Hear Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Cover David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?”

Hear Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Cover David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?”

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Trent Reznor and David Bowie during video shoot for "I'm Afraid of Americans" in New York City. Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage.

Fans of the superhero drama, Watchmen will already be aware of the series’ stellar soundtrack that has been brilliantly sculpted by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Now, the duo have just delivered a spacey new take on David Bowie’s classic hit, “Life On Mars?” 

Their stripped back, instrumental interpretation of the Hunky Dory original is built upon a mesmerising arrangement of euphoric, airy synths and appears in the show’s seventh episode, titled An Almost Religious Awe. Listen below.

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross | “Life On Mars?” [Music from the HBO Series]

It’s not the first time Reznor and Ross have covered Bowie. In the past, Nine Inch Nails have covered the late musician’s Blackstar track “I Can’t Give Everything Away” onstage in 2017. Reznor, who has referred to Bowie as a “mentor” and “fatherly figure” in the past, famously collaborated with the singer on his 1997 single “I’m Afraid of Americans.” 

Two volumes of Reznor and Ross’ music for the Watchmen score have already been released. A third and final volume, which will include the etheral “Life on Mars?” cover, is due out on December 16.

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