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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)

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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 “Love is Lost” (2013)

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As far as I can tell, this is the second of Leah Kardos’ analyses of later Bowie songs.  There’s really not much to add.  There are only a handful of these so far.  I will post them for the next few days then add them as new ones come .

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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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Does this video have anything to do with Bowie???

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The answer is yes!  So, Hulkbuster there is sporting the lightning bolt because Hartgrave covers “Life on Mars” at about hour 3;10.  And if you understand that sentence, congratulations, you win the prize!!!

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

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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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Motörhead sings “Heroes”

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I’m not sure I have ever heard a Motörhead song (interestingly, my word processing programs know to put the umlaut over the second “o”).  I was under the impression the band was a thrash-metal band, which really isn’t my thing.  I know the band has a big following, and the death of lead-singer Lemmy was a blow to his many…

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Bauhaus sings Ziggy Stardust (1982)

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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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Brilliant Live Adventure Albums Back at davidbowie.com

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Brilliant Live Adventures is the name of a series of live albums comprised of some of Bowie’s 1990s performances distributed by davidbowie.com.  Upon their original issuance, I was able to buy “At the Kit Kat Club,” “Something in the Air,” and “No Trendy Rechauffe.”  I already had a fourth album, “Live and Well.com” (which was actually a re-release of a…

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Daily Bowie, August 2022

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8/18/22 Bowie M&Ms “Candy” might be an Iggy Pop song, but earlier this year it was Bowie who got a specially designed M&M package.  The limited edition packaging was part of an attempt by Mars to rebrand M&Ms, and is one of four inspired by music artists (the others being Kacey Musgraves,H.E.R. and Rosalía, none of whom I know about).…

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Album 97 | The Gouster

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A box set of Bowie’s mid-70s material called, “Who Can I Be Now,” was issued a few years ago and included what was billed as a previously unreleased album called, “The Gouster.”  “The Gouster” is basically a first draft of what would become, “Young Americans,” and although some of the songs are slight variants of their more familiar versions on,…

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“David Bowie, Brian Eno and Tony Visconti record, ‘Warszawa” (Adam Buxton Bowie parody pt. 3)

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This one is so replete with Bowie-lore that aside from the sheer absurdism of the whole thing, only true aficionados will pick up all the jokes.  “Warszawa” is one of Bowie’s more obscure instrumentals to begin with, and those who might recognize the music might not remember the name.  The reference to never feeling so low, is, of course, a…

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Leah Kardos on “Lazarus” (2016)

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I came across a series of You Tube videos by Leah Kardos analyzing late Bowie songs with a level a depth I have never before encountered.  I wasn’t aware of Kardos before this, though she is apparently a composer and a musician who has done some sort of work with Tony Visconti. I’m not going to post all of her…

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“Ashes to Ashes” Clown Suit Story (Adam Buxton Bowie Parodies, Pt. 2)

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The main thing that’s funny about this parody is its sheer absurdity, but as with the other Buxton parodies, it crams quite a bit of Bowie-lore into a very short cartoon.  It begins with a clip of Bowie being filmed for the “Miracle Goodnight” video, but the clip is so brief that you might not pick up on what you’re…

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“Cobbler Bob” (Adam Buxton Bowie parodies Pt. 1)

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II don’t know much about Adam Buxton beyond a handful of Bowie parody video shorts, which should only really be funny to Bowie fans (so I think they are hilarious).  Wikipedia tells me that Buxton is a comedian and podcaster, and he seems like he might be well-known in England.  Anyway, he has the voice down.  Of the three video…

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Album 96 | Nick Lowe’s, “Bowi” (1978)

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Nick Lowe titled this 1978 EP “Bowi,” without the “E” as a joke suggesting that Bowie’s album, “Low,” was named after him, again without the “E.”  The four songs on the EP have nothing to do with Bowie, however they are kind of funny without being novelty songs.  For instance, “Marie Provost” is an upbeat song about the hideous, lonely…

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“An Occasional Dream,” (1969)

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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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‘Celebrating David Bowie’ Tour 2022

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I’ve seen this tour before, and they’re great.  I see Adrian Belew is joining— he was one of Bowie’s better guitarists .  Sadly, I won’t be seeing them this time out because they seem to be performing indoors only.  We still have a pandemic going on…

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John Cale’s “Night Crawling” (2022)

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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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Some images I’ve referenced

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In some recent posts I’ve mentioned a couple of images that I am reproducing here.  See the gallery for the album art for Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets,” and then, to eliminate any doubt about who the song is about, an image of Bowie that the art is clearly based upon.  Then see the cover art for Jobraith’s self-titled…

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Bowie World Fan Convention Coming to NYC Next Year!

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I saw this convention advertised for London earlier this year.  If not for Covid, I probably would have gone.  Is it too much to hope for us to either be past Covid or have it down to a manageable level by next year?  New York is far more appropriate than London, anyway.  Bowie lived in New York City longer than…

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Moonage Daydream Trailer (2022 Documentary)

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I’m looking forward to this documentary, which previewed earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and will roll out in the US in September.  Its too much to hope that it will be at a drive in, so I probably won’t get to see it until it streams.  This is getting a lot of attention and I supposedly in…

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Jobraith’s “Earthling” (1973)

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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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Daily Bowie, July 2022

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See separate entries for 7/29-31   7/28/22 Something of an inside joke among people who read reviews of Bowie albums, at least during his life after The mid-80s, is that whatever happened to be his latest album was, “the best since ‘Scary Monsters.’”  Forgot the album that came immediately before, which was also the best since “Scary Monsters.”  It seems…

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Do They Know Its Christmas at Live Aid (1985)

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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. 2

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“Heroes” is one of Bowie’s most covered songs.  Not unlike Springsteen’s, “Born in the USA,” the song is sometimes rolled out to express something that isn’t actually in the song. The song isn’t really about heroes.  It isn’t even really optimistic.  The lyrics are actually straightforward, as Bowie lyrics go.  The song is about doomed and desperate lovers who are…

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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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Week 95 | Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men?” (1978)

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I’ve recently been reading a compilation of interviews with David Bowie called, “Bowie on Bowie,” and learned something I didn’t know:  Bowie co-produced Devo’s first album, “Are We Not Men.”  Actually, it was Bowie and Brian Eno, and they did this in 1978, right in the middle of Bowie and Eno’s collaboration known as the Berlin Trilogy.  This was also…

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The Iggy Popathon

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So, with my wife out of town I finally had the opportunity to listen to all the music she doesn’t like.  First on the list:  Iggy Pop.  I busted out all the Iggy Pop albums I have, and then listened to one more that I streamed for a total of thirteen— which just scratches the surface of The Godfather of…

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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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Mike Garson’s A Bowie Celebration Concert

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Bowie’s most enduring collaborator was  pianist, Mike Garson.  Garson has been playing for Bowie since the early 70s (that extended piano solo on Aladdin Sane— that’s him), and he played on and off all the way through the early 2000s.  Since Bowie’s death, Garson has assembled a band of Bowie veterans who have toured, joined along the way by guest…

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Bowie 75th Birthday

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Today is David Bowie’s 75th birthday.  So, its as good a time as any to give an update on this blog.  If this is your first time visiting the site, it contains the comments I made on more than 365 Bowie songs in 2016, during my daily song-a-day tribute, as well as comments on more than 100 Bowie or Bowie-related…

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