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Bowie songs of the year #9: Space Oddity (1969)

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“And the stars look very different today…” Of all Bowie’s space-themed songs, none is a better representative of the release of the first set of images taken by the James Webb space telescope, which I think is one of the year’s top 10 stories. In fact, if 2022 leaves an artifact that people will be looking at for years to…

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Bowie songs of the year #10: Repetition, 1979

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I’ll begin this series with what I thought was the 10th biggest story of the year, and the one that I’d call a cultural development: the Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard defamation trial. Representing the issue is Bowie’s song, “Repetition,” which was possibly misplaced on Lodger. I had never seen the attached video before, which is of an 1997 acoustic…

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Bowie Songs of the Year Project…

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I have increasingly been using this blog to connect Bowie or Bowie’s music to events of the day. This in part harkens back to what I was doing in 2016, which was not only a song-a-day tribute to Bowie during the year of his death, but also a chronicle of what was happening in that strangely fascinating year. With that…

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The Historical Bowie

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The above is a picture you might have seen before. It’s a 16-year old Bowie, in 1963, fronting for a youthful band called the Kon-Rads. Though familiar to Bowie fans, the photo was included in an article titled, “Library Of The Bizarre”: 50 Incredible And Rare Historical Photos That Explore Moments That Happened In The Past.” As you might expect,…

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Bowie in the comics…

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Several days ago I posted about a graphic novel adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth, featuring a cartoon version of Bowie. Many months earlier I mentioned that the image of Bowie was the inspiration for DC Comics version of Lucifer, who has now appeared in two television adaptations. Bowie has, in fact inspired comic adaptations for years, often…

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Special James Bond Addendum: Bond Car Exhibit

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A few days ago I used a tenuous Bowie connection as an excuse to rank the James Bond movies from my favorite to least favorite. Today I give up— there’s no Bowie connection at all to this post, but on Sunday I went to the Saratoga Automobile Museum to see an exhibit of cars and other vehicles used in Bond…

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Ines Adam performs “Sound and Vision”

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Add this one to the growing list of videos I came across from this project featuring a musician I never before knew about, doing a really good job. Ines Adam seems to have a small following, but I hope it grows. She, and an unidentified collaborator take ownership over “Sound and Vision.” I also came across a video of her…

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Leah Kardos on “Girl Loves Me”

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Leah Kardos’ book, Blackstar Theory is the best piece of writing I have ever read about Bowie. Her deep understanding of music is so far beyond my own area of knowledge that I couldn’t even attempt to do what she does (I tend to write about Bowie’s lyrics because I don’t even have the vocabulary to talk about what he’s…

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Could Bowie have Saved “A View to a Kill?”

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MM and I found ourselves re-watching the most recent James Bond film, No Time to Die. Our initial impression of the movie was disappointment. Yet as we were watching it again, it seemed that most of the movie held up until, roughly the third act. If, by chance, you find yourself reading this and have not seen the movie, stop…

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Lana Del Rey sings “Terrence Loves You” (2015)

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One of the things I get out of this project is discovering new music and musicians, sometimes with only a tenuous connection to Bowie. I don’t think I ever heard of Lana Del Rey before coming across an article about this song, which is inspired in part by Bowie’s relationship with his half-brother, Terry Burns. I have read that Bowie…

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Noel Gallagher sings “Valentine’s Day” and the latest mass shooting

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The depressing headline of the day is yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Virginia. As of this writing (the morning of Wednesday the 23rd), there was no clear motive, but a Walmart employee shot five other people to death and he also died. These events are happening so fast that this latest incident will likely be…

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Elton John’s Bowie Tribute and his last US Concert

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Elton John has been on a farewell tour for about five years. Three nights ago (Nov. 20), he performed his last concert in the United States, which was in Los Angeles. The concert was streamed on Disney, and we watched it the next night. Michelle and I saw the show when it came to Albany a few years ago. Prior…

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Chris Cornell sings “Lady Stardust” and the Colorado nightclub shooting

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The biggest news story of the day is a hideous one— a mass shooting at a LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado. At some point there were news reports that the shooter’s motives were being investigated, but it seems likely that this was another terrible hate crime. I’m posting this song as a whisper-in-the-night gesture of solidarity. Bowie, of course, was among…

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Wallflowers cover “Heroes,” Trump, Duncan Jones and Twitter

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Michelle and I watched Donald Trump’s speech announcing his third run for the presidency up to the point that he actually said he was going to run for president. We were watching it on CNN, and at that point in the speech, CNN broke in and commentators started to talk about it. So we watched some of the discussion, but…

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Bowie on the cover of another magazine…

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The upper right corner of the cover of the latest issue of Mojo teases a Bowie review. That’s all I have to say about that, but I also added a couple of pictures of Bowie with Debbie Harry, who the issue of Mojo is featuring. If you’re coming to this page after I mentioned it last night on Facebook, stay…

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Beck sings Diamonds Dogs (and my thoughts on the movie, “Nightmare Alley”)

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Beck contributed a rendition of “Diamond Dogs” to the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. This live performance has decent sound quality, though the visuals are not great (which is odd because it seems to have been professionally edited). Anyway, I’m using this as an excuse to write about another movie, Nightmare Alley. Bowie had nothing to do with that movie, but “Diamond…

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Kooks Updated

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I recently posted an alternative version of “Kooks” which will appear on the forthcoming compilation, Divine Symmetry, but I noticed that the link I used for my original 2016 commentary went down, so here is yet another alternative take on the song. Here, Bowie performs what at the time was a new song live, in the days following the birth…

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Brian Gray sings Saviour Machine

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This is not a political blog, but one of the things that unfolded over the time I was doing my original song-a-day Bowie tribute in 2016 was the surreal political ascent of Donald Trump. I used several of Bowie’s songs, including this one, as an excuse to comment on the race at the time. I don’t know Brian Gray, but…

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Slow Burn restored video

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I’m pretty sure I had never seen this video before coming across it yesterday. I did previously comment on “Slow Burn.” You can read those comments and watch the video I included at the time, of Bowie performing the song live. But this is an official video. Apparently, despite the song being released (and nominated for a Grammy) in 2002…

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David Bowie Paraphernalia

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I came across a photo of what might be the strangest piece of promotional material I’ve seen that was actually (apparently) associated with a Bowie album— a Station to Station ashtray. That got me to Googling what else has been illustrated with Bowie’s image, and the short answer is… everything. These are pictures of some of the odder items, but…

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“The Man Who Fell to Earth” Graphic Novel

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At some point I should do stand-alone commentary on the 1976 movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth, which famously stars Bowie as an alien. Its been many years since I’ve seen the movie, and I’m not in a hurry to see it again any time soon. I recall the movie being slow moving and depressing (at least I think…

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Brief Bowie Sunday: The Stars Are Out Tonight

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Once again I didn’t have time to write a full entry, so here is a video I had previously never seen of what looks like a segment of the documentary, The Last Five Years. I have had trouble posting the official video for “The Stars Are Out Tonight” for a while and my original entry about the song is currently…

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Brief Bowie Saturday: Queen Bitch Live (1972)

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I didn’t have time to write a real entry today, so here’s a repeat video. I used a different version of the same video for my original commentary on the song, however this version is cleaner. If you are reading this, I’m also guessing you haven’t watched the video in a while, so take a look…

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Ian Hunter’s Bowie tribute, “Dandy” (2016)

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I’m surprised with myself that it took me this long to post this song. Ian Hunter was the lead singer of Mott the Hoople, the band Bowie resuscitated in 1972 by giving them the song, “All the Young Dudes.” The version of that song you know best is performed by Mott the Hoople, not Bowie, but if you are reading…

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Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed Updated

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Originally Day 181, July 12, 2016 Updated comments: I still think of this song as a young Bowie trying to write a Bob Dylan song. Bowie himself would grow comfortable with obscure lyrics, but these, along with the folky arrangement, sound more Dylanesque than “cut-up technique.” And as if the song is not derivative enough, Bowie does a Marc Bolan…

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Uncut Magazine features Bowie

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Several weeks ago I mentioned that the re-launch of Creem Magazine was going to include a special edition about Bowie. Well, now Uncut is featuring Bowie on the cover in an edition that also features, somewhat ironically, the 2022 year in review. The Bowie article is now about 2022 but rather 1971 and the backstory of Hunky Dory. According to…

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“Afraid” Updated (originally Day 174, July 5, 2016)

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Heathen is widely regarded as one of Bowie’s best later albums. I have certainly long felt this way, however for whatever reason I haven’t listened to it as much since his death than during the prior years. This is possibly because there have been so many posthumous live albums and compilations, and possibly because, as great as Heathen is, Blackstar…

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“Helden” Jojo Rabbit Soundtrack Version (2020)

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“Helden,” the German version of “Heroes,” appeared as my entry for Day 290. If you just listen to the music, this is either identical or modified in some minor way. But, just as “Starman” appeared in the Academy Award Best-Picture winner, CODA, which I recently watched, “Helden” appeared — in its entirety— at the end of the Acadsemy Award nominated…

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The 5 Bowie Albums in Rolling Stones’ Top 500

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Rolling Stone magazine announced this week that its releasing its 2020 Top 500 albums list as a coffee table book. It is at least the fourth edition of the list, dating back to 2003, however I think I remember an even earlier version. Anyway, Bowie albums make up a total of 1% of the entire list. He’s tied with Led…

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Bus Stop Updated (Day 133 of the 2016 tribute)

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Updated comments: The original clip, referenced below, broke down for some reason and this is just the song as it appears on the first Tin Machine album, which was originally issued in 1989. Clocking in at less than two minutes, it is one of Bowie’s shortest complete songs. I never got to see Tin Machine live, but I did get…

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A Note About the “Site Maintenance” Series

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In case you don’t know, the origin of this blog dates back to 2016 when, after learning of David Bowie’s death, I wrote about a different Bowie song every day for a year on Facebook. At that time, I linked my brief writings to YouTube videos featuring the song of the day. In 2018, my friend, Bill Tuman, who among…

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Parálisis Permanente performs “Heroes” in Spanish (1982)

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I mentioned the other day that Rolling Stone came out with its list of top 50 Goth songs of all time and clocked this “Heroes” cover in at #42, so I thought I might as well post it. I had never heard this — or heard of this, or this band before the Rolling Stone list. The band is from…

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Iggy Pop performs “Real Wild Child” (AKA “Wild One”), 1986

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As far as I can tell, this is the nearest connection I can make between Bowie and Jerry Lee Lewis, who died on October 28th. The connection is tenuous— Bowie co-produced Iggy Pop’s album, “Blah Blah Blah,” and this song was on it, so Bowie co-produced this song. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song in 1958 (though he didn’t get…

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