I’ve been following along pretty closely with The A.V. Club‘s “Undercover” project, where 25 bands are invited to their offices to perform a cover of one of 25 songs on a list. Once a song has been chosen, it can’t be chosen again, so, the first band had 25 songs to choose from, the second have 24 the choose from, and so on. They’re just about halfway through, and the notable clips so far have been The Clientele doing M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” Justin Townes Earle (unsurprisingly) doing a very good job with Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” and Ted Leo taking on “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears. And to that list, we must now add Motion City Soundtrack, whose version of of “Cut Your Hair” is endearingly loyal to the original, and very clearly the work of a band, or at least a lead singer, who really, really fucking loves Pavement. Dude absolutely kills the solo, to the extent that I may now start listening to Motion City Soundtrack.
My favorite part of this entire project is that whoever came up with the list is so obviously a devoted fan of 90s indie rock. Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, Guided by Voices, Pavement, The Lemonheads, and Elliott Smith are all represented, not to mention the Smiths, R.E.M., The Cure and Depeche Mode, which are just all the bands one likes before starting to like the Archers et al. I, for one, am certainly not complaining. Also, if I was in a band, I would definitely choose “Detroit Has a Skyline.”
Also, my guess for what will be the last song standing, by the way? I’m thinking either the Wedding Present’s “My Favourite Dress” just because not enough people will know it, or Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” because ew.