Check Out Marilyn Manson’s Brooding Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Cat People’
Written by Michael Carr on 19th February, 2016
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Ever wanted to hear Marilyn Manson cover David Bowie? Well today is you lucky day as the Pale Emperor has done just that recording a cover of Cat People, Bowie’s 1982 collaboration with Giorgio Moroder.
Part of a tribute album to Moroder put together by outlaw country rocker Shooter Jennings – titled what else but Countach (For Giorgio) – the cover stays true to the original version of the track which was the theme song for Paul Schrader’s (of Taxi Driver) 1982 horror film of the same name, rather than the version Bowie re-recorded for Let’s Dance.
Brooding and sultry, Manson does a fantastic job of imitating Bowie while adding his own gravelly character to the lyrics. This was no fluke however, as it turns out Manson had, unbeknownst to him, been rehearsing for this performance for most of his career.
“I invited him out to a party at this bar, and I said, ‘Hey, you know ‘Cat People’? You want to do that song on this record, ’cause you’d sound awesome doing it’,’” Jennings recounted to Rolling Stone. “And he was like, ‘I sing that song every night before I go onstage. That’s my song I warm up to.’ So one night I went over to his house at three in the morning and brought all my recording gear.”
Locking down the track in one take, Manson’s vocals stand out, Jennings adding some fiddle and piano parts on top.
Check it out for yourself here below.
Photo: Marilyn Manson @ Soundwave 2015, Brisbane / Photo By Rebecca Reid