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Saturday, September 24, 2011

David Bowie Covers Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You"

Tell you what, after seeing a cover like this, one really begins to wonder where one has been over the past decade...

Here's a terrific cover by David Bowie of Neil Young's song "I've Been Waiting For You", live in concert in Berlin, 2002 on YouTube.

In an article on David Bowie in The Kansas City Star By TIMOTHY FINN (May. 09, 2004) on artistic relevance, musical innovation and why he is still a rebel:
    Bowie: "When things go bad, I've always looked to my peers and, in a way, my musical mentors to see what they've done in similar situations. Neil Young and Bob Dylan have done similar things: They have both made a few disastrous albums, but they always end up coming back to the point of what they started in the first place.

    You've got to go back to what you were doing when you were rooting around with experimentation, ideas that are going to work for me, not my audience."

From Powell's Books , David Bowie on Neil Young:
    Bowie: "There's youthful redemption in everything he [Neil Young] does, a joyfulness about being an independent thinker in America.'

On the 2002 album Heathen Bowie covers Young's song "I've Been Waiting For You". Incidentally, the riotous guitar treatment is by Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and former Nirvana drummer.

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At 9/24/2011 10:23:00 AM, Anonymous The Zuma Band said...

Thanks for that. It led me to this cover by the Pixies...

At 9/24/2011 11:58:00 AM, Blogger asg said...

I like the IDEA that Bowie would cover this particular Neil song more than I like the performance itself...Neil's original studio version is still my favorite...

At 9/24/2011 02:21:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

and I mean it.....WOW!!!

At 9/25/2011 03:54:00 AM, Blogger Thos said...

Hi Archives Guy, nice to hear from you again - anything exciting on the cards which you can tell us about? Particuarly things which us European fans can enjoy, as the recent tours and film premieres have all seemed a very long way away...


Best wishes to you, and please say hi to Uncle Neil from us all,


At 9/25/2011 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Here is something exciting.....
How abut a 3 DVD set and a 2 CD set of Bridge Concert tracks?


Web page:

-Archives Guy

At 9/25/2011 05:08:00 PM, Blogger Einar said...

I really like Bowie's version of that. The Heathen album was a bit of a comeback for him, after the disastrous ACM of Hours, and meddling with drum & bass(!) on Earthling. "I've Been Waiting for You" was a highlight when I saw him live on the Heathen tour, too.


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