HBO’s new music industry drama Vinyl, from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, has hit up R&B crooner Trey Songz for a cover of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?”, which’ll be featured on Sunday’s episode.
Trey was very humbled to be asked. Here’s what he said in an email to Complex:
When I was approached last summer by the producers of Vinyl, the first thing I thought was, “Damn thats a David Bowie song!!” I was honored that the producers thought of such a legend and myself in the same breath. I had to do what I do best, because Icons like David paved the way. After learning of his passing I knew that this was a special moment in time and this cover became my personal tribute to David. Experiences like this have helped to shape my future and respect the past of others before me. This has become a very special moment in my career and I am blessed and grateful to be apart!
Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach’s new band The Arcs have also contributed covers to the show. Casablancas took on Velvet Underground’s “White Light White Heat” and The Arcs covered Bobby Parker’s “Watch Your Step”. Listen to both below: