He's taken on the brilliant 'Cat People' with Shooter Jennings
Andrew Trendell

12:06 19th February 2016

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A cover of David Bowie's classic 'Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)' has been unveiled by Marilyn Manson and Shooter Jennings, and it's pretty epic. Check it out below. 

The original was produced by the legendary Giorgio Moroder, and the new cover taken from a tribute album in his honour, Countach (For Giorgio). Recorded for the 1982 horror film of the same name, 'Cat People' would become an instant classic, before being re-recorded for his smash 1983 album, Let's Dance. 

Manson and Jennings' version however, is more in keeping with the more cinematic original - as Manson's menacing drawl plays on the darker elements of the track. It's marvellous. 



Speaking of his collaboration with Manson, Jennings told Rolling Stone: “I invited him out to a party at this bar, and I said, ‘Hey, you know ‘Cat People’? You want to do that song on this record, ’cause you’d sound awesome doing it.'.And he was like, ‘I sing that song every night before I go onstage. That’s my song I warm up to.’ So one night I went over to his house at three in the morning and brought all my recording gear.”

Earlier this year, Manson wrote a lengthy and touching tribute to Bowie and the impact that he had on his life: 

"My first introduction to David Bowie was watching "Ashes to Ashes" on MTV. I was confused and captivated.

"But it wasn't until my first real stay in Los Angeles, around 1997, that someone told me to take a moment to listen to something other than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Hunky Dory. So I went for a dizzying car ride through the Hollywood Hills and listened to "Diamond Dogs."

"All of my nostalgia, instantly turned to awe. I was hearing him sing about fiction as a mask to show his naked soul. This changed my life forever.

"Every song of his was a way for me to communicate to others. It was a sedative. An arousal. A love letter I could never have written.

"It has become and remains a soundtrack to a movie he painted with his voice and guitar. He sang, "Hope, it's a cheap thing."

"I don't need hope to know that he has found his way to the place that equals his untouchable, chameleon-genius beauty. The black star in space, that only HE belongs.

"This crushing moment of fear and loss can only be treated the way his music has affected everyone who was fortunate enough to hear and love it.

"Let's NEVER let go of what he gave us.

"Marilyn Manson


This week, Glastonbury unveiled their plans for a huge Bowie tribute at the festival, while Dave Grohl revealed that he turned down the chance to work together, with Bowie asking Grohl to 'fuck off'

Meanwhile, Marilyn Manson is also gearing up for a joint tour with Slipknot

  • Paul Weller: Credited David Bowie as being a major influence on his album Wake Up The Nation. He told NME: "'Low', which is the first of his Berlin albums, has always been my favourite record, and even more so recently the more I've listened to it. I think that slightly experimental edge of that record is in the music that I'm making currently."

  • Mark Ronson: The DJ will never forget the first time he saw the pop icon. He told NME: "I remember seeing him one time when I was playing bass in a friend's band who opened for The Strokes. He stood and watched from the side of the stage. He was anointing the new coolest kids."

  • Arctic Monkeys: Frontman Alex Turner said Bowie inspired the band's Suck It And See record. He said: "I wanted a good song foundation on this one, so that meant listening to Nick Cave, Lou Reed, [David] Bowie, Leonard Cohen. And then as it went in and we put it through the mill of the band, other influences came into it, but I started with that to try and craft songs better."

  • Lady Gaga: The pop singer cited Bowie's fashion and style as her sole reason for dressing so outrageously. She said: "David Bowie is my influence." We've contacted him for comment on the meat dress.

  • Marilyn Manson: "Today there seems to be a lack of icons and rock stars in general," said Manson. "When I grew up, there was David Bowie and Iggy Pop — people who had something to say and had quite an impact on music and society."

  • The Killers: Speaking to NME, frontman Brandon Flowers said Bowie's music "changed my life" and it's easy to spot his grubby fingerprints all over his solo records.

  • Motley Crue: Bassist Nikki Sixx recently congratulated Bowie on reaching 66. The rocker tweeted: "Happy 66th birthday to one of my all time musical hero's David Bowie." What do you buy Bowie for his birthday?

  • Boy George: The singer seems to always have been influenced by Bowie's other persona, Ziggy Stardust. Boy George was thrilled to see him return. He tweeted: "Bowie's new song has made me cry! Happy tears of course!"

  • The Charlatans: Frontman Tim Burgess also took to Twitter to show his appreciation for the return of an icon. He wrote: "Happy Birthday David Bowie. One of the most out there groovy inspirational people ever to have graced our world."

  • U2: Lead singer Bono believes U2 wouldn't even be around if it wasn't for the Thin White Duke. He told Rolling stone: "It's not exaggerating to say what Elvis meant to America, David Bowie meant to the UK and Ireland. It was that radical a shift in consciousness."

  • The Smiths: Guitarist Johnny Marr once wrote a guest article about the influence of the singer. He write: "David Bowie is easily the most influential and important artist to come out of the UK, for so many reasons - there are musicians who are influenced by him who don't even realise it."

  • Adam Lambert: The American singer revealed he is inspired by a lot of British artists. He told the Daily Star: "A lot of my male vocal influences are British - people like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant. Those are the people I really gravitate towards."

  • Nine Inch Nails: In 1995, Trent Reznor and his band, Nine Inch Nails hit the road with his lifelong hero, David Bowie. Reznor decided to bring Bowie on stage towards the end of the group's set for a few duets that led into Bowie's headlining set.

  • Madonna: Madge once accepted an award for David Bowie and her speech was a complete homage to the star. She said: "Before I saw David Bowie live, I was just your normal, dysfunctional, rebellious teenager from the Midwest, and he has truly changed my life. I’ve always had a sentimental attachment to David Bowie."

  • Depeche Mode: The trio can be likened to Bowie for their fashion sense and there is clearly a mutual respect as Depeche Mode have covered Bowie's tracks on a number of occasions.

  • Queen: Queen were lucky enough to be David Bowie's first collaboration with another artist. They released 'Under Pressure' which went to No.1 in the UK Singles Chart.

  • Moby: When Moby's voice was once compared loosely to Bowie's, he said: "I just laugh at that because I don’t think I have a very good voice and I think David Bowie has one of the best, most interesting voices ever."

  • Placebo: The band's Battle For The Sun album was widely considered as a 'David Bowie inspired album.' Placebo opened several concerts for David Bowie in Italy, France, and Switzerland as part of his Outside Tour after he had only heard one of their demos. Bowie also invited the trio to play at his 50th birthday at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1997.

  • The Cure: Frontman, Robert Smith and David Bowie became good friends. Smith once described Bowie's Low as the best record ever made. He gushed: "Low was the album that had a huge impact on me, just how I saw sound. No other album has done that to me."

  • Pixies: Bowie has said that the music Pixies' produced was "the most compelling music in the entire 80s." Pixies frontman, Frank Black returned the favour, saying: "So many Bowie tracks have become an international and permanent part of the pop culture. This is a testament to not only great songwriting but beautiful recordings." Isn't it sweet when our favourite artists respect each other?

  • Suede: Lead singer, Brett Anderson told Uncut: "Bowie gave me a strong sense of ambition for the band. There's a sense of him wanting to create something rather than just making a muddy-brown sound. The stuff Eno did with Bowie - Low, 'Heroes' and Lodger - is probably my favourite. I love that period when they're making something together that's out there, but still has a pop sensibility."

  • Klaxons: Guitarist Jamie Reynolds lauded Bowie's ability to not be pinned down into one genre. He told NME: "You couldn't call him indie or rock or dance. He's had so many different periods of experimentation and yet still he's a real pop star with it - that's something special." We couldn't have put it better ourselves.

  • Lou Reed: Best known for being the guitarist for The Velvet Underground, Reed was very close to Bowie. Although they fell-out a few times, like all good friends do from time to time, Bowie's ideas and talent would have undoubtedly rubbed off on Reed.

  • Pulp: Bowie influenced so many different types of sound and Britpop was certainly one of them. For every path that Bowie made for Pulp and Blur, he also enabled the likes of Shed 7 and Dodgy to exist. Remember that.

  • Joy Division + New Order: Members have often spoken of Bowie cultural and sonic impact on both bands. Bowie has a huge influence on Ian Curtis in his teens, and Joy Division were first known as 'Warsaw' - inspired by 'Warsawa' from Bowie's from the incredible Low, which set the template for much of the post-punk movement.

  • Nirvana: Their cover of Bowie's 'Man Who Sold The World' became almost as influential as the original, with raw honesty of Bowie's 60s and 70s work having an incredible impact on a young Cobain. Bowie would later add that he was 'blown away' by Nirvana's cover, and that he would 'have loved to have worked with him'.

  • LCD Soundsystem: James Murphy has been very open about Bowie's influence on his sound - and you can hear it especially on tracks like 'All My Friends' and 'All I Want', both sonically referencing Bowie's Berlin period. Murphy would later be invited to remix Bowie's 'Love is Lost', and he also plays percussion on final album, Blackstar.

  • Arcade Fire: Close friends for much of the last decade, the band owe a great debt to Bowie in terms of the sound and the huge ambition of the world they create through their music. Bowie leant vocals to the title track of 2013's Reflektor, and you need to Youtube them performing 'Five Years' and 'Wake Up' together. Breathtaking.

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