Humming: Kate Bush’s revolutionary song about David Bowie is finally releasedStudying these lyrics, and remembering that in Kate’s much bootlegged original piano demo (above) the chorus lyric was “Oh Davy” not “maybe”, it’s pretty obvious the song is about her other musical hero, David Bowie.
This is Kate’s Song For Bob Dylan. And she was a big enough Bowie fan to know that some of his earliest 1960s recordings were billed as Davy (or Davie) Jones. And that playful reference to ‘ferry’ is brilliantly cheeky. Of course, in 1973 Kate was also a confirmed Roxy Music fan, and the band’s dapper frontman Bryan Ferry just happened to be the Dame’s biggest rival in the glam rock art pop stakes.
Nice to see that she's a fan of jane Siberry too:“I thought, ‘God, I don’t know why [Bowie’s] called me, but I hope I can do what’s asked of me.’ In my eyes, I wasn’t Earl Slick or Carlos Alomar. I don’t have any training in music, I can’t read music, I don’t know theory, I don’t know scales, I don’t know any of that. I just hear a song and I figure it out and I play it.”
https://pleasekillme.com/playing-bass-for-david-bowie/I think she [Jane Siberry] is one of the greatest artists in the world, the same as Bowie. It was this incredible privilege to work with someone like her. To me, she’s at that level.
Nile Rodgers | This much I knowDavid Bowie was an inspiration to me. I’ve worked with everyone: Madonna, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan. But David Bowie really was fantastic. In truth, people hardly ever approach me to work with them. Pretty much everything comes from hanging out and chance meetings. Whenever me and Bowie would meet, we’d always end up talking about jazz. Really strange avant-garde jazz. He loved that stuff and he was such an ally for black rights. He was a fantastic human.
Just say no: 10 things David Bowie turned downYou want your hero to appear on one of your songs. The natural thing to do is to send them a recording and then wait. Your preferred response would be an email a couple of hours later with a vocal already recorded and attached. Failing that, you’d settle for a note saying: “Schedule’s busy, but let’s try to find some studio time.” You could probably understand silence – after all, heroes are busy people. What you might want least of all would be for said hero to respond: “It’s not a very good song, is it?” Which of those do you think happened when Coldplay approached Bowie?
While the concert was being held in West Berlin, the event’s location meant that East Berlin could also hear the enigmatic singer’s dynamic performance. Rumours that the festival deliberately turned the speakers in the other direction have never been confirmed but the vibrations of the show could be felt across the wall.
One song which is dear to the heart of most Bowie fans would hold extra weight in such a setting. Bowie wrote the 1977 hit ‘Heroes’ while staying in West Berlin and midway through the set Bowie performed the famous song and saw it take on a whole new life. He told Rolling Stone, “When we did ‘Heroes’ [at the 1987 Berlin concert] it felt anthemic, almost like a prayer,” he remarked. “I’ve never felt it like that again. That’s the town where it was written, and that’s the particular situation it was written about. It was just extraordinary. I was so drained after the show.”
“It was one of the most emotional performances I’ve ever done,” RS reports Bowie said in 2003. “I was in tears. There were thousands on the other side that had come close to the wall. So it was like a double concert where the wall was the division. And we could hear them cheering and singing from the other side. God, even now I get choked up. It was breaking my heart and I’d never done anything like that in my life, and I guess I never will again. It was so touching.”
Is he quite an old bloke? He's there every anniversary. Odd.I stopped by the memorial mural this evening, seeing as it’s his birthday and it’s Blackstar day. A few bunches of flowers and candles burning, a couple of people standing together quietly. And also a bloke with a table set up, a laptop,open and playing out Bowie’s Glastonbury set. He’s got Bowie pins on his lapels, quite a natty dresser. His table is covered in piles Bowie books, badges, also postcards of Rosa Bookmongers with her Aladdin Sane lightening bolt. I asked him if he was selling stuff. He said “No”.
-So people can just... help themselves to a book?
-Well, for a donation. You got a problem with that?
I’m thinking Hmmm.... Are you trying to cash in on Bowie’s anniversary?
I said “Well, I think it’s a bit peculiar. So... you’re just... making all these books available to anyone, and then they give a donation of money?”
-Hmm.. Bowie doesn’t need any promotion mate.
- That’s right. What’s peculiar about that?
- So is the donation for you?
- Oh no! It goes back into... (and here he waved his hand about in the general direction of the mural).... It goes towards further promotion of Bowie.
-Yeah, well you stick with what you think and I’ll keep on doing this.
So I wandered off and I’m thinking Yeah, I reckon I’ve got your number, you parasitic money grubbing prick, you nasty mercenary arse.
I think I’ve seen him there in years gone past, although not so well,organised. He’ll likely be there through til the 11th if anyone wants to go down and make a donation.
ETA Why did that make bullet points...?
Is he quite an old bloke? He's there every anniversary. Odd.
Can you just play him alone (well, anything he was directly involved in)?
I'm sorry it's not to your taste, but people seem to enjoy the formula and I think it works best when you're playing a dance club (as opposed to a Bowie convention or whatever), especially when you're playing a seven hour set.Can you just play him alone (well, anything he was directly involved in)?
I can't get my head around why anyone wanting to come to this night, such a specific tribute night, would want to have a break from such an extraordinarily diverse repertoire. It's really upsetting. (On that night) I couldn't give a shit about anyone else's music. What's the point of playing other music on the occasion of a tribute?
*It, not you.