After the passing of David Bowie, many paid tribute to him through art, music, and revisiting old clips. Saturday Night Live paid tribute to his musical performances, but a clip that was unearthed this week shows that he was an impressive impressionist, and could have been a cast member.
It was recorded by producer Mark Saunders, who was an assistant engineer on a session with Bowie in 1985. Bowie was recording the theme for the movie Absolute Beginners, in which he also acted. He arrived at Westside Studios in London to record lead vocals, and at the end of the session, spontaneously broke out into some musical impressions. Saunders, being a wise man, quickly pressed "record."
The result is a montage of voices better than anything seen on Jimmy Fallon. Bowie channeled Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and Tom Waits.