An amazing new piece of David Bowie audio shows that he had quite the knack for impersonations.
A recently posted tape shows him doing impersonations of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Lou Reed and more. It was recorded in 1985 by producer Mark Saunders, who worked with Bowie on the soundtrack to Absolute Beginners and his collaboration with Mick Jagger on “Dancing in the Street.”
Saunders tells The Talkhouse that during one session, Bowie decided to break out the impressions while he was in a vocal booth. Sanders says, “At the end of the session, he broke into the impersonations and I realized that these might get erased at some point, so I quickly put a cassette in and hit ‘record.'”