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Bowie cover of the week: Ruby Jean Walvin sings “Moonage Daydream”

This week’s winner of the highly anticipated “cover of the week” is this acoustic performance of a song that’s gained renewed popularity, apparently as a result of the documentary of the same name. According to her social media posts, Ruby Jean Walvin is an “indie artist based in Liverpool. She presents freshly pressed alternative songs washed in retro fabric softener.” That somewhat describes her otherwise straightforward cover of “Moonage Daydream”— it’s much softer than Bowie’s original. There’s an irony to the song, with its mentions of “electric eyes” and “ray guns” being performed accompanied by nothing other than a regular guitar. But it works. Ruby has a terrific voice and it’s a really lovely performance.

Some of the cover videos posted this week were obviously bootlegs taken by iPhones at concerts. One such video was of Lady Gaga singing, “I’m Afraid of Americans.” I surely would like to hear a clean version of Lady Gaga singing “I’m Afraid of Americans,” but this week’s video wasn’t that. Similarly, there was a (apparent) bootleg of Foo Fighters performing “Under Pressure.” Too bad these aren’t official videos. None of that is taking away from Ruby Jean and her deserving cover of “Moonage Daydream.”

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