There are certain artists who, if you're going to cover their music, you really need them to be dead first. They own and inhabit their music to such an extent that antemortem covers are almost destined to fail.
Which is partly why Seu Jorge's performances of David Bowie tunes are so amazing.
No matter whether you love, hate, or never saw The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, it's less of an accomplishment without Jorge's music. So there.
Also: Not sure, but pretty sure that this is the second time in 6+ years I've quoted Portuguese lyrics at p3. If I track down the other one, I'll update.