SEU JORGE The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions (2005)

The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions (2005)
What If Bowie Were Born In Rio?

In case you missed it when it made the rounds a few years back, here are Seu Jorge’s mesmerizing acoustic versions of 13 David Bowie tunes… all sung in Portuguese. A concept that began as a cheeky aside within the Bill Murray comedy, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, took on a life of its own thanks to Jorge’s warm Brazilian manner and Bowie’s long familiar melodies, which haunt these interpretations with an alternate universe appeal. If you’re into Bowie, you should already own this set. If not, you might experience Ziggy Stardust with an all new perspective. Bowie himself was impressed, stating that he heard a “new level of beauty” in Jorge’s renditions. Amazon.

Rebel Rebel (2:47)
Life On Mars? (3:29)
Starman (3:17)
Ziggy Stardust (3:42)
Lady Stardust (3:31)
Changes (3:41)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3:33)
Rock N’ Roll Suicide (3:11)
Suffragette City (3:11)
Five Years (3:59)
Queen Bitch (3:43)
When I Live My Dream (2:55)
Quicksand (4:36)
Team Zissou (2:32)


  • Art Ducko
    April 2, 2009 - 03:21 | Permalink

    What a pleasant surprise. Perfect springtime music. I've been in a Bowie mood lately, having just downloaded "Pin-Ups", & contemplating others, including my personal fave forgotten Bowie lp, "Tonight", when this popped up. Gracias.

  • Capt. Willard
    April 2, 2009 - 04:05 | Permalink

    It works as camp, it works as art, it works as legitimate world music, it works as a Bowie trib… it's hard not to like it for one reason or another.

  • carlinhosdeipanema
    April 3, 2009 - 17:23 | Permalink

    this is a wonderful musician reviving good moments of Bowie's fascinating collection of oldies.
    don't know if you are aware, but the word "seu" before jorge's name is equivalent to "mister" in portuguese… funny, ain't it?
    tks for everything you post, so many gems and rarities!
    cheers and all the best, willard

  • Capt. Willard
    April 4, 2009 - 02:07 | Permalink

    Hi Carlin,
    Nice to hear from you. Did not know about Mr. Jorge. Thanks.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    May 19, 2009 - 17:49 | Permalink

    Thanks for another gem. You have impeccable taste.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 6, 2009 - 13:41 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Audiozobe
    January 29, 2010 - 16:20 | Permalink

    Loved the movie, and this is the perfect complement. It has this amazing artificial decor quality, like walking in an Ikea store and hearing songs you know in a language you don't speak. I mean that in a good way, of course.

  • Anonymous
    April 8, 2010 - 14:20 | Permalink

    Thanks. It's been difficult to find. This worked so well with the film. Portugese sounds beautiful. I hope he pops up in more things.

  • jbull49
    October 11, 2011 - 20:32 | Permalink

    Captain! Such treasures this week. Thanks and adulation from here. Portugese is indeed a romance language (warmed-over Nietzsche sounds pretty good too when you pass it by Bahia).


  • October 12, 2011 - 06:02 | Permalink

    This is a great little album — I had made a copy of this when you first posted it and had the cd in my jeep for months, just playing away. (well, actually the cd got stuck in the cd player but…this album really did get under my skin in a nice way)

  • Rick
    October 12, 2011 - 23:41 | Permalink

    What a quaint little album. Sounds like the music we made as teenagers sitting on the beach, trying to play our favorite radio rock songs on cheap acoustic guitars – except we were speaking English.

  • Sefton
    October 18, 2011 - 17:05 | Permalink

    awesome, buddy! thanks!

  • September 22, 2015 - 09:15 | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder on this — somehow I’d overlooked it.

  • September 22, 2015 - 11:07 | Permalink

    I’m sorry I didn’t look at this until it showed up in a recent post. There was a bonus track for this album not included here which was Space Oddity. It is so good, I thought you should know.

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