There are songs that, while they may or may not have been under appreciated in their heyday, are just built for future generations to cover or reinterpret. “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” by the ’80s new wave band The Korgis is one of those songs. While it was a steady hit for the band back then, the song has been covered over the years by singers from every genre imaginable, like the Dream Academy, Erasure, Vanessa Carlton, Lara Fabian, Glasvegas, and Beck.
Recently, Lima’s Lobo Gris added himself to the roster of artists by recording his own industrial version of “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” for his covers EP, Everybody is Nobody. His take is on the heels of Beck’s 2004 version—recorded for the soundtrack of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind—but instead of sampling the artists, Lobo Gris strips the track’s original nostalgic sweetness and converts it to a dark, moody ode to lost love. Reminiscent of Trent Reznor, Lobo Gris uses a disharmonic string arrangement and industrial style synths to create a track with an atmosphere that sounds as dangerous as they come.
The video, made on a whim, features the artist dissecting a piece of meat. We get to watch him slowly take a scalpel to cut bloody tissue, in what may as well be the very real breaking of a heart. His choice of color scheme helps create an even darker aura; the song plays over the images, going from an industrial clank to deep, sudden breaks. It’s built to give you the chills.