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A.V. Undercover

Ben Watt and Bernard Butler cover Wang Chung
About This Episode

Ben Watt is half of Everything But The Girl, the long-running but largely inactive duo rounded out by his wife, Tracey Thorn. The two brought their group to a halt in the late ’90s, not too long after scoring sizable hits with “Missing” and “Walking Wounded,” but Watt kept busy with a dance-music label, Buzzin’ Fly, and Thorn has released a handful of solo albums over the years. Watt just released his second-ever solo album, Hendra, a mere 31 years after his first—it’s a quiet, contemplative set he created with guitarist Bernard Butler, who’s best known as part the original Suede lineup. Throughout his career, Watt has sprinkled interesting cover versions into his work; here, he and Butler take on Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days.” The song was a hit right around the time Watt was starting out, and his take is lovely and gentle. Enjoy, and if you’re so inclined, revisit Wang Chung’s visit to the Undercover studio (doing a Modest Mouse cover) right here.

Here’s where we’ve been and where we’re going with this year’s Undercover:

Wye Oak covered Kate Bush

Wild Cub covered Beyonce

Lydia Loveless covered Echo & The Bunnymen

The Men covered Devo

Howler covered .38 Special

PUP covered Buzzcocks

Eagulls covered The Stone Roses

The Coathangers covered The Go-Go’s

Tokyo Police Club covered Wheatus

Andrew Jackson Jihad covered Stone Temple Pilots

Cheatahs covered Big Country

Hamilton Leithauser covered John Cougar

Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls”

Breeders, “Cannonball”

Arrested Development, “Tennessee”

The Jam, “A Town Called Malice”

Mountain Goats, “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton”

TV On The Radio, “Wolf Like Me”

Asia, “Heat Of The Moment”

Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk”

Squeeze, “Tempted”

T’Pau, “Heart & Soul”

Elvis Costello, “Alison”

Pulp, “Babies”

Green Day, “When I Come Around”

Yes, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”

Rush, “Limelight”

PJ Harvey, “O Stella”

  • A.V. Undercover
  • 210 Episodes
  • Undercover: We invite 25 bands into our office to perform a cover song from an ever-dwindling list. The later a band comes in, the fewer songs they have to choose from.