It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of AV Club’s Undercover series. Launched back in 2010, they’ve gotten an impressive array of indie-rock bands to come into their Chicago office and tackle songs from the likes of Wilco to Sufjan Stevens to Kenny Loggins to Adele. The pop culture site recently polled its readers to help formulate a new list of 25 tunes for an upcoming edition, offering up 68 song choices broken into categories like Ladies of the ’80s, Whistling Songs and We Used2 Like U (pre-1985 U2). Earlier this week, the site revealed the results with the likes of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire, Tom Jones’ What’s New Pussycat and Third Eye Blind’s Semi-Charmed Life all making the cut. This year’s edition will kick off on March 19, and will take two breaks, one for a some baseball songs and another to celebrate summer.
If we were to make one request, we’d love to see Phish be invited to come so they could tackle Sleater-Kinney’s You’re No Rock N’ Roll Fun, as a way to say thanks to Carrie Brownstein for her embracing the band’s music a few years back. Here’s the full list of what to expect…
Heart, “Barracuda” / Billy Ocean, “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” / Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way” / Blackstreet, “No Diggity”/ Paul Simon, “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” / Billy Joel, “We Didn’t Start The Fire” / Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer” / Faces, “Ooh La La”/ Cheap Trick, “Surrender” / The Supremes, “Come See About Me” / Tom Jones, “What’s New Pussycat?” / U2, “New Year’s Day” / Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life” / Rollins Band, “Low Self Opinion” / New Radicals, “You Get What You Give” / Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You” / INXS, “Need You Tonight” / Nine Inch Nails, “Down In It” / Sleater-Kinney, “You’re No Rock N’ Roll Fun” / Dinosaur Jr., “Not You Again” / Weezer, “Undone—The Sweater Song” / Modest Mouse, “Third Planet” / Eddie Money, “Shakin” / Robyn, “Dancing On My Own” / Radiohead, “Just”
As always, we’ve got fresh linkage for you to enjoy…
- List Time: Top 10 Douchiest Guitarists Of All Time
- Grantland’s The Winners’ Rock & Roll History series examines Metallica
- Cover Alert: Puscifer tackles Queen
- Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show Live is the best rock movie ever says Will Sheff
- Download This: Pearl Jam – The Academy – New York, NY – 1992-12-31
- Rilo Kiley to release a compilation album of unreleased tracks, B-Sides and rarities
Finally, over the last few years, The Flaming Lips have taken to recording covers of full albums. The group put their indelible spin on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and King Crimson’s In The Court Of The Crimson King. Up next for the Oklahoma City-based band will be the 1989 self-titled debut from The Stone Roses, a band who dumbfounded many when they were announced as one of this year’s Coachella headliners. According to a series of Tweets from the Lips front man Wayne Coyne, the band has invited a number of their friends to join them in the studio to help out on the project, including Star Death and White Dwarf, HOTT MT, New Fumes and Depth & Current.