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Real Estate covers The Cranberries
About This Episode

We rearranged the Undercover order very slightly in order to slide Real Estate’s version of “Linger” into 1994 week. The song was actually released in 1993, but it was a hit well into the following year, even getting a re-release as a single. It’s a dreamy little song (but not as dreamy as “Dreams”) that made perfect sense for Real Estate, the Brooklyn (by way of Jersey) band that released its excellent third album, Atlas, earlier this year. Real Estate took the Cranberries’ hit into Galaxie 500/Luna territory, adding some haze and removing that strong Irish accent.

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

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”

Wang Chung, “Dance Hall Days”