I just found out that one of my favorite obscure bands, Lotion -- best known probably for having Thomas Pynchon write the liner notes to their second album, which I'll admit is the only reason I heard of them in the first place -- recorded the Left Banke's "Just Walk Away, Renee." I heard a snatch of it on allmusic.com and it wasn't half-bad.
I couldn't find it to download, but know what? There is no end of cover versions of that song. I have the Four Tops version, but I didn't know Kelly Clarkson, Vonda Shepard, Bruce Springsteen, The Association, Rickie Lee Jones, Marshall Crenshaw, Cyndi Lauper, and Bon Jovi have all taken a crack at it, too.
I heard the Cowsills version -- it's so awful it's good. Billy Bragg does a beautiful inspired take on it, too, where the tune serves as a backup to his own poetic ramblings about an old girlfriend. (I can't stop playing it.) Southside Johnny does it with some great sax and very soulful backup.
Another goopy romantic favorite of mine, another wonderful piece of glittering throwaway heart-melting trash, is the Tremeloes "Silence is Golden." Looks like everyone and his dog has covered that, too. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, for one -- you'd think it would be right up the alley for those cheesemeisters, but they fumble it pretty badly.