Of all the brilliant songs to choose from off the A.V. Club’s list in their ongoing cover song project, “Undercover,” Cursive didn’t go with an Elliott Smith masterpiece, Neutral Milk Hotel indie anthem, Pavement single, or Pink Floyd classic: “I think we picked ‘We Built This City’ because we saw that that was clearly far and beyond the best song selection on all the songs you sent,” joked Tim Kasher of Starship’s horrendous 1985 single. “We snagged it before anyone else would.”
As you may recall, Blender once chose this tune too… as the worst song of all time, and VH1 gave it the top spot in their “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs” countdown. Though I do appreciate the strobe light cameo by A.V. Club’s Kyle Ryan, I’m not sure if Kasher and company have salvaged this one from the so-bad-it’s-bad pile or simply moved it over to the so-bad-it’s-funny heap. Either way, they get an A for effort, but you may want to flush this out of your system with Cursive’s Letterman performance from last year.