We were fairly certain that Starship's 1985 smash hit "We Built This City" would be one of the final songs picked for the debut season of A.V. Undercover, but Cursive proved us wrong. Nebraska's favorite sons attacked the song, making it their own. (In an alternate take, singer Tim Kasher sang "balls-deep in the hoopla" rather than the original's "knee-deep.") Associate editor Kyle Ryan can be seen in the video running the strobe light, an effect Cursive insisted on. The band's latest album is the excellent Mama, I'm Swollen.
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Wye Oak Covers Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill"
Wild Cub Covers Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love"
Lydia Loveless Covers Echo & The Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon"
The Men Covers Devo's "Gates of Steel"
Howler Covers .38 Special's "Hold On Loosely"
PUP Covers Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"
Eagulls Covers The Stone Roses "I Wanna Be Adored"
Hamilton Leithauser Covers John Cougar's "I Need a Lover"
Ben Watt and Bernard Butler Cover Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days"
Real Estate Covers The Cranberries' "Linger"
Courtney Barnett Covers The Breeders' "Cannonball"