Hear Janelle Monae Dance Around David Bowie's 'Heroes'

"The respect is mutual," 'The Electric Lady' singer said

Janelle Monae David Bowie 'Heroes' Cover
Janelle Monáe wonders if there's life on Mars Photo by Getty Images Sport
Dan Reilly

The eclectic Janelle Monáe covering David Bowie makes so much sense, it's a wonder that it didn't happen earlier. The Electric Lady singer, fresh off reviving American Idol, tackled the Thin White Duke's "Heroes" as part of a Pepsi ad campaign, updating the 1977 classic with a peppier, more danceable beat. "Bowie knows what's up," Monae told Rolling Stone, which premiered the song. "He's a fan and I'm a fan of him. The respect is mutual. I hear from his wife Iman that he's a huge supporter of me, the way I dress and my music. I just hope that we made him proud." In an interactive video for the cover, Monae plays a busker on the streets of Rio alongside a number of soccer stars. Check out the standard version of the ad and the audio of "Heroes" below. And for a classic dance version of "Heroes," revisit Big Ben Tribe's 1983 Italo-disco cover.


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