Though the idea of a cover song is usually to turn the original on its head, sometimes an existing song is so good that you welcome a largely note-for-note cover. While “Blister in the Sun” typically gets all the cover love, we’re partial to Ceremony’s version of The Violent Femmes’ “Kiss Off,” that one song by them that you know but you don’t know you know. Recorded as part of The A.V. Club’s “A.V. Undercover” series, Rohnert Park’s Ceremony retains the Femmes’ prickly-but-playful spirit.
We thank them for not going with their original selection, “Danger Zone”…though we do wonder what they could have done with that.
Check out the video below, and find more installments of A.V. Undercover here.