Filthy Friends cap off this year’s Undercover with a melancholy version of Whitney’s “How Will I Know”

Whitney Houston had earlier attempts at dance-pop than “How Will I Know,” but none of them took hold of the airwaves like the 1985 smash hit did. While the original is uptempo and undeniably danceable, the lyrics could be interpreted as somewhat sad, with Houston potentially pursuing an unrequited love. Filthy Friends…

Atlas Genius performs a stripped-down cover of Hootie And The Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You”

For some, Hootie And The Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You” conjures up images of the ’90s—backwards baseball caps, a Miami Dolphins team on the decline, and a full-haired Mike Tirico. For many, it’s also the quintessential Hootie And The Blowfish song, headlining the band’s ridiculously popular debut album, Cracked

Watch Gogol Bordello take on Natalie Imbrugulia for A.V. Undercover

“Torn,” like “I Will Always Love You” and “Respect,” is part of a category of cover songs that are arguably more famous than the originals. “Torn” was originally performed by Los Angeles alt-rockers Ednaswap, but Natalie Imbruglia’s version is more widely recognizable, with a generation of listeners being completely…

The Big Moon serves up a stellar rendition of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"

It’s hard to escape the influence of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 melancholic power ballad “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” Even before the recent surge in popularity, its impact was hard to deny. The song (and its video) has been covered and parodied by dozens of artists, with even Warby Parker getting in on the action. Adding…

Cap’n Jazz and Hop Along team up to take on Sonic Youth’s “100%”

Sonic Youth’s sound is instantly recognizable—it’s loud, unconventionally melodic, guitar-driven noise rock—and it’s possibly best exemplified by the band’s highest-charting song, “100%” from its 1992 LP Dirty. Fresh off reunion stints at Riot Fest and FYF Fest, Chicago natives Cap’n Jazz decided to take on the Sonic…

A-ha's "Take On Me" gets a swinging tribute courtesy of Lake Street Dive

There are few songs more quintessentially ’80s than Norwegian band A-ha’s “Take On Me.” It’s a synth-heavy power ballad accompanied by a high-concept music video, checking all the boxes that defined the pop music of the decade. When choosing the song for their cover, Brooklyn-based band Lake Street Dive ditched the…

SWMRS’s version of “Bad Reputation” doesn’t mess with the Joan Jett classic 

There is no shortage of pop culture references of Joan Jett’s 1980 punk anthem “Bad Reputation.” The song was used as the opening theme for Freaks And Geeks, during the tournament scene at Farquaad’s Castle in the first Shrek movie, and more recently in the teaser for the first season of Jessica Jones. It’s a classic…

Some reader hero made two A.V. Undercover-related Spotify playlists

A.V. Club reader Ky Christopher Cleveland (we assume that’s his or her name…) has done the lord’s work and compiled not one but two A.V. Undercover related Spotify playlists. First, there’s “AV Undercover Songs,” which is a 183-song mix of nearly every song that’s ever been covered in the series, plus Maritime’s “It’s…