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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…

Starman as Jazzman

With the usual hype beginning to emerge people seem to forget that Bowie had such a deep sense of musical discrimination, allowing his musicians to get on with it, one of the most notable cases being that of jazz musician Mike Garson (Bowie’s Piano Man) who brilliantly lifted what was, by Bowie’s standards, a rather middling effort (and…