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A.V. Undercover

Howler covers .38 Special
About This Episode

.38 Special had a string of hits in the early ’80s that still resonate on classic-rock radio today, with two songs in particular—“Caught Up In You” and “Hold On Loosely”—standing the test of time. That the band sounds like Lynyrd Skynyrd isn’t surprising, since .38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant is the brother of Ronnie and Johnny, former and current Skynyrd singers, respectively. .38 Special formed well before any of the young men in Howler were even born, and the Minneapolis band adds some youthful punk energy to “Hold On Loosely,” a song that gives surprisingly good advice for a shit-kicking jam.

Here’s a roundup of where we’ve been this year, and what songs are left for A.V. Undercover 2014.

Wye Oak covered Kate Bush

Wild Cub covered Beyonce

Lydia Loveless covered Echo & The Bunnymen

The Men covered Devo

Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls”

Breeders, “Cannonball”

Go-Go’s, “We Got The Beat”

Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag”

Arrested Development, “Tennessee”

The Jam, “A Town Called Malice”

Stone Temple Pilots, “Plush”

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

Stone Roses, “I Wanna Be Adored”

Buzzcocks, “Ever Fallen In Love”

TV On The Radio, “Wolf Like Me”

Big Country, “In A Big Country”

Asia, “Heat Of The Moment”

Cranberries, “Linger”

Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk”

John Cougar, “I Need A Lover”

Squeeze, “Tempted”

T’Pau, “Heart & Soul” (probably)

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”