As I said before, I have a broad range of tastes as far as music goes. I am more sceptical when it comes to covers of songs, depending on the sincerity of feeling toward the integrity of the song as intended by the original artist. There is one cover I think everyone needs to experience at least once, and it is by the band Hep Alien.
Hep Alien is a 4 piece consisting of Brian Fuller(bass, vocals), Lane Kim(drums), Zack Van Gerbig(guitar, vocals), and Gil(lead guitar, vocals). They have the required pedigree of any rock band, including 2 internal romances, a line-up change, an unhealthy competition for the role of frontman and, on the heel of their big break, a glorious self-destruction in front of record execs during a live performance culminating in a break up. It's the story rock historians dream of, and like the band itself, it is completely fictional. Yet somehow, as one of the world's favorite bands that never was, they have in reality been responsible for some pretty memorable songs throughout their career as portrayed on the television show "Gilmore Girls". There is one particular gig, played at a Bar Mitzvah during Season 6, Episode 16, "Bridesmaids Revisited", that Hep Alien showed how truly versatile and talented they are. They took Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" and made it their own
The original "Hollaback Girl" on the surface is a simple song. It does all the right things though, at all the right times. The details are actually impeccably done, from the sort of cheerleading drum pattern matching the lyrics to a tee, to the bass line altering itself to pay tribute to one of the greatest bass riffs ever put to record in the form of "Another One Bites The Dust". Not a song fitting their usual style, the ever professional group Hep Alien knew that they needed to give their paying client what they wanted, and took on the task of covering it. The result is pure musical and television magic. Proving that you only get out what you put in, this band indeed put in everything they needed to, leaving it all on the stage and bringing down the house.This scene will make you laugh, it will make you tap your toes, and it will make you go, hey, it's that guy from Skid Row! Sebastian Bach seriously does do an amazing job acting on this show. Stating by his actions that he can do anything, he also seriously does do a worthwhile version of this popular ditty.
I have been at a loss to find a video for this particular segment, as their is a copyright issue with Warner Brothers, but if anyone has an accessible link, please post it in the comments section.