Friday Cover Songs – Bowie’s In Space

by Jeff on January 22, 2010 · 3 comments

in Friday Cover Songs

Oh snap! It’s Friday Cover Songs. Two. Weeks. In. A. Row.

This week, we’ve got some David Bowie on the menu.

Seu Jorge – Life On Mars

M. Ward – Let’s Dance

TV On The Radio – Heroes

The Last Town Chorus – Modern Love

I don’t know that I’d list Bowie in that sentimental, all-time favorites list that I keep in my head, but I like Bowie a whole lot. Like Elvis Costello, he’s a sort of musical chameleon, adapting and changing pretty much at his whim throughout much of his career. It’s a quality that makes his music more cover-friendly, I think.  Take, for instance, that “Modern Love” cover up there – if you haven’t listened to it yet, do so right away because it is beautiful in a heartbreaky kind of way – it’s recognizable as “Modern Love” but it is totally transformed, and not because the band is doing anything crazy with it, either; they’ve simply slowed it down and changed the instrumentation and it goes from dance anthem to intimate and vulnerable.

Of course, being a Wes Anderson fan, I had to put something from the The Life Aquatic soundtrack up; Seu Jorge’s acoustic, Portuguese takes on Bowie standards are omnipresent in the movie and eminently listenable.

What’s your favorite Bowie cover?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason January 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I absolutely love Bauhaus’s cover of “Ziggy Stardust”, even more than the original. I realize this is heresy, but one cannot control the heart.

dasmondhaschen January 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

ditto what that jason guy said.

dasmondhaschen January 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm

except that i forgot about cat power/space oddity. oops.

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