GWAR Returns to A.V. Club With Cover of Cyndi Lauper's "She-Bop"
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:36:21
Shock rocking heavy metal group GWAR is many things: "greatest rock performers on this or any other planet in history;" a 30-year-strong ensemble of intergalactic, superior beings known to gush massive quantities of bodily fluids over their crowds; and, perhaps most remarkably, four-time champions of A.V. Club's Undercover series, a program that features known artists covering other known artists' songs.
Adding to its own repertoire of self-penned hits like "Horror of Yig," "Saddam a Go-Go," and "Maggots," four years running GWAR has slayed covers of classics like Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son;" a medley of Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" and Jim Carroll's "People Who Died;" and Billy Ocean's "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car," returning this year with its own take on '80s classic "She-Bop," which by its end has morphed into the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop."
It's an aural assault for sure, carried out as only your Gwar masters can do. In a twist of irony, it's the first female-composed song the band covers, written by none other than Cyndi Lauper, yet GWAR recently let go of its sole female member, Vulvatron (played by Kim Dylla), who it claims didn't bring "what we needed in the character." The remaining members, aka Scumdogs, carry on to "totally destroy" the pop track, which was discovered by the band as "a song about masturbation, which is a habit near and dear to their hearts," and the "song they must play to defend their Undercover title for an unprecedented fourth time."
Watch the video at AVClub.com, and should you find the stomach for it, check out a live Gwar date near you; the troupe is currently on their 30th anniversary tour, with Born of Osiris and Battlecross.
GWAR Tour Dates:
10/28: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/29: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/30: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
10/31: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/2: Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
11/3: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
11/4: Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/5: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/6: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
11/7: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
11/8: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
11/9: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/11: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/13: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
11/14: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/15: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/17: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/18: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/19: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/21: Houston, TX @ Houston Whatever Fest*
11/22: Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
11/24: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/27: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/28: Orlando, FL @ Venue 578
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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