20 April 2022
MOONAGE DAYDREAM is a new documentary that illuminates the life and genius of DAVID BOWIE. It shows how he worked across several disciplines, not just music and film but also dance, painting, sculpture, video and audio collage, screenwriting, acting, and live theatre. The film reveals the celebrated icon through his own voice and features 48 musical tracks, mixed from their original stems.
The docu is written, directed, edited, and produced by Brett Morgen. Bowie’s long-time collaborator, friend and music producer Tony Visconti also worked on the film.
The documentary’s title references David Bowie’s eponymous song Moonage Daydream his masterly 1972 LP The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which introduced the world to his iconic, gender-bending, and groundbreaking stage persona, Ziggy Stardust.
The film will premiere in Cannes in July.
Theatre screenings will follow and in
2023 HBO will broadcast it.
Here’s an iconic live version
of ‘Moonage Daydream’…
DAVID BOWIE: Website
Top singles from the past
14 April 2022
DAVID BOWIE released the stellar and otherworldly STARMAN single on 14 April 1972, today 50 years ago. It’s the fourth track on his magnum opus The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars which revealed his best-known artistic persona ever.
It was his first hit since ‘Space Oddity’ three years
before, in 1969. Starman peaked at #10 in the UK.
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
Here’s the iconic Top Of The Pops performance featuring the great, late Mick Ronson…
11 April 2022
Beaut songstress SHARON VAN ETTEN just announced her 6th full-length WE’VE BEEN GOING ABOUT THIS ALL WRONG, out on 6 May. In the weeks before she shared two
new songs that will, weirdly, not be on that album.
And this 70 seconds of covering David Bowie‘s STARMAN (which came out 50 years ago)
won’t be on it either. It’s actually the end-credits song for the new Netflix documentary Return To Space about Eton Musk and his obsession for space missions.
Only 70 seconds, but quite special ones…
SHARON VAN ETTEN: Facebook
1 April 2022
Today 56 years ago, on 1 April 1966, the solo (although he was backed by his full band) debut single ‘DO ANYTHING YOU WANT‘ by late genius DAVID BOWIE came out.
DAVID BOWIE: Facebook
31 March 2022
Press statement: “David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust transcends generations and music
genres, making him the ultimate headliner to launch our new Music Festival zone.”
Ziggy played guitar…
Credit for both pictures: Madame Tussauds London/Press
Eye-catching album artwork
Today: The creepy/alien cover of the late great genius DAVID BOWIE‘s
23rd album HEATHEN and images from the accompanying booklet
released 20 years ago this year (June 2000).
The CD came with a booklet with several striking images.
“It looks to be cropped, black-and-white Renaissance-era group of cherubs
designs that have been destroyed in some ways. The designs represent this
by using the destruction of religious art as a symbol of this renewal or spitting
on the past.”
Single ‘Slow Burn’
DAVID BOWIE: All Albums
Top singles from the past
11 February 2022
A high from his masterly album LOW,
one of my all-time favorite Bowie LPs.
The track was co-produced with Tony Visconti and was originally meant
to be released as an instrumental (bar the backing vocal performed by
Visconti’s wife, Mary Hopkin) but Bowie decided later to add vocals, one
night when everybody had already left the studio.
An electronic diamond, still
astounding 45 years later…
Back in time
23 January 2022
Artist: DAVID BOWIE
8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016
Career: 26 studio LPs between 1967 and 2016
Anniversary album: STATION TO STATION – his 10th LP
Released: 23 January 1976 – 44 years ago today
The title track introduced Bowie’s new persona, the Thin White Duke
that became the mouthpiece for the whole longplayer. The late genius
used the moniker thereafter on tour.
Pitchfork said: “Arriving in the wake of 1975’s glam-rock-shunning, Philly-soul-fetishizing Young Americans, Station to Station offered proof that Bowie’s fascination with American funk and disco was no one-off lark. But if Young Americans often felt like a studied genre exercise, Station to Station filtered that rhythmic influence through some of Bowie’s other obsessions at the time: the austere Krautrock of Neu! and Kraftwerk, the occult, Nazism, and, yes, a whole lotta blow.” Score: 9.5/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Up there with his best work during his golden years.