Watch Pearl Jam cover David Bowie song ‘Rebel Rebel’
During an unprecedented period in which millions of people are forced to stay home amid strict social distancing measures, we’re dipping back into the Far Out Magazine vault to provide some light musical relief.
Given the fact that live music seems nothing but a distant memory, we’re forced to add a hint of nostalgia to our lives in a bid to get our musical fix. To fill that void, it is time to revisit Pearl Jam putting their own unique spin on a David Bowie classic.
The band, famously fronted by Eddie Vedder, launched into a cover of iconic Bowie track ‘Rebel Rebel’ during a huge show at Wrigley Field, Chicago, a couple of years ago.
Vedder and Co put their spin on Bowie’s number for the first time in their long career and it was chosen to open the band’s second encore of the evening. The track, which was released in 1974 as a single from the album Bowie Diamond Dogs, has been widely credited as the most covered song of Bowie’s long back catalogue.
“The lyrics of ‘Rebel Rebel’ revisit familiar Bowie territory, featuring ‘a hot young tramp worrying his or her parents with his or her sexy nihilism,” biographer Marc Spitz explained. The themes of Bowie’s song are best represented by the specific moment when he sings: “You got a few lines and a handful of ‘ludes’.”
Despite its lyrical content, the song is arguably most fondly remembered for its recognisable guitar riff which Bowie later said was created somewhat as a Rollings Stones-like effort to “piss off” Mick Jagger: “It’s a fabulous riff! Just fabulous,” Bowie said. “When I stumbled onto it, it was ‘Oh, thank you!'”
Pearl Jam’s Wrigley concert, the first of two nights at the baseball stadium, is an emotional set of shows for Vedder who is a die-hard fan of the Cubs.
Anyway, enough of that, here’s footage of the Bowie track: