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RIP Tom Verlaine

I missed this, but Tom Verlaine passed away on January 28th. Verlaine fronted the band, Television, but what I known most about him was that he wrote the song, “Kingdom Come,” which Bowie covered on Scary Monsters. Posted here is Verlaine’s version, which if you listen to carefully has some slightly different lyrics (for instance, the original has the “face of doom” shining in his room, whereas Bowie has, incongruously, the “voice of doom” shining. Being David Bowie, he didn’t have to explain how a voice can shine). I don’t think Verlaine and Bowie actually ever worked together, but I am thankful for his authorship of this song, which is part of my favorite album. RIP.

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