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David Bowie Cover of the Week: Sweet Megg’s Sweet Cover of “Soul Love”

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Although, as usual, several quality Bowie covers were posted on YouTube and elsewhere this past week, it wasn’t a tough decision as to what to choose. Sweet Megg’s cover of “Soul Love” (as part of the Postmodern Juke Box series) has all the elements I like in looking for a cover to feature: the performance itself is outstanding, the song…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: Scottish Mist covers “The Loneliest Guy”

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This was yet another week in which I had several quality Bowie covers to choose from for “Cover of the Week.” I selected this one, by musician and composer Rosario Ventrice, who goes by the stage name Scottish Mist because it is well done, is a rarely covered and somewhat obscure song, and has interesting albeit simple visual elements in…

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Venom 3 Trailer Features “Space Oddity”

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I just came across the trailer for Venom 3: The Last Dance, which is sure to be a near-future drive-in movie and will probably get its own post as part of my Drive-in Saturday Tuesday Movie review series. Well, it looks like there is indeed a Bowie connection as a modified version of “Space Oddity” plays throughout a good portion…

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David Bowie cover of the week: Marc Lowe’s “We’ll Creep Together/All the Madmen”

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This was a somewhat odd week for Bowie covers as a lot were posted that…were not very good. I’m not going to single any out and I’m all for people doing their own thing and posting it online somewhere, but a lot of that made for a large number of covers to sort through for the good stuff (and I’m…

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David Bowie cover of the week: Colin Barely performs “John, I’m Only Dancing”

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This was an especially tough week to choose a cover of the week not only because there were many quality videos posted over the past seven days, but several of them included visual elements beyond a fixed camera capturing the performance. I selected Colin Barley’s cover of “John, I’m Only Dancing” because this video has both of these qualities and,…

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Thoughts on “China Girl”

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I originally wrote this as part of the lead-up to my interview with Lisa Perrott (click to link), who wrote David Bowie and the Art of Music Video. I had originally indicated that I was going to take down the teaser videos I posted prior to the interview because they appear elsewhere on this blog, but I’m leaving this one…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: Orange Trio Music performs “Space Oddity”

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OK— here’s my dilemma: “Space Oddity,” along with “‘Heroes’” are the two Bowie songs that turn up most frequently when I review covers posted over the previous week. I just posted a “Space Oddity” cover yesterday. You’d think the last thing we’d need is another one. Plus, this week there were some other excellent, excellent covers. So what’s the dilemma?…

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Peter Farrugia’s “Drive-in Saturday” (repost)

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Pete Farrugia is a British guitar player and teacher who has been active on the music scene since the 1970s. I selected his rendition of "Drive in Saturday" a few weeks ago as "Cover of the Week," which I'm reposting here (by the way, that is a ukelele he's playing). Come back Saturday for out discussion of the guitar, David…

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RIP David Sanborn: Bowie’s saxophonist on Young Americans and David Live

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David Sanborn, who played sax on the Young Americans and David Live albums has passed away. Like so many other musicians who played with Bowie, Sanborn had a long and distinguished career on his own, though he wasn’t necessarily a household name. He’s the one on sax in this video of Bowie performing the song, “Young Americans,” on the Dick…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: EgoB covers “Hallo Spaceboy”

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”Hallo Spaceboy” (1995) is one of Bowie’s (somewhat) later songs that I suspect would be better known had he released it earlier in his career. Both hard-driving and melodic, its lyrics call back to Bowie’s early themes of gender fluidity, space and chaos. Plus, as part of the 1. Outside album, it represents Bowie’s last collaboration with Brian Eno. Yet…

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British Musician W3st’s cover of “Starman”

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Update: June 9, 2024: I originally ran this post as a “cover of the week” then re-posted it in advance my my exclusive interview with W3st, which you can link to HERE. —- Before I get into my selection for cover of the week, I’m going to briefly recap the point of this weekly feature: Bowie’s music lives on as…

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RIP Steve Albini

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Steve Albini, music producer and engineer involved with hundreds of albums for many artists passed away yesterday. Among the many acts Albini was connected to was the band, Pixies and their creation of the song, “Cactus,” which Bowie covered on the 2002 album, Heathen. Bowie, who also performed the song live on tour, added an element to the song that…

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Exclusive Content: Andy Griffin on his cover of “Heroes”

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Visitors to this blog know that every Monday I select a “cover of the week” from videos posted in YouTube over the previous seven days. I somehow missed Andy Griffin’s excellent cover of “Heroes” when it originally posted a couple of weeks ago, but that’s no reason to deny you the excellent video. And by video, I mean video. There…

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David Bowie cover of the week: Jazz Dynamos perform “Starman”

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I was blown away by this jazz rendition of “Starman” by the band, Jazz Dynamos and especially the beautiful, hypnotic voice of lead singer Lucy Randell. The band’s website, which you can link to HERE, quotes from a review by Mike Wells of The Review Hub (click to link to the review): “They specialise in creating jazz re-arrangements of songs…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: DiMusiCover performs “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide

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“Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” is one of the favorite and most meaningful songs for many Bowie fans. The culminating message of the song, and to many, the entire Ziggy Stardust album is, “you’re not alone.” Seldom is it mentioned that Bowie never a again (or before) delivered that message, and considering many of his songs are about isolation and are…

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Coming Saturday: Exclusive Interview with KillerStar’s Rob Fleming!

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This upcoming Saturday will feature an exclusive video interview with Rob Fleming, lead singer and co-founder of the band KillerStar. The band’s first, self-titled album features many Bowie alumni including Mike Garson on piano, Earl Slick and Mark Plati on guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey and Tim Lefebvre on bass, Emm Gryner on backing vocals, and Donny McCaslin on saxophone. It’s…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: dB – The Bowie Experience covers “Space Oddity”

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Note: bolded words below link to separate referenced pages or videos. Friends of the blog, dB-the Bowie Experience return this week with their cover of “Space Oddity.” One of the earliest interviews I posted was with drummer Joakim Schiller, with whom I have kept in touch. These guys do Bowie exceedingly well. Their arrangements are much the same as Bowie’s…

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Happy 77th Birthday Iggy Pop!

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Today is Iggy Pop’s 77th birthday. In honor of the occasion, I am posting this bizarre video of him singing Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.” You won’t see Iggy in the video, but rather a band of CGI monsters. Iggy voiced the character of Darkos in the animated children’s movie, Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds. Bowie himself voiced the…

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New DoM David Bowie/Joy Division Mashup: “Heroes in the Atmosphere”

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Note: click on the bolded words below to link to related content. This blog has been active since 2018, however it gained new vitality this year after a French mashup artist who goes by DoM found an old post of mine featuring his mashup of “Suffragette City” and Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” He DMed me that he liked my post.…

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Brian Eno releases a new remix of his collaboration with Bowie, “Get Real” to fund conservation

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Brian Eno, who famously collaborated with Bowie on the Berlin trilogy albums as well as 1. Outside, has released a remix of one of their lesser known collaborations, “Get Real,” which was an outtake from the 1. Outside sessions. The remix is part of an album, Sounds Right, the will include songs that include sounds from nature. The “Get Real”…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: EgoB is back with “Wild is the Wind”

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EgoB is back with a cover of “Wild is the Wind,” which is my selection for “Cover of the Week.” Before I get to his version of the song, I should briefly review its history. Bowie himself was covering the song on Station to Station (1976). He made a video and released it as a single upon his version’s inclusion…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Yara Lapidus (with Gail Ann Dorsey) covers “The Man Who Sold the World”

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“The Man Who Sold the World” is one of the most covered Bowie songs that I find through this process of identifying a “cover of the week.” I think this owes in part to another cover of this song— Nirvana’s version, recorded in 1993 and released in 1995. That version is so well known that the song is often mistaken…

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Coming this Saturday: Exclusive Interview with Simon Critchley

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Coming Saturday will be this blog's first-ever video interview, featuring Simon Crithcley! Simon is author of the book, Bowie, and a member of the band Critchley & Simmons. This is one of their recordings, which is an adaptation of "Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)" from Diamond Dogs. Close readers of this blog will recall that I've referenced Simon's writings about Bowie…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Pete Foley performs “Time”

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This was another very strong week for Bowie covers and it was a tough choice but I selected this cover of “Time” both because it sounds great and it is a rarely covered song. Why is that? That its rarely covered? It’s a great song. Maybe it gets lost on the generally more raucous album, Aladdin Sane. Actually, in my…

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Coming tomorrow: Exclusive interview with Sébastien Bédé!

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Exclusive Interview Alert! Come back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with musician Sébastien Bédé. Bédé performs, however I became aware of him through his Bowie reinterpretations, which sound like new songs. As a songwriter, performer, and sound engineer in France, he delves into ambient music and sound experimentation, channeling influences from Bowie, amongst others. Bédé's journey unfolds through his passion…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Joss Stone and friends perform “Let’s Dance”

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This was yet another good week for Bowie covers. There were several well-performed renditions of lesser-known songs, often featuring some sort of innovation. Nonetheless I feel almost compelled to pick this video of Joss Stone and a cast of thousands (well, not literally thousands) including Nile Rodgers performing “Let’s Dance.” Why? Because the performance has a big quality about it,…

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Bowie cover of the week: Reginald Borington sings “As the World Falls Down”

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The reason I chose this song for “cover of the week” is simple— this guy’s voice is terrific. Reginald Borington touts himself as “covering songs that nobody under 25 has heard of,” but I’m not sure that this particular song falls into that category. Labyrinth has become and enduring childhood movie and there’s a cohort out there that only, or…

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Bowie cover of the Week: EgoB performs “The Prettiest Star”

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“The Prettiest Star” has an interesting history. Before he recorded a version for Aladdin Sane, Bowie recorded a version with Marc Bolan playing guitar, and he offered it to Mott the Hoople, who instead took and made a hit out of “All the Young Dudes.” Bowie supposedly wrote the song for his wife, Angie (who also, at least according to…

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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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