Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” is both one of the man’s biggest hits and one of his least characteristic. It is, after all, the moment he came closest to dinky ’80s synthpop sonics. Hot Chip know a few things about dinky ’80s synthpop sonics, and they’ve been covering “Dancing In The Dark” at live shows for the past month, something several Stereogum staffers learned after seeing the band cover the song at Governor’s Ball this past weekend. The most striking thing about Hot Chip’s version is that they make it sound very much like a Hot Chip song, really only leaving intact the vocal melody and the lyrics. They play the song without replicating its signature keyboard riff, instead building all these swirling motifs. And Alexis Taylor sings the song in his trademark reedy, romantic tenor without lapsing into Adam Sandler Springsteen-impression territory. Below, watch a fan-made video of Hot Chip’s version from a recent Milwaukee show.
Hot Chip’s new album Why Make Sense? is out now on Domino, and it is good.