David Bowie’s theme song for the forthcoming TV show The Last Panthers has been unveiled.


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Bowie’s first TV theme in more than 20 years, since he provided the music for the BBC’s adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia, doesn’t opt for a banging piece of populism. Instead, over an atmospheric backing, Bowie intones, in the style of a priest chanting in church: “On the day of execution / Only women kneel and smile.” He doesn’t follow that by breaking into a version of Agadoo.

The music sheds light on what the show’s director, Johan Renck, had to say about Bowie’s contribution: “I was looking for one of the icons of my youth to write the music for the title sequence, but was presented with a god. His first response was precise, engaged and curious.

The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself: dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word). All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can’t fathom what actually happened.”

Have a listen and let us know what you think.


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