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