Covering Bowie

Bowie died five years ago yesterday. Even now, I’m filled with such sadness. I was too young to remember the death of John Lennon, but I imagine my feelings about Bowie’s death have got to be similar to what everyone felt in late 1980. Bowie was an incredibly talented and prolific musician, with 27 studio albums and 128 singles. Songs like Rebel Rebel, Changes, Let’s Dance, Heroes, Five Years, Life on Mars, and so many other songs. Bowie also loved to collaborate with everyone from Bing Crosby to Queen to Mick Jagger to The Arcade Fire! What a legend. Well, in case you haven’t guessed, this playlist, covering Bowie, is full of tributes to the great man himself.

Covering Bowie features artists such as Joan Jett, Duran Duran, Beck, The Cure, M. Ward, Garbage, Cyndi Lauper, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, and more. And just like Bowie teamed up Queen to present Under Pressure, so does Karen O and Willie Nelson to cover the song. Seriously, I would never have paired the singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with the country legend. But that’s what Bowie was all about – crashing worlds together and somehow making them work.

We miss you Bowie. you’ll never be forgotten.

Covering Bowie
Image of Bowie | AVRO, CC BY-SA 3.0 NL | via Wikimedia Commons

Speaking of Covering Bowie

Are there any covers of Bowie songs that outshine the original? An easy answer might be The Man Who Sold the World by Nirvana. That was, in all fairness, one of the best covers of all time. But can you think of any others? Maybe one I might have missed? Let me know in the comments below.

Speaking of covers, you might have heard me talk about an upcoming cover of the TLC song “No Scrubs.” That’s still on its way. I was actually, just last night, doing a little research for that article. It won’t happen this week, but I’m hoping for next week. Whenever it happens, it’s going to be an interesting one. I usually don’t focus too much on early 90s R+B (other than that one playlist). So keep your eyes peeled, Better yet, subscribe to our mailing list, and you’ll have the article sent to your email inbox!

Folks. Listen to these covers, and listen to Bowie. He might be gone, but his music is still with us. Rock on, and rocksteady.

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