First of all, OK Go’s version is a little slowed down, which is an interesting choice. All the lyrics were deliberately slowed to give the listener a chance to fully understand what was being said.
Obviously, OK Go’s version is set to America’s political landscape, even changing one of the line to read “on a Russian scheme, designed to kill your dream”.... but oddly leaving in the British spelling and pronunciation of “mum” instead of the American “mom.”
Overall, I think it is a good choice in a cover song. And a big plus to them for choosing to sing it on James Corden instead of one of their own songs.
OK Go’s lead singer Damian Kulash explained his choice in cover: “I was listening to Morrissey around the time of the conventions last year and when he belted 'There are some bad people on the rise' - that fabulous opening line of Interesting Drug - I felt like he'd written it about the very moment we were living through. Now, with this bewildering, surreal inauguration looming, it seems like a good time to share those poignant lines again.”
OK Go will be doing a special Q&A along with screenings at The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, February 2.