sharp and Maya Rudolph of The Rentals recorded a cover version of Tegan and Sara's song "Not Tonight" and released it for free on the World Wide Web. Sharp also played moog on "So Jealous".

In 2005, The White Stripes did a cover of Tegan and Sara's song "Walking with a Ghost" which was released on the Walking with a Ghost EP by the group. "Walking with a Ghost" was also used in a mashup dance remix bootleg by Party Ben with a song by Mylo, "Paris Four Hundred," under the title "Walking with a Ghost In Paris", which became a sought after club track after an influential dance radio station in the United States, C-89.5/KNHC/Seattle, Washington, started playing the song. Also in 2005 they did a cover of Cyndi Lauper's version of Prince's "When You Were Mine".

Tegan has contributed backup vocals to "The Alphabet" by Vivek Shraya, "Never Give Up" by Melissa Ferrick, "La Le La La" by Kinnie Starr, "Hey Kids" by David Usher, "Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart" by Against Me!, and "Saturday" by Rachael Cantu.

In 2007, Sara contributed backup vocals to The Reason's "We're So Beyond This" and Vivek Shraya's "Your Name".

In 2007, Motion City Soundtrack covered "You Wouldn't Like Me" live at the State Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and at Juanita's Cantina in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 2007, Sara recorded a cover of R.E.M.'s "Sweetness Follows", from the album Automatic for the People, on the Stereogum album Drive XV: A Tribute to Automatic for the People, with previous Tegan and Sara collaborators Ted Gowans and Kaki King providing the music.

Tegan and Sara also had a guest appearance as themselves on the The L Word, playing the song "Love Type Thing". The episode was entitled "Last Dance" and aired on March 19, 2006.

Tegan and Sara have been profiled in a number of magazines and had their albums included on several notable "best of" lists. In the fall of 2003, they graced the cover of ROCKRGRL magazine issue #49, which focused on a tribute to duos. In late 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named their album So Jealous on their list of the best 50 albums of the year. Tegan and Sara were also nominated for a 2006 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year alongside Hot Hot Heat, Metric, The New Pornographers and Broken Social Scene. Spinner.com placed them at #7 on their list of Women Who Rock Right Now.

DC Shoes also released a three song sampler of So Jealous as a promotional offer during 2005. DC Shoes will also be selling Tegan and Sara DC Remix shoes in the Spring of 2007.


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