James Everington has picked out five of his favourite cover versions over at his blog (some excellent choices there too), which has prompted me to shamelessly plagiarise. So, without further ado:
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Obvious choice is obvious. All about the performance, the resignation, the truth.
Patti Smith - Gloria
Just the way she snarls and sneers her way through the opening lines of Van Morrison's song would do me, but then Patti and the band spin off into a clattering racket of goodness.
Dinosaur Jr - Just Like Heaven
I love the original, which is a song that immediately reminds of a couple of particular months in my life, but I also like this cover version, which slacks and meanders its way through the song in typical Dinosaur Jr fashion, but then decides for no reason at all to drop into a mad shouty bit, and then shortly after decides for no good reason at all to simply stop.
Talking Heads - Take Me To The River
Can't embed this one, but well worth including. A great song, covered by a fantastic band, filmed for one of the best films of a band in concert ever, and featuring That Suit.
The Wedding Present - Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)
Start. Play it as fast as you fucking can. Stop. Excellent.