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A.V. Undercover

Sebadoh covers Rush
About This Episode

There was some understandable trepidation about covering Rush’s “Limelight” for this year’s A.V. Undercover, because no Rush song is exactly easy to cover. Which makes it all the more fun that a band known for being lo-fi and loose would decide to tackle the complexity. And Sebadoh—indie-rockers of the original variety, together off and on since 1986—even did it with just two instruments (plus a variety of pedals). Becca James did the intro, because she’s the world’s biggest Rush fan. We’re getting close to the end, friends—just two songs remain. (Mountain Goats and PJ Harvey.)

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

Howler covered .38 Special

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

Real Estate covered The Cranberries

Ben Watt and Bernard Butler covered Wang Chung

Courtney Barnett covered The Breeders

Braid covered T’Pau

New Politics covered Vampire Weekend

Strand Of Oaks covered Asia

American Football covered Elvis Costello

The Apache Relay covered Pulp

Honeyblood covered Green Day

Split Single covered TV On The Radio

OK Go covered Squeeze

Trampled By Turtles covered Yes

GWAR covered Pet Shop Boys

The Weeks covered Arrested Development

Absolutely Free covered The Jam

Sebadoh covered Rush

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

PJ Harvey, “O Stella”

  • A.V. Undercover
  • 217 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.