YUNGBLUD’s Livestreamed Cover of “Life On Mars” is Almost as Satisfying as an Actual Concert
Dominic Harrison, known under the name Yungblud, is an English singer/songwriter who released his sophomore album weird! last year. He was last seen on Cover Me in 2019 with a cover mash-up of Drake and the Arctic Monkeys. Most recently he released a cover of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars.” The live performance was originally part of a live stream event held back in January to celebrate Bowie’s 74th birthday – Nine Inch Nails contributed too – and now released on YouTube. And, as an added bonus, it was played at the same moment NASA completed its most recent Mars landing.
Yungblud pulled out all the stops with a decadent Bowie-inspired outfit and makeup. His cover adds a punk flavor to Bowie’s song. Whereas in the original version, Bowie is backed by a piano and orchestra, Yungblud arranged a more classic rock arrangement of an electric guitar, bass, and drums, with the added voice of the piano skating on top of the melody. The overall effect adds a grittiness and weight to the harmonies fueling the Song. Yungblud’s vocals have a power behind them that lends itself perfectly to the tone of “Life On Mars.”
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Mike Garson on piano…nice.