I think the first time I heard the Dead was when the older of my two sisters was living at home for a while after graduating from college--she had the two-record Long Strange Trip best-of collection, and she would play it from time to time. I must've been a freshman in high school. I remember hearing the line "We can share the women, we can share the wine" and thinking "That doesn't seem right..." but I liked the music anyway. Later on in my high school years a friend made a tape of Live Dead for me and I listened to it quite a bit. I went through an anti-Dead period after getting into other stuff, but I eventually came back around and wound up really liking American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. I have to say, "Box of Rain" is one of my faves. I guess I've always been more of a studio-album guy instead of a bootleg-tape guy (although I do have a copy of the Oxford Speedway show somewhere).
I like this cover a lot (it was on the Masked & Anonymous soundtrack). Some nice guitar work from ol' Jerry. Quite lovely, really.