Alien Ant Farm drop fun, rocking cover of Wham!'s 'Everything She Wants' with star-studded music video
Fans of popular alt-rock veterans Alien Ant Farm were in for a pleasant surprise when the band dropped a new cover song and video to keep everyone entertained and engaged during the lockdown period. The brand new music video features AAF's personal take on Wham!'s 1984 single 'Everything She Wants', and the shot-at-home effort is full of fun, nostalgia, and celebrity cameos galore.
Some of the stars that make guest appearances on the video include DJ Zedd, Insane Clown Posse, members of 311, POD, Hoobastank, Crazy Town, The Black Dahlia Murder, and many more. Their combined efforts are sure to bring a smile to your face during this Covid-19 crisis. The light-hearted music video goes well with the energetic vibe that Alien Ant Farm breathes into this Wham! pop cover.
They are obviously no strangers to giving new life to old classics — their cover of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal' now has over 191 million view on Youtube alone. For this new cover of 'Everything She Wants', Alien Ant Farm have injected rocking guitar riffs, a bouncy bassline, groovy synths, and a soaring chorus to further update the George Michael-sung classic for our current times.
"We’d been working on our first record in six years when the lockdown hit and basically halted all production," Alien Ant Farm guitarist Terry Corso revealed in a press statement. "Luckily, we had a handful of songs recorded, mixed and ready to go, including our version of ‘Everything She Wants’ by Wham! The cover seemed like an obvious choice to inject some fun and happiness into a world that could really use it."
He also said the band wanted to make it a collaborative effort. "To sweeten the deal, we figured why not ask fans, friends, and family to film themselves having a little fun while quarantined/social distancing and send it to us for the video. The result is a cool experiment in people being apart and sending the clear message that we’re all in this together."
"As with any cover we take on, it usually starts with us being huge fans of the song and or the artist," Corso explained, while elaborating on their song choice. "The original Wham! version of 'Everything She Wants' is extremely heavy. It’s sonic, soulful and has great subject matter. I think we are a bit drawn to syncopated synth bass lines. They translate well to chunky guitars."
Corso was happy with their new take on the song, saying "I think just like with 'Smooth Criminal,' it was about keeping the attitude in place and maybe even taking it a little further. At the same time, playing into the raw simplicity of the riffs and arrangement while beefing up the guitar somehow makes it a whole different beast of a song."
Here's a full list of artistes who have cameo appearances in the fun-filled music video, in alphabetical order:
Ajay Popoff (Lit)
Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Benjamin Jackendoff (Marvel Comics)
Brett Hatley(Ex-Howard Stern Show)
Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
CJ Pierce (Drowning Pool)
Coach Rusty (Golf Coach/Trick Artist)
Daniel Estrin (Hoobastank)
DJ R1ck One (Black Eyed Peas/Blood of Abraham/Crazy Town X/3013)
Doug Robb (Hoobastank)
Frank Drank (Capital One commercial/Game Of Thrones actor)
Grant Knight (SHVPES)
Hyro The Hero (Rapper)
Jared Montague (Ex-Taproot)
Joe Sumner (Fiction Plane/son of Sting)
Lorenz Larkin (Bellator Fighter)
Nick Hexum (311)
Rory Scoval (Comedian/Actor)
Shaggy 2 Dope (Insane Clown Posse )
Shifty Shellshock (Crazy Town X)
Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.)
Violent J (Insane Clown Posse)
In addition to the brand new video, Alien Ant Farm will be streaming a live performance from the world-famous Whiskey A Go-Go on July 11. Fans can purchase tickets to watch the stream at home by clicking here. Alien Ant Farm is also working on releasing their new record soon, so make sure you stay tuned for that!