To accompany the release of American Laundromat Records’ Wes Anderson Tribute Album I Saved Latin!, mxdwn is happy to premiere Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.”
Originally recorded in 1972 for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album, the song and the album regained popularity following the release of Wes Anderson’s 2004 film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The movie featured acoustic versions of songs from the album, covered by Brazilian musician Seu Jorge.
In November, mxdwn reported that I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson, was in the works and would be released this spring featuring indie artists covering tracks from Anderson’s films like Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more.
With its official release on Tuesday May 13th, we’re thrilled to present to you this new track from the I Saved Latin! compilation.
An indie rock band from Indianapolis, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s have been described as “cinematic chamber pop” that “both the casual music fan and music perfectionist will enjoy.” Their fourth album, Rot Gut, Domestic, was released early to pledges for digital download via PledgeMusic on March 12, 2012. The CD and vinyl versions were released nationally on March 20, 2012.
On April 22nd of this year, the band released their fifth studio album, Sling Shot to Heaven, was released along with a 16mm film called Tell Me More About Evil, containing performances of several tracks off the album.
When asked what inspired the band to cover “Ziggy Stardust,” Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s vocalist and guitarist, Richard Edwards said, “I’d always loved the melody of that song, even if I had no personal relationship with it lyrically. I wanted to play it like a lullaby. Who knows if I achieved that effect.”
Edwards was in a band in his college years called Archer Avenue which coincidentally was named after the street where the characters lived in one of Wes Anderson’s films, The Royal Tenenbaums.