Monday, September 07, 2009
David Bowie - Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Went to see the new Tarantino movie (Inglourious Basterds - very very good!) and out of nowhere this old Bowie song comes in during a key scene. It's actually the central theme song for this movie. Being a huge Bowie fan as I am, I was quite happy to see this track being revisited. The track was produced with Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack of an early 80's movie called Cat People and is just this amazing dramatic rock n' roll composition with a huge build-up and guitars everywhere topped by David's haunting low voice register (again - very very good!). This has to be one of my favourite Bowie recordings ever.
But, my friends, don't be fooled: it's easy to mistake this with the version that Bowie re-recorded for the Let's Dance album and which had a live video from his Serious Moonlight Tour (below). If you want the original (and far superior) version you have to get Tarantino's flick soundtrack or, better yet, dig-out the Sound+Vision box set that EMI released a few years ago (an amazing 4 cd collection with rarities from Bowie's vaults). It's well worth it. Since there's no video for the original Moroder-produced version, here's the live video from Bowie's smashing 1982 tour: