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Gwar, Billy Ocean, Butthole Surfers, And Free Ice Cream

For the last four years The A.V. Club has come up with a list of songs and invited artists to cover them in their own special way. It's a great project and has produced some amazing musical moments as well as some curiosities. You can view most of them here. The last two have been nothing less than stellar.

First up is a cover of the ever aphrodisiacal "Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car" covered by the Scum dogs of the Universe known as GWAR. Last year they covered Kansas, "Carry On My Wayward Son" only because it was the last song left on the list. But they killed it. No really, they murdered it. With this Billy Ocean gem they add that certain oozing GWAR charm.

GWAR covers Billy Ocean

Don't forget to sign the petition to get the NFL to have GWAR play the Super Bowl Half Time show.

Next up might be not only one of my favorite A.V. Club videos, but one of my favorite videos EVER! The venerable Melvins cover the Butthole Surfers "Graveyard".

I am a huge fan of both bands and it seems like a natural fit. But the choice of an Ice Cream truck backdrop turns into a moment of synchronicity. As the Melvins prepare for their performance, what seems to be some kind of school or youth group gathers nearby. When King Buzzo let's them know the ice cream is free the kids go crazy and storm the truck screaming. At that moment The Melvins decide to rip into the Butthole Surfers cover which stuns some of the children, sending some running for cover, others covering their ears in a feudal attempt to block the screaming fuzz. The Melvins have seduced these children with what they think are free treats only to exact a sonic price on their brains. But it seems the allure of free ice cream makes most of them brave and they grab their loot and run. The whole time their chaperone tries to expedite the process hoping to minimalize the damage to their innocent ears. I love it! Everything about this video is great! "YOU KIDS LIKE ICE CREAM?"

The Melvins cover Butthole Surfers