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Bowie Cover of the Week: Acoustic Moon performs “Cat People”

The visual elements of this video are pretty simple— a couple of people performing in a basement studio. There were better looking videos this week, but I selected this one because of how it sounds. This is the first acoustic version of “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)” I’ve ever heard, and these two do a great job with it.

“Cat People” is one of my favorite Bowie songs from the 80s. It’s been used in at least three movie soundtracks — Cat People, Inglorious Basterds and Atomica. I think this is in part just because its a cool song, but also because it transcends its original, somewhat goofy context (which had to do with the strange science fiction premise of Cat People) and speaks to a broader sense of smoldering longing. Anyway, I like how these two, whose names are Anthony Moon and Debbie heard do it. From a look at their YouTube page, it appears that Acoustic Moon only does Bowie covers. That’s my kinda band!

Acoustic Moon faced stiff competition this week from another Bowie cover band, Station to Station, that posted a solid cover of “Lady Stardust,” which, for those in the know, featured a background screen showing footage of Marc Bolan, who the song was supposedly inspired by. I really like this performance and you can see it by clicking here.

I was slightly tempted to post Mark Suszko’s “Bing Versus Bowie” video, featuring him playing Ukulele and singing alongside Bowie and Bing Crosby’s Christmas music duet. This is a type of cover that I don’t think I’ve ever selected but have seen, where the new musician adds one element to the original song. It’s in the spirit of the day, but in the end it’s not enough of a cover to leap ahead of these other options for cover of the week. But if you want to see it, click here.

Finally, I considered EgoB’s cover of “Wild is the Wind,” which he labeled as “another attempt” at a Bowie cover. This is a real, if rudimentary music video, which you can see here. But Bowie himself covered “Wild is the Wind,” which has been recorded by other musicians before and since Bowie’s version. Also, while I think the effort is worthy, I go back to just liking the way how “Cat People” sounds better.

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