David J, John Doe cover enigmatic singer at event to launch documentary film
Several musicians paid tribute to enigmatic singer Scott Walker in Los Angeles last night (February 25) at an exclusive event to launch a forthcoming documentary film about his life, which hits US theatres on Friday.
Bauhaus‘ David J, X frontman John Doe and Michael Des Barres were among the musicians who covered songs written by Walker, who was the inspiration for Alex Turner‘s Last Shadow Puppets side project as well as countless other artists including Jarvis Cocker, Johnny Marr and Radiohead.
DeBarres served as the MC for the event at the Bordello, which saw Jason Falkner perform ‘Duchess’, Ann Magnuson deliver a rousing rendition of ‘Next’ and Doe perform ‘My Ship Is Coming In’. The crowd sang happy birthday to Doe, who turned 55 yesterday.
When David J took the stage, he quipped, “I was gonna be all silent and enigmatic like Scott Walker but he’s enigmatic enough for all of us.” He then proceeded to explain that one of Walker‘s songs inspired an early Bauhaus tune. “In 1981 I brought a Scott Walker song to my band Bauhaus, and it became the genesis of our song ‘Swing The Heartache’,” he said.
The evening concluded with DeBarres‘ sweeping rendition of the Walker Brothers‘ hit ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’.
Last night’s performers and setlist:
Fitz & The Tantrums: ‘You’re All Around Me’ & ‘Saturday’s Child’
Levinhurst: ‘The Old Man’s Back Again’
Jason Falkner: ‘Duchess’
Kristian Hoffman: ‘Best of Both Worlds’
Ann Magnuson ‘Next’, ‘The Amorous Humphrey Plugg’
John Doe: ‘My Ship is Coming In’
Rob Dickinson: ’30 Century Man’
Julianna raye – ‘Through A Long and Sleepless Night’
Jenny O.: ‘It’s Raining Today’
David J: ‘The Electrician’
Michael Berg: ‘Girls From the Street’
Dan Crane, aka Bjorn Turoque: ‘Montague Terrace’/’Jackie’ (medley)
Evie Sands: ‘Make it Easy on Yourself’
Michael Des Barres: ‘The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore’
‘Scott Walker: 30 Century Man’, hits theatres in Los Angeles and New York tomorrow and features appearances by Radiohead, Damon Albarn, Cocker, Marr, Brian Eno and Alison Goldfrapp. It was executive produced by David Bowie and distributed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch‘s Oscilloscope Pictures.
–By our Los Angeles staff.