It's Bowie's first contribution of original music for film or television in 20 years
David Bowie has recorded new original music for an upcoming TV series, with the theme song now airing online.
Bowie has provided the title-track for The Last Panthers, a six-part crime thriller co-produced by Sky and France’s Canal+.
The song will serve as the show’s theme music, soundtracking the opening credits of each episode. Listen in the video below.
Director Johan Renck said of 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. [Bowie’s] 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…”
It is Bowie’s first contribution of original music for film or television in 20 years, since he recorded ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’ for 1995 film Showgirls.
The Last Panthers will star Samantha Morton and John Hurt among others and will air this autumn.
David Bowie will also write new music for a Spongebob Squarepants musical.
The singer, who made his long-awaited comeback with ‘The Next Day’ in 2013 to end a 10-year hiatus, is just one name from a lengthy list of artists who will be involved with bringing Nickelodeon’s much-loved character to the Broadway stage. Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper, TI, They Might Be Giants and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will also contribute music for the show.
The musical will have an initial run in Chicago from June 7 to July 13, 2016, before heading to Broadway for 2016-17.
Although Bowie and Spongebob… may seem like a strange combination, the singer voiced a character for the show in 2007.