Listen: Marilyn Manson and Shooter Jennings Cover David Bowie’s “Cat People”
It’s no secret that Marilyn Manson is a big Bowie fan (although, y’know — who isn’t a big Bowie fan?): Bowie was an unmistakble influence of Manson’s outer space-glam album, Mechanical Animals, for which Manson even recorded a cover Bowie’s “Golden Years” as a bonus track.
Manson has now teamed up with “outlaw country” (Christ I had that term) star Shooter Jennings for a cover of Bowie’s “Cat People”… which, interestingly, is actually Giorgio Moroder’s “Cat People” — Bowie wrote the lyrics, but Moroder wrote the music and produced the track for a remake of a movie of the same name (got all that?). More recently, Quentin Tarantino used the song for a great sequence in Inglorious Basterds.
ANYWAY, apparently Jennings recorded the song for his upcoming album, Countach (For Giorgio) — the Giorgio being Moroder again, duh — and asked Manson to sing on it; Manson, coincidentally, uses it for vocal warm-ups before every live performance (which is amazing, because Manson’s voice usually sounds like shit live — it’s hard to believe he does vocal warm-ups). So that worked out nicely. And the duo’s rendition of the track is pretty decent, if most unnecessary.
Listen below, courtesy of Rolling Stone. Countach (For Giorgio) comes out on vinyl on February 26 and digitally on March 11.