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Ian McCulloch Wants to Team Up with David Bowie
Duets, you either love ‘em or hate ‘em, but there are some fantastic British ones out there. Some Anglophenia favorites include Dusty Springfield and Pet Shop Boys‘ “What Have I Done to Deserve This,” Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel‘s “Don’t Give Up,” and Miki Berenyi and Jarvis Cocker on the Lush song “Ciao.” But for Echo and the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch, he says he’d fancy syncing up with David Bowie for a one-off collaboration.
On Wednesday night (April 20) in Glasgow, McCulloch joined Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, Kate Nash, ex-Beta Band musician Steve Mason and a few others to honor Bowie during a special Jack Daniels-sponsored event called The JD Set. Each performed select classics by the Thin White Duke.
“I’d love to do one last great David Bowie song,” the Echo & the Bunnymen frontman confessed to Digital Spy. “I’d love me and him to do something. I’ve got songs that I’d love him to sing — it was him and Leonard Cohen.”
He added: “I just think Bowie was so influential and the greatest solo artist of the 20th Century. In any walk of art. It seems like he’s waiting [to release new music]. Maybe his life’s just changed.”
Bowie hasn’t issued a new album since 2003’s Reality, but his wife Iman revealed in an interview last November that her hubby is enjoying the quiet of family life. As previously reported, Bowie will release his “Golden Years” app and an accompanying EP on June 6.
And coming up for Echo & the Bunnymen, the Liverpool post-punk act will soon embark on a month-long North American run where they will be playing their brilliant first two albums — 1980′s Crocodiles and 1981′s Heaven Up Here — in their entirety. The tour kicks off on McCulloch’s 52nd birthday (May 5) in Atlanta.
Check out McCulloch’s JD Set performance of the Bowie classic “The Jean Genie” below: