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Coming tomorrow: Exclusive Interview with Joakim Schiller of dB: The David Experience!

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If you enjoyed this week’s “Cover of the Week,” come back tomorrow for an interview with Joakim Schiller of the band who made that video, dB: The Bowie Experience. DB is a Swedish Bowie cover band, and here’s their version of “China Girl” as a special added bonus (don’t worry, tomorrow’s interview will be accompanied by a third video from…

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Cover of the Week: dB — the Bowie Experience performs “Life on Mars”

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In 2006 Bowie appeared on the comedy show, Extras, starring Ricky Gervais. At some point the two did an appearance where they talked about the show. In the episode, Gervais’s character encounters Bowie at a restaurant, inspiring Bowie to compose a song on the spot denigrating the lead character. It’s hilarious. Anyway, in discussing the episode, Gervais said that he…

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Exclusive Mr. Hartgrave Interview featuring his cover of “Life on Mars”

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Not unlike Bowie’s, I hear the voice of Mr. Hartgrave almost every day. Mr. Hartgrave is a celebrity among players of the mobile game, Marvel Strike Force. I’ve been playing the game, with two breaks, since 2018. Mr. Hartgrave’s YouTube channel is required viewing (or listening) for anyone who wants to play the game at a high level. Plus, its…

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Marc Lowe Interview, Pt. 3 featuring his cover of “All the Madmen” (Cover of the Week)

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Today’s post is a slight departure from my usual “cover of the week,” which I typically post on Mondays. This is the third and final installment of the interview with Marc Lowe, however the featured video is one of his Bowie covers— “All the Madmen” from The Man Who Sold the World. The topics covered in the last two days’…

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Marc Lowe Interview, Pt. 2 “We Miss You, Spaceboy”

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This is the second installment of my three-part interview with artist and educator, Marc Lowe. David Bowie is the focus of today's segment. The video is a Bowie tribute. While it is a Marc Lowe original, you'll definitely get both musical and lyrical references to Bowie's "Hallo Spaceboy." Anyway, let's get to the interview... Q. Why do you think Bowie’s…

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Exclusive Marc Lowe Interview, Part 1

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When I asked Marc Lowe to describe himself (“who are you?”), I was expecting an answer similar to the opening of the biography he’s posted on his own website, which is: “Marc Lowe is a composer, an electronic musician, a guitarist, a singer-songwriter, a drummer (since middle school), and a videographer. He does all of his own album covers, editing,…

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Coming tomorrow: Exclusive Interview with Marc Lowe!

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In the wake of this blog’s first-ever interview, with mashup artist DoM (click here to link), tomorrow will feature the first in a three-part interview with musician, artist and educator Marc Lowe! I featured one of Marc’s videos (of “I Can’t Give Everything Away”) as “cover of the week” a few weeks back and here’s a teaser of what’s coming,…

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Update: A Bridge Too Far…

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On the occasion of Phoebe Bridgers winning multiple Grammys last night, I thought I would re-up this post from last July. The original post makes reference to an earlier entry in my “Drive in Saturday Tuesday Movie Review” series, in which I review movies I see at the drive-in, which don’t always have a Bowie connection. The series will pick…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Swedishdame and Roose81 cover “Shadow Man”

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I was all set to post a mini-concert of five Bowie covers by Mutz Music as “cover of the week” until I found this one, “Shadow Man,” covered by Swedishdame and Roose81. This has all the elements I like in a cover— it’s an obscure song, so the cover artist has a lot of latitude to interpret, and these two…

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Update: Marc Lowe responds to the selection as “Cover of the Week” of his lyric video cover of “I Can’t Give Everything Away”

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Update (2/3/24) Although I don't know Marc Lowe, he has his own web page with a way to contact him, so I thought, what the heck and sent him my post about his cover. He was appreciative but pointed out one of my assumptions was made in error: "Just a quick heads up that this song was actually not recorded…

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Exclusive Interview with DoM: Mashup Creator, featuring “A Forest for Lazarus”

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When I posted the mashup of “Suffragette City” and Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” last April, I wrote that I knew nothing about the artist who took the two songs and made an new, third song out of some of their elements. But I was impressed — “the marriage between words and music is perfect to the point that it’s slightly…

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Bowie cover of the Week: Anonymus performs “Golden Years”

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I can find very little about Anonymus. His YouTube page make me unsure even if that’s his name— the page name is “Anonymushits.” Anyway, he made a good cover of “Golden Years” which I selected as the cover of the week both because of his solid performance and because of the production quality of the video itself. It’s not spectacular,…

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Cranky’s “David Bowie Cries for No One” (2008)

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Full disclosure: Chat GBT alerted me to this song. I previously had never heard of the song or the band, Cranky. I also can’t find a lyric sheet, but I’ll get to that. Unlike, say, Phish’s “David Bowie,” which mentions Bowie’s name but really has nothing to do with Bowie, this song references multiple Bowie songs. Without access to a…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Wilco covers “Space Oddity” on the Mountain Stage

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Bowie’s birthday and the anniversary of his death were both last week. Accordingly, there were a lot of Bowie tribute shows around the world, more so than usual. That accounts for the timing of Wilco’s performance of “Space Oddity” on the NPR music show, The Mountain Stage. At first blush, this cover has many of the elements that I shy…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Terzacorsia (?) performs “Ziggy Stardust:

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One of the points of the “cover of the week” post is to highlight how Bowie’s music not only lives on but provides inspiration to contemporary artists, whether they be armatures or professionals. The exercise of finding a “cover of the week” has led me to find videos made by bands from all over the world. In this case, it’s…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Have a Barry Nice Day performs “Dead Man Walking”

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From what I can gather, Have a Barry Nice Day is a family band, with the family name being Barry. This cover features one person, Laurie, presumably Laurie Barry, performing an acoustic version of Bowie’s 1997 song off the Earthling album. Its a static-image audio recording, which I usually avoid for “cover of the week,” but there’s too much going…

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Why am I posting a video of Miley Cyrus’ different “Let’s Dance” song on New Year’s Eve?

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Last New Year’s Eve, Miley Cyrus and David Byrne performed a cover of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” on the show covering New York City’s ball-drop event. I posted the video the following day and then…poof- it was gone. I saved my write up for a year, hoping that the video would return on YouTube for this New Year’s Eve, but nope.…

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

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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.…

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Pretty much had to post this one again…

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I typically don’t like to post the same video more than once in this blog, but I pretty much feel compelled to re-post Bowie’s bizarre Christmas duet with Bing Crosby today, and probably next year, too. I’m not sure what’s to be said about this strange encounter. Bowie was a few years away from becoming a non-threatening, mainstream pop star.…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Matte Martin performs “Blue Jean”

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I was actually looking forward to this week’s cover of the week, Matte Martin’s version of “Blue Jean,” because Martin ran a promotional teaser video last week. What he delivered was a genuine video in which he appears to play all the instruments as well as sing the song. Other than creating the illusion of seeming to be playing next…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Brendan Benson performs “Candidate”

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The “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprised)” sequence on Diamond Dogs is one of my favorite pieces of music. I think of it as a single song, which like, say, “Blackstar” or the Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” has a song-within-a-song, but the actual album (and, annoyingly for shuffle purposes, the CD), identified the three parts as distinct. That said, Brendan…

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Lena Hall’s cover of “Rebel Rebel”

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This is the fifth and final of Lena Hall’s videos for her collection, Obsessed: David Bowie, part of a series of cover albums she offers online. I wanted to post all the videos in part because I like them and in part because they are in fact videos. Previous covers posted on this site include her renditions of “As the…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Malou performs “Life on Mars”

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This clip is from the Belgian version of the singing competition show, The Voice (the show’s actual name is The Voice Belgique). As a result, while it was not created as a video per se, since it was made for television the video production quality is high as is the staging. More importantly, so too is the performance by Malou,…

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Is Bowie’s music helping Ukrainian morale?

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I came across an article in an online publication called the Odessa Journal (click on the name to link to the article) about how “Bowie Night” is returning to a club in Kiev called the Bel Etage Music Hall (identified in the article as the Bel Etage Club). The show features 20 Ukrainian artists performing Bowie songs, with all proceeds…

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Bowie cover of the Week: EgoB covers “Survive”

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This was an unusually good week for Bowie covers— I found and watched several studio-recorded covers that were really well done. I could have easily chosen one of several, and I’m not sure I watched every potentially good newly posted cover video that was posted over the past week. I settled on EgoB’s cover of “Survive” in part because it…

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“Because You’re Young” Demo

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Well, here I am, a day after posting my “final thoughts” on Adam Steiner’s book about Scary Monsters now posting a demo of “Because You’re Young,” from that album. More accurately, this song might have been called “Because I’m Young,” because that’s how the refrain goes, and its part of the collection of Scary Monster demos collectively known as Vampires…

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Bowie cover of the week: Lion’s Share covers “Life on Mars”

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There were a few good options to choose from for “cover of the week” this week. I’m going with this angry-sounding cover of one of Bowie’s most iconic songs, “Life on Mars.” It’s a real video by a real band that makes its own contribution to this oft-covered song. Actually, while the there are many covers of “Life on Mars,”…

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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy covers “Space Oddity” (2003?)

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Filling out what’s turned into a Legendary Strardust Cowboy series, this is his cover of Bowie’s first hit. Bowie’s original version is trippy— this makes it seem like something Mr. Rogers would sing, which is to say, “the Ledge” (as those more familiar with him than I call him, rather than, “the Cowboy”) has something to teach Bowie about what…

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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy’s original “I Too A Trip (On A Gemini Spaceship)” (1968)

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I mentioned Ziggy’s namesake Thursday, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, and while I have very limited familiarity with his music, I thought I’d post this song, which Bowie covered in 2002 on Heathen. The Cowboy’s original version is a year older than “Spaces Oddity,” which he would later cover. I’m sure I’m forgetting someone, but I think that makes the Cowboy…

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Lyrics Series | 6 | From “All The Young Dudes,” “The Stars Are Out Tonight” and The Beatles’ “Now and Then” (2023?)

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“My brother's back at home with his Beatles and his Stones We never got it off on that revolution stuff” - Bowie, “All The Young Dudes” (1972) “We will never be rid of these stars But I hope they live forever” - Bowie, “The Stars Are Out Tonight” (2013) Days after The Rolling Stones released their first studio album in…

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