Original Song: Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time" (1998)


Shambling Glaswegian fifth-generation Brit-pop also-rans cover Britney's earliest Max Martin/teen-pop/Radio Disney hit (…me baby), the original of which had way more vigor and rhythm and gumption to it than any of Travis's own songs, “for a laugh”—an innovative move only because of all the other “alternative” types who'd “ironically” cover Britney later. (For this song alone, you can find versions on YouTube by Weezer, Bowling For Soup, Fountains Of Wayne, Type O Negative, Marilyn Manson, and Simple Plan.) The idea is that, by slowing teen-pop down and making it undanceable, you can also bring out its “darkness.” It's a stupid idea.