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“Heroes” Covered Part 6: hYrtis performs “Sense of Doubt”

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This is an amazing video. French musician hYrtis (real name is apparently Gladys Hulto…and no, i didn’t know her before this video) performs the instrumental on a Theremin. If ever a piece of music was designed for the Theremin, it is this. The way the instrument, which does not involve physical contact, is played allows the artist to maintain a…

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“Heroes” Covered Part 5: The Spookers perform V2 Schneider

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There aren’t many funny moments on the “Heroes” album, but “V2 Schneider” comes close. Mostly instrumental, the one actual lyric is, “V2 Schneider.” My understanding, which I think is the general understanding, is that this is Bowie’s nod to Florian Schneider, from the German band Kraftwerk. Bowie’s synthesizer-heavy music from that time (which, not coincidentally was his Berlin period) was…

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“Heroes” Covered Part 4: Matt Brown sings “Sons of the Silent Age”

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Because of its name, I have long associated “Sons of the Silent Age” with silent movies. Though the lyrics are cryptic, I have kind of instinctually assumed the song was about —- had something to do with silent movies. After all, there’s a reference to “City Limits,” the Charlie Chaplain film, right? Well, I’ve probably been wrong all these years.…

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Alternate version of “Kooks” (1971)

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You know I have an order in for the upcoming four-CD set of early 70s demos and alternate song versions called, “Divine Symmetry.” Ahead of the full set’s release comes this version of, “Kooks,” performed on a BBC show, “Sounds of the 70s Presented by Bob Harris” in 1971. Bowie would later include a more familiar version of the song…

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“Heroes” Covered part 3: Oasis performs “Heroes”

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In contrast to the last two songs, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Joe the Lion,” “Heroes” is one of Bowie’s most frequently covered songs. There are MANY options to choose from. My selection of this cover by Oasis is almost random, except in that it is by a band with which I have some familiarity and I have not heard…

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“Heroes” Covered Part 2: Momus sings Joe the Lion

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One of the fun things about this project is discovering new musicians and new pieces of music. This second-in-the-series of covers of the songs from “‘Heroes’” comes from an artist known as Momus, who although I had never previously heard of is actually both prolific and diverse in his output. In addition to being a musician, he’s a journalist and…

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“Heroes” Covered Part. 1: Deliverance performs Beauty and the Beast

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“Far Out” is a British on-line cultural magazine that seems to have a daily article on Bowie. Some of the videos I get for this blog, I first see via “Far Out.” Recently the magazine compiled covers of ever song that appeared on the “‘Heroes’” album. I’m going to kind of reproduce that here. I say, ‘kind of,” because the…

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Actors and Bootblacks perform “Boys Keep Swinging” (2022)

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I’m slightly confused about who all is performing this very faithful cover of, “Boys Keep Swinging.” There’s the Vancouver-based band Actors for sure, then, I think there’s the Brooklyn-based band Bootblacks, and then on top of that, there’s Leathers, which is, I think a third band featuring Shannon Hammett, who is also part of Actors. In any case, this cover…

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Site Maintenance: “I Can’t Explain” (1983)

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“I Can’t Explain” is possibly the song Bowie covered on “Pin Ups” that’s best known from its original artists (The Who). Bowie’s makes the song sound raunchy on that album— when he sings, “its a certain kind,” its tough not to get the idea of what kind of feeling he had in mind. This video is of Bowie performing the…

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Oh You Pretty Things (1972)

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I’m writing this post late in the day and without much steam left, so this is kind of a cheap post…that said, its Bowie in his prime singing once of his best early songs. I’ve commented much on “Oh, You Pretty Things,” and recently posted Peter Noone’s version, which was a hit in its own right. Bowie resurrected the phrase…

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Site Maintenance: “Stateside”

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“Stateside” is one of the most infamous songs connected to Bowie. Bowie co-created it as part of Tin Machine, and he plays and sings backup on the song, but the lead singer is Hunt Sales. For many years, on listening to the album, “Tin Machine 2,” I didn’t have much of a reaction to “Statewide.” Its not a good song,…

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Franklin Sane sings “Five Years (till the storm overcomes us)” (2022)

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Frank Szymanski is a Probate Court judge in Detroit. He’s also “Franklin Sane,” a Bowie-inspired rocker, and this is his Bowie inspired song about climate change. I think this is fantastic — at least as a concept. At this point in my own career in public service, I have a job that actually has to do with climate change (which…

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Site Maintenance*: “Glass Spider” (1987/2018)

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“Glass Spider” holds a place of infamy in the Bowie pantheon. The song, from “Never Let Me Down,” lent both its name and imagery to Bowie’s 1987 tour, which was his biggest and most elaborate. Famously, the set was framed by a truly enormous glass spider, and necessarily, Bowie would include this song in every performance on the tour. But…

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Site Maintenance: Pablo Picasso

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The site maintenance series features songs whose original links on earlier blog entries broke. Where I can, I replace those original videos and then add a still different video and updated commentary. Such is the case with this odd song, which Bowie included on his 2003 album, “Reality.” The song is a cover from the proto-punk band, The Modern Lovers,…

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Morrissey sings “I Know Its Gonna Happen Someday” (1992)

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I’m not a fan of Morrissey or this song. I first heard the song when Bowie included it on his 1993 album, “Black Tie/ White Noise,” and I think the song detracts from the overall album. Bowie’s version is done tongue-in-cheek and possibly meant to be making fun of Morrissey’s song, or even Morrissey himself. Why Bowie felt compelled to…

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Peter Noone sings “Oh, You Pretty Things”

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Bowie gave this song to Peter Noone, mostly known as the lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, in 1971. It was Noone’s first solo release and was a hit, reaching #12 on the UK singles chart. Bowie plays piano on this version of the song which I think of, today, more associated with Bowie than Noone. Bowie, of course, included his…

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Leah Kardos on “Blackstar”

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This is another of Leah Kardos’ excellent analyses of Bowie’s later works. She is reading from her book, which I am in the process of reading. Hers is the most complex and musically literate analysis of Bowie I have yet encountered, and she demonstrates her full set of skills here, on one of Bowie’s most complex songs. I continue to…

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Andreony sings “Sunday”

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To close out the Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday cover series, here’s another performer I know nothing about singing a somewhat obscure Bowie song. Coincidently, I recently posted Leah Kardos covering the same song. Its a beautiful song. Did Bowie have a Monday song? Well, “Girl Loves Me” includes the line, “Where the Fuck Did Monday Go?” But that’s not part of the title.…

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Nick Kershaw sings “Drive in Saturday”

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Third in the Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday series… here’s a cover of “Drive in Saturday.” I got to go to the drive in last Saturday, which might have been the last time for the season. I hope not…

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The Easybeats sing “Friday on My Mind”

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I’m most familiar with Bowie’s version of this song from “Pin Ups.” But the whole idea of that album was Bowie showing appreciation for songs he liked from the 60s, so he wasn’t really trying to pass it off as his own. This video shows the band who originated the song performing it in 1967. I think the video has…

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Indigo Morgan sings “Thursday’s Child”

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Bowie has songs with the words Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in their titles. I thought going into the weekend, I’d feature covers of each of these songs. Actually, it was Bowie who covered “Friday on My Mind,” but here Indigo Morgan covers one of Bowie’s less well-known songs, “Thursday’s Child.” I like this song, which probably is overlooked because…

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Bowie sings Rocket Man?

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Sadly, no, this isn’t actually David Bowie singing Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” It is comedian Stevie Riks (who might have also been the voice behind the recording of “Bowie” singing “My Way” that appears elsewhere in this blog). The parody impersonation is not spot-on, but it is mildly amusing. Riks is apparently trying to sound like Bowie at the very…

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I Never Dreamed (1963)

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I came across an article that had a link to this very short clip of what is apparently the first recording of David Bowie, then known as David Jones, singing with his band, the Konrads. Bowie was 16 at the time, and this is a demo (it sounds like part of a demo) that was rejected by the record label,…

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Site Maintenance: Golden Years

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“Site Maintenance” is my series of videos found while fixing links to earlier videos of the same song. “Golden Years” has come up a few times recently— I posted the strange James Murphy cover a few days ago, and several days before that mentioned that Bowie originally wrote the song with Elvis in mind to sing it. Instead of the…

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U2 Bowie Tribute

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I don’t know the story of this video, but it appears to have been put together by someone associated with U2. I’m guessing, but don’t know, that the Bowie montage was playing on a screen at the concert. Even if this is a well done fan video, U2’s rendition of “Heroes” is “real.” Somewhere in the depths of this blog…

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Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp perform “Heroes” (2022)

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I was not previously familiar with Toyah Wilcox, but she is apparently pretty well known, at least in England. Fripp, of course, was one of Bowie’s guitarists and has a long career supporting a varierty of others. Well, they are married and apparently have a YouTube show called, “Sunday Lunch.” This past Sunday they performed “Heroes” (Fripp played on the…

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Leah Kardos covers “Sunday” and Bowie and 9/11

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Bowie’s album, “Heathen,” widely considered one of his best later works, was released in June, 2002. In part due to the timing, and in larger part due to the mood and even lyrics of some of the album’s songs, many thought of the album as an artistic response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was not— the seeming relevance was…

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1000 Musicians perform “Under Pressure” (2022)

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We’ve seen this before with “Rebel Rebel”— the 1000 musicians, here as “Rockin’ 1000) create a pretty cool sound.  This performance is new. I recently heard a story that added details to the origin of “Under Pressure.  Bowie happened to be in the same town as Queen while they were both recording their separate projects.   Bowie stopped by for…

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Speaking of, “The Jean Genie,” here’s Sweet’s “Blockbuster!” (1973)

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Right around the same time Bowie released, “The Jean Genie,” another glam-band, “Sweet,” released “Blockbuster!”  The two songs contain unmistakable similarities, however both Sweet and Bowie insisted that was coincidence.  I came across this video of Sweet performing their song on, Top of the Pops, and between the way the band looks and the way their performance was filmed, it…

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“Starman” video created by AI

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This is the second video, in which the images were created by an artificial intelligence program, that was— how do I say it?  Set in motion (?) by the artist (?) Aidontknow.  I somehow think Bowie would have approved.

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