I love Radiohead for many reasons. One of them is this video. The song they’re playing (The Smiths’s Headmaster Ritual) is one of my favorites, and you can tell it’s one of theirs as well; I imagine them as timid English schoolboys in 1985, clustering around the hi-fi, listening to Meat is Murder and thinking “That’s what I want to be doing with my life”.
Besides being really touching, it’s also just a great performance. There’s a “cover band” stigma in the rock world: the act of interpretation garners little respect, while much more value is placed on originality (exactly the reverse of the current classical-music paradigm). I think in the future we’ll see a gradual increase of rock musicians recreating the canon, with the original recording acting as the authoritative version instead of a musical score. More performances like this one wouldn’t be bad.