For Example, Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” seems to require a little more passion in the vocals – such as Amanda Palmer’s growling rendition in the The Dresden Dolls in Paradise DVD – to fill the scorched bootprint of the original. Cake’s version is good, but that’s obviously due to it being a great song rather than them adding anything to it. And “Ruby. Don’t Take Your Love To Town” is monotone enough without John McCrea’s impassive vocals weighing it down even more.
The poker-faced routine works much better on “Strangers In The Night” and Barry White’s “Never Never Gonna Give You Up”. And I love the cover of Buck Owens’ “Excuse Me, I Think I’ve Got A Heartache”. Their electro-brass semi-instrumental take on the Muppets tune “Mahna Mahna” is fun, too.