Thank you for the music Mr Stardust…

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It’s been too long since my last post – pure laziness I’m afraid, and it was always my intention to kick start this blog again in the new year.  The intention was to finally complete my essay on Bond songs – it should be a fun one! – but then, well, Bowie…  And whilst I don’t want this blog to be an obituary blog…. well, Bowie…  Words need to be said…

So, without further ado, no tearful eulogy.  Plenty of others have spoken and written far more articulately than I can. Instead, just a list – sometimes irreverant – of the first things that come to mind when I think of Mr David Bowie…

Ch ch ch ch chaanges!

Listening to ‘ChangesBowie’, the greatest hit collection with study mate in 4th year at school.

Being given a number of Bowie albums by one of the sixth formers in order to complete my musical education – as I recall, they were ‘Scary Monsters’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Let’s Dance’

Lending my Bowie greatest hits to my 10 year old brother and finding him having his mind blown, listening to ‘Space Oddity’ on constant loop.

Top 3 favourite David Bowie tracks -‘ Life on Mars’, ‘Fame’, ‘Lets Dance’ (easy to guess, if you read my blog and know my music tastes).  Ah – but what about ‘Diamond Dogs’, ‘Changes’  ‘Young Americans’, ‘Boys Keep Swinging’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Modern Love’…..?

Bowie dancing about in a long coat with Jagger for the Live Aid single, ‘Dancing in the Street’.  The 14 year old me thought this was the coolest thing ever.  (It’s probably not)

Doing the Bowie voice when singing along to ‘Dancing in the Street’.  ” We’ll be swengin’, swiiiyin’ and records pliiiyin'”!

Doing the Bowie voice full stop.  (I do 2 pop star voices – David Bowie and Tina Turner.  I reckon that’s all you need.

Oh – and Barry Gibb…

 

 

‘Space Oddity’ and ‘Ashes to Ashes’ – has anyone else released a sequel to a song, the way others release sequels to books or movies?  Two minature movie plots told in the space of 6 minutes, written and performed 10 years apart.

The BBC had the same idea, ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Ashes to Ashes’ – 2 drama series, 2 Bowie song titles, 10 years apart.

This

The Boe – ee (rhymes with show) Bow – ee (rhymes with cow) debate.

‘Labyrinth’

This little film showing how they did the crystal ball juggling

Sad times – but really great music on the radio this week!

And little tidbits I didn’t know about until this week –

like Nile Rogers producing ‘Lets Dance’…

and hearing the original Bowie version of ‘All the Young Dudes’ – awesome!

That really weird video with David and Bing Crosby singing ‘Little Drummer Boy’ – let’s be honest, pretty awful!

 

Lazarus – Bowie’s Ninth Symphony?

 

I think he’s still out there….x 🙂

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