I had forgotten all about most of the songs on Heartthrob, so when "Closer" showed up in a throwback playlist on Spotify, I had a confused moment before hitting play, wondering if I had missed Tegan and Sara covering Nine Inch Nails.

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(Spoiler: it's a solid T&S bop, its whole existence is not flawed, it does not claim to bring you closer to God)

You know who did cover Closer, and it's exactly as cursed as you'd think? Maroon 5.

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@erinbee It's got a sort of Cursed Emmett Otter's Jug Band vibe about it. What little I heard of it just now. WOW.

@sculpin Right? It's like jug band by way of someone's stoner uncle's favourite white people reggae

@erinbee It's absolutely terrible and I want to tell everyone

@scearley @sculpin I unironically think Maxwell had a great vision with that, it's on the same plane as Weird Al including it in a polka medley

@erinbee @sculpin It's probably the best cover of NIN I think. It really relates to the lyrics. I know I'm alone in this, because everyone thinks Johnny Cash's Hurt is the best but.... it feels like low hanging fruit.

Anoter NIN cover I like (and one of my favorite band names) is Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives' "head Like A Hole" because of the doo-wop he tries to put into the chorus: youtu.be/TUPvI1pO_6c

@erinbee There's a lot of people shouldn't cover Closer, Hurt, or Hallelujah, who think "Oh, that's totally the song for me!" and they are wrong.

@scronide I found it to try and gain the upper hand in an argument, but in winning the battle the war was lost

@threeofswords You know how Trent Reznor loved Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt because it elevated the song? This is the opposite of that.

@erinbee I am so curious to hear it but also don't ever want to hear it

@erinbee Would completely be okay with Tegan & Sara covering "Closer" though – it doesn't sound bad in my head?

@paulmcaleer It would be very cute, I think, because there's no way they would take it seriously.

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