According to Brooklyn Vegan, a cover of T Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer” was just redone and re- released as a single for an old pair of acquaintances: Morrissey and David Bowie. It will be released early next year as a physical copy, January 19, and can be listened to online today.
The song was first scene on the 1971 album Electric Warrior, an album that was not only a critical success, but pivotal for the glam-rock scene. Now we find the song redone by Bowie and Morrissey who after meeting in the early 90s, famously collaborated on “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday” found on Morrissey’s Black Tie, White Noise.
“Cosmic Dancer” was recorded by the duo in 1991, long before those Black Tie, White Noise days. The cover was performed live in the early ’90s, but this is the first time a studio edited version of the cover will be made available. From the live version we know the new single retains the original T Rex version’s slower tempo, but it departs in its atmosphere. Morrissey and Bowie harmonize hypnotically on it, and the vocal melody is only accompanied by acoustic guitar.
The B-side of the new record is a new version of The Jam’s “That’s Entertainment,” which was previously the flipside of the Bowie single “Sing Your Life.”