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My favourite non-mainstream Bowie track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scp2Kxg4XCM
Oh, Bowie... let me count the ways, etcetera.
what shall I do? / They wait for me in hallways / I say, Don't ask me, I don't know any hallways
Love on ya! And happy 65!
Africa is sleepy evil / Russia has it's horsemen / Spent some nights in an old kyoto, sleeping on the matted ground / Cyprus is my island, when the goin's rough / I would love to find you, somewhere in a place like that
Wear your wound with honor, make someone proud
Someone like you, should not be allowed
To start any fires
Now your smile is spreading thin
Seems your trying not to lose
Since I'm not supposed to grin
All you've got to do is win.
and once there were songbirds to soar with
and once I could never be down
I'm bewildered for we're strangers when we meet
A long, long time ago
Just a mortal with potential of a superman!
the sand in my eyes
I walk through a desert song
when the heroine dies
Because of all we've said
We are the dead.
She'll lay belief on you
But she won't stake her life on you
How can life become her point of view?
mine's LOW http://open.spotify.com/album/0Oqi3Mm316FRX5H9mHjF0b
my love of Bowie derives from my parents' love, and constantly hearing Starman and The Jean Genie in the car when younger - I used to be obsessed with the countdown from A Space Oddity when I was like 3 years old.
But now, Low stands up as his best work, and the one I revisit the most, possibly because a lot of the earlier material I've heard a million billion times
his Phoenix festival show in 1996 (covers of the Velvets, Iggy, and Mott, loads of 90s stuff, very few big hits) was miles better. i say that as a huge fan.
WHEN will we get a decent DVD of Cracked Actor?
anyway my non-hit fave: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB9RSG-56wU
and the 1996 show was a better "contemporary" performance, but the 2000 show still has to have the edge for sheer... well, joy. I'm not a youngster but even then, most people my age still hadn't heard most of the back catalogue performed. And performed by a man who looked and sounded incredible. My favourite soundbite from that night ... "I'm really hot in this jacket - I'd take it off, but I'm too vain." :)
Also love Life on Mars, which has my favourite lyric:
"It's on America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow"
Surely he has one last tour left in him?
and going to play the ten Bowie Lp's I own. I have been listening to a lot of Bowie Recently, not really aware that it was his birthday coming up, until seeing something about it a few days back via twitter.
My personal favourite track is Young Americans
so much quality
Hunky Dory number 1, for me. closely followed by StS
Good video too - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTkuYapP-1Y&feature=related
Apologies, hit enter too early in previous post.
Two things about Bowie, we got The Snowman on DVD for xmas and was amazed that he did an introduction for it, all blonde hair and icy 80's cool, wonderful! Also, I taped my first ever band rehearsal over a copy of Low, I remain unrepentant about that, still don't like it. Can't beat the hits:
5) Queen Bitch
Any post- Let's Dance worth recommending for the ignorant, anyone revisited Tin Machine and found it favourable?
the Tin Machine records aren't half bad, seriously. And, while post-Let's Dance doesn't have albums where every track is a gem, there are gems.
Records like Outside, Heathen and Reality are fairly awesome. My feeling is that these records made by an up-n-comer would have been labeled as such. But because Bowie has an impossibly high bar of his own material to compare against, they got labeled as "good but not great."
after becoming a stadium-selling megastar with Let's Dance and then kind of fucking it up with Tonight and Never Let Me Down, a lot of people didn't really get what he was doing from Tin Machine onwards. Definitely not BRILLIANT records, but he was obviously doing what he found interesting, not what he thought would sell the best, but a lot of folk thought he'd gone mental by not trying to write a Let's Dance II.
Heathen and Reality got a lot of critical/commercial love, though - not a terrible place to end his career, if that is the end.
and how true the rumours of the decline in his health are. Has he even been seen in public recently. The last few times I've tried to search online for any meaningful news, there was very little to find.
I would pay several pounds to see him live.