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A.V. Undercover

Cheatahs cover Big Country
About This Episode

Those of us enamored of ’90s indie-rock and shoegaze—think Swervedriver, specifically, but extrapolate—fell quickly in love with Cheatahs. The band formed in London a few years ago, but features players from all over: England, Canada, Germany, and the U.S. Just this year saw the release of an excellent self-titled debut and a U.S. tour with a similarly misspelled band, Eagulls. Cheatahs tackled one of the most beloved songs on this year’s list, Big Country’s “In A Big Country,” which was a pretty massive hit for the Scottish band in 1983. Though frequently resigned to the one-hit-wonder bin, Big Country put out several well-respected records after the big hit. Cheatahs do an excellent job here swirling things up, and they get a little assist from a bunch of Onion and A.V. Club staffers, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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

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

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”

Cranberries, “Linger”

Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk”

John Cougar, “I Need A Lover”

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”

Wang Chung, “Dance Hall Days”

  • 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.