VIDEO: Watch Bones UK Cover David Bowie’s ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ in the Stern Show Studio

London-based act also performs their original song “Girls Can’t Play Guitar”

September 4, 2019

Industrial rockers Bones UK came into the Stern Show studio recently to perform two songs for Howard and his listeners. The London-based duo, consisting of vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, delivered a special performance of David Bowie and Brian Eno’s hit song “I’m Afraid of Americans” and followed it up with their gritty original “Girls Can’t Play Guitar.”

Bones UK first covered “I’m Afraid of Americans” as part of Howard Stern’s 2018 Bowie tribute. “As a British band who has just moved over to the U.S.A., ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ was the perfect track for us to cover and one of our favorite Bowie tracks—the pressure was totally on,” Rosie explained at the time. “So we did our best to insert a little slice of us nasty Brits into the song in hopes that we both did the track justice and made it our own all at the same time.”

“Girls Can’t Play Guitar,” meanwhile, is a song Bones UK penned after encountering a man in Camden Town, London who told them women could never play guitar as well as men. “This motherfucker actually said it was biologically impossible because girls have got smaller hands than boys,” Rosie said. “So, we always like to dedicate this song to that man in Camden Town, who’s still in Camden Town, who will still be in Camden Town until the day that man dies. Whereas we get to come play on the fucking Howard Stern Show.”

Watch a clip of Bones UK’s “Girls Can’t Play Guitar” (below) and see their entire performance on the Sirius XM app now. Click here for the band’s tour and album info.