Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Paste The 24 Best David Bowie Songs (and their cover versions)

David Bowie is 67: happy birthday! Exactly one year ago we celebrated this glorious day in the most surprising way: with a new song (Where are we now?) and the news of a new album to come (The Next Day). This year it seems we are not going to get a similar chance. So let's dance in a different way: with two playlists. First one is the Spotify version of Top 24 David Bowie Songs published last march by Paste. A good list to be heard & questioned. Second one collects the same songs in cover versions. Possibly bizarre: with Portuguese & German lyrics, taken from animation movies (Shrek 2) or sung by actors (John C. Reilly), unexpected (Paul Young? Frankie Goes To Hollywood?) and definitely classic (Nirvana's The Man Who Sold The World, Bauhaus' Ziggy Stardust). Hint: pay particular attention to Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola ("Lonely boy, lonely girl"). It's pure Major Tom... singing in Italian! 

(from #1 to #24, original versions)

(from #1 to #24, cover versions)

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Full List

In brackets: cover versions.

1. Life On Mars? (alternate version: covered by Seu Jorge)
2. Space Oddity ("Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola", italian version sung by David Bowie)
3. Young Americans (The Braids)
4. "Heroes" ("Helden", German version by Apocalyptica)
5. Under Pressure (The Used / My Chemical Romance)
6. Ziggy Stardust (Bauhaus)
7. The Man Who Sold The World (Nirvana)
8. The Jean Genie (Paul Young)
9. Oh! You Pretty Things (Harvey Danger)
10. Golden Years (Loose Ends)
11. Queen Bitch (Green River)
12. Sound and Vision (The Sea and Cake)
13. Changes (Butterfly Boucher & David Bowie, from Shrek 2 Soundtrack)
14. Suffragette City (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
15. TVC 15 (no cover version)
16. Ashes To Ashes (Tears For Fears)
17. Rock'n'Roll Suicide (OK Go & Bonerama)
18. Fashion (Glamma Kid)
19. Rebel Rebel (Rickie Lee Jones)
20. Starman (John C. Reilly)
21. I'm Afraid of Americans (Luder)
22. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Big Electric Cat)
23. Bring Me The Disco King (V2 D.Veen Remix)
24. Modern Love (Syme)

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