When you think back to David Bowie’s best songs it’s very hard to look too far past his illustrious and seminal record The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. It’s an LP that introduced the world to Bowie’s persona Ziggy Stardust and created its own genre of glam rock. So it’s no wonder that an aspiring young band called The White Stripes picked up one of the record’s best tracks ‘Moonage Daydream’ for a special early cover over 20 years later to express their incarnation.
The White Stripes were in their infancy when they picked up the cult favourite track and added their own unique spin. The recording below is likely from one of their first-ever shows with most people dating the recording around 1997, but what really hit us is that despite the rough sound, Jack White’s oddly high vocals, and a newly developed band, this sound incredibly indicative of The White Stripes’ future sound.
The interpretation from the latest guitar impresario is a uniquely Jack White style of sound. It moves away from the original’sl glam rock tones and instead leans more heavily on the blues roots of the song. The fuzzing guitars and pounding drums signalling the beginning of the new generation taking up their rock and roll batons.
Another beautiful moment from the recording is a member of the crowd’s quite delightful review of Jack White and his newly worked out stage presence. He quite simply says in the recording “He sounds like a weirdo”. Though they may have been right, White is a little bit odd let’s be honest, it’s a laughable moment knowing that the crowd were witnessing one of the biggest bands of the 21st century.
So while we will never know of David Bowie‘s feeling on this contemporary cover of his glam-rock classic, we can be safe in the knowledge that our rock stars of the modern age are at least learning from the best.
Listen to The White Stripes performing David Bowie’s classic song ‘Moonage Daydream’ below.