Ted Leo covers David Bowie’s “Heroes” for all-ages cover album — listen

Indie rocker offers a sparkling, exuberant new way to introduce Bowie to your kids


    It’s scary and more than a little depressing to think that a child born today will never know a world with David Bowie in it. The titan of glam rock has left an indelible mark on every young generation from the ‘70s onward, and it would be a shame for his legacy to fade just because kids these days lack first-hand exposure.

    The forthcoming all-ages Bowie covers album Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie is out to change that, with contributions from artists including Rhett Miller, The Mekons’ Sally Timms and Jon Langford, and indie multi-instrumentalist Ted Leo. Today, Paste shared Leo’s shimmering cover of “Heroes”, which you can listen to below. With its bouncy bass melody and Leo’s distinctive exuberance, it’s a slightly more children-friendly version of the Bowie classic, which originally appeared on the 1977 album of the same name.


    Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie will be released on November 18th, and proceeds will benefit LGBTQ youth charity organization It Gets Better. Pre-order the album and get an instant free download of Ted Leo’s cover. The complete tracklist is below.

    Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie Tracklist:
    01. The Honeydogs and Chastity Brown – Oh! You Pretty Things
    02. Walter Martin – Breaking Glass
    03. Sonia de los Santos and Elena Moon Park – The Man Who Sold the World
    04. Rachel Loshak with the New Standards – Starman
    05. Lloyd Miller and Dean Jones – V-2 Schneider
    06. Sally Timms and Jon Langford – The Prettiest Star
    07. Molly Ledford – Sound and Vision
    08. Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players – Kooks
    09. Antibalas – Let’s Dance
    10. Gustafer Yellowgold and the Pop Ups – Space Oddity
    11. Ted Leo – Heroes
    12. Wunmi – Fashion
    13. Storey Littleton with Marco Benevento – Life on Mars?
    14. Gina Chavez – Modern Love
    15. Red Yarn – Magic Dance
    16. Nakia and the Barton Hills Choir – Golden Years
    17. Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower featuring Simi Stone – Changes
    18. Uncle Rock and Tracy Bonham – Lady Stardust
    19. Colin Brooks – I’ll Follow You
    20. Rhett Miller – Ziggy Stardust

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