Enter Starman
July 30, 2019 10:09 AM   Subscribe

 
As the kids say, thanks I hate it.

(Well done, though.)
posted by tehjoel at 10:21 AM on July 30 [4 favorites]


As the kids also say, this is on fleek.
posted by vverse23 at 10:33 AM on July 30


this is really great
posted by NoMich at 10:39 AM on July 30 [1 favorite]


At .75 speed, though.
posted by droplet at 10:46 AM on July 30 [10 favorites]


As mentioned in the YT comments, play it at 0.75x speed.
Chills ... I have chills everywhere.
posted by a complicated history at 10:47 AM on July 30 [5 favorites]


Bob Rock clearly dropped the ball when he failed to demand a hot saxophone solo in the original. I'm pleased that this oversight has been rectified.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:49 AM on July 30


Oh wow that .75 thing is no joke.
First I was like oh ok so David Bowie + Metallica = Santana but once you slow it down it really sounds like David Bowie.
posted by bleep at 10:50 AM on July 30 [7 favorites]


Needs Bret McKenzie on the vocals though.
posted by pipeski at 11:11 AM on July 30 [3 favorites]


Favorited for reminding me to check the "bowie" tag.
posted by pracowity at 11:36 AM on July 30 [1 favorite]


And now we'd like Moonage Daydream done Master of Puppets style, please and thank you.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 11:46 AM on July 30 [3 favorites]


Well done.

Also, trumpeter gets the award for most "serious promo photo v. actual bandgeek self" I've seen for a long while.
posted by Think_Long at 11:52 AM on July 30 [1 favorite]


This is amazing, but holy shit by the end I feel like the singer's trying to laser-cut a hole in my forehead with his eyes.
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:13 PM on July 30 [3 favorites]


This is amazing, but holy shit by the end I feel like the singer's trying to laser-cut a hole in my forehead with his eyes.

Some of the folks I follow on mastodon pointedly CW with "eye contact" for selfies and other stuff with direct eye contact. It's not something I personally experience any significant level of discomfort with, but I feel like this guy's Intense Video Gaze maybe manages to function as a kind of simulator because, yeah, wowzers.

Also if you listen to the outro at x0.75 as well he sounds increeeeedibly chill.
posted by cortex at 12:41 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


HUH.

Really well done on the vocal side, and like the horn arrangement. Feel like the guitar is about half right; especially upfront it sounds more like a surf guitar part than anything Nile Rodgers would play, and even as it moves into something that swings a little more, it never reaches Rodgers levels of funk (which: no shame there, nobody reaches Rodgers levels of funk). The one thing I think it's really missing from real-deal Let's Dance-era Bowie is mountains upon mountains of gated reverb snare.

Still, pretty fun, and way better than I could do....
posted by COBRA! at 12:43 PM on July 30 [3 favorites]


...the drums sound more correct at x.75, too, I guess.
posted by COBRA! at 12:46 PM on July 30


I enjoyed this very much.
posted by bile and syntax at 1:07 PM on July 30


It's nice enough, but have you seen Postmodern Jukebox?
posted by sukeban at 1:07 PM on July 30


Agree, the vocal is really good, the rest is way too much like the origianl except for sounds, which doesn't really work that well. It would have been better slower.
posted by bongo_x at 1:17 PM on July 30


I was too distracted by the gorgeous guitar to notice the creepy eyes. It's a jazzmaster/tele hybrid called an offset telecaster.
posted by adept256 at 1:48 PM on July 30 [4 favorites]


You can change the playback speed of YT videos? Whoa.

...so that doesn't make "Cracked Actor" sound exactly like "Sad But True", but it's still pretty cool.
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:49 PM on July 30


Fun fact: Metallica are huge fans of Bowie, and apparently they used to listen to his Hunky Dory non-stop during the conception of their third album, Master of Puppets (you know, the greatest metal album of all time), and they actually took the riff from Andy Warhol and put it in Master of Puppets (the song) right after the melodic middle section. Great artists steal, and all that.
posted by procrastinator at 1:50 PM on July 30 [20 favorites]


It's a jazzmaster/tele hybrid called an offset telecaster.

Sometimes also called a jazzcaster.
posted by The Tensor at 1:59 PM on July 30 [3 favorites]


Fender has been doing more fun guitar remixes in the Parallel Universe and Alternate Reality lines.
posted by thelonius at 2:50 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


Holy crap you all are so right about the .75 speed!!!
posted by The_Vegetables at 2:56 PM on July 30


The solo is still wrong though. Too Hammett and not enough SRV, which still seems to me to be totally out of place on the original.
posted by The_Vegetables at 2:59 PM on July 30 [4 favorites]


Goddamn, the .75 speed really is better! Especially that sax solo!
posted by SansPoint at 3:03 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


Off-top Guitar Chatter: I'm currently currently being treated for acute GAS triggered by the Candy Apple Red HH Meteora. I'm just lucky it doesn't have the maple neck with block inlays last year's model did.
posted by The Tensor at 3:28 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


Mrs. freecell says: that guy has some above average musician friends.
posted by freecellwizard at 3:48 PM on July 30


1x speed: "Let's Dance" style
.75x speed: "China Girl" style

Sadly, 1.25x doesn't get you "Modern Love."
posted by dw at 4:49 PM on July 30 [6 favorites]


1. No Enter Sandman cover thread is complete without the kazoo version. Which would be merely great instead of transcendent were it not for the “drummer’s” (bottom left corner) metal face.

2. This was great, really well done.

3. I love how everyone’s “trying too hard” Bowie is actually a spot-on Peter Murphy.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 5:12 PM on July 30 [5 favorites]


🌿🌿🌿
posted by sugar and confetti at 7:42 PM on July 30


It's nice enough, but have you seen Postmodern Jukebox?

Only about 10%, if that, of Postmodern Jukebox things are good, while 100% of this (at 75% speed) was good, so, you know.
posted by kenko at 8:02 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


Fun fact: Metallica are huge fans of Bowie, and apparently they used to listen to his Hunky Dory non-stop during the conception of their third album, Master of Puppets (you know, the greatest metal album of all time), and they actually took the riff from Andy Warhol and put it in Master of Puppets (the song) right after the melodic middle section. Great artists steal, and all that.

Oh my god. I’m a huge fan of both of those albums and never heard this. Mind blown.
posted by Special Agent Dale Cooper at 8:26 PM on July 30


I love how everyone’s “trying too hard” Bowie is actually a spot-on Peter Murphy.

I'm sure you know he has done Bowie. Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust
posted by adept256 at 9:13 PM on July 30


Dude this guy can really sing.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 10:24 PM on August 2


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