150: Sunday Brunch

This week we said goodbye to David Bowie. To calculate his influence on music, art, and culture, we would need a galactic-sized abacus and at least as much time as it takes to travel to Mars. All I can offer is this modest, two-hour episode of Sunday Brunch, which in this instance is given over to all things Bowie. This podcast reflects Bowie’s many moods and the sophistication of his music. We explore his influence on the ’80s and ’90s by honing in on bands whose sound was greatly shaped by Bowie, whether it be his folkier singer-songwriter self, his otherworldly glam persona, his soulful side, his late-’70s experimental being, or the Top 40 superstar he became in the early ’80s. We’ll also listen to a few of his own cuts as well as covers of his songs by The Associates, Bauhaus, Nico, The Chameleons, Midge Ure, The Cure, and others. RIP, Starman. He thought he’d blow our minds — and he was right.


  1. David Bowie — D.J.
  2. Galaxie 500 — Leave The Planet
  3. The Flaming Lips — Evil Will Prevail
  4. Magazine — Permafrost
  5. Associates — Boys Keep Swinging
  6. The Teardrop Explodes — Sleeping Gas
  7. Pulp — Lipgloss
  8. Bauhaus — Ziggy Stardust
  9. The Waterboys — A Girl Called Johnny
  10. Orange Juice — I Guess I’m Just A Little Too Sensitive
  11. Adam And The Ants — Press Darlings
  12. Green River — Queen Bitch
  13. Love And Rockets — Rock and Roll Babylon
  14. Mother Love Bone — Stargazer
  15. Smashing Pumpkins — Crush
  16. Jane’s Addiction — Summertime Rolls
  17. Nico — Heroes
  18. Grace Jones — Warm Leatherette
  19. Peter Gabriel — Exposure
  20. The Cure — Young Americans
  21. Suede — Metal Mickey
  22. Supergrass — She’s So Loose
  23. The Chameleons — John, I’m Only Dancing
  24. The Psychedelic Furs — Flowers
  25. Tubeway Army — The Machman
  26. Midge Ure — The Man Who Sold The World
  27. Klaus Nomi — After The Fall
  28. Talking Heads — Born Under Punches
  29. Siouxsie And The Banshees — Cities In Dust
  30. David Bowie — Ashes To Ashes
  31. David Bowie — V-2 Schneider
  32. David Bowie — Star