Although the song was never a big chart hit, it did receive album-rock airplay at the time and is one of Bowie’s better-known songs, covered by artists including Wallflowers and Peter Gabriel.
The Toadies’ faithful version — singer Vaden Todd Lewis’ rich voice is perfect for this song — was recorded in October during a gig at Luckenbach Dance Hall, but wasn’t mixed for release till Monday, after news broke of Bowie’s death from cancer, just a couple of days after he turned 69.
“Over the years, we have performed David Bowie’s music both at live shows and just futzing around in the rehearsal space,” Toadies guitarist Clark Vogeler says in one of the band’s reminiscences on the website. “His immeasurable talent and influence will surely live on forever. We were lucky to have had him around all this time. We just wish we would have had a chance to say ‘Goodbye.’ In lieu of that, this will have to do. Thank you, David Bowie and Goodbye.”
The band asks fans to consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of David Bowie. Text HOPE to 20222 to make a $5 donation or give at https://donate.cancer.org
To download the song, visit thetoadies.com. Here it is via YouTube.