GWAR has participated in the AV Club’s Undercover series twice before: The ghoulish metal lords tore down AV Club’s little room with a monstrous rendition of Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son”, and transformed Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” from a dance pop gem into a sludge punk anthem. This week, the band accepts its latest challenge with a cover of Pet Shop Boys’ seminal 1984 hit, “West End Girls”.
This latest appearance proves rather bittersweet as it marks the band’s first without frontman Oderus Urungus (aka Dave Brockie), whose brand of brash charisma carried GWAR through its previous two AV Club covers. Fortunately, the band’s new front
creaturespeople — Blóthar and Vulvatron — lead the charge in this blitzing, punk-inspired remake, which sounds like the bastard child of The Stooges and The Damned.
However, all that’s just the comedic warm-up to the performance’s true emotional peak, as the band segues into a cover of Jim Carroll’s “People Who Died”, changing the lyrics to commemorate fallen friends like Brockie and Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll totally jam the F out.
Watch the performance below.
Here’s GWAR’s reworked lyrics for “People Who Died”:
Robin slashed his wrist and then he hung from a rope.
Peter’s heart gave out after he’d kicked dope.
Jeff, bit by a spider, died of toxic shock.
Ryan drove his car right into a rock.
Cancer brought down Castleman.
Damn it, David. I miss you, man!
Those are people who died, died. (X4)
They were all my friend and they died.
Sean was beat to death by the Boston PD.
Drunk in his cell, no more Death Piggy.
Dimebag was shot by a lunatic fan.
Mike Scaccia died with a guitar in his hand.
Those were three more friends of mine.
Three more friends that died.
Crazy White Sean, how crazy could it get,
That he choked in a chat on the internet.
Cory died in his bunk at a border crossing,
The gap in his teeth still in need of a flossing.
Cory, I miss you my brother.
You left little Cory without a father.
Dave died alone in his chair in his room.
He had just turned 50, it was way too soon.
Oderus’ boat went up in flames,
Now all of Vallhalla chants his name!
Oderus, I miss you more than all the others.
I salute you my brother!
Oderus died, died. (X4)
He was all of our friend and he died.