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…Bowie’s cameo in Yellowbeard (1983)

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Yesterday I used the video clip of Bowie’s brief scene in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (actually, i think he briefly appears again in that movie) to illustrate my post about the ten most disappointing movies of all time. I also mentioned that he was in Yellowbeard. This is a clip of his entire appearance in that movie. You…

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The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of All Time

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Stick with me here— there’s a Bowie connection coming (two, actually)… Several days ago I mentioned in a post that the 1967 comedic version of Casino Royal might be the worst movie of all time. I think that’s actually correct, but picking the worst movie is tricky. The first challenge is distinguishing the worst movies from the movies that I…

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Update: “You Belong in Rock and Roll” (1991)

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Whoever posted the video I originally linked to my 2016 post took it down, so this is my chance to update my commentary on Tin Machine’s “You Belong in Rock N’ Roll.” And it deserves an update because I originally wrote nothing at all about the song, or the video, but rather the album from which it came, Tin Machine…

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Where is this place?

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I agree— this is what he would have wanted!

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Bowie’s worst song? Part 2: “Too Dizzy” (1987)

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The other day, when I posted about “Buzz the Fuzz,” I speculated as to whether or not that was Bowie’s worst song. For the heck of it, I Googled the phrase, “Bowie’s worst song,” and, as you might imagine got a variety of results (some of which, I’m going to say right here, are WRONG!) Maybe the most interesting old…

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Bowie cover of the Week: Tom Winarski performs “Lazarus”

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Who is Tom Winarski? I don’t know, you don’t know, but here is his very nice cover of “Lazarus.” What’s more outstanding than the very credible job he does of performing the song, is the even more impressive art he contains for the visual portion of the video. Inspired by some of the images in Bowie’s own video (more from…

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Bowie’s worst song? “Buzz the Fuzz” (1971)

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I’ve been getting quite a bit out of listening to the multi-disc collection, Divine Symmetry and have been posting comments as I move from disc to disc. But I thought this song deserves special attention, because it is quite possibly Bowie’s worst song. “Buzz the Fuzz” was written by the comedic (?) songwriter Biff Rose, who also wrote the better…

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Album 101: Divine Symmetry, Part 3, Disc 3

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The third disc in this collection, subtitled, “The Journey to Hunk Dory,” consists of a fairly short radio concert from the BBC show, “Sounds of the 70s with Bob Harris” (recorded in September, 1971), and the recording of a concert at a club called Friars Aylesbury from the same month. Friars Aylesbury is still up and running, advertising itself as…

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Polaroid does Bowie

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In the latest sign that Bowie has gone from being an artist to a cultural concept, Polaroid (yes, Polaroid still exists) has released limited edition film that randomly assigns one of two Bowie-themed frames to photos taken with a Polaroid camera (which, again, I emphasize, still exist). Not really much more to add, but the above picture, which was almost…

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Did Bowie have the best music videos?

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I came across an eclectic list of the “100 Best Music Videos” from an on-line publication called, Your Tango, with which I was not previously familiar. Bowie did not top the list (a distinction that belonged to the vile Kanye West for his song, “Runaway”), but had the most videos on the list. Beyond that, the introduction to the list…

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RIP David Crosby

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While David Crosby and David Bowie never collaborated on any piece of music, I was able to find this photo of them together along with David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd). I had tickets to see Crosby, who was slated to play in Albany, before the Pandemic postponed the show. I’m actually not sure if he ever came back— I’m still…

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Album 101: Divine Symmetry Part 2, Disc 2

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The second disc of the Divine Symmetry box set features a BBC radio concert put on by Bowie and friends, including the future members of the Spiders From Mars from June, 1971. Although the songs are more or less familiar, the performances — including three in which Bowie is not the lead singer— are not. So, like the first disc,…

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Bowie cover of the week: Spoon covers “I Can’t Give Everything Away”

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Another very solid cover from what’s clearly a real band that I’ve never heard of. “I Can’t Give Everything Away” is great to cover because, as one of Bowie’s last songs, it hasn’t been covered much, so a band like Spoon has latitude in interpreting the song. I think its somewhat under-appreciated (I mean the Bowie version), having been overshadowed…

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“Leon Takes Us Outside” with AI Generated Images

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I hardly think of this fragment as a stand-alone song rather than the beginning of 1. Outside and the lead-in to the album’s opening song, but it provided enough material for one of these videos with AI generated images, this time featuring images of Bowie himself. The real reason I’m posting this it the repeated mention of Martin Luther King’s…

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The Mystery of “Hymn for the Dudes” (Mott the Hoople, 197X???)

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I came across an article in the on-line magazine Far Out about this song, with which I had not been previously familiar, characterizing it as a shot against Bowie. Bowie wrote Mott the Hoople’s biggest hit, “All the Young Dudes,” produced the album of the same name and generally helped resuscitate the band at a point it might have otherwise…

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RIP Lisa Marie Presley

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I don’t know any collaborations between Bowie and Lisa Marie Presley but came across this photo and thought I’d post it. Sadly, I only know of Lisa Marie as the daughter of Elvis and former wife of Michael Jackson and, as I was reminded, Nicholas Cage (she had two other husbands and divorced all of them). She had a recording…

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My Death ‘97 (live)

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Bowie died on January 10th, 2016. My post from three days ago didn’t mention that, and, especially since I did a reflective post two days earlier on Bowie’s birthday, I didn’t use the occasion to commemorate the anniversary. I subsequently came across this footage of Bowie performing the Jacques Brel song, “My Death,” which he performed at various points throughout…

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RIP Jeff Beck

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I just read the news that the great guitarist, Jeff Beck passed away. I’m posting this video, which is a clip from Moonage Daydream that features Beck backing Bowie, as an impromptu tribute. I haven’t had time to come up with a thoughtful commentary about Jeff beck, but its worth noting that he certainly influenced Bowie and was the model…

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I Can’t Read ‘97 (new?) video

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This is the latest “discovered” video— Bowie singing the Tin Machine song, “I Can’t Read” years after Tin Machine broke up. I think this is the same version that appears on the posthumous collection, Is There Any Wonder?. Although the production quality is low, this is an actual video of Bowie singing, backed at least by Reeves Gabrels and Gail…

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Album 101 | Divine Symmetry, Part1: Disc 1

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Divine Symmetry is a new, multi-media package of Bowie materials including several CDs worth of music, framed as “the Journey to Hunky Dory.” I am in the process of listening to the discs and experiencing the whole of the package. Since this is a daily blog, and the entity of the package contains so much stuff, I think its better…

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Bowie cover of the week: Jay Clark covers “Ashes to Ashes”

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This is the third in my series of essentially random covers of Bowie songs, many of which are posted online every week, showing everyone from David Byrne covering Bowie to this guy, Jay Clark, who I know nothing about. Here’s a man and his guitar doing a straightforward cover of “Ashes to Ashes.” Whoever Jay Clark is, he is clearly…

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Bowie at 76: A Reflection

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Today would have been David Bowie’s 76th birthday. On the occasion, I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect on what Bowie means to me. Its no small effort to post daily entries in this blog, and this blog is the successor to a project launched in the year of Bowie’s death where I wrote about a song of…

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A Word About Robert Johnson

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Two days ago, I posted about Rolling Stone’s nonsensical list of the supposed 200 greatest singers, on which Bowie landed at #32. The list mixed up singers of a variety of genres, many of which really shouldn’t be compared by the same standards. The excuse was that Rolling Stone’s “purview is pop music writ large, meaning that almost all the…

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Bowie performs “Fame” for Howard Stern’s birthday— or was it for mine???

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Today is my 54th birthday. Sadly, Bowie never performed for me at a birthday party, but in 1998 he did for Howard Stern, so here he is doing his first #1 hit, “Fame.” After the song, he in fact does say “happy birthday,” and I’m going to say that was not meant for Howard Stern, but rather it was Bowie’s…

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Bowie the 32nd best singer?

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I came across an article about Rolling Stone’s latest list— the “ 200 Greatest Singers of All Time,” which ranks Bowie at #32. #32? How’s that? Well, to begin with, it’s entirely unclear why singers of certain types of music are included but not others. For instance, most of the top 10 can best be characterized as soul singers, though…

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David Byrne and Miley Cyrus perform “Let’s Dance”

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I had thoughts of saving this for almost a full year and posting it on December 31, 2023 for next New Year’s Eve. But it’s too good to hold back. This was this past New Years’ Eve performance of “Let’s Dance” by David Byrne and Miley Cyrus. I think this was for the New York City-based ball drop event, and,…

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Bardo “Let’s Dance” sequence

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This is a clip from a Netflix movie called, Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths. Though I read about it, I won’t try to summarize the film because I haven't seen it. It might be great and it might be terrible, but this clip is worth watching. The camera follows a character at a dance club, really enjoying…

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Bowie cover of the week: The Yada Yadas cover “Five Years”

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This is the second of what I intended to be a weekly series featuring videos of, what will probably end up being lesser-known bands, covering Bowie songs. It appears that bands and individual performers post Bowie covers on a weekly basis and I’m guessing I’ll be able to keep this going in perpetuity. The Yada Yadas are another band I…

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“Seven Years in Tibet” Updated

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This song, from Bowie’s 1997 album, Earthling, appeared in two different forms during my 2016 song-a-day tribute. The first was a video identified as “the official video” featuring Bowie singing the song in Mandarin. I later came across a video of Bowie singing the song as it appears on the album, in English, and posted that video. Sadly, the video…

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43rd Anniversary of Bowie’s New Years Eve “Spaces Oddity” performance

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Bowie performed this version of “Space Oddity” on a New Year’s Eve show hosted by British entertainer Kenny Everett on the last night of 1979. The production is fairly elaborate and uses imagery and at least one set (the padded room) that would later appear in the “Ashes to Ashes” video, so, between that linkage and Bowie’s very intense performance,…

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Janelle Monáe and Young Pete cover “Moonage Daydream”

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I recently watched the movie, Glass Onion, staring Daniel Craig and, among others, Janelle Monáe. I didn’t know much about Janelle Monae, but the movie includes two Bowie songs in its soundtrack, “Star” and “Starman.” Little did I know there was almost a third— “Moonage Daydream.” There was an idea for a character played by Edward Norton and Monae to…

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Stardust

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Several days ago, when I was doing the top 10 Bowie songs of the year, in which I used Bowie songs to stand in for larger issues of the year, I associated “Space Oddity” with the pictures that came form the Webb space telescope. I came across two new, absolutely spectacular images from Webb in a story today and wanted…

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Panic in Buffalo?

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In the category of this being my blog and I can write whatever I want, this particular post is less about Bowie and more about the state of my home town of Buffalo (which I am not in). Buffalo, known for snow storms and having experienced a six-foot storm last month (meaning six feet of snow fell during one storm…

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