David Bowie Takes Up With Another Much Younger Band: TV on the Radio


For Heroes, War Child International's charity disc benefiting kids affected by war, writers of famous songs choose the artists who cover them. Alive as ever to what the kids are up to these days, David Bowie chose TV on the Radio for the title track. Smart, on paper: The band, appropriately enough, has a flair for experimentation and a vocalist with a strong upper register. But while Bowie clearly put some thought into this, he didn't pick someone to outdo him, either. The industrial-ish beat underpins a faithful rendition of the song, and the result falls rather short of the original's hair-raising studio magic. Still, it's for a good cause, and not just one benefiting old rockers with a yen for youthful things.