Back in September, we posted a shaky live cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” by the Horrible Crowes, the new project by the Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon and guitar tech Ian Perkins. Now, they’ve covered Perry’s song live at WFUV radio in New York, and listeners can get a way better idea of how well these guys rock Perry’s pop tune. While it may seem like a strange choice for the band, Fallon hits every note in Perry’s tune with such effortless charisma that listeners are bound to ask for more genre crossing covers from the Crowes in the future.
The Crowes’ interpretation of “Teenage Dream” is most appealing in the way it uses guitar, keyboard and drums to give the song a more raw and personal feeling. While Perry may have been singing to every hormonal teenage boy listening, Fallon makes it sound as though he is performing the song for that special someone, which gives the song a classic rock love song feel (hearkening back to the Anthem’s Kelly Clarkson cover). While some people may have brushed the original live cover off as an attempt to goof around with Perry’s hit pop song, this recorded version proves the Crowes saw something in the song that made them believe they could really get their fans to rock out to it. Watch Horrible Crowes turn “Teenage Dream” into an indie-rock love anthem below.
The Horrible Crowes – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry Cover)