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Watch Gwar Thrash Through Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She Bop’

Metal heroes also bash out bonus Ramones cover during latest A.V. Club “Undercover” appearance

The huggable heathens of Gwar returned to the offices of the A.V. Club and delivered a bruising, but deft, rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop” for the site’s “Undercover” series.

But before the group got underway, they unsurprisingly had some fun with the song’s title and infamous subject matter, dumbly asking each other what exactly “Bop” meant. After that was established, guitarist Pustulus Maximus astutely noted, “‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ is like German warfare masturbation.”

Gwar then launched into the track, easily turning Lauper’s synth-pop smash into a mosh pit harbinger with churning guitars, thundering drums and frontman Blothar’s scorched earth howl (which he put to good use accenting the line, “Do I want to go out with a lion’s roar”). Amidst the metal mayhem, however, Gwar did not lose sight of the song’s sugar-coated appeal, breaking out some Top 40-worthy harmonies during the chorus.

Plus, for good measure — and because everyone loves a callback — Gwar skirted the ending of “She Bop” and instead launched into a bonus cover: The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.”

Gwar’s “She/Blitzkrieg Bop” performance marked the band’s fourth time on “Undercover.” During previous outings they’ve masterfully taken on other left field choices like the Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls,” Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son,” and Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car.”

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