David Bowie and Morrissey‘s live cover of T-Rex anthem ‘Cosmic Dancer’ is to be officially released later this month. The duo came together to produce the magical cover version during a show at The Forum in Los Angeles in 1991 and it has become a favourite among fans online ever since it has become available.
On Friday, November 13th, the track will arrive on streaming services along with a digital download of the single also being made available. There will also be a 7″ vinyl version of the single which will then be released on February 19th, 2021. On the other side of the single will be a cover of The Jam‘s ‘That’s Entertainment’, which Morrissey’s website states will be a different version to the 1993 version which is available on the internet.
“He is stately against my last-gasp exhaustion,” Moz wrote in autobiography about Bowie. “The 12-year-old within me—unable to leave for school unless I’d soothed my sickness with at least one spin of ‘Starman’—bathes in the moment in disbelief. But there it is.”
Their relationship waned in 1995, when Morrissey was invited to be a part of Bowie’s tour on some UK and European dates. Right from the start, Morrissey’s nose was put out of shape after being put on the tour announcements as a “special guest” and it got worse as the Mancunian singer would occasionally open proceedings with “good evening, we are your support group,” letting the sarcasm drip from his mic.
However, the breaking point would come, according to Morrissey, when Bowie would slowly replace Morrissey’s band throughout the last few songs of the set, removing members of the group like the secret police, before he would be joined by Bowie for a rendition of one of Bowie’s own songs. David thought it would make for great theatre while Morrissey was left intently implying that Bowie had become a diva.
As is often his way so often these days, Morrissey would leave the tour only (after only nine dates) and spend much the rest of his time lamenting Bowie. He recalled in one interview: “You have to worship at the temple of David when you become involved with him” and, in another interview, he said Bowie “is no longer David Bowie at all. Now he gives people what he thinks will make them happy, and they’re yawning their heads off. And by doing that, he is not relevant,” with the scathing final words, “He was only relevant by accident.”
Check out the cover of ‘Cosmic Dancer’ from 1991, below.