The 1982 single ‘Cat People (Putting out Fire)’, penned by Bowie and Italian producer Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack of the film of the same name, was the song of choice by the American pair.
‘Cat People’ appeared on the B-side of Bowie classic ‘Let’s Dance’ in March 1983.
The moody cover appears on Countach (For Giorgio), a collection of Moroder’s work covered by a variety of artists and produced by Jennings.
Marilyn Manson has teamed up with Shooter Jennings – photo: Getty
Manson’s deep vocals drench the song in darkness and certainly do the hit justice.
Paired with the mildly disturbing music video, it makes for a pretty entertaining eight minutes or so.
The video features cartoon nudity, gory murder, animal transfiguration and is 100% NSFW.
Jennings talked with Rolling Stone about how he proposed the idea to Manson:
“I invited him out to a party at this bar, and I said, ‘Hey, you know ‘Cat People’? You want to do that song on this record, ’cause you’d sound awesome doing it.’ And he was like, ‘I sing that song every night before I go onstage. That’s my song I warm up to.’”
Manson also waxed lyrical about Bowie following his death, saying:
“Every song of his was a way for me to communicate to others. It was a sedative. An arousal. A love letter I could never have written.”