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Remastered performance of “Rebel Rebel”

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This is a remastered version of a clip of Bowie singing “Rebel Rebel” on a Dutch show called TopPop. Bowie is lip-syncing here, and I think he’s doing a good job of matching his mouth with the words. But he looks like he’s not so much playing his guitar as playing with his guitar. Nicholas Pegg tells a couple of…

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Claudia Brücken’s video for “Everyone Says Hi”

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I was half-watching the 2014 movie, A Most Wanted Man, which is mostly noted as being the actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last, when Hoffman’s character walks into a bar and “Everyone Says Hi” is playing. Except it isn’t Bowie’s version from the 2002 album, Heathen. A female voice was singing. So I looked it up and the voice belonged to…

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Debbie Harry at 78 and Blondie’s version of “Heroes”

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Debbie Harry turned 78 earlier this month (on July 1st, to be precise). I saw a lot of social media posts about that, perhaps in part because, well, I don’t think of Debbie Harry as being 78. I’m guessing others don’t, either. It’s been a while since she or Blondie have had a hit record, but I don’t think they…

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“Space Oddity” in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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In poking around for uses of “Starman” in movies— and there are many— I came across this audio clip of “Space Oddity” from the soundtrack of the 2013 Ben Still film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The clip uses Bowie’s original, but inserts the voice of the movie’s co-star, Kristen Wiig, the effect of which is to make the…

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“Starman” in Walk Hard

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OK, one more of these— Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 comedy starring John C. Reilly as the fictional rock star, Dewey Cox. It’s a parody of just about every rock star biographical movie, almost all of which follow the same formula. Actually, the movie was prescient because movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocket Man hadn’t been…

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“Starman” Lightyear trailer

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Two days ago I posted about how people are using “Starman” as the soundtrack of their own Superman videos. While looking into that, I was reminded how often the song is used in movies or trailers. Here’s an example, the 2021 for the movie, Lightyear. “Starman” comes in about a minute into the video, and it’s a highly remixed and…

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Bowie cover of the Week: Duran Duran covers “Five Years” (sort of)

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The one regularly scheduled recurring feature of this blog is the Monday “cover of the week.” What distinguishes what I post on Mondays from other covers is that the idea here is for me to choose among Bowie covers posted over the past week. Usually I choose among lesser known bands— sometimes just a guy in his basement. The idea…

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Starman Superman?

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This might be the start of a series of clips of the song, “Starman” used in movies or movie trailer… I came across an article on a website called Comic Book Movies (click to link to the article) in which director James Gunn, who is moving over from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise to reboot Superman, says he’s not…

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“David Bowie’s Brain” by Kelly Deco (2023)

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I came across an article on the web site Anti Music about the release of a new album, Constellation, by Kelly Deco (click on “article” to link to the story). Never heard of him? Me neither, but he seems to have been influenced by Bowie and the article focuses on one of the songs off the album, “David Bowie’s Brain.”…

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“I’m Afraid of Americans” live for the 4th of July

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I recently went through a mental exercise of trying to come up with a coherent defense of Trumpism. Keep in mind I couldn’t be more in disagreement with Trumpism and don’t think that political orientation is genuinely justifiable. Nonetheless, as a mental exercise I think I came up with a plausibly coherent set of arguments. Without getting into it, the…

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Young Andy covers “The Man Who Sold the World”

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One of the things I like about sorting through weekly new posts of Bowie covers is that they range from high-quality, produced videos by real bands, to concert footage to guys in their basement with a guitar. This one falls into the latter category. Who is Young Andy? No clue. He has a YouTube page with little information about himself…

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Maya Beiser’s “Blackstar” for Cello

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Classical cellist Maya Beiser converted the entire Blackstar album into a classical-style symphony featuring, of course, the cello. I’m still in the process of listening to the entire album but wanted to single out “Blackstar.” I’ll revisit the entire album later. Bowie’s Blackstar album is the nearest he came to jazz. I’ve head Bowie, and specifically the song, “Blackstar” converted…

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ZIGGY STARDUST AT HAMMERSMITH 4K UPGRADE

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I posted the 4K upgrade of the “Life on Mars” video a few days ago, and now here’s a similar upgrade to Bowie singing “Ziggy Stardust” from Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture. I’m still not sure how this is different than the version that’s been available since 1983, but if it’s an excuse to post this clip, its a good…

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Let all the Bugle Boys boogie

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OK, this entry is really just an excuse to post a video of the Andrew’s Sisters singing, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B,” which is actually a clip from the 1941 Abbot and Costello movie, Buck Privates. The Bowie connection is this— “Starman” was released a mere 31 years later. In it, Bowie commends all the children to…

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Janel Monae’s “Heroes” cover and Bowie’s original pessimism

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I posted a song yesterday by Janelle Monáe that mentions Bowie. I wrote that Monáe admired Bowie and had previously covered, “Heroes.” The song was used in an anti-bullying campaign that, I guess was sponsored by Pepsi. This video tells a visual story of bullied oddball children teaming up to counter their adversaries by being themselves but gaining strength through…

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Janelle Monáe mentions Bowie in “Haute” (2023)

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Back on December 30th, I posted a video of Janelle Monáe and Young Pete performing, “Moonage Daydream,” explaining that Monáe and co-star Edward Norton almost performed the song in the movie, Glass Onion. As it was, that movie included two Bowie songs in the soundtrack. Monáe, meanwhile, has openly spoken of her admiration for Bowie. The singer/actress, who presents as…

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Bowie cover of the week: Honeysuckle performs “Space Oddity”

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This one picked itself: as you will notice, the opening frames of this video label it “cover of the month.” I’m a little unclear what that exactly means, but for purposes of this blog, it is the Bowie Cover of the Week. The performance is pretty straightforward, at least in terms of the musical presentation of “Space Oddity.” But I…

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50th Anniversary “Life on Mars” 4K Video Upgrade

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I don’t like to post the same video more than once in this blog, and unless I’ve done so accidentally I don’t think I actually have. That said, I’ve posted at least two versions of “Life on Mars,” which is one of Bowie’s most famous. This, then is a third version. It’s touted as having a 4K upgrade, and to…

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“Diamond Dogs/ Its Only Rock ‘N” Roll (But I Like it)” mashup (1974)

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Yesterday I posted the original version of “Its Only Rock ‘N” Roll (But I Like It)” on which Bowie sang backup. While looking for a link to that audio, I came across this liv version of Bowie performing “Diamond Dogs” in 1974, during which he transitions into singing the refrain to “Its Only Rock ‘N’ Roll” before transitioning back to…

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“Its Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like it)” (1973)

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How did I not know that Bowie was involved with this Rolling Stones’ hit? Well, that’s because Bowie isn’t on the album version that I’ve heard for most of my life. But it turns out that he sang on the first recording of the song, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for Ronnie Wood before Wood was part of…

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“Queen of all the Tarts” updated

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To my ears, this fairly obscure piece of music sounds like an overture, and, Bowie chronicler Nicholas Pegg reminds me that it was. Though I don’t actually remember hearing it used this way, “Queen of All the Tarts” was played over the sound system before the concert actually began during the Reality Tour. The song is almost an instrumental except…

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The LCD Soundsystem’s Bowie tribute song, “Black Screen” (2017)

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Far Out Magazine seems to publish at least one Bowie related story per week, many of which inspire a blog post on this site. A recent story explained how the song, “Black Screen,” by The LCD Soundsystem is a tribute to Bowie. Band frontman James Murphy worked with Bowie on Bowie’s Blackstar and, according to the story was going to…

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“I Can’t Read” Updated

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When I did my song-a-day tribute to Bowie in 2016, I posted a video from VH1 Storytellers of Bowie singing this Tin Machine song. It is one of the only Tin Machine songs that Bowie would continue to perform after the band broke up, and I read somewhere that this is the one he’d suggest people listen to when they…

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More Chat GBT Fun: “Prisoners of Love” v. “Prisoner of Love”

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Mel Brooks is surely to comedy what Bowie was to music. He is one of the funniest people ever to walk the earth. I find some of his gags hilarious for reasons I can’t fully explain. One such example is the end of his 1967 movie, The Producers. The plot has to do with two scheming Broadway producers who con…

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Isabelle Adjani Performs “Beau oui comme Bowie”

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Isabelle Adjani is one of France’s most accomplished actresses, being the one actress to win five Caesar Awards for acting (that’s France’s equivalent of an Academy Award). Why and when she recorded this song, which translates into, Beautiful, yes like Bowie,” is unknown to me. Some songs name-drop Bowie, but here Bowie’s name is part of the refrain. I’ve posted…

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“This is Not America” official video (1985)

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On March 2nd, 2016, during my song-a-day tribute to Bowie, I posted a live version of this song following a big, and at the time virtually unbelievable primary win by Donald Trump. My short blog entry promised to post, “The Voyeur of Utter Destruction as Beauty” if Trump somehow won the nomination. Sadly, I had to keep that promise. Seven…

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“Uncle Arthur,” (1966)

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I am in the process of writing the companion piece to the blog entry of a few days ago, “Bowie knew how to end an album,” which, of course is going to be, “Bowie knew how to start an album.” Its going to be long and I’ll probably break it up. In the writing, I realized that I never posted…

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Gail Ann Dorsey and Matthieu Chedid cover “Space Oddity”

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Gail Ann Dorsey was a conspicuous and much-welcomed presence in Bowie’s live shows for the last several years he performed and was a regular member of his band, playing bass and singing, from 1995 until his death. Of course she plays the bass very well, but she also have a terrific singing voice and more stage presence than maybe anyone…

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Bowie’s version of “In the Heat of the Morning” (1967)

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After posting the Last Shadow Puppets’ version of this song it occurred to me that I have never posted a stand alone version of Bowie singing it. I have never been drawn to this song so I haven’t devoted too much thought to it. It isn’t in contention for Bowie’s worst song— it is far from his worst from this…

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The Last Shadow Puppets’ version of “In the Heat of the Morning”

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I posted a cover of “Moonage Daydream” by this band as the cover of the week yesterday. In the course of reading about the band, I saw that their first single was a 2008 cover of this obscure Bowie song from 1967. I’m not fond of Bowie’s original Actually, there’s an original studio recording by Bowie and a slightly different,…

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