'Absolute Beginners' soundtrack engineer Mark Saunders premieres a studio outtake on an episode of The Talkhouse.

By Jessica Goodman
January 21, 2016 at 01:35 PM EST
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This week’s episode of music podcast The Talkhouse debuted a previously unheard audio clip of David Bowie recorded during the sessions for the Absolute Beginners soundtrack. Producer Mark Saunders, who engineered the soundtrack, and musician Zach Staggers (The So So Glos), appear on the episode and together they premiere a bit of the music that features Bowie singing in different vocal styles, impersonating artists like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, and more.

Saunders details the sessions in a note posted to The Talkhouse’s website, and writes that he worked with Bowie in 1985 on the Absolute Beginners soundtrack, in which Bowie starred and wrote the songs. “At the end of the session, he broke into the impersonations and I realized that these might get erased at some point, so I quickly put a cassette in and hit ‘record,'” he writes.

Hear the audio clip below, via Saunders, and head to The Talkhouse, which EW named one of its 12 best music podcasts, for the entire episode.

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