The iconic “Wild Boys” of the 80s, Duran Duran, released an amazing cover of Bowie’s “Five Years” from his the 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders Mars.
Simon Le Bon says this of recording, “Five Years”: “When we got the Ziggy Stardust LP and put the needle in the groove, our first taste of its perfection was the song Five Years. I can’t begin to explain how honored I feel for Duran Duran to be given the opportunity to perform this icon, and to place our name alongside Bowie’s for this commemoration of his music.”
The song was released days prior to the tribute for Bowie for what would have been his 74th birthday and the 5 year anniversary of his passing. Duran Duran performed the song on “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” where tickets sold went to the Save The Children, a charity that was important to Bowie.
As a Bowie fan, I am always skittish when artists cover the legendary icon. For me, when an artist does a cover of an icon like Bowie or an iconic song, they have to be almost better than the original or damn close to the capturing the emotion and feelings of the original.
Duran Duran does just this while not losing their own unique voice.
They absolutely nail this cover.
I think David would have been rather impressed by their version.
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