Welcome to the fifth series of A.V. Undercover, which doesn’t include the little detours we’ve taken into holiday and summer songs. We’re happy to be back, complete with a gussied-up studio and a new list of songs for bands to cover. (Once a song has been covered, it gets crossed off the list, so the later a band comes to our office, the fewer songs they’ll have to choose from. You know the drill.) The 2014 song list can be found right here. First up to bat are Undercover superstars Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner, better known as Wye Oak. It’s been an unofficial rule since we started Undercover that we wouldn’t have bands visit more than once, but because every performance has been so excellent, this is Wye Oak’s fourth Undercover appearance. (They’ve previously covered The Kinks, Danzig, and Brenda Lee.) It might even be their best, as they tackle Kate Bush’s powerhouse 1985 hit “Running Up That Hill.” It’s different, but the same—just like you and me. Enjoy. (Wye Oak’s latest album is the thoroughly excellent Shriek. If you don’t believe me, ask Erik Adams.)
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Chrissy And Hawley cover Erasure's "A Little Respect"
GWAR salutes AC/DC with some very special Election Day guests
Touché Amoré covers Pearl Jam's "Corduroy"
Deerhoof covers Adam Ant's "Goody Two Shoes"
Luna covers Motörhead's "Killed By Death"
The Wombats cover Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris"
PWR BTTM covers Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones"
Trashcan Sinatras play “Weightlifting"
Trashcan Sinatras cover Wye Oak's "Holy Holy"
Brass Bed covers Van Halen's "Why Can't This Be Love"
Bully covers Sum 41's "Fat Lip"