Track of the Day: 'Modern Love' by The Last Town Chorus

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I don’t know if this has already been submitted for your series, but here’s a cover of David Bowie’s “Modern Love” re-imagined as a slow country lament (with slide guitar) by Brooklyn singer-songwriter act The Last Town Chorus.

Another brilliant use of that Bowie song is in the film Frances Ha, when the title character runs and pirouettes through the streets of Chinatown.

Which reminds me: To diversify the Track of the Day feature, beyond this great cover series, I’ve been meaning to start a series compiling the best use of songs in movie scenes—when a song perfectly captures the scene or brings an exceptionally creative element to it, making it greater than the sum of its part.

Off the top of my head I’m thinking of Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” in the ambulatory intro to Midnight Cowboy, Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” in the overdose sequence in Trainspotting, Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” in the Parris Island/Vietnam segue in Full Metal Jacket, and the Pixie’s “Where Is My Mind?” in the closing scene of Fight Club (though that YouTube version censors out the flickering phallus, sorry to report).

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(Track of the Day archive here. Access it through Spotify here.)