Every now and then I hear an old classic done in a really different way. By and large, by an Indie group.
Thurston Moore's (Sonic Youth) rendition of the Carpenters "Super Star"
For some reason their version really impacts her tragic life in an eerie way.
Also, the Ramones version of Louis Armstrong's - "What a Wonderful World" ...
These are definitely not remakes to imitate the original artist.... but more often than not, tributes to the original artist in their own and unusual style.
Anyone else know of any others to add to a list ?