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David Bowie Impersonates Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Neil Young, and More on Lost Recording

David Bowie, impersonator.
David Bowie, impersonator.

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It’s easy to forget, amid all his accomplishments and talents, that David Bowie also had a great sense of humor—and, apparently, a serious gift for impressions. In this recently unearthed recording from 1985, originally in possession of record producer Mark Saunders, the chameleonic pop star works his way through the pantheon of rock’s biggest legends, from his friends Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed to Neil Young. Saunders shared it with his friend, who coincidentally is the father of punk band The So So Glos’ drummer and vocalist Zach Staggers, who shared the recording with the Talkhouse.

Here’s the order of the impressions, as best as we can tell:

0:00 Bruce Springsteen
0:49 Bob Dylan or Marc Bolan?
1:45 Tom Waits
2:29 Lou Reed
3:25 Anthony Newley
4:13 Iggy Pop
5:14 Neil Young

Read more in Slate about David Bowie.