Here’s something fun: Grizzled Boston ska-core dandies the Mighty Mighty Bosstones were once a really important band to me. I saw those fuckers live probably five times before I graduated high school, and when a snowstorm kept me from seeing them play a sixth (with the Bouncing Souls and the Pietasters opening!), I was so pissed. In my high-school punk band, which played all of two shows and wrote maybe three songs, I was the Dancing Bosstone. That was my position. I don’t know if Californian garage-pop genius Mikal Cronin feels the same way about the Bosstones that I do, but he did cover the band’s ridiculously popular 1997 song “The Impression That I Get” when he showed up on the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover web show. Cronin, who played saxophone in his high-school marching band, acted as his own horn section, playing trombone on the cover. And while Cronin and his band’s version inevitably devolved into sloppy-noise insanity, it still included some of that sprightly guitar skank. Watch him do his version below.
So this has been bothering me for 19 years: Nobody has to knock on wood, right? It’s something you do to stave off bad luck?