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“Space Oddity” Video Created by AI

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This video was created by an Artificial Intelligence program.  A— call him an artist— called Aidontknow plugged lyric as into the program and the program created the images.  Aidontknow did this for “Space Oddity” and “Starman,: which I will post tomorrow.  He had to make a few adjustments after the fact, but the neat thing about these videos is that…

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Bowie covers Elvis!!!

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To start— I have never heard this before.  Bowie, during a concert in 2002 that coincided with the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, covered two Elvis songs.  And they’re GREAT!!! I actually don’t know either of these songs as Elvis songs, but they sound like Elvis songs.  Bowie’s renditions are in the style of Elvis without sounding like imitations. …

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Site Maintenance: Diamond Dogs/Five Years

Songs

This is the second of the series of commentaries based on replacing broken video links from much earlier entries.  While replacing, “Diamond Dogs,” (Day 121) I found this video, from one of Bowie’s last concerts (this appears to have been from March 2004– his last concert was in June of that year).  Here he performs what at that point were…

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Leah Kardos on “If You Can See Me” (2013)

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If you have found this website and are only interested my thoughts about Bowie, you might be disappointed at these Leah Kardos posts, but I really don’t have much more to say.  Her analysis is so good, I feel like I’d be detracting from it to add anything.  That said, I might revisit this song later, and I am planning…

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Modern Love, Moonage Daydream Mix (2022)

Songs

This version of the familiar song is certainly distinct from the original.  It has a soundtrack-feel to it for sure.  My only criticism is that the video would have been a good opportunity to show off clips from the movie.  The movie’s soundtrack, which apparently includes some previously unreleased material, is now for pre-order at Davidbowie.com.  I placed my order…

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Leah Kardos on “Sue (Or A Season of Crime)” (2015)

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I posted one of Leah’s videos several days ago…her analysis is so good, I’m gong to post all of them.  This is her latest, but in coming days I’ll post her older ones as well.

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Site Maintenance: The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (1999)/ Cracked Actor (1973)

Songs

From time to time, for whatever reason, the original YouTube videos attached to some of the entries on this website go down.  Its hard to exactly keep track, and I have had difficulty in some cases replacing the down video with an active alternative.  That said, the exercise also gives me an opportunity to revisit songs I originally commented on…

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Bauhaus sings Ziggy Stardust (1982)

Songs

OK, here’s what I know about the timeline:  Bowie released “Ziggy Stardust” in 1972.  The studio recording was never released as a single.   Goth rock band Bauhaus formed six years later— in 1978.  The year after that, the band released its debut single, which is probably its best known song, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.”  It’s often considered to be the…

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“An Occasional Dream,” (1969)

Songs

During 2016, when I was posting my daily, year-losing tribute to Bowie, in which I wrote about a different song every day, I did not get to all Bowie songs.  Now that I’m once again doing daily content, I’m picking up where I left off.  I might revisit certain songs as well, but today I’m going to comment on one…

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Mipso sings “Modern Love” (2022)

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Who is Mipso, you ask? I never heard of this band either, but this is a very lovely rendition of, “Modern Love.”  The band comes out of North Carolina, though, as the video title indicates, this was filmed in Cologne, Germany,  This slowed down, acoustic version is quite beautiful but also highlights that the lyrics make little sense.  There are…

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John Cale’s “Night Crawling” (2022)

Songs

Well, this is a strange one.  This is the official video for a new song by John Cale called, “Night Crawling.”  The video depicts a cartoon version of Cale and David Bowie walking around New York City at night in the 70s.  The cartoon depicted what they looked like then, and in particular for Bowie, what he looked like around…

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Jobraith’s “Earthling” (1973)

Songs

7/29/22 In one of the interviews included in, “Bowie on Bowie,” Bowie reflected that the entire Glam Rock movement— which he said was not a movement— consisted of himself, T-Rex and Roxy Music.  He acknowledged imitators, who he did not think highly of.  Specifically, he named Jobraith, who I had heard of but don’t remember ever actually hearing.  “Very strange…

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Do They Know Its Christmas at Live Aid (1985)

Songs

I previously mentioned that the only time I can tell that Bowie did anything with Paul McCartney was at the Live Aid concert in 1985.  Bowie’s performance was very strong, though it contained only four songs— “TVC15;” “Rebel Rebel;” “Modern Love;” and “Heroes.” He was also supposed to sing , “Five Years,” but he gave up his fifth song in…

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Byrne sings Bowie, Pt. 1

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I thought I’d post a video of David Byrne, along with Kimbra (who I don’t know) singing “Fame,” at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, the year Bowie died, not the year Byrne inducted Bowie into the Hall.  According to Rolling Stone, “David Bowie was in Helsinki, Finland, touring in support of Outside when he entered the Hall…

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Revisiting the Zeroes

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I recently came across the word, “zeroes,” used as an insult.  A “zero” as an inconsequential person.  The way my mind works, I immediately thought of the Bowie song of the same name, pulled up the 2018 rework of it and listened.  “Zeroes” is not one of Bowie’s better known songs.  It sits in the middle of, “Never Let Me…

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Four years after his death, Bowie is going strong

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The magazine version of Billboard recently published its “Top 125” in its 125th anniversary issue.  The rankings were apparently based on cumulative chart performance over the magazine’s history.  Not surprisingly, The Beatles came out on top.  Elton John was the number one solo performer.  The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Michael Jackson were all up there.  Further down the list were…

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Day 366 | I Pray, Ole

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I just noticed I posted the same song twice—“Crack City” appeared on days 73 and 377.  This tribute has featured a few of the same songs in different forms, but that time I posted the exact same song twice, and I didn’t mean to.  So that gives me an excuse to post this song, which I wanted to anyway but…

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Day 365 | Life on Mars

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I woke up a year ago today to terrible and shocking news.  David Bowie was not simply my favorite singer- his was the only voice I heard every day for 30 years.  I never met the man and certainly didn't know him, but Bowie was and is a big part of my life.  Many of my friends, especially from my work…

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Day 364 | Rock ‘N Roll Suicide

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Bowie sure knew how to end an album.  Most of his final songs could not have been placed anywhere else but the end (for a truly disjointed experience, try listening to the Diamond Dogs album on shuffle).  Of all the ending, this is the standout.  My CD edition of Ziggy contains several bonus tracks that follow, but they detract as…

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Day 363 | Rebel Never Gets Old

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Today is Bowie's 70th birthday and the one-year anniversary of the release of Blackstar.  While reading self-reference into a Bowie song is often a trap, this fun mash-up of "Rebel Rebel" and "Never Get Old" from Reality was pretty clearly a late-stage statement from Bowie that he was just getting started.  Tragically, he was wrong. While this song preceded his…

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Day 362 | Time

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Space was Bowie's friend, while time was his enemy.  Bowie's characters come from space ("Starman," "Memory of A Free Fesitival," "Born in a UFO,") fade away in space ("Space Odditiy," "Dancing Out In Space,") achieve a stasis in space ("Ashes to Ashes," "TVC15," "Slip Away,") and just have fun in space ("I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship"). Space never…

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Day 361 | Sacrifice Yourself

Songs

If there's a theme to the first Tin Machine album it is a series of pretty direct warnings, against skinheads, crack, violent videos, and with this song, suicide.  In an odd way this is a counterbalance to the song I posted yesterday, "Tired of My Life" or, even more directly, "Rock & Roll Suicide," which you may have noticed I haven't posted…

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Day 360 | Tired of My Life

Songs

Bowie created this song as a young man.    Why was Bowie thinking like this in his youth?  In any case, the song is a demo and the sound quality is not great, but it is sad and beautiful.  If it sounds familiar, Bowie recycled some of the lyrics for, "It's No Game" more than a decade later, which is…

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Day 359 | Blackstar at the Proms

Songs

I'm a little conflicted about including a cover of a Bowie song I already included, albeit nearly a year ago, in the final week of this tribute. I'm including it first because it is beautifully done and is the first cover I've heard of this particular song. Second, this has been the year of Blackstar.  Of all the many celebrities…

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Day 358 | Seven

Songs

How could I not save a song with the line, "I got seven days to live my life,"until this day, a week before the anniversary of Bowie's death.  Beyond that coincidental lyric, I've been having trouble putting into words what I want to say about this song.  Bowie said it was basically about living in the moment.  I don't see…

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Day 357 | Dollar Days

Songs

As if there were not enough hints in the Blackstar album about Bowie's impending death, he includes the related, explicit line in this song, "I'm dying too."  This is not the song from the album that's received the most attention, but I think it holds the key to what Blackstar is all about.  The singer will never see the English…

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Day 356 | Wishful Beginnings

Songs

For New Years Day I am posting a song with a deceptively hopeful, seemingly future-oriented title.  As is the case with many Bowie songs, it is not what it appears, which was much the situation a year ago- 2016 seemed to be a wishful beginning for unsuspecting Bowie fans.  As with the year, this song is filled with pain and…

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Day 355 | Dancing Out In Space

Songs

I'll start by admitting that it is not my original observation that this song is about dying.  I probably would not have arrived at that in my own, but it makes sense.  Not the most linear of songs, it contains hints with references to ghosts, drowning, and George Rodenbach. Who is George Rodenbach? I had to look it up, but…

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Day 354 | You Feel So Lonely You Could Die

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Of all the Bowie songs about death, this is the only one I can think of in which the narrator apparently wishes the death of another.  Who?  That's not clear, but whoever it is is a  sneak.  I have read that the song has an espionage theme.  Maybe that's in there, but maybe it's a cheating lover.  Maybe it is…

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Day 353 | I Would Be Your Slave

Songs

This is yet another of Bowie's prayer-songs.  For a long time I heard this as an entreaties to an out-of reach prospective lover. I viewed is as similar to "Be My a Wife" in that in exchange for love, Bowie isn't offering anything terribly mutual or attractive in return.  But that's not what the song is about- it is instead…

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