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Duelling Bowies

Steve Coogan​ & @RobBrydon​ reenacting the moment David Bowie​ followed Rob on @Twitter is possibly Scene Of The Year 2017. #TheTripToSpain pic.twitter.com/ZhBjI5wryt — Sky Atlantic (@skyatlantic) April 21, 2017 Also check out Ricky Gervais’ proto-The Office cringe-fest for a good giggle. comedyDavid Bowiemusicricky gervaisRob Brydonsteve coogan

Cracked Actor

Sounding ever more familiar? Chris O’Leary writes: It’s one of the most brutal lines Bowie ever wrote: “Forget that I’m fifty, ’cause you just got paid.” While the song basically ends at 1:40, the guitar and harmonica extend the track for four more 12-bar choruses, starting a fifth as the track fades out, suggesting the…

David Bowie: Transience and Potentiality

This is one of the better and more interesting academic pieces I’ve come across on Bowie: I suspect there is a cottage industry in the making (I’m currently reading this). In another journal of psychology (I won’t mention the name) a writer offers up the crassest of virtue-signaling tendencies by linking Bowie’s character Thomas Jerome…

Ziggy Played Guitar

On this day 45 years ago there occurred a musical earthquake. Nothing has ever been the quite the same. Yet again, I refer you to the master Bowie analyst Chris O’Leary for his song-by-song commentary. Chris, you are about 10 years younger than me, but given your thoughts on “Moonage Daydream”, how the fuck do you think we…

Conversation Piece

Over the past few months I’ve been listening closely to Heathen and haven’t tired of it at all, despite some minor annoyances. Echoing many others, the interesting thing about this album is that Bowie, finally and for once, consistently makes good on closing out the amazing legacy of his golden years (1970-1980). Heathen (see a couple of…

The music of an overstimulated mind in an exhausted body

Low, released the week Bowie turned thirty, marked a new beginning. After burying himself in white powder in Los Angeles, he fled to Berlin for some personal detox and began his famous “Berlin trilogy.” Side one of Low consists of seven synth-pop fragments; side two consists of four brooding electronic instrumentals. Bowie sings about spiritual…