skip to Main Content

The Easybeats sing “Friday on My Mind”

Songs

I’m most familiar with Bowie’s version of this song from “Pin Ups.” But the whole idea of that album was Bowie showing appreciation for songs he liked from the 60s, so he wasn’t really trying to pass it off as his own. This video shows the band who originated the song performing it in 1967. I think the video has…

read more

Indigo Morgan sings “Thursday’s Child”

Songs

Bowie has songs with the words Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in their titles. I thought going into the weekend, I’d feature covers of each of these songs. Actually, it was Bowie who covered “Friday on My Mind,” but here Indigo Morgan covers one of Bowie’s less well-known songs, “Thursday’s Child.” I like this song, which probably is overlooked because…

read more

“Jean Genie/Love Me Do” Medley

Uncategorized

This video popped up in my feed and I assume its from the Moonage Daydream soundtrack, which still has not arrived at my house yet. The “Jean Genie/Love Me Do” medley is new to me and sounds great.

read more

Bowie sings Rocket Man?

Songs

Sadly, no, this isn’t actually David Bowie singing Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” It is comedian Stevie Riks (who might have also been the voice behind the recording of “Bowie” singing “My Way” that appears elsewhere in this blog). The parody impersonation is not spot-on, but it is mildly amusing. Riks is apparently trying to sound like Bowie at the very…

read more

I Never Dreamed (1963)

Songs

I came across an article that had a link to this very short clip of what is apparently the first recording of David Bowie, then known as David Jones, singing with his band, the Konrads. Bowie was 16 at the time, and this is a demo (it sounds like part of a demo) that was rejected by the record label,…

read more

Site Maintenance: Golden Years

Songs

“Site Maintenance” is my series of videos found while fixing links to earlier videos of the same song. “Golden Years” has come up a few times recently— I posted the strange James Murphy cover a few days ago, and several days before that mentioned that Bowie originally wrote the song with Elvis in mind to sing it. Instead of the…

read more

Midnight Special (1973)

Uncategorized

I recently posted a link to eight hours of footage related to the 1980 Floor Show. This is a link to a much more condensed version, which is made so in part by simply featuring Bowie’s performances, as broadcast in 1973 as an episode of the show, “Midnight Special.” Since this is just Bowie, this selection is actually superior to…

read more

Which will be the 100th album?

Albums

You might have noticed that, “The Best of Bowie” was the 98th Bowie related album to appear in this blog. Included in the 98 are studio albums, live albums, soundtracks and compilations by Bowie, as well as albums on which he contributed at least two songs, albums he produced and I think some cover albums as well. There might be…

read more

Possibly the strangest Bowie cover you will ever hear…

Uncategorized

“Golden Years” James Murphy, 2014 I had never heard of James Murphy before coming across this instrumental version of “Golden Years” performed on a glockenspiel. Murphy is identified as an “electronic musician” and turns out to have a few Bowie connections. He remixed the song, “Love is Lost” for “The Next Day Extra” and performed percussions on “Blackstar.” This piece…

read more

Album 98 | Best of Bowie (2002)

Albums

I finally got around to listening to this greatest hits compilation, and…its a greatest hits compilation (with a somewhat interesting history). There’s much to like, but the reason I never purchased it or listened to the whole thing is that I already have (almost) all the songs on other albums. That said, I found this to be better than many…

read more

Not that Bowie Documentary, Pt. 2

Uncategorized

I came across a reference to, “Stardust,” a 2020 movie about Bowie’s initial attempt to tour in the United States and transformation into Ziggy Stardust on a list of the 10 worst biopics of all time. A relatively new movie, I never heard of it before. It appears to be streaming on Hulu, which I don’t have, so I still…

read more

1980 Floor Show

Uncategorized

The answer to the question of whether I have watched all eight hours of this video, including rehearsals and then ultimately the actual 1980 Floor show is no, I have not. An edited version of the show was broadcast on NBC in 1973, but what I didn’t previously know was that the live performances were actually held over three nights…

read more

U2 Bowie Tribute

Songs

I don’t know the story of this video, but it appears to have been put together by someone associated with U2. I’m guessing, but don’t know, that the Bowie montage was playing on a screen at the concert. Even if this is a well done fan video, U2’s rendition of “Heroes” is “real.” Somewhere in the depths of this blog…

read more

Bowie the pitchman

Uncategorized

A few days ago, I posted a contemporary ad featuring Bowie’s song, “Fame.” Since then I came across this collection of ads featuring Bowie himself, in life. A few things stand out— is that actually Bowie in the late 60s ad for “Luv?” (By the way, what is “Luv?”). The Japanese ad for Crystal Jun Rock, an alcoholic beverage, features…

read more

Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp perform “Heroes” (2022)

Songs

I was not previously familiar with Toyah Wilcox, but she is apparently pretty well known, at least in England. Fripp, of course, was one of Bowie’s guitarists and has a long career supporting a varierty of others. Well, they are married and apparently have a YouTube show called, “Sunday Lunch.” This past Sunday they performed “Heroes” (Fripp played on the…

read more

D.J. Moonage Daydream Mix (2022)

Uncategorized

This mix is mostly the familiar music without most of Bowie’s vocals. Without having seen the movie yet, this has the feel of music playing in the background perhaps while a narrator is explaining something. Just a guess. I’m still not going to movies in theaters, and unless “Moonage Daydream” is shown at a drive in (maybe for a drive-on…

read more

Over the Rainbow (circa 2008)

Uncategorized

Bowie’s daughter, Lexi Jones, posted this video clip on social media a few days ago. Its nothing more than a cute home movie, but hey, its a never-before-released duet of Bowie and his daughter singing “Over the Rainbow.” Its worth noting that Bowie doesn’t sound much different than a typical father singing along with a typical young daughter. Hearing this…

read more

No, this site is not sponsored, but…

Uncategorized

Bowie’s “Fame” being used to sell a perfume called… “Fame.” Bowie himself did commercials for Louis Vuitton, Pepsi, a Japanese drink (for which he composed, “Crystal Japan, which is actually my favorite of his purée instrumentals), the French Vitelli Water and possibly other products, so I doubt he would have had a problem with this. As commercials go, its stylish…

read more

Leah Kardos covers “Sunday” and Bowie and 9/11

Songs

Bowie’s album, “Heathen,” widely considered one of his best later works, was released in June, 2002. In part due to the timing, and in larger part due to the mood and even lyrics of some of the album’s songs, many thought of the album as an artistic response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was not— the seeming relevance was…

read more

RIP Queen Elizabeth

Uncategorized

Although Bowie turned down the opportunity to be knighted on two different occasions, I strongly suspect that he would have been among the large group of British rockers paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth after her passing. According to a 2016 article in Mirror (the British publication), Bowie “was offered a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in…

read more

Bowie on the Blockchain?

Uncategorized

What’s a Non-fungible token (NFT)? What’s the blockchain? To paraphrase Alec Baldwin’s character from, “The Departed,”, you don’t know, I don’t know…but some Bowie-related NFTs later this month. From Rolling Stone’s reporting on the development: “THE DAVID BOWIE estate is launching a new NFT series, ‘Bowie on the Blockchain,’ that will feature works from nine different artists paying homage to…

read more

No, not that Bowie documentary…

Uncategorized

I haven’t often posted something that I haven't seen yet, however I came across this entire BBC Bowie documentary and thought I’d post it, even if its kind of a bookmark for me to watch when I have an hour to do so. Of course, the big news in Bowie documentaries this month is, “Moonage Daydream.” This one might be…

read more

Lucky Blue’s GQ Bowie Shoot

Uncategorized

GQ published this spread of model Lucky Blue Smith in December 2015. Smith, who I only know of from this photo shoot, does look like Bowie. Little could the folks at GQ know that Bowie was about to die. GQ has long recognized Bowie as a fashion innovator. In a broader sense, his status as a fashion icon was part…

read more

1000 Musicians perform “Under Pressure” (2022)

Songs

We’ve seen this before with “Rebel Rebel”— the 1000 musicians, here as “Rockin’ 1000) create a pretty cool sound.  This performance is new. I recently heard a story that added details to the origin of “Under Pressure.  Bowie happened to be in the same town as Queen while they were both recording their separate projects.   Bowie stopped by for…

read more

Speaking of, “The Jean Genie,” here’s Sweet’s “Blockbuster!” (1973)

Songs

Right around the same time Bowie released, “The Jean Genie,” another glam-band, “Sweet,” released “Blockbuster!”  The two songs contain unmistakable similarities, however both Sweet and Bowie insisted that was coincidence.  I came across this video of Sweet performing their song on, Top of the Pops, and between the way the band looks and the way their performance was filmed, it…

read more

Site Maintenance: “The Jean Genie” performed on Top of the Pops, 1973

Uncategorized

One of my favorite Bowie songs, “The Jean Genie” is also one of Bowie’s best known and one he performed throughout his career.  The song was released as a single in 1972 before appearing on the “Aladdin Sane” in 1973.  It was originally promoted by a somewhat well-known video, which is what was attached to my original commentary from 2016.…

read more

Bowie to Be Honored on London’s Music Walk of Fame

Uncategorized

London has a music Walk of Fame and Bowie is getting added to it this month.  Already there are the likes of Amy Winehouse, Soul II Soul and Madness.  OK.  Bowie was just named the most influential British artist of the last 50 years and Madness is there before him?  Whose next in line, Mick Jagger and Paul McCarthey?

read more

Leah Kardos on, “This a Pity She Was a Whore” (2016)

Uncategorized

This is the most recent of Kardos’ superb analyses of later Bowie songs.  This is not one of my favorite songs, but Kardos’s analysis give me new insight.  Also, she references a 2015 B-side version that as yet I have not heard.  Once I track it down I might add additional commentary.

read more

“Starman” video created by AI

Songs

This is the second video, in which the images were created by an artificial intelligence program, that was— how do I say it?  Set in motion (?) by the artist (?) Aidontknow.  I somehow think Bowie would have approved.

read more

“Space Oddity” Video Created by AI

Songs

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…

read more

Bowie covers Elvis!!!

Songs

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. …

read more

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…

read more

Leah Kardos on “You Feel So Lonely You Can Die” (2013)

Uncategorized

With this, we’re up to date with the Leah Kardos analysis videos.  I’ll add more as they come out.

read more
Back To Top