Listen: Rhett Miller Reinterprets David Bowie's 'Queen Bitch'

Preview a cut from the Old 97's frontman's live solo album

November 11, 2011 10:00 AM ET
Rhett Miller
Jason Janick

Click to listen to Rhett Miller's 'Queen Bitch'

The Interpreter, the first live solo album by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller, finds the songwriter offering up his own versions of songs by the Pixies, the Kinks, Wilco and the Ramones at Largo in Los Angeles. In this preview from the set, Miller plays an acoustic rendition of David Bowie's "Queen Bitch." "Bowie is my all-time, number-one favorite," says Miller. "In many ways I do what I do because of him. His songwriting features such nuance and depth. Subtext abounds. 'Queen Bitch' in particular is so juicy and weird. It's a pleasure to perform it, especially with Jon Brion on piano."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »