One Good Thing From The Life Aquatic

Queen Bitch – David Bowie from Hunky Dory

Luckily, Wes Anderson has good taste in music.  The Seu Jorge covers of David Bowie songs were the best part about his 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.  By sticking this one out to the end, the film introduced me to this great precursor to glam rock, Queen Bitch.  Other than what I’d hear on the radio or ChangesBowie and a cassette of Let’s Dance (not sure what prompted that purchase as a youth), Bowie really wasn’t on my radar.

Jorge’s cover of this song in the movie appeared in the end credits, and while it was sung in Portuguese, the guitar hook was enough to make me immediately seek out the original.  I was not dissapointed.  Mick Ronson’s guitar is great; Bowie does a great Lou Reed impression here with both his lyrics and vocal style.  The song easily could pass as a Velvet Underground song, if the VU had come after T Rex and Queen and been influenced by their work.  This song seems to be a precursor to some of Bowie’s more famous songs from Ziggy Stardust that would make Bowie a founding father of the glam rock movement.

The song bounces along, it always brings an extra spring to my step.  I’m surprised it has not become one of the more popular in his canon.  Maybe the unfortunate name of the song has something to do with that.  You can find the song here.

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One Response to “One Good Thing From The Life Aquatic”

  1. RIP David Bowie | Nothing to Write Home About Says:

    […] song is from 1971’s Hunky Dory, Queen Bitch.  I wrote briefly about it five year ago here.  Often cited as a tribute to the Velvet Underground, I think he made a song that out-Velveted Lou […]

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