As an avant-garde jazz-influenced album, David Bowie’s final record Blackstar would seem damn-near uncoverable (unless you’re an avante-garde jazz band). But the songs keep getting covered, and by some surprising artists. Sting covered “Lazarus.” Nine Inch Nails covered “I Can’t Give Everything Away.” Amanda Palmber and Anna Calvi covered the title track. (So did Car Seat Headrest and Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm, blending it with Radiohead, no less).
The latest comes from indie-rock vets Spoon, who tackled “I Can’t Give Anything Away” on The Strombo Show, a radio program that is quickly become Canada’s answer to other international cover-shows BBC Live Lounge and Triple J “Like a Version.” Britt Daniel’s understated vocals deliver the quiet melody and bigger chorus perfectly, but the secret star of this stripped-down version might be pianist Alex Fischel. Needless to say, it sounds quite different than Nine Inch Nails’ take on the tune.
And, while we’re at it, here’s a bunch of other Strombo Show covers from recent episodes too.
Spoon – I Can’t Give Everything Away (David Bowie cover)
Death From Above 1979 – Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover)
Angel Olsen – Since You Broke My Heart (The Everly Brothers cover)
LIGHTS – Shape of You (Ed Sheeran cover)
Steve Earle – Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers cover)
The Barr Brothers – Moonshiner (Traditional/Bob Dylan cover)
Leif Vollebekk – This Woman’s Work (Kate Bush cover)
Kate Tempest – It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding (Bob Dylan cover)
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – American Dream (LCD Soundsystem cover)
Margo Price – Wallflower (Bob Dylan cover)
Cold Specks – XO TOUR Llif3 / All The Tired Horses (Lil Uzi Vert / Bob Dylan covers)
Hollerado – Money for Nothing (Dire Straits cover)
Mac DeMarco – Unknown Legend (Neil Young cover)
Mo Kenney – Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Tom Petty cover)