I’m just going to be honest, here. I’m not usually addicted to television, but I’m madly in love with American Horror Story. The season could be a total dud, and I’m still going to watch every episode (*cough cough Asylum cough cough*)
While I wasn’t wildly impressed with Freak Show, they did feature a lot of covers of music. One that initially slipped by me was “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie.
I’ve never been a huge Bowie fan. I know his popular songs, but I don’t plan on buying an album anytime soon.
But when Elsa Mars sung that song over – and over – and over, I had to look into it. The damned thing got stuck in my head!
Usually a song reference doesn’t slip past me, but I’m glad I eventually picked up that this wasn’t an original composition.
Of course, this was during Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust phase, and his one dilated pupil only adds to the eeriness. He’s pale as hell, and truly does look otherworldly. So, good on him for pulling that one off.
I do applaud AHS for their nod, including matching suit and makeup. I really do love it when a show takes a song and makes it their own. So while Bowie’s version is still best, it’s still fun to see references and how a song really can fit into – and transform – a show.