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The regular Cover Me Badd crowd appears to exploit the outlet provided and enjoys the deviation from Orange County's typical social standards. Everyone sings along, dances around, sips from an alcohol-filled 8 Ball glass, and giggles with friends about what song theyshould sing.
With Cover Me Badd, what you see is what you get. The guys never practice, except for their time onstage. They are about being performers and entertainers, not artists or musicians. "We're fan-friendly," says Kazas.
"We're not interested in being cool," says Klein. "I love being hipsters' guilty pleasure."
In defiance of the evolution of today's popular-music scene, Cover Me Badd altruistically forgo creating their own music to play straightforward versions of songs from nearly every genre. From oldies to Top 40 hits, Cover Me Badd promise a one-of-a-kind live-karaoke experience with a veiled, philanthropic agenda.
"There has been an MTV-ization and American Idol-ization of music, where you can't just do a band anymore," says Klein. "There is always this specter lurking in everyone's brain—that spoils creativity—of we're going to be successful."
For Klein, Cover Me Badd are very much a protest of music as it stands today. "The singer is typically the face of a band," he says. "The fact that we give that to anybody to come and do whatever they want onstage, it explodes the myth of rock-star elitism. It's part of the joke of the band that we are these oversexed, macho a-holes who bag on everybody."
In reality, these guys are educated professionals. With a master's in English, Klein is an English professor at Cerritos and Fullerton colleges. Kazas graduated with his M.A. in trombone from USC, and he works as a shaper for an Orange County surfboard company. Scheuerman worked as a production assistant for the now-obsolete Orange County Network and now works for Guitar Center.
"Badd is the talent of the band, I'm the good looks, and then Ben's the mouth," says Scheuerman. "It's a party onstage, so people really get into it."
One of the guys' favorite mantras is that Cover Me Badd is the wrong band for all the right reasons. "We're not special. We're idiots," Klein says. "Come on and get onstage and be an idiot, too."
COVER ME BADD PERFORM AT LA CAVE RESTAURANT, 1695 IRVINE AVE., COSTA MESA, (949) 646-7944; WWW.LACAVERESTAURANT.COM. EVERY THURS., 10 P.M. FREE. 21+.