When we thought about celebrating the life and works of David Bowie for a whole month it was initially inspired by his dramatic comeback after ten years 'Where are We Now?' his new (now chart topping) album The Next Day, the reissue of Aladdin Sane and the VA exhibition in London. But really it is the wealth and breadth of Bowie's influence that tipped it for us, as we've discussed he is one of the most influential artists still living and when we threw open the question to artists and bands whether they would be interested in reintepratating some of his seminal works, the answer was a resounding yes, indeed what we present to you here is the combined works of 22 artists.
Over half of the songs here were recorded specifically for this compilation, up front we have storming stompers from London's White Witches with their brilliant version of 'Boys Keep Swinging' and Dangerously Close's take on 'Moonage Daydream', an astoundingly etheral version of 'The Man Who Sold the World' by rising Brighton outfit Great Pagans, a measured version of 'Sound & Vision' by Cardiff's Fjords, a rollicking art rock version of 'Hallo Spaceboy' by Totem Terrors, Francesca's Word Salad's delightful 'Rubber Band' and Phil The Tremolo King's bizarre yet affecting take on 'It's No Game'.
Plus we include four upcoming or current releases, JC Carroll scored a recent youtube hit with his contemplative version of Bowie's comeback single 'Where are we Now?' complete with accordion, Berlin/London songwriter James Cook presents his string laden version of the title track 'Ashes to Ashes' as our breath taking center piece, Metamono's electronic rework of 'Warszawa' is fascinatingly complex, while Raf and O present to us their prog-electro-acoustic journey with their unique version of 'Lady Grinning Soul.'
We have also scoured the web for affectionate Bowie covers and a smattering of those are included here including a marvelous acoustic live version of 'Golden Years' by Steve Wynn, a flamboyant 'Look Back in Anger' by American's Lifestyle, Swedish electro-pop sweeps of Simian Ghosts take on 'Be My Wife' a rollicking live folk-rock version of 'Absolute Beginners' provided by Scott Lucas and his Married Men, a ghostly reassembling of 'Modern Love' by House of Wolves and rounding the whole compilation off with Grant Lee Philips affectionate acoustic version of 'Ashes to Ashes'. All of these artist have gathered together to show their appreciation for the Dame who is 66 this year and is still as vital, surprising and relevant as ever! Thank you to all of the artists involved and you can now exclusively stream all 22 tracks of 'Ashes To Ashes: A Compilation of David Bowie Covers by Various Artists' below, enjoy!
1. White Witches - Boys Keep Swinging
2. Dangerously Close feat Chris H - Moonage Daydream
3. Great Pagans - The Man Who sold the World
4. Shiny Tiger - Five Years
5. JC Carroll - Where Are We Now?
6. Metamono - Warszawa
7. Lifestyle - Look Back In Anger
8. Ben Sommers - Andy Warhol
9. Queen Elvis - Quicksand
10. Fjords - Sound and Vision
11. Totem Terrors - Hallo Spaceboy
12.James Cook - Ashes to Ashes
13. Phil The Tremolo King - It's No Game
14. Steve Wynn feat Robyn Hitchcock - Golden Years(Live)
15. Raf and O - Lady Grinning Soul (Live)
16. Simian Ghost - By My Wife
17.The Bordellos - Bring me the head of the disco king
18. Heavy Petting Zoo - John, I'm Only Dancing
19. Francesca's Word Salad - Rubber Band
20. House of Wolves - Modern Love
21. Scott Lucas and the Married Men - Absolute Beginners(Live)
22. Grant Lee Philips - Ashes to Ashes(Live)