Sunday, December 5th, 2010
"In Between Days"
Superchunk covers The Cure
AV ClubThis week’s selection again comes from that treasure trove of people-doing-other-people-but-not-in-that-way-you-sicko goodness that is the AV Club Undercover. One of the things I liked about this series, besides everything, is that they didn’t only have it set up so that is was the new guard covering the old guard, but got a couple of the latter in to tackle other artists’ material as well.
So when the back with a vengeance Superchunk got their turn in the studio – and even though their own “Detroit Has A Skyline” was still in play, if they felt like not being sporting – they reached back another generation and opted to take on The Cure. And not one of their broodier numbers, though that’d have been interesting to hear, but the 1985 single which would serve as the blueprint for most of The Cure’s unabashed pop singles and biggest hits. Mac McCaughan’s voice is about as opposite from Robert Smith’s as you’re going to find, but otherwise the ‘Chunk pay pretty faithful service to The Cure in their take.
Superchunk’s first record in almost a decade, Majesty Shredding, gives the band reason to return to Toronto for the first time in forever this week with an in-store at Sonic Boom on Thursday, December 9 at 3PM in advance of their show opening up for Broken Social Scene at the Sound Academy that evening. The Cure haven’t put out a new record since 2008’s 4:13 Dream but their classic Disintegration was given a three-disc reissue this year so they’ve not been up to nothing, and Smith has promised more archival releases in the near future. And he’s also stopped saying each record/tour is going to be their last, so there’s that.