Earworms of the day: RIP David Bowie

Who else to end this week with? Here’s the man himself and a few of my favourite tributes.

(I’m going to note, because there’s been a lot of discussion of this: David Bowie wasn’t perfect, and like far too many male celebrities in Western society a lot of his grosser activities have been largely erased from his history. But that’s a conversation for another time, and relatedly I’ll plug this post from We Hunted The Mammoth about our culture’s tendency to ignore/excuse sexual predators when they’re famous musical performers. This post is about the music.)

You’d run like that from Trent Reznor too.

(Seriously why does Chris Hadfield not have a Discovery Channel show?)

This is one of my favourite covers – I’ve posted it before – by Apocalyptica, featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein. Having found out a lot more about the historical/cultural importance of the original “Heroes” it’s especially deep&meaningful given Lindemann grew up in East Germany and would have been in his mid-20s when Bowie performed it at the Berlin Wall.

Perfect.

Earworm of the day: weird metal

I’ve been in a bit of a weird mood this week, so have some weird music, starting with some Finnish folk metal:

A cello-metal collaboration with Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann, covering a classic David Bowie track in German (it makes sense. It just does):

And a Scots pirate metal shanty: