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A.V. Undercover

GWAR covers Cyndi Lauper
About This Episode

GWAR scares us, both because they’re giant monsters from outer space with exaggerated genitals, and also because they keep coming back to Undercover and destroying (in the best way) every song they attempt. This year it’s Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop,” the 1984 single that followed in the massive wake of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” The lyrics here are something of an extension of that song, considering that they’re about masturbation. Though they’re pretty tame-sounding 30 years later, the words to “She Bop” were cited as one of the “filthy 15” that led to Tipper Gore and the PMRC getting all up in the music business. As usual, GWAR made the song their own—and added a little something extra, too. GWAR is on tour destroying America at the moment; you might want to check them out before it’s too late.

The year so far:

Punch Brothers covered The Strokes
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn covered Europe
Philly Boy Roy covered Styx
Screaming Females covered Taylor Swift
Leighton Meester covered The Cardigans
Sylvan Esso (and Flock Of Dimes) covered Gillian Welch
Flock Of Dimes (and Sylvan Esso) covered Crowded House
They Might Be Giants covered Destiny’s Child
The Minus 5 covered The Runaways
Local H covered Peter Gabriel
Benjamin Booker covered Patsy Cline
La Dispute covered Toadies
Palma Violets covered James
San Fermin covered Stealers Wheel
Josh Rouse covered Blind Melon
Chumped covered The Crystals
Hippo Campus covered ELO
Colin Hay covered The Velvet Underground
Barenaked Ladies covered Phil Collins
J Fernandez covered Enya
Wild Throne covered Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
The Weather Station covered Joy Division
Ceremony covered Oasis
Troubled Hubble covered Howard Jones
Natalie Prass covered Slayer
Mikal Cronin covered The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
GWAR covered Cyndi Lauper

The remaining songs:

Beastie Boys, “Sabotage”
GWAR, any song
The Fixx, “One Thing Leads To Another”

  • 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.