The New Zealand band performed the song – which featured on Bowie’s December 1971 album ‘Hunky Dory’ – on SiriusXM this week ahead of a full session on the station.
Listen to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s cover of David Bowie’s ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ below.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s frontman Ruban Nielson has previously spoken about the huge influence he’s drawn from the late artist’s voluminous back catalogue.
“As I got to know more about Bowie’s career, I discovered how important ‘Young Americans’ was to the ‘Berlin’ albums,” he told Red Bull back in 2015. “He kept the rhythm section from the ‘Young Americans’ session, when he had the idea to go to America and make a soul record.
“He stayed with Carlos Alomar and the drummer and bass player, so had this Harlem rhythm section all the way through to ‘Let’s Dance.’ But then he put Alomar and this Harlem R&B rhythm section in the same room with Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, and they didn’t see eye to eye at all. It created this weird chemistry.”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra released their fourth studio album ‘Sex & Food’ back in April, which they’re currently touring as part of the summer festival circuit – check out the NME verdict on their recent performance at Primavera back in May.
The band will visit the UK and Ireland for a host of live dates later this year – find tickets for those gigs here, which you can see the details of below:
19 – Birmingham @ O2 Institute
21 – London @ Royal Albert Hall
22 – Brighton @ Concorde 2
23 – Sheffield @ The Leadmill
25 – Dublin @ The Academy
26 – Glasgow @ O2 ABC