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MANILA, Philippines – The late David Bowie was a prolific songwriter, with a career spanning 4 decades. His Wikipedia discography lists 27 studio albums, 9 live albums, 46 compilation albums, 5 extended plays (EPs), and 111 singles.
Here are 5 covers by popular bands of some of his biggest hits.
“Heroes” – The Wallflowers
Bowie’s 1977 hit was remade a little over 20 years later by The Wallflowers, fronted by Jakob Dylan – the son of folk rock icon Bob Dylan. The cover is part of the soundtrack of the 1998 blockbuster hit Godzilla, gaining massive airtime on MTV and heavy radio play.
“Diamond Dogs” – Beck
Released in 1974, “Diamond Dogs” is the titular single of Bowie’s 8th studio album. Covered by Britrock icon Beck and produced by hiphop mogul Timbaland in 2001, the remake became part of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.
“The Man Who Sold The World” – Nirvana
Yet another titular track for a Bowie album, “The Man Who Sold The World” was released in 1970. Some time later, in 1994, grunge rock band Nirvana did a stripped-down cover of the song in one of MTV’s Unplugged sessions.
“Sound and Vision” – Franz Ferdinand
Scottish band Franz Ferdinand’s compilation of covers includes a Bowie song – “Sound and Vision” from the 1977 album Low. Franz Ferdinand vocalist Alex Kapranos confessed to being a Bowie fan, a gesture which the latter reciprocated.
“Space Oddity” – Smashing Pumpkins
While the Smashing Pumpkins’s cover of “Space Oddity” is not part of any of their albums, the band enjoys playing the 1969 hit in their live performances. – Rappler.com