Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by EastEnder, Jan 11, 2016.
Onto Low now and feel like I've arrived. Speed Of Life. Wow. First came across this on an Air Essential Mix - must have listened to this dozens of times. Amazing
You may get more out of the earlier stuff after getting to grips with the Berlin albums.
Yes it was oryx
I wrote this on my Twatbook page, about this song:
The years immediately following my mum's death were the worst and most frightening times of my life, the loneliest and the darkest. My head was in chaos, I thought I was going mad. I used to listen to this album loads on the way to school and back, trying to keep it together, and this song in particular was like a hand reaching out to me. In all its overblownness, it was like somebody showing me that it was okay to have fifty different emotions rocketing around your brain at once, that you could still feel sorrowful AND hopeful, that it would be alright.
Was also utterly transfixed by this song, in a brilliantly teenage way - even covered my schoolbooks with the lyrics (yes, I know it's not one of his, but what a performance)
this is something else!
Tell us what it's called do we can find it online!
They didnt list it - just announced it last minute. I'll post it after it goes on RTE i player - i hope everyone in the UK gets to see it!!!
i just love how one of Bowie's images was 'the 80's yuppy.' So clever
That's a fitting epitaph, right there. No higher praise than that imo, May.
Ah, thank you
I also think the line "I look at my watch, it says 9.25 and I think 'oh god, I'm still alive'" will resonate with anyone who's held down a really shit job
Take it to the other thread, if you please.
I think that Bowie's importance lies in the fact that he represented the idea of music as an art form. Before Bowie no one had really done this so explicitly. Music has always been an art form of course but Bowie was the first to make this explicit - the connection between music and art. Other bands followed in this vein - the attempt to make the whole image an art form, both music and look eg Japan, Spandau Ballet, Gary Numan
Not sure if this has been posted, but I rather liked it. It's from 2013 but was repeated on R6 last night.
Adam Buxton on David Bowie - BBC Radio 6 Music
Your prerogative - but its worth pointing out that ronson did all the fantastic arrangements and wrote the piano parts for hunky dory and Ziggy - I suspect hes responsible for co-writing the songs - the amazing chords progressions and key changes. Bowie post ronson become melodically and song structure wise much simpler - check out the sheet music for life on mars or changes or Bewlay brothers.
Ronson was a huge and underrated talent IMO - and at 50% responsible for a big chunk of bowies greatest work.
And his guitar playing is sublime - the solo on the live version of moonage daydream is just wondeful..
The shrine in Brixton is still proving a draw.
David Bowie Brixton Mural shrine: five days
His voice and that piano...
I used to listen to this over and over as a teen, completely captivated
I'm having a cry right now....'
I think the Bowie mural will always be a kind of shrine or place of pilgrimage now. Music fans from all over the world will visit here if they're in Town, I reckon. It's not like it's hard to get to or hard to find, eh. Stansfield Road just around the corner, and an easy step to the Free Festival bandstand in Beckenham (they've been trying to renovate it for a while now), even the Starman lightbox on the stairs in Morley's, .... These will all be stages on a journey for some people from now on.
Went past the mural again this morning. There's still a considerable international-looking (and sounding) crowd there. It looks set to become a tourist attraction, a bit like the John Lennon wall in Prague, I reckon.
One small caveat. I notice next to the mural is a huge advert for Iman (a perfume?), which I presume is his wife's product. Can anyone remember if it was up before his death? If it's gone up this week, it's another reminder how - in the words of the maestro - "Low" corporate capitalism is prepared to sink.
To quote Mick Rock on Ronson: "It's like having Stravinsky in your band."
Then, of course, there's Cygnet Committee from the "Space Oddity" album, with its now poignant fade out.
I love "The Man Who Sold The World". So many excellent tracks, no filler.
I have listened to an album a day in the gym. Tonight in the car I capped it with Peter and the wolf. He sounded very dignified and like he was really enjoying it
Five years, this is the link from RTE last night, you cant download it from outside Ireland but hope people can find it online Watch David Bowie: Five Years online
Do you mean the "Let's Dance" era Bowie? I thought that was done sincerely - that he in fact felt ashamed of that period for a while and disowned it - before embracing it again later after the music went through a deserved reappraisal.
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