If you missed the recent all-star “A David Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!” you’re in luck because Rolling Live Studios, the virtual events and production company that put on the show, dropped the video for Nine Inch Nails’ cover of Bowie’s “Fashion” on Monday (Jan. 25), and it is exactly what you’d expect from the master of dim rock.
The socially distanced clip featuring NIN’s Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Reznor’s wife, singer Mariqueen Maandig Reznor, takes the footage from the Jan. 9 event and turns it into a multi-screen homage to the late rock icon.
The visual cuts together the performance with alumni from Bowie’s bands — keyboard/piano player Mike Garson, guitarists Carlos Alomar and Gerry Leonard, bassist Mark Plati, drummer Sterling Campbell and back-up singer Catherine Russell — with images of Reznor and his crew performing their dark-edged version of the 1980 classic.
With a sepia tone-look and appropriately vintage glitchy TV screens framing all the players, the finished product manages to be both an homage to MTV’s salad days as the video channel of choice while nodding to the strange, isolated times we are all living in during the COVID-19 pandemic with each player confined to their own small screen.
More than just entertaining viewers, the newly dropped video of the Nine Inch Nails performance is also here to help do some good. Per the clip’s YouTube page, Rolling Live Studios is encouraging viewers to make donations to Save the Children, an international non-profit that works to protect kids from harm and give them a healthy start in life.
The three-hour show took place on what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday, and featured sets from dozens of artists, including Billy Corgan, Duran Duran, Adam Lambert, Yungblud, Perry Farrell, Corey Taylor, Peter Frampton and Boy George.
Watch NIN’s “Fashion” video below.