We're big fans of AV Club's Undercover Series, where the Chicago-based pop culture site invites bands into its little round room to cover songs from a list compiled by the AV Club staff and readers. (We kinda do our own version of it, called Take Cover.) When it works it's gold: watch Ted Leo and The Pharmacists' incredible version of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and Wye Oak taking on Danzig's "Mother." Sometimes it's not so good, though: see the Head and the Hearts' passionate-but-clunky "Go Your Own Way."
This week Cursive and Cymbals Eat Guitars team up to offer their rendition of a Tempe classic, The Gin Blossoms' "Hey Jealousy."
Cursive frontman Tim Kasher is a little too cool for school, stating "I love that you guys put these types of songs on this list...I'm the kind of person who pounces on that brand of humor," but Cymbals Eat Guitars' Joseph D'Agostino nails it when he states: "If Teenage Fanclub played it, it would be like 'Oh, it's a classic.'"
Cursive and Cymbals Eat Guitars cover Gin Blossoms
It's certainly an interesting version, supplementing the straight-forward desert jangle for rhythmic stops and starts and strained vocals. It's not quite as deconstructionist as Cursive's take on "We Built This City," but I'm into it.
How about you guys?