4 November 2020
Fifty years ago today – on 4 November 1970 – the late great Starman DAVID BOWIE released his third LP ‘THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD’, in the United States. Six
months later, in April 1971, it came out in his home country.
The LP’s artwork – featuring a cowboy in front of a mental asylum – designed by a Bowie friend, an underground comics artist called Michael J. Weller wasn’t really a Bowie-style image. At first Bowie thought it was a ‘horrible’ idea but later in 1999 he stated that he “actually thought the cartoon cover was really cool”.
Six months later the UK front cover artwork featured the iconic image we all know with Bowie on a chaise longue in a cream and blue satin ‘man’s dress‘, an early indication of his interest in exploiting his androgynous appearance.
Despite laudatory criticisms, the album wasn’t a big commercial success at first
but went on selling more copies over the years as Bowie became a superstar.
David Bowie: “I guess, taking away all the theatrics or the costuming
and the outer layers of what I do, I’m a writer… I write.”
AllMusic wrote: “Even though it contained no hits, ‘The Man Who Sold the World’, for most intents and purposes, was the beginning of David Bowie’s classic period… Musically, there isn’t
much innovation on The Man Who Sold the World, it is almost all hard blues-rock or psychedelic folk-rock, but there’s an unsettling edge to the band’s performance, which makes the record one of Bowie’s best albums.” Full review here. Score 4.5/5
Album in full (2015 remastered version)…
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14 October 2020
One of BOWIE‘s best albums ever (in my book)
Released 14 October 1977 – 43 years ago today.
8 August 2020
Artist: David Bowie
Song: Ashes To Ashes
B-side: Move On
Released: 8 August 1980 – 40 years ago today
Score: #1 in the UK
Album: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom’s a junkie
Strung out in heaven’s high
Hitting an all-time low…
The late great genius revealed, jokingly, in an interview: “It really is an ode to
childhood, if you like, a popular nursery rhyme. It’s about space men becoming junkies.”
Top singles from the past…
26 July 2020
Artist: David Bowie (8 Jan 1947 – 10 Jan 2016)
Written by: David Bowie,
Carlos Alomar and John Lennon
Released: 25 July 1975 – 45 years ago
Score: Bowie’s first No 1 in the US
and Canada, #17 in the UK
Album: Young Americans (7 March 1975)
Fame, what you like is in the limo
Fame, what you get is no tomorrow
Fame, what you need you have to borrow Fame
Fame, it’s mine, it’s mine, it’s just his line
To bind your time, it drives you to crime…
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Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…
16 July 2020
‘Life On Mars’ by the late genius DAVID BOWIE –
At Glastonbury Festival in 2000.
‘Life On Mars’ appeared on his 4th, 1971 LP Hunky Dory.
One of the most tantalizing songs in his brilliant career.
The alluring ballad was successfully released as a single
two years later reaching #3 in the UK.
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14 June 2020
Artists: Iggy Pop and David Bowie
Album: The Bowie Years
What: New boxset compiling Iggy Pop’s and
David Bowie‘s collaborative years in Berlin – 75 songs / 5 hr 30 min
Released: 12 June 2020
Pitchfork says: “Working with Pop allowed Bowie to get darker in his songwriting and production than he dared in his solo work; working with Bowie allowed Pop to focus his
flailing instincts into refined, careful songcraft. For two albums, they served as each other’s perfect foils, and their work together would inflect music made on both sides of the Atlantic, from Joy Division and Depeche Mode to Grace Jones and Nine Inch Nails. Their stoic cynicism presaged the austerity measures of the ’80s and their continuing ramifications; amid the dregs of capitalism, these lonely melodies and their battered delivery keep resonating. “Can you hear me at all?” Pop asks on The Idiot’s “Sister Midnight.” The answer is “no,” and he keeps singing.”
Key phrase: This is what happened when two genial minds met,
took tons of drugs together and made everlasting music
Key tracks: Too many to list them up here
Full Box here…
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The whole collection
Great album covers from the past…
25 May 2020
‘Diamond Dogs’ by DAVID BOWIE
Released 24 May 1974 – the late genius’ 8th LP
No 1 in the UK, No 3 in the US
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