LISTEN: David Bowie's perfect impersonations of Springsteen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and more

listen 09/01/2019

Considered one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time, David Bowie was one of a kind of his era. The British pop icon is known for his distinct sounds and his constant reinventions of himself throughout his music career until his death on 10th January in 2016.

In all honesty, you don't need us to remind you who David Bowie is and what he has achieved. Skipping to the good part, listen to this incredible audio of Bowie running through music impressions sometime in 1985 as part of a recording session below.

Recorded by Mark Saunders at London's Westside Studios, he explained that the impersonations were recorded when Bowie was brought in to do the lead vocal in August that year. He continued, "At the end of the session, he broke into the impersonations and I realised that these might get erased at some point, so I quickly put a cassette in and hit “record.” I wish we could hear the other side of the dialogue but unfortunately, that wasn’t being recorded."

Starting off with an impression of The Boss, Bowie was quick to pen down the lyrics for the first impromptu impersonation to imitate Bruce Springsteen's lyrical style. Obvious that Bowie was enjoying the session, he can be heard saying, "I'm going to give you somebody else now, just 'cause I feel like it."

Listen to the full audio below.

Timestamp (Click on the time below to listen to the individual impersonations)
0:00 Bruce Springsteen
0:43 Bob Dylan (potentially Marc Bolan from T-Rex)
1:37 Tom Waits
2:30 Lou Reed
3:20 Anthony Newley
4:06 Iggy Pop
5:03 Neil Young (potentially Tom Petty)