Sept. 5, 2022

IGP Presents: A Totally Epic Cover Battle - Smooth Criminal

IGP Presents: A Totally Epic Cover Battle - Smooth Criminal

Not many people have tried to cover the one and only, undisputed King of Pop Michael Jackson. Those that have usally find themselves trying to top something that is already perfect. A funny thing happened to the band Alien Ant Farm: they didn't set...


Not many people have tried to cover the one and only, undisputed King of Pop Michael Jackson. Those that have usally find themselves trying to top something that is already perfect. A funny thing happened to the band Alien Ant Farm: they didn't set out to top Michael Jackson and they didn't even want to have their cover be the focal point of their career.

Born from playing a few riffs at shows, the Alien Ant Farm cover of the Michael Jackson classic "Smooth Criminal" went on to be what they're best known for. It was an enormous hit for Michael Jackson himself, finding it's way into all of his tours after it's release.

This week on the Infectious Groove Podcast, we welcome in KC and Aaron from The Itch Rocks Podcast to talk through both versions of this iconic song. What do we all like about the original? What do we like about the cover? Which one do each of us prefer and also, which version would we recomment to others to start with?

It's Season 6, Episode 16 of your favorite outdated & irrelevant music magazine writers favorite podcast: the Infectious Groove Podcast!