Remake Remodel – obscure, cool or cranky cover versions.
B Side Babies – the ones that got away – B sides, alt takes or outtakes that are too good to be forgotten
Fortunately ‘Watch That Man’ falls into both categories.
Lulu’s version of ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ seems to pop up on the sort of budget seventies comp’s sold only at newsagents, garages and Woolworths. Glamtastic as the rewired TMWSTW is, the real golden nugget is on the B side, ‘Watch That Man’ which manages to out strut and stomp Aladdin Sane original.
It is an absolute that Bowie was a musical Midas in the seventies and almost everything he touched was left glossed and glittering. (There’s a moment of revelation in Ian hunters ‘Diary of a Rock and Roll Star’ where he realises he’ll never be in Bowies league). ‘Watch That Man’ is effectively a Bowie retake with Lulu fronting the band, produced by Bowie and Mick Ronson and featuring rest of the band it captures the distilled essence of the pre ‘Young Americans’ sound with a splash of extra sparkle. The cherry on top being Bowies backing vocals – which swish through the mix adding stardust melodies and space age harmonies.
To set the scene and add some context here’s a couple of Youtube treats
This has got to be one of the funkiest ad’ songs ever!I posted this on channel mondo last Friday but it’s so good I’m posting it here too.
Lulu – Happies Shoes