He­roes v Vil­lains

Cov­ers that worked... and the ones that didn’t

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - MUSIC -

PETER GABRIEL, 2010 A quiet mas­ter­class. Gabriel slows “He­roes” down and flips it in­side out, turn­ing its swag­ger to aching sor­row. MICHAEL C HALL, 2016 When it comes to tim­bre, no­body does Bowie bet­ter than the man who starred in his in­com­pre­hen­si­ble mu­si­cal, Lazarus. AMANDA PALMER, 2016 One of the bet­ter mo­ments in the patchy Bowie Prom at the Al­bert Hall last year. Robert Fripp’s gui­tar part went to a vi­o­lin; Palmer, keep­ing her voice low, gave it some sub­tle welly. DAVID GUETTA, 2003 Billed as ‘David Guetta vs David Bowie’. Guetta ditched every line bar ‘We can be he­roes, just for one day’ and re­duced the back­ing track to bog-stan­dard house. THE X FAC­TOR FI­NAL­ISTS, 2010 They couldn’t sing like Bowie so they de­cided to sing like U2 – then they had the gall to go to No 1. GLEE CAST, 2012 In this bor­ing fac­sim­ile the cast, who are white­wash­ing a wall of graf­fiti, ex­change high­fives and put dabs of paint on each other’s noses.

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