Bowie’s Not There

So whether intentionally or not I suspect we’ve all been listening to a lot of David Bowie‘s music recently. To mix it up, here are a few songs that are Bowie covers, and a couple that aren’t.

First Michael C Hall (Six Feet Under, Dexter) and the musicians from Lazarus performing the eponymous song. It’s slightly less harrowing without Bowie‘s wonderful, awful final video. Looking forward to the cast album which was recorded on January 11th, with no definite plan of release yet established:


Next, The Modern Lovers‘ original laconic, lo-fi version of “Pablo Picasso”, as covered by Bowie on his excellent Reality album in 2003:


This one’s a treat. A reformed Terrorvision from 2007(!) covering “Moonage Daydream”. Tony‘s voice/accent is completely unlike Bowie‘s but suits the song so well. I love this so much, this is how covers should work!


Finally, here’s a 1996 Tears For Fears version of “Ashes To Ashes” which is startlingly close to the original in places (usually a redundant feature in a cover, but included here so that jaws other than mine may drop):


Hope you enjoyed at least one of them!

“I’m a black star. I’m a star’s star.”


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Da22 says:

    Love the howling guitar in ashes cover, also terrorvison is a very listenable. Not sold on Michael C’s voice, sounds put on.


  2. stevenger says:

    I know what you mean, feels like you can hear he’s doing a character.


  3. Bauhaus Ziggy stardust wow, Peter Murphy space Oddity cool , David Bowie Nine inch nails doing Hurt Ok its Bowie doing a cover but its so good

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  4. stevenger says:

    I’ve heard (and enjoyed!) the other two but that Space Oddity cover is new to me, thanks for the heads-up. I always cite Space Oddity as an example of an “uncoverable” song because its power is so bound up in the performance but that is actually a really good version (linked below for others to hear too).

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