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According to one Nick Green, “Screamo bands covering Top 40 songs [is a] full blown epidemic.” He’s right: Lil Wayne. The Fray. The Postal Service. The Knack, for Christ’s sake (personally, I love that last one—it’s good background music for shot-gunning 16-ounce Natty Lights). In an ongoing special over at Decibel‘s Deciblog, contributors put 16 screamo covers head to head in what will go down in history as the greatest Mallcore bracket ever made.
In the opening salvo, I played Drop Dead, Gorgeous‘ cover of “Swing” against I Set My Friends On Fire‘s (pictured above) cover of “Crank Dat Soulja Boy.” In the same post, Axl Rosenberg of Metalsucks (featured in Amanda Hess’ column this week) measured Brokencyde‘s cover of Flo Rida‘s “Low” against A Static Lullaby‘s cover of Britney Spears‘ “Toxic.”
New brackets will be posted throughout this and next week (today’s post features a screamo cover of Santana’s “Smooth” so insipid that I spread the mustard in my mouth), so check back often!