OK, I must be experiencing a touch of Old Man Syndrome, or maybe I’ve been living under a rock for a few months, but I didn’t realize the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover had started up for 2013. Add to that the fact that I’ve never heard of most of the artists they have invited to perform so far, and I feel like I need to be yelling at some kid somewhere to pull up his damn pants.
There have been 16 songs covered as of today—everything from The Supremes and the Faces to Radiohead and Weezer, and just about everything in-between, and quite a bit left to choose from that looks pretty interesting. Gone is the round room (boo!), but never fear, 2013 is sure to bring us a few hits, a lot of misses, more than a couple of ironic covers, and more hipster facial hair, greasy-disheveled-bed-head hairdos, trucker caps, and I-really-spent-hours-picking-out-what-I’m-wearing-but-I-want-you-to-think-I-really-don’t-care outfits than you can shake a stick at.
Early in the series, the brothers Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit (one of those bands I’ve heard of but have had absolutely no exposure to) thankfully passed over Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” to bring us their take on Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” (with a nod to Robin Zander’s At Budokan introduction), an acoustic, low-key version that is just different enough from the original to breath a little new life into it.