Listen: Sky Ferreira’s Stark, Raw Cover of Bowie’s ‘All The Madmen’

A week ago we mourned David Bowie being five years gone from this mortal existence…and it’s hard to imagine how just we’ve gotten on without him. Indeed, one popular meme showed Charlie Brown sitting over a record player, insisting “It all went to shit when Bowie died.” And yes, it really did.

But his music has lived on grandly in playlists, on the radio, in countless television commercials, in a recent stream of the Bowie inspired play Lazarus…and also in the continuing tributes paid him by artists so reverently covering his songs. And one that we can’t stop listening to is Sky Ferreira‘s raw, chill-inducing update of ‘All The Madmen,’ from the 1970 album The Man Who Sold The World. (Yes, it’s turning 50 this year.)

Apparently recorded and “lost,” the enigmatic songstress posted the track to Instagram as a tribute to Herr Bowie at this time of remembrance. But to those who have followed the iconoclastic Ferreira since the release of her visceral 2013 debut album Night Time, My Time, the lyrics to the song do seem to speak of something about her inimitable character.

”Cause I’d rather stay here
With all the madmen
Than perish with the sad men roaming free
And I’d rather play here
With all the madmen
For I’m quite content they’re all as sane as me’

Yes, they surely are.

Of course, fans have been waiting almost eight years now for her follow up record, said to be titled Masochism. But she has promised it will come in 2021 – and this poignant Bowie cover should do well in holding us over until then.

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