Since 2010, the A.V. Club has taken something that’s normally reserved for concert encores and made it the center of their Undercover series. The bands that come in and choose to perform a cover song off the official A.V. Club list reliably put on good shows, but it’s less common for that band’s cover to, you know, blow your mind. Then come along the Screaming Females with their cover of Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy,” at which point we take off our headphones, open our palms to the heavens and thank the A.V. Club team, Marissa Paternoster and Sheryl Crow for contributing to something fucking great.
“If It Makes You Happy” landed Sheryl Crow a Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1997, but in 2012, Marissa Paternoster’s ecstatic angst delivers a whole new level of justice to that title. Just wait for 2:10, when her punk rock vibrato blows the chorus wide open. The Screaming Females’ six minute version also features a predictably sick guitar solo around 3:49.
Watch their Sheryl Crow cover below. We really hope Screamales get around to playing this at Northside Fest.
Screaming Females cover Sheryl Crow