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Damn, I love this song. I think it’s something to do with the simple chord progression and the half-laugh in the vocals. Wonderful stuff.

Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground

Like all great songs, many people have had a shot at covering it – Mott the Hoople, The Sugarcubes and The Kooks, to name a few. The Cowboy Junkies also recorded a version that Lou Reed apparently described as “the best and most authentic version I have ever heard”. Check it out below.

Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground Cover) – Cowboy Junkies

Bonus mp3 – this version’s all about the guitar

Sweet Jane (Live in Paris 1974) – Lou Reed

And lastly, Italy’s Poddighe Power Trio also do a version that’s pretty faithful to the original

(That image rocks, right? I found it at Goodnight Gracie, a blog dedicated to reviews of old rock n’ roll records)