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David Bowie In Memoriam

Yeah, I didn't think it was appropriate to leave such a culturally influential figure as Bowie to be a footnote in the celebrity death thread.

So I guess this should be a place to discuss the man, legacy, and art.

I guess I'll start by saying my favorite period of Bowie was probably the period, in retrospect, he didn't like very much of as he was in a pretty deep cocaine habit:  The Thin White Duke.

I think Young Americans, and Station to Station(Bowie Live is also pretty good) is one of best one/Two punches of an artist ever.  Even though he didn't seem to be very fond of his R&B stuff(he called it "plastic soul"):  I loved it.  I felt his voice had never been more better suited than for that particular genre.  


Would it be possible to migrate all the Bowie posts in the 'Celebrity Death' thread to this one?

I think it would be a safe bet that all the posts from #8428-8573 over there relate to DB.


The default radio station I listen to is totally "New Rock" and typically doesn't play anything earlier than 90's stuff.  Tonight's request hour though has been for Bowie song after Bowie song after Bowie song.  And the station is playing them all.  It's pretty great.

AI went to see The Revenant tonight to take my mind off of his death and illness in general, but of course (with no help from the subject matter of the film), he kept creeping into my head.

Like I said in the other thread, it's going to take some time for me to accept thinking and talking about him in the past tense. The amount of difficulty that I'm having here is absurd. He was 69 years old and had some bad habits in the past and I've spent the day bewildered as if I can't do the arithmetic on that.

I've spent so many years discussing him in nigh mythic terms as an illustrative device to explain his influence on me, that I may have absorbed that into my skin.

For all the memories and videos posted, I didn't see the main song that sprang to mind for me, perhaps because I was thinking of it lately anyway.  The bittersweet tone seems to fit.


I'll join in:


My fondest Bowie memory:

In high school, my friends and I made a series of films (goofy shit we shot on VHS) about a bunch of drug dealers in the 70s. The only way you knew it was the 70s was because we played songs from the 60s and 70s on the soundtrack. Our clothes and vehicles were very clearly from the 90s. The titles were all made-up drug slang and the second part was called Colombian Toothpaste, except the camera we used on that required us to put the title in manually using the tiny-ass viewfinder. This took forever, as you had to cycle through every single letter and my buddy goofed when he was doing it, so the title on screen ended up reading "Colombian Toothpast."

Anyway, the song we played during the opening scene of that film was Velvet Goldmine. I've been listening to Bowie since high school but hearing that song brings back so many good memories.

From the Colombian Toothpast(e) soundtrack:


Belew is one hell of a guitarist...a true 'guitarist's guitarist'.  I look forward to the rest of that interview.


Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

Belew is one hell of a guitarist...a true 'guitarist's guitarist'.  I look forward to the rest of that interview.

Bowie and Belew collaborated on one of my favorite "lost" 80s songs (yes, it was released in 1990, but it's got an 80s vibe through and through).


My bad, I had not read the celebrity thread thoroughly enough.  Machiav posted a demo version of Lady Stardust early on, and a bunch of other great stuff.


I'm starting to come out of it now. I'm listening to his music again, trying to enjoy it. I want to share this one song (pre-Space Oddity, 1967). I unabashedly love it. It's so silly and disposable and kind of wonderful in that.

Also, this needs no introduction...


January 21, 2016 10:21 a.m.
Besides Being, You Know, David Bowie, David Bowie Could Also Do Pretty Excellent Impressions
By Halle Kiefer

Imagine being David Bowie, and then, on top of that, you are really good at impressions. You wake up every day and you are already David Bowie–level talented; then you go into a recording studio and knock out some A-plus imitations of your peers, just while screwing around.This week, So So Glos' Zack Staggers shared a 1985 studio recording of Bowie just killing impressions of Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen and others, audio he inherited after his father got it from producer Mark Saunders, who worked with Bowie on sessions for Absolute Beginners. You can read Saunders's description of working with Bowie over at The Talkhouse.David Bowie was incredibly professional and a pleasure to work with. Seriously, how is all of this one man? Are there seven completely untalented people walking around just to balance Bowie out? Ah. Okay. Yeah, that adds up.

By Joe Blevins@joe_a_blevins

David Bowie was a musician, but he was also a lifelong lover of music and amassed quite a collection of LPs. In November 2013, he shared with Vanity Fair a collection of his 25 greatest record store discoveries, and this list has now resurfaced on the blog of web designer Sam Allemang. Bowie begins his survey of favorite records with a disclaimer: “There is no way to do a list of my favorite albums with any rationality.” With apologies to The Beatles and Nirvana, he rules out any albums that are “too obvious.” What’s the fun in telling people about records they already know and likely own? The goal of Bowie’s list is to recommend some cherished albums to readers so that they, too, might share in his audio adventures. “If you can possibly get your hands on any of these, I guarantee you evenings of listening pleasure, and you will encourage a new high-minded circle of friends,” he writes with his characteristic dry wit, “although one or two choices will lead some of your old pals to think you completely barmy.” He also laments that a few of his selections were proving difficult or impossible to find on CD.

So what does David Bowie include on his list? Considering Bowie’s deep and freely acknowledged debt to African-American music, the article contains a gratifying number of selections by the legendary artists of blues and classic R&B (James Brown, Little Richard, John Lee Hooker). And there are some expected nods to art-rockers of Bowie’s own generation (The Velvet Underground, Syd Barrett), plus a few titles from the world of classical music and opera (Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre Du Printemps, Gundula Janowitz’ recording of Strauss’ Four Last Songs). But Bowie being Bowie, there are plenty of wild card selections here, too, like The Glory (????) Of The Human Voice, a novelty LP by the melodically challenged and apparently naive Florence Foster Jenkins. (“Be afraid,” Bowie warns. “Be very afraid.”)

What makes this article a keeper is that it is highly autobiographical and intimate. Bowie not only describes these records and explains why he loves them, he also describes what was happening in his life when he heard these records and how they affected him. A Charles Mingus album, for instance, brings to mind Bowie’s memories of a particular department store in his hometown of Bromley. And when it comes time to describe the cast album of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, Bowie begins this way: “In the mid ’60s, I was having an on-again, off-again thing with a wonderful singer-songwriter who had previously been the girlfriend of Scott Walker. Much to my chagrin, Walker’s music played in her apartment night and day.” But it was through Walker’s music that Bowie discovered the songs of Jacques Brel.
These were interesting articles that put a smile on my face
ANice tribute from Rollins:
AJesus, why did I read that? Every time I think I can deal with this, I get hit again. I guess it's of some comfort that there are so many people in a sort of personal crisis over this.

I got hit too reading that. However, its likely because it reminded me how much I miss Lou Reed more than anything. Bowie is the far more influential and culturally significant artist and I have a significant place for him in my pantheon of heroes. But for me, he's no Lou. No one is.


Exclusive: No David Bowie Book, but the Starman Had Other Plans in Store


Trent Reznor talks about touring with David Bowie and how it helped him get clean:

AI've been waiting for him to say something. I rather fortuitously got into Nine Inch Nails around the same time that I was beginning to devour all things Bowie and when I discovered a connection (The Downward Spiral track "A Warm Place" being a remix of Crystal Japan) I was delighted. Then they began working together...

It was like a gift.

Also, not for nothing, but Reznor and I have the Scary Monsters moment in common. It was the second album I bought after Ziggy, and it broke my fucking mind.
AThe LAZARUS cast album is out. It includes the last three Bowie tracks from the BLACKSTAR sessions. Like "Lazarus" itself, they're versions of songs from the musical.

As you might expect, they feel like a seamless extension of BLACKSTAR in sound and substance, though they're definitely "bonus track" material.

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