Have you ever heard a cover of a popular song that was offbeat and unusual, perhaps in a different style than the original, but still a great interpretation that you found worth listening to? What did the new artist add with their spin on the song? I think one of the most famous examples might be the Run DMC cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." Putting that to a rap beat really added some juice to the song and it was so popular it actually brought Aerosmith's careers back from the dead. The Fat Boys have covered one of James Brown's signature songs, "Sex Machine." I thought it would be stupid with a lot of human beat box thrown in, but actually it's a great cover that mixes a thumping beat, some actual singing from the Boys, funky samples and good rap bits. It's faithful to original in funky spirit even if it mixed new rap lyrics in with it. Also, Cibo Matto have a kind of crazy interpretation of the Sammy Davis Jr. standard "The Candy Man," itself a cover that originated in the 1971 Willy Wonka movie, that I really like. It's trippy, slowed down and weird and it really fits in with their album "Viva! La Woman," which is mostly songs with a food theme. Listening to Miho Hatori breathe about how the Candy Man "makes the world taste good" definitely suggests intriguing possibilities and shades of meaning for the song.