Watch: Shooter Jennings and Marilyn Manson star in 8-bit video for "Cat People"
By Harry Irons
Shooter Jennings' cover of David Bowie’s “Cat People”, featuring Marilyn Manson, has been gifted with an 8-bit music video.
Directed by Blake Judd and German digital artist Valenberg, this pixelated animation pays homage to the late David Bowie, encapsulated into a dystopian Hollywood overthrown by wild cat-like human beings. The video makes several references to Bowie through the constant images of black stars, a cameo appearance as a prophet from his video for “Blackstar” and even a mural of himself as Ziggy Stardust.
Manson’s strained depressing vocals echoe Bowie’s dark era as the Thin White Duke, beautifully complimenting the uneasy nature of the video, which boasts some kind of twisted sexual fantasy between man and beast. It was revealed earlier this year that Manson and Jennings first discussed the song during a party at a bar, “I said, ‘Hey, you know ‘Cat People’? You want to do that song on this record, ’cause you’d sound awesome doing it’, And he was like, ‘I sing that song every night before I go onstage. That’s my song I warm up to.’ So one night I went over to his house at three in the morning and brought all my recording gear.”
It is said that Manson only required one take to get the vocal track we hear, which can be found on Jenning’s tribute album to Italian composer Giorgio Moroder, titled Countach (For Giorgio) released earlier this year.