WMBR's Pipeline is a legendary radio show in the Boston music scene. Before his passing, host Jeff Breeze invited bands to submit self-recorded live sets during the early days of the pandemic, but required bands to include a cover song from a list of songs he has chosen (much like AV Club's Under Cover series). For Black Helicopter's turn, they selected an unlikely song: The Bee-Gees' "World." It's a 60's Bee-Gees song from their pre-disco, folk/pop era. Considering Black Helicopter are a heavy alt-rock band that has played with artist's like Sonic Youth and Mission of Burma, this is an odd choice. Even more surprising, they chose to play the song fairly straightforward. Sure, it's a little heavier and less melodic, but it's quite recognizable as "World." It's fairly akin to Sonic Youth's cover of The Carpenters' "Superstar." It's still there own, but much more of a tribute to the original than you'd have expected.
You can watch the video for Black Helicopter's take on "World" below. It will be included on Live on Pipeline!@Home, which is due out March 4 and can be pre-ordered over at Bandcamp. For more on Black Helicopter, check out the band's Facebook and Twitter.