The 10 best covers of David Bowie songs
‘Heroes’ – Janelle Monáe
One of Bowie’s most loved and covered songs. Many of the interpretations of this song remain faithful, but Monáe has taken the focus away from the guitar’s penetrating and ubiquitous whirr and put her own future soul/dance stamp on the track.
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’ – Seu Jorge
Taken from the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Brazilian star Seu Jorge performs a selection of Bowie classics in Portuguese. Stripped back to just vocals and acoustic guitar, Jorge renders each song with a faraway charm which perfectly fits this at-sea comedy.
‘Starman’ - Milky Edwards & The Chamberlings
Get your ears around this magnificent Motown remake of ‘Starman’ from an album and group that appears to be an internet hoax. No one seems to know if Milky Edwards and the Chamberlings ever existed, but jokes aside this is a seriously smashing soul cover.
‘After All’ – Tori Amos
In 2001 Tori Amos re-interpreted songs performed by men to give the stories from a female perspective. Her version of ‘After All’ was a B-side on the ‘Strange Little Girls’ single and is as you’d expect, poignant and evocative.
‘Sound And Vision’ – Beck
Here’s a showstopping spectacle in this large scale reworking of ‘Sound And Vision’. For a one-off event, Beck was surrounded by over 160 musicians which included a marching band and an orchestra all conducted by his dad David Campbell. No half measures here, just grandeur.
‘Ashes To Ashes’ – Warpaint
Even though it’s pretty recognisable as Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) hit, this version gets a dream pop visitation by LA group Warpaint. The original’s bleak and mournful tension is replaced with childlike vocals and a brightness in its outlook.
‘Soul Love’ – Adrien Reju
New York songwriter Adrien Reju imbues this Ziggy Stardust favourite with a soulful and sunny wanderlust.
'Space Oddity' - Chris Hadfield
Many covers of this song exist, only one has a legitimately mind blowing video to accompany it. In 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was living on the International Space Station. During some down time, he delivered his version of 'Space Oddity' in zero gravity. This cover flips the uncertainty, anxiety and solitary feel of the original and substitutes it with good warmth, wonder and such astounding visuals, that it makes the future seem not quite so scary and unknown.