At this point, it seems safe to call Richmond gore-metal legends Gwar the greatest band in the history of the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover series. In the past few years, the band has appeared in the A.V. Club’s studios to play damaged thrash covers of songs like Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son” and the Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls.” And on the most recent edition, they came through to demolish Cyndi Lauper’s 1984 female-masturbation anthem “She Bop,” a song that, in its day and in its own way, was as transgressive as Gwar ripping off the heads of paper-mache celebrities at their shows. In their performance, Gwar ripped straight through the song, giving it a surprisingly straight reading before transitioning into a cover of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” It was awesome, and you can watch it, as well as a quick Q&A session with the band, below.
Would anyone complain if Gwar was the only band ever to appear on this series?