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Watch Nick Cave cover T. Rex song 'Cosmic Dancer' on James Corden


Nick Cave has performed a cover of T. Rex’s spectacular song ‘Cosmic Dancer’ while appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The cover recently of T. Rex’s classic glam rock jam ‘Cosmic Dancer’ recently featured on the Marc Bolan tribute album titled AngelHeaded Hipster which arrived last week. The record also saw the likes of Elton John, U2, Joan Jett, Marc Almond, and more performing their own take of some of Bolan’s most cherished songs.

The tribute record is out in commemoration of the late icon to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the release of the debut T. Rex’s album. Hal Willner took up production duties on the record, which will sadly be his final album after he passed away from complications relating to COVID-19 earlier this year.

Willner previously said tribute LP: “I became immersed in this artist by listening to everything, talking to Bolan experts and fans, researching his reviews and interviews. And I found that Bolan was hardly ever talked about as a ‘composer’.

Cave’s re-imagining of the track which sees him perform a stripped-back version where he is solely armed with a piano which provides ‘Cosmic Dancer’ with an extra layer of intimacy and you can sense the emotion coming from the singer’s voice. It is a truly powerful performance.

Cave recorded his solo piano performance for Corden at Alexandra Palace in London, which was also the scene for his stunning recent live concert live stream, Idiot Prayer.

The new live album will arrive on 20th November while the cinematic release will come a few weeks earlier on November 5th. The release will please all of his fans as it documents a critical moment of connection, recorded during the lockdown and sees Cave reach out.

“The film ‘Idiot Prayer’ evolved from my ‘Conversations With…’ events,” reflected Cave in a statement. “I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling them to their essential forms. I felt I was rediscovering the songs all over again, and started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions at some stage – whenever I could find the time.”

Check out his performance of ‘Cosmic Dancer’, below.