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Jarvis Cocker Remembers David Bowie

78c4fae02d48bc3b2957dbfb034432c2This week’s BBC Radio 6 Show, Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service, has the Pulp star paying tribute to David Bowie. The two hour celebration of the life of David Bowie, who passed away the prior Sunday, features a treasure trove of demo takes, live performances, and alternate versions of such classics as ‘Starman,’ ‘John, I’m Only Dancing,’  and ‘Lady Stardust.’ The musical tribute is also peppered with archival interviews. Yesterday’s Sunday Service is already ready to stream via the BBC website, and will be available through February 15.

Cocker described David Bowie as a ‘lighthouse’ for those who felt a bit different. ‘I think people feel [his death] very personally, maybe more than with a lot of people who have passed away, because he was very important in how people grew up.’

Here is the tracklisting for yesterday’s Sunday Service (all artists are David Bowie, unless otherwise noted)

Sound and Vision (2013)
Where Are We Now?
Lady Stardust (original demo)
Aladdin Sane
Art Decade
The Jean Genie (original single mix)
John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version)
Space Oddity
Starman (live at the Rainbow)
Sense of Doubt
Nina Simone – Four Women
Sweet Thing
Sweet Thing (reprise)
The Flares – Foot Stomping (part 1)
Biff Rose – Fill Your Heart
I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday (Morrissey cover)
I Can’t Give Everything Away
Quicksand (demo)

You can stream Jarvis Cocker’s tribute to the magnificent life of David Bowie here.

Cocker first met David Bowie briefly when he presented him and Brian Eno with the Q Inspiration Award in 1995 (video!). Two years later, Cocker interviewed Bowie for the magazine, The Big Issue. Nervous about interviewing an idol, Cocker got some sage advice from artist Damien Hirst who suggested opening with a discussion on smoking habits. Read the full interview at Acrylic Afternoons.

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