Listen to Mark Lanegan and Dave Gahan Cover David Bowie’s ‘Cat People’
The lead singers of Screaming Trees and Depeche Mode, Mark Lanegan and Dave Gahan, have lent their talents to a good cause. Embedded above is a cover they've done of David Bowie's "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" to help benefit the American Liver Foundation.
Lanegan handles the bulk of the lead vocals, with Gahan coming in at the end to sing the "Down so long" outro. Although Lanegan and Gahan are the singers, the song is actually credited to Martyn Lenoble (bassist for Porno for Pyros) and Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode drummer). The track can be purchased for download at Bandcamp. The cost is $2, with all proceeds going to the American Liver Foundation.
"Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" was written by Bowie and Giorgio Moroder for Paul Schrader's 1982 horror film of the same name, for which Moroder composed the score. Released as a single, it peaked at No. 67 on Billboard's Hot 100 and No. 9 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Bowie re-recorded the song later that year for their Nile Rodgers-produced smash hit album, Let's Dance.
Earlier this year, Marilyn Manson and Shooter Jennings recorded their own take on the song. It appeared on Countach (For Giorgio), a tribute album to Moroder that Jennings released. Moroder is best known as the producer responsible for having co-written and/or produced the bulk of Donna Summer's big disco hits in the late '70s. He also won Academy Awards for Best Original Song in 1983 and 1986 for Irene Cara's "Flashdance... What a Feeling" and Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" and topped the charts with Blondie's "Call Me,' which was the theme to another movie, American Gigolo.
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