Tag Archives: David Bowie

Best Covers: Yungblud “Life on Mars?”

YUNGBLUD’s cover of the classic David Bowie song “Life on Mars?” was heard on NASA live streams shortly after the Perseverance Mars Rover touched down on the Red Planet. The David Bowie Estate offered the song to celebrate this monumental event. YUNGBLUD performed “Life on Mars?” during last month’s “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” concert produced by Mike Garson and Rolling Live Studios. 

Music by Bergman: Dreamer Boy

Having already spent time on the road with scene-leaders Clairo and Omar Apollo, Nashville’s Dreamer Boy is making waves with his fun bops inspired by puppy dogs, romance and daydreams. It’s all very warm and reassuring, in a coming-of-age, friends-for-life, everyone-goes-through-stuff kinda way. Currently working on the follow-up to his 2018 debut album ‘Love, Nostalgia’, he’s an exciting prospect for the year ahead.

.The new single from Dreamer Boy, Crybaby, was inspired less by Johnny Cash or Dolly Parton and more by George HarrisonDavid Bowie, and a particularly life-changing day spent indulging in psychedelics.

Divus Julius Presents: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are an American Indie band, originally from Brooklyn, (New York) and Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania). The group, whose members met at the University of Connecticut, formed in early 2004 and began playing clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. is led by Alec Ounsworth.

They are known to achieve their fame through the internet without using any record company. They debuted with an eponymous album, “Clap Your Hands Say Yeah”, self-produced and self-distributed, which found worldwide resonance mainly through its promotion through the Internet and the attendance of well-known rock figures such as David Bowie or David Byrne at their concerts.

Three years on since their last album ‘The Tourist’Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced that their new album ‘New Fragility’ will be out on 29th January. Sharing two brand new singles to celebrate the news, Alec Ounsworth says of ‘Hesitating Nation’ and ‘Thousand Oaks’, “These songs are politically motivated, which is unusual for me.

Music by Bergman: Declan McKenna

British indie singer/songwriter Declan McKenna first emerged in 2015 with the shimmering, politically charged single “Brazil,” which directly addressed the corruption scandal then engulfing soccer’s governing body, FIFA.

. Obsessed with Bowie and with an attitude recalling The Libertines and Jamie T., McKenna blended bright indie pop with textural lo-fi.   He is back with “Be An Astronaut”, the fourth song to be lifted from his second album Zeros, which has just been released.

4Ever Songs: Lou Reed “Walk On The Wild Side”

Lou Reed revolutionized rock ‘n’ roll with The Velvet Underground in the 1960s by fusing street-level urgency, European avant-garde and lyrical honesty to create music that read like poetry. His subsequent solo career was restlessly inventive and creatively unpredictable, defying expectations as though it were a sport. With recordings ranging from the wildly experimental to the perfectly straightforward – Reed was a storyteller above all.

His 1972 album, Transformer, produced by David Bowie, graduated the New Yorker from cult status to genuine rock stardom. The record oozes unaffected authenticity which really shines through on Reed’s ode to the underbelly of New York City’s nightlife – breakthrough single “Walk On The Wild Side”. The loving reflection on Andy Warhol’s ‘Factory’ scene, set to a shimmering doo-wop tone became a massive radio hit, despite the song’s allusions to censored topics of the era.

Best Covers: Aurora “Life on Mars”

In honor of the late legend, Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora covered David Bowie‘s “Life on Mars.” Aided with nothing but muffled electronic keys and her sweet voice, Aurora stuns listeners with her powerful performance of “Life On Mars” – her soft and timid voice providing the perfect emotional delivery to the Dalí-esque imagery in Bowie’s words.

Best Covers: Brendon Urie “Under Pressure”

Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie joined The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for a cover of the Queen and David Bowie classic “Under Pressure” from the safety of their homes.

Urie and Fallon performed the hit backed by The Roots – some of whom played household items like pots, glasses and a toaster.

“Under Pressure” was released in 1981 and included on Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space. The song’s bass line was sampled on Vanilla Ice’s 1990 hit “Ice Ice Baby.”