Wednesday, January 06, 2016


David Bowie's pretty vocal about supporting musicians he loves.  He has a long history of covering them, most notably on his Pinups album, but many of his records are filled with interesting takes on other people's music.  Heck, he even pinched Stardust from The Legendary Stardust Cowboy for his Ziggy Stardust persona, and then went on to cover Ledge on his Heathens album.

And check out this pre-stardom cover of The Velvets that he did during his brief stint with Riot Squad:

Neither of those covers are particularly surprising, but most people probably wouldn't expect him to be an early fan of Bruce Springsteen.  The two met 1974 during the Born To Run Sessions.  It's hard to believe it, but at the time The Boss was virtually broke, and this album was considered his last shot to make it big.  Bowie said that Springsteen was the only American artist he would ever consider covering, and he did record two of Bruce's songs.  It was hoped that these covers would generate some royalties for Springsteen, but neither of them received an official release until years later.

Bowie's versions of the songs are pretty great and I have no idea why they didn't get released at the time.  Here are his versions of Growing Up and It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City.

And that's my Bowie/Springsteen story.

HEY!  I ALMOST FORGOT!  We're playing Blackstar, the new David Bowie album, on Friday during the morning show!  It's so good!  Seriously!  If you don't believe me, go down to Tune Town and ask Carl about it!  HE'LL TELL YOU HOW GOOD IT IS!


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