The Critics Choice Movie Awards, whatever that is, aired live on VH1 tonight. I could not tell you who won what, but it looked like a lot of Hollywood Movie Stars attended. James Cameron! The girl from Up In The Air! Nick Jonas & The Administration were the house band! Death Cab For Cutie were on hand too, delivering a bittersweet tribute to the late John Hughes via a cover of the most iconic movie tune of the ’80s. Nick Harmer explains why: “[His] films were important waypoints for us to use as we navigated the uncertain waters of growing up and even now still give us so much perspective, insight and laughter about those uncomfortable years. We honor him and will continue to celebrate him with our music and through his films for years to come.” It is not easy to cover this 25-year-old Simple Minds song. Even Billy Idol’s version was meh and it was written for him.

McCartney approves!

Death Cab For Cutie start work on LP7 this spring. Each one of them is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.


Comments (40)
  1. Terrible. Please stop.

  2. gob  |   Posted on Jan 15th, 2010 0


  3. tylenolmonkey  |   Posted on Jan 15th, 2010 0

    Yikes… I consider myself a DCFC fan, and even I almost vomited a little in my mouth when I heard the opening “hey hey hey…”

  4. Ryan  |   Posted on Jan 15th, 2010 0

    Yep, had to turn it off and I’m not a hater.

    What’s with the clipping vocal mic signal? And can’t they arrange that in a different key? His voice just isn’t very melodic in that register, really flat an mumbly.

    • Mr. Quick  |   Posted on Jan 15th, 2010 0

      Eh, I thought the clipping was the only thing that was working for me. I could hear someone doing that right.
      Either way, this was pretty boring and silly.

      P.S. I’m still a fan of this band.

  5. I’ve never heard DCFC sound so flat. That has to be at least partly technical issues.

    • Unfortunately, Death Cab just flat out doesn’t sound good live. Ever. I’m a big Death Cab/Gibbard fan, and have seen them twice, but Ben’s voice is just too weak to sound good when he tries to project when performing.

  6. What in the hell does Paul McCartney have to do with this? Anyway, I like their World Shut Your Mouth cover much better. This one isn’t that exciting.

  7. After listening to it I really like the idea. Too bad they didn’t do it well at all.

  8. Death cab needs to get back on their older song writing, making songs like they did on earlier albums. It sucks when the spotlight a band or artist gets makes them lose their edge. Really have liked their music for year but they can do better than this.

  9. kset  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    K accident said it all. Where this song is concerned, not only is it incredibly iconic, the focal point is the vocals. If you can’t sing like Jim Kerr, then don’t even hum this song in your car let alone record it.

  10. Sheila  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    Schiff & Forsey didn’t write the song FOR anyone, just for the film. Bryan Ferry was asked to record it, he declined, next was Idol, who, obviously, also said no.

  11. meh  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    Ben looks so soul-less in the eyes these days it’s kinds scary. He looks like an empty skeleton.

    Glad he cut his fucking hair, though.

  12. 0x4  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    never really knew why I never took to this band. after watching this, things become a bit more clear

  13. Third Stone  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    Today’s soundtracks are done mostly by sales charts and it shows…Even Mad Men could be better when it comes to being perfect with music the way a Hughes was…

  14. nicole  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    what happened to death cab?????????? this is horrible!

  15. Oi..STAND STILL laddie!

  16. wtfxducx  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    hmm I have seem them live twice and his voice usually does really well. HE ALWAYS SOUNDS TERRIBLE ON TELEVISION THOUGH.

    and good thing he cut his hair.

    and that was pretty bad.

  17. d@ve  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    i agree with the good idea comment…it shouldn’t have sounded so bad but the way it was put together just highlighted what was wrong with it

  18. Nick  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    Wouldn’t Vampire Weekend be more appropriate?

  19. Jim Bean  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    How about getting Psychedelic Furs to sing “Pretty in Pink”? Saw them in Atlantic City just a few months ago and they sounded perfect.

  20. allfloatonokaylolz  |   Posted on Jan 17th, 2010 0

    the terrible and ironic (or w/e) part of a cover like this is that it only requires above-par vocals for it to be passable.

    whereas death cab has always been a band that managed to be good in spite of gibbard’s unspectacular voice.

    what awful song choice.

    and: why ?

    drugs + weight loss = psychological dysfunction ?

  21. Christian in NYC  |   Posted on Jan 17th, 2010 0

    Ouch. Everything about this was misguided.

    You know, it’s one thing for the kids to use the 1980s as some kind inspiration or whatever — gee this is the stuff my folks listened to when they were drunk and rutting and had me — but it’s another thing to just make crap under the banner of homage. This is crap. Hughes deserves better. Heck Molly frickin’ Ringwald deserves better.

  22. lisa  |   Posted on Jan 17th, 2010 0

    i guess ill be the first person to comment who absolutely LOVED this.

  23. Walken  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0

    Yeah, he sounds like Christopher Walken singing.

  24. WTF  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0


  25. bob seger  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0

    that was really awful. I am a fan of theirs for the most part, but that is atrocious. His voice is not good for covering a song like that. But I don’t blame them, I blame whoever coddled DCFC and told them that this was a good idea and that it sounded great in soundcheck. F them!

  26. Not really good at all. Kinda reminded me of my highschool talent show

  27. it grows on you a bit if you allow for his imperfect voice. it’s just that we’re all so used to this song being more upbeat and louder. which is definitely Death Cab’s style.

    remember. this is a cover. it will never have the same quality as the original.

  28. Which is definitely NOT Death Cab’s style****

    sorry. i’m an idiot.

  29. Liz  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0

    I feel like I might get murdered for saying this but Nick Jonas sounded better than Death Cab.

    UGH. Shoot Me.

  30. Holy crap that was awful!

  31. David  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0

    Cringe inducing. Horrible (SHUDDER). Had to stop if after 15 seconds. Can’t let it tamper with my memory of the original.

  32. Well, at least got it together for the outro, but still, not their best moment. Was wondering why this post received so many comments. Did/Will it ever make it to #1?

  33. stupidly  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    Pencil jabbed in ear. Horrible.

  34. soundkillah  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    I will agree it does not compare to the original. But I think the reason is more technical than others have observed. This is one of the worst mixes I have had the displeasure of hearing. The vocal mic is distorting right off the bat. I am sure this is the reason for the vocals being so shaky in the beginning. The rest of the band is actually doing a fantastic job of the song. The drummer is fricking excellent, pity you can’t tell this cause he sounds like he is playing in the cocktail lounge next door. The guitar sound is awesome but so loud the rest of the band may as well not be there. I had never heard of this band but they can play and once they get over the shock of how bad it must be sounding through their monitors they actually get it going. This is live music no lip sync no computers no apologies.

  35. Joe  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    That opening “hey hey hey” was a sin against God and man.

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