When people hear about the band Polaris – if anyone ever hears about the band Polaris – they probably assume they’ve never heard them. Likewise, there’s little name recognition to their song “Hey Sandy.” If, however, you grew up in the ’90s, one listen of the song will hit you with waves of recognition. Just like people will only ever think of the Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There for You” as the Friends theme, “Hey Sandy” is forever and indelibly the theme to the Nickelodeon classic The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
It’s not exactly an oft-covered song – we’ve only come across it once before here at Cover Me, in a tripped-out slower version. Florida band Surfer Blood, however, has now given us something truly special. Their cover of the tune barely deviates from the original at all. This wouldn’t be a selling point for most covers, but when playing the nostalgia card, it works. What’s more, the one notable change is that vocals lean much more toward sounding like Morrissey than the generic, Gin Blossom-soaked ’90s vocals of the original. The band has stated in an interview with TMF that their name is “an attempt to evoke a sort of youthful, invulnerable aesthetic that fits the music nicely.” They’ve hit the nail on the head with this one.