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David Bowie has written and produced a new song. This song however, won’t be on any album of sort but rather the theme song for a TV series ‘The Last Panthers’ which will be on Sky Atlantic later this autumn.
Incidentally the production of this song is the first TV theme song that David Bowie has done in over 20 years. His last song for a TV series being the theme for the BBC’s ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ in 1993. David’s song for ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ wasn’t simply a theme song either, it was an entire soundtrack, being 55 minutes in length in total. Interestingly enough David once regarded that soundtrack as his favourite album that he had produced.
This is also David’s first release since his surprise ‘comeback’ album in 2013 ‘The Next Day’. David took to social media to announce his new song, posting on both Twitter:
NEW BOWIE MUSIC FOR THE LAST PANTHERS “Panthers are steaming, stalking, screaming…” David Bowie writes title… http://t.co/66Nnped2XO
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) September 22, 2015
Johan Renck (director of ‘The Last Panthers’) was delighted to have managed to get David to write the song for the TV series:
“I was looking for one of the icons of my youth to write the music for the title sequence, but was presented with a god. His first response was precise, engaged and curious. The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself – dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word). All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can’t fathom what actually happened.”
‘The Last Panthers’ is an upcoming six-part TV series about gangsters, bank robberies and diamond heists, set in the apparent ‘dark heart’ of Europe. Starring names such as John Hurt, Samantha Morton, Goran Bogdan and Tahar Rahim.
A trailer for ‘The Last Panthers’ can be viewed here:
Regardless of the fact that David Bowie’s new song is a TV theme song, it is exciting and something to truly look forward to. Any chance to listen to new material from the esteemed David Bowie is something to relish and this is certainly no different. That being said, the TV series similarly looks enticing and when featuring the great John Hurt, great things are expected.