‘Lost’ Footage of David Bowie’s TV Debut as Ziggy Stardust Found

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Rare footage of David Bowie’s first televised performance as Ziggy Stardust has been unearthed, but the viability of that footage remains in question. As the BBC reports, the original recording of the late singer’s 1972 performance on the British TV show Lift Off With Ayshea was long lost, having been accidentally deleted by a technician years ago (which was fairly standard practice for networks in the earlier days of television). Fortunately, a fan taped the performance on their home video recorder, and that footage was recently rediscovered.

The tape is in fragile condition and has degraded over the years. However, the producers of a forthcoming BBC documentary called David Bowie: Finding Fame hope it can be restored in time to include in the documentary, which is set to debut on BBC Two next month. The footage is currently being “baked” in an incubator so that it can be remastered.

Francis Whately, the documentary’s producer and director, told the Radio Times that the latest found footage “is something of a Holy Grail” for fans. Previously, the earliest recording of Bowie’s flamboyant Ziggy Stardust persona was his "Starman" performance on the British TV program Top of the Pops, which was filmed a month after his Lift Off appearance.

The BBC documentary will also feature never-before-heard audio recordings and footage, including Bowie’s audition tape for the BBC’s talent selection group in 1965. In a move that likely still haunts them, the BBC rejected Bowie for radio play, stating that he was "not outstanding enough" and "devoid of personality.” Of course, that didn’t stop Starman.

Ever since Bowie died in January 2016, a few of his early recordings have emerged from the woodwork. Earlier this year, Parlophone Records announced it will release a vinyl box set featuring two of the earliest known recordings of "Space Oddity," among other tracks. And last fall, the first song that Bowie ever recorded when he was 16 years old sold at auction for around $50,000. It had been found in a bread box.

[h/t BBC]

The Bus From Spice World is Now an Airbnb Rental

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This summer, Airbnb is giving 1990s kids the chance to fulfill their dream of living like a Spice Girl. As People reports, the Spice Bus, made famous by the 1997 movie Spice World, has been converted into an Airbnb rental—and it's open to guests for only a few nights in June.

After shuttling Baby, Sporty, Scary, Posh, and Ginger Spice around London in Spice World, the Spice Bus fell into disrepair. The movie prop was neglected for years until the Island Harbour Marina on the Isle of Wight purchased it and renovated it to its former glory. It went on display on the island in July 2014.

Now, the bus is moving back to London as a quirky vacation rental. On June 14 and June 15, up to three guests per night will sleep over in the bus at its temporary location at Market Square in Wembley Park. There they'll be made to feel like pop princesses (or princes). The interior has been decked out with Union Jack upholstery to match the outside paint job and zebra-print carpeting that would make Mel B proud. There are also disco balls, a neon sign that says "Girl Power," and nostalgic goodies like scrunchies and CDs.

Rates start at $129 per night, but the two announced dates have already been filled. Spice Girls fans looking to relive their childhood shouldn't give up hope: More rental dates may open starting May 22. After the bus's stint in London, it will return to its home on the Isle of Wight at the end of June.

[h/t People]

10 Amazing Variations on the Game of Thrones Theme Song

Jerome Flynn and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Game of Thrones
Jerome Flynn and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Game of Thrones
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Game of Thrones has an iconic credits sequence, featuring a memorable theme song composed by Emmy Award-winning artist Ramin Djawadi. It's weirdly catchy—so much so that other artists have found increasingly unique ways to cover it over the years.

1. NESKeytar

Greig Stewart combined a Guitar Hero controller with an old school Nintendo to create the NESKeytar he used in this cover. Bonus: The NES still works as a separate gaming system!

2. Floppy Drives

Eight floppy drives playing in sync. The geekery is extreme.

3. Violin

A beautiful electric/acoustic violin version by Jason Yang.

4. Hard Rock

Roger Lima overdubs some metal riffage, drums, electric bass, and several layers of electric guitar.

5. Metal

Charlie Parra del Riego shreds.

6. Classical Guitar

Five guitar tracks!

7. Solo Piano

Bonus geek cred if you know the answer to his opening question.

8. 8-bit

YouTube commenter skinke says it best: "No? 'Game of Tones'? That's a missed opportunity if I've ever seen one."

9. Piano and Violin

Lara, coverer of video game music, takes a shot at this one, purely by ear. Wow.

10. Guitar, Cello, Drums, Shaker, and Flute

Talent show players for the win!

This post has been updated for 2019.