The AV Club's "Undercover" series is one of our favorite things on the internet, and this week's installment, They Might Be Giants' cover of Chumbawamba's "Tub Thumping," is one of the best yet. "Tub Thumping" became ubiquitous in the summer of 1997 and a punchline shortly thereafter, and forevermore. They Might Be Giants' cover emphasizes fun, and audience participation -- there's no point in trying to be be "edgy" on a cover like this, or in stripping it down -- and reminds us that everybody, even writers who critique music for a living, like to put their hands up and shout every once in a while. If this doesn't put a smile on your face then . . . you probably spend a lot of time reading Pitchfork.
They Might Be Giants covers Chumbawamba
I spent the summer of 1997 rowing at different iterations of the United States' junior national rowing team's development camp, primarily in and around Cincinnati, Ohio and Victoria, British Columbia. Clear Channel must have given its stations particularly short playlists that summer, because Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life," Verve Pipe's "The Freshmen," Meredith Brooks' "Bitch," Sister Hazel's "All For You," and OMC's "How Bizarre," are still burned into my brain, fourteen years later. What summers' songs are still stuck in your head, for better or worse?