GWAR is a heavy metal band from Virginia known for their intense stage costumes that prominently feature exaggerated and exposed genitalia, and for spraying their crowds with unsettling amounts of fake blood. Cyndi Lauper is a pop singer best known for fun and lighthearted ’80s hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time.”
These two brands are obviously begging for a crossover, so The A.V. Club provided that opportunity with the latest edition of A.V. Undercover, for which the culture site recruits bands to choose a song from a predetermined list and perform a cover of it. GWAR has become a sort of series staple–their cover of Lauper’s “She Bop”, which you can watch above, is their fourth in the series, having previously tackled Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son”, Billy Ocean’s “Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car”, and Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls”.
It turns out the Lauper cover is surprisingly appropriate, as The A.V. Club points out: “The lyrics here are something of an extension of [“Girls Just Want to Have Fun”], considering that they’re about masturbation. Though they’re pretty tame-sounding 30 years later, the words to ‘She Bop’ were cited as one of the ‘filthy 15’ that led to Tipper Gore and the PMRC getting all up in the music business.”
It’s also appropriate because GWAR absolutely slays their rendition of the track, making the metallic instrumental as edgy as the tune’s lyrics seemed in 1984, not to mention the surprise ending that we won’t spoil for you.
As we said, this is just the latest of many installments of A.V. Undercover, so if you’ve heard any of the others, let us know which is your favorite. We’re partial to Screaming Females’ version of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”.
HT: The A.V. Club
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