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RIP David Bowie

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by EastEnder, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Blackstar still grows as a fucking magnificent album....
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  3. Two years in the blink of an eye :(

    Mation, Frau Bahn sends her love too.
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  4. Mation

    Mation real life adventure worth more than pieces of gold

    Thank you - that's really lovely. Please give her a hug from me x

    And yes - where the fuck did 2 years go? :( It's still just as weird, him not being in the world.
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  5. Will do!
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  6. RainbowTown

    RainbowTown Well-Known Member

    It's a deep, dark, strange and quite beautiful work, made even more remarkable by the fact that Bowie knew this was The End. He's staring Death right in the face on Blackstar yet his gaze and focus is unflinching and uncompromising. He could not have exited with a more brilliant finale. It really is an amazing album to me. One of his very finest.
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  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    And how many artists with a career spanning multiple decades manage to bow out with such a career highlight?
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    editor Taffus Maximus

    The day I taught David Bowie Welsh

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  9. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    just come across this - a really quite wonderful - and very moving - version IMHO. (apols if its already been posted)

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  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Nice version!

    I'm sure it's been posted before but just listen to the passion and the emotion in Bowie's vocal take. All in one take.

    And the lyrics are fucking beautiful:

    Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing
    News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in
    News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying
    Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying
    I heard telephones, opera house, favourite melodies
    I saw boys, toys electric irons and T.V.'s
    My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare
    I had to cram so many things to store everything in there
    And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
    And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
    I never thought I'd need so many people
    A girl my age went off her head, hit some tiny children
    If the black hadn't a-pulled her off, I think she would have killed them
    A soldier with a broken arm, fixed his stare to the wheels of a Cadillac
    A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, and a queer threw up at the sight of that
    I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour, drinking milk shakes cold and long
    Smiling and waving and looking so fine, don't think
    You knew you were in this song
    And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor
    And I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there
    Your face, your race, the way that you talk
    I kiss you, you're beautiful, I want you to walk
    We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
    We've got five years, what a surprise
    We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot
    We've got five years, that's all we've got
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  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I forgot what a good piano player he was. And what a song!

  12. Mation

    Mation real life adventure worth more than pieces of gold

    I put a self-indulgent poem together using his lyrics from various songs:

    Don’t Fall Apart Now

    David, what shall I do?
    I’m in tears again
    Living nostalgia

    The weather’s grim
    My heart’s in the basement
    And I close my eyes and tighten up my brain
    Wait until the crowd goes

    Well I said hello and I said hello
    I asked for an autograph
    It was long long ago and I can’t touch your name
    Where do we go to now?

    Never saw in all my life a more shining jewel
    Somebody special looking at me
    I believe my little soul has grown

    Seems that everywhere I turn
    I hope you're waiting for me
    The stardust trail leading back to you
    Gone through a crack in the past
    Gets you when you're down

    Incurably ill
    He really had to go
    Someone like you should not be allowed

    Memories flutter
    Earth keeps on rolling
    For in truth, it’s the beginning of nothing
    The vacuum created

    Don’t fall apart now
    Nothing ever goes away
    They never die
    They just go to sleep one day

    What do I know?
    Angels in a ton of sound
    I miss you
    I absolutely love you
    Bye bye love


    Nicked the idea from a lovely tribute someone left at the mural in Brixton yesterday, also using his lyrics.
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  13. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Weary, Worn and Sad.

    Poetry. It meant so much to me as a teenager.
    I know Placebo did a cover and I understand Bowie was a good friend and supporter of them. I recall Bowie and Placebo covered Bolan’s Twentieth Century Boy at the Brits and it was amazing.
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