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Hooked to the Silver Screen: Arthur and the Minimoys (2006)

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Not nearly as bad as SpongeBob’s Atlantis Squarepantis and not nearly as good as Labyrinth, this is yet another children’s movie with Bowie playing the part of ruler of a magical kingdom. This time his character is animated, however, thankfully, his voice is recognizable. The story here is the old idea aimed at appealing to young children, especially boys— small…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: dB – The Bowie Experience covers “Space Oddity”

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Note: bolded words below link to separate referenced pages or videos. Friends of the blog, dB-the Bowie Experience return this week with their cover of “Space Oddity.” One of the earliest interviews I posted was with drummer Joakim Schiller, with whom I have kept in touch. These guys do Bowie exceedingly well. Their arrangements are much the same as Bowie’s…

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Happy 77th Birthday Iggy Pop!

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Today is Iggy Pop’s 77th birthday. In honor of the occasion, I am posting this bizarre video of him singing Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.” You won’t see Iggy in the video, but rather a band of CGI monsters. Iggy voiced the character of Darkos in the animated children’s movie, Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds. Bowie himself voiced the…

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New DoM David Bowie/Joy Division Mashup: “Heroes in the Atmosphere”

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Note: click on the bolded words below to link to related content. This blog has been active since 2018, however it gained new vitality this year after a French mashup artist who goes by DoM found an old post of mine featuring his mashup of “Suffragette City” and Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” He DMed me that he liked my post.…

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Brian Eno releases a new remix of his collaboration with Bowie, “Get Real” to fund conservation

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Brian Eno, who famously collaborated with Bowie on the Berlin trilogy albums as well as 1. Outside, has released a remix of one of their lesser known collaborations, “Get Real,” which was an outtake from the 1. Outside sessions. The remix is part of an album, Sounds Right, the will include songs that include sounds from nature. The “Get Real”…

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Exclusive Interview: Blackstar guitarist Ben Monder

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David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, certainly seemed like a staggering work of genius in the days after he died. Yes, it sounds great, but coming out just days before Bowie’s passing, it seemed more than that, it seemed profound. An artist using his death as art. That was eight years ago— has it held up? Yes. It remains a staggering…

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The Ben Monder Page!

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During the this week leading up top my exclusive interview with Ben Monder, I posted a daily teaser which I updated daily, rotating in some samples of Monder playing, both on songs from Blackstar and a few others as well. This final modified page will stand as a small tribute to Ben, the first artists who actually played with Bowie…

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Free Form Friday: Where O.J. Is Remembered “For The Good and The Bad”

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Free form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. Come back tomorrow for more Bowie, in fact tomorrow’s post will feature an exclusive interview with Bowie’s guitarist on Blackstar, Ben Monder. You won’t want to miss it. But for today, I present you my thoughts on someone else who had a big year in 1973, O.J. Simpson… I grew up in…

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Bowie and Politics Part 8: The Planet Earth Blues

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I’m writing “Bowie and Politics” as a long-form piece and this week’s entry is, or I should say was particularly long. If I ever pull it all together this week’s blog entry and next week’s will be part of a single chapter, but I’m giving your eyes a break and posting some now and some next week. The primary focus…

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Divine Symmetry I 24I Moby’s “Spiders” (2005)

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According to Moby, who toured with David Bowie in the Area2 festival in 2002, Bowie was part of the inspiration for this song. It's Moby's song, so I'll take his word for it. Supposedly, Brian Eno's "Spider and Me" has something to do with Bowie, but I haven't read that supposition as being attributed to Eno and the song gives…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: SpongeBob SquarePants: Atlantis Squarepantis (2007)

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Ugh. I have found a movie that supplants Yellowbeard as the worst that David Bowie has ever been in, and his role in this one is not a cameo. A few caveats: I think this was an extended episode of the SpongeBob television show as opposed to a theatrical release. It is movie-length but comes off more like a television…

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Jesse the Body, RFK Jr. and an Addendum to my Bowie and Politics series

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I skipped logging an entry to my long-form piece, published in segments on Thursdays about Bowie and politics in order to promote yesterday's interview with Sean Egan. Don’t worry— the series will be back next week. Meanwhile, I thought I’d reflect on a few items I came across this past week that are related but don’t quite fit into my…

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Exclusive Interview: Sean Egan

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For all the music, movies, painting and other art Bowie created in his life, one thing he never got around to doing is writing an autobiography. Quite possibly the nearest thing to that is Bowie on Bowie, a curated collection of interviews edited by writer and journalist Sean Egan (I'm not the first to make that observation). I read the…

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Free Form Friday: Something to Do in Albany

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Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. For more David Bowie, come back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with author Sean Eagan, editor of Bowie on Bowie. Also note, click on the bolded words below to link to pages with more information on the subject mentioned… —- A few days ago there was this sportscaster in town who said,…

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Getting ready for Saturday’s exclusive interview with author Sean Egan: Recapping my thoughts on Bowie on Bowie

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My exclusive interview with author Sean Egan will post on Saturday. In addition to writing several books and work as a journalist, Sean edited the compilation book of Bowie interviews titled Bowie on Bowie, which I read in 2022. Below is an edited and rearranged presentation of what I wrote, inspired by the book at the time. Its less a…

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Divine Symmetry I 23 I Gyllene Tider’s “Ah, Ziggy Stardust (Var Blev Du Av?) (1981)

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The only time I ever visited Sweden was after spending a few days in Finland in the mid-80s. The Finnish language is nothing at all like English, but Swedish kinda is. It’s not English. I can’t read or speak or understand spoken Swedish, but there are quite a few shared words, or words that share the same roots, and that…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

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David Bowie ends up dead in an unnerving number of movies he starred in. We see him dead, in a coffin in Just a Gigolo, Mr. Rice’s Secret and The Hunger (well, sort of). He also gets killed in Into the Night and might have been dead all along in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Add Merry Christmas, Mr.…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: EgoB is back with “Wild is the Wind”

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EgoB is back with a cover of “Wild is the Wind,” which is my selection for “Cover of the Week.” Before I get to his version of the song, I should briefly review its history. Bowie himself was covering the song on Station to Station (1976). He made a video and released it as a single upon his version’s inclusion…

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Bowie on the cover of Uncut Magazine

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Bowie makes another magazine cover this month, with the May 2024 issue of Uncut, which also includes a CD sampling several musicians but packaged to pay homage to the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The issue apparently has a couple of alternate covers, both of which I'm including here. At the…

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Exclusive Interview: Anthony DeCurtis

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It is fair to say that Anthony DeCurtis if one of the major chroniclers and analysists of rock music for more than three decades if not of all time. How many people have you ever heard of, let alone know, who examine rock at one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, has been a contributing editor for…

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Free Form Friday: Bottom 10 Worst James Bond Villians

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Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. For more David Bowie, come back tomorrow for an exclusive video interview with U Penn Professor Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor to Rolling Stone who, among other things, teaches a course on Bowie. The week after that come back for an exclusive interview with author Sean Eagan, who edited Bowie on Bowie, a…

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Bowie and Politics, Part 7: The Monster Was Who?

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Bowie addressed the character of the charismatic demagogue in some of his early songs and even played the part as the Thin White Duke, only to distance himself from the idea once people started thinking it wasn’t an act. Whether or not he got too caught up in the role himself, he reached a point where he wanted to make…

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Divine Symmetry I 22 I Songs that Are NOT About Bowie

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Nicholas Pegg reported, in his excellent The Complete David Bowie, that a handful of songs are rumored to be about Bowie including Brian Eno’s “Spider and I” (1977), Bauhaus’s “King Volcano” (1983) and two Rolling Stones songs from 1973, “Angie” and “Dancing With Mr. D.” I believe Pegg that such rumors exist, but I am here to report that these…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: Films I Can’t Find and Series Update

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“Hooked to the Silver Screen,” named for the line from “Life on Mars,” is my series of commentaries on movies starring or about David Bowie. In that I’m including documentaries and movies in which Bowie is depicted, I actually have a ways to go, despite the finite nature of the list. That said, I’m taking a pause this week because…

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Bowie Cover of the Week: Yara Lapidus (with Gail Ann Dorsey) covers “The Man Who Sold the World”

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“The Man Who Sold the World” is one of the most covered Bowie songs that I find through this process of identifying a “cover of the week.” I think this owes in part to another cover of this song— Nirvana’s version, recorded in 1993 and released in 1995. That version is so well known that the song is often mistaken…

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New Opera Announced: “Glass Spider: The Bowie Extravaganza”

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In a move that has left both fans and critics scratching their heads, a groundbreaking opera based on David Bowie's infamous Glass Spider tour is set to premiere next year in the Zi Duane Provence. Titled "Glass Spider: The Bowie Extravaganza," the production promises to be a surreal journey through Bowie's iconic music career, complete with holographic performances and AI-generated…

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Exclusive Video Interview with Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie”

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Simon Critchley is a familiar figure to students of philosophy, readers of The New York Times series, “The Stone,” and contemplative fans of David Bowie. I have referenced his writing on Bowie, specifically as it pertains to the concept of artifice, which I first encountered in what I believed to be a magazine article. Well, it was that but it…

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Coming tomorrow: Exclusive Video Interview with Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie”

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Come back to this blog tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Simon Critchley, author of Bowie. Dedicated followers of this blog may recall my previous mentions of Simon's discussions on Bowie and artifice. Simon, beyond his Bowie-related insights, is a philosopher and professor at the New School for Social Research. He's known for moderating "The Stone," a philosophy series by…

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Free Form Friday: Wrestling with Politics

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Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. Come back tomorrow for more David Bowie. —- I liked professional wrestling when I was in high school. That’s a bit of an understatement. I watched wrestling every week, and once a month I’d go with my buddies to see live shows at Buffalo’s old Memorial Auditorium. I suppose I liked wrestling…

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Bowie and Politics Chapter 6: We Want You, Big Brother

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The subtitle of the previous chapter is, “the progressive platform of David Bowie.” The reference is to several issue-oriented songs Bowie released after his Think White Duke period that establish him as a liberal, on the left-right spectrum, and more importantly not a fascist. There is, however, a major difference between the message of these songs and that of most…

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Divine Symmetry I 21 I Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” (1990)

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Why does the mere mention of this song make me want to snicker? I think it has something to do with a possibly manufactured controversy about its bassline, which is clearly based on that of “Under Pressure.” After initially denying a connection between the two songs, Vanilla Ice eventually conceded it was and gave Queen and David Bowie a co-writer’s…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: “Cracked Actor” Documentary (1975) (Updated post)

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I originally posted the following observations about the documentary, Cracked Actor, before I launched the “Hooked to the Silver Screen” series and am re-posting it now with some added thoughts placing it into the larger context of Bowie movies. The documentary is considered by many to be seminal, especially those who have created their own content about Bowie. Clips (perhaps…

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Coming this Saturday: Exclusive Interview with Simon Critchley

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Coming Saturday will be this blog's first-ever video interview, featuring Simon Crithcley! Simon is author of the book, Bowie, and a member of the band Critchley & Simmons. This is one of their recordings, which is an adaptation of "Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)" from Diamond Dogs. Close readers of this blog will recall that I've referenced Simon's writings about Bowie…

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