David Bowie and Morrissey’s Cover of T. Rex Is Coming to Vinyl
The iconic but sometimes-battling duo recorded it live at a 1991 concert
In 1991, revered Brit superstars David Bowie and Morrissey performed a cover version of T. Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer” at a concert in Los Angeles; that live cover will finally officially be released Nov. 13.
It arrives via digital download and streaming services, with a physical seven-inch single coming on Feb. 19. On the flip side of the single will be Morrissey’s take on The Jam’s “That’s Entertainment,” which is not, however, the same version of the song that Morrissey put out in 1993.
Morrissey’s official website says that “Cosmic Dancer” will have an “upgraded and edited video made in Los Angeles by Tim Broad.” That will also drop on Nov. 13.
The front and back photographs of David Bowie and Morrissey on the sleeve were taken in New York City by Linder Sterling.
The original song initially appeared on T. Rex’s acclaimed 1971 album Electric Warrior.
Back in 2016, NME reported that Morrissey notably omitted David Bowie from a list of this year’s celebrity deaths when speaking to the crowd at a Manchester hometown gig. The crowd booed Morrissey for the omission.
The superstars had a tense relationship since touring together in 1995, which was exacerbated when Bowie refused to let Morrissey use a photo of themselves together for cover art, NME reported at the time. The Smiths lead replaced Bowie with a photo of Rick Astley.
The two apparently first met in 1990 backstage at Bowie’s Sound + Vision tour stop in Manchester, which eventually led to the pair’s 1991 “Cosmic Dancer” duet in Los Angeles.