Finding a great cover tune is tantamount to a glimpse of the promised land for a mixed tape afficionado. And if the cover happens to do justice to a classic, and one that has considerable kitsch value, then so much the better. Add the possibility of it being a fresh interpretation and - wait for it - also good, then you should be good to go.
Anyway, I think this cover of Howard Jones, "No One is to Blame", which I recently overheard in a movie called The Waitress fits the bill. It's nicely done by Emile Millar, and has this nice relaxed country twang to it. Plus, it's a chance to shift the tempo of my mix (the first three were pretty sunny and fast).
#1 - 'The Great Defector' by Bell X1.
#2 - 'Weighty Ghost' by Wintersleep.
#3 - 'Let Me Be' by Xavier Rudd.
#4 - "'Motherless Child' by Tom Jones + Portishead. Awesome cover with unparalleled kitsch value owing to the lead singer and bombastic backup track.
Oops - wrong link for the Tom Jones + Portishead track above. Go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEn0UdJfLr0