"West End Girls" & "People Who Died" - GWAR (Pet Shop Boys & Jim Carroll Covers) [AV Club Video]

Hayden Johnson

by Hayden Johnson

Published October 28, 2014

In an emotionally touching and funny performance, GWAR takes on Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" and Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" for AV Club's Undercover series. Watch the official video above.

"West End Girls" is a 1984 synth pop single and it couldn't be any farther from GWAR's hilariously vulgar brand of thrash metal. Surprisingly though, the band pulls it off. The signature synthesizer line somehow translates into a shredding guitar riff beautifully. The song then transitions smoothly into the Jim Carroll cover.

Adapting the punk song "People Who Died" to metal is less outrageous, but much more personal. The original song was Carroll's salute to people he knew and the ways they went out. GWAR puts their own spin on the lyrics by including fallen members Dave Brockie and Cory Smoot, as well as Jeff Hanneman of Slayer, Ryan Dunn, Sean Sumner of Death Piggy, Mike Scaccia of Ministry, Crazy White Sean the freak show performer, and actor Robin Williams.

This is the third performance GWAR has made on AV Club's Undercover series. In their previous visits to the AV Club, GWAR have covered Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son" and Billy Ocean's "Get Into My Car."

GWAR's newest album, Battle Maximus is available on Amazon (CD, MP3) and iTunes.

For GWAR's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.


Source: AV Club

GWAR Ministry Pantera Pet Shop Boys Slayer
Metal Speed Metal / Thrash Synth Pop
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