Stepping back into the Far Out Vault, we’re rewinding back to 1973 to get a load of David Bowie’s glam rock cover version of the Rolling Stones’ classic ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’.
The original song, released by the Rolling Stones as a double A-sided single together with ‘Ruby Tuesday’ back in 1967, was rerecorded by Mr Bowie who included his own version as part of his sixth studio album Aladdin Sane.
Bowie though, adding his own special essence to the song, gave it the full synth works and added a certain type of glamour that even Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would struggle to replicate. Taking things a little further, Bowie adapted the lyrics to include his own words as part of the finale, he sang:
“They said we were too young
Our kind of love was no fun
But our love comes from above
Let’s make … love”
Bowie’s version became an instant hit and, during a momentous performance in London at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973, Bowie told the crowd “this is for Mick” as he smiled knowing full well what he was planning next.
The night, as incredible as it was, is now more famously remembered for being the night Bowie announced the retirement of his most loved character, Ziggy Stardust, an evening which was filmed and released on Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture.
In a clip from that picture, we revisit his tribute to the Rolling Stones.