David Bowie R.I.P

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nostormo, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:11 (five years ago) link

Blackstar was the first record he didn't appear on the sleeve.
Lyrics are about death, and dealing with his past and the legacy he leaves behind him

nostormo, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:14 (five years ago) link

Awful, unexpected, but kind of makes sense somehow. Fuck. RIP.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:14 (five years ago) link

Can't believe this. Had to scan multiple sources just to make sure it wasn't a hoax. :(

Roz, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:15 (five years ago) link

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)


I know something is very wrong
The pulse returns the prodigal sons
The blackout hearts, the flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes

nomar, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:16 (five years ago) link

damn, RIP

the late great, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:17 (five years ago) link


dylannn, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:17 (five years ago) link

Fucking cancer. Blackstar was his and ours last birthday preaent. Wouldn't be surprised if it was Euthanasia

nostormo, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:19 (five years ago) link

I'm dying too/ i'm dying to

nostormo, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:20 (five years ago) link

I noticed he was trending and I figured he'd just done a TV appearance or something to promote the album. Jesus.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:20 (five years ago) link

Fuck. No way. I'll say more about this later when I've taken it all in. Right now I've gotta go and put "Lodger" on to my mp3 player for the journey to work today.

(Just turned on Skynews to hear Eamonn Hughes saying to a writer from Q magazine, "The important question of the day, is it Bowie or Bo-ie?" then, "... 'The Laughing Gnome', what was that all about?" I don't know, maybe he's in shock.)

Anyway, it's not a three, it's a yogh. (Tom D.), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:20 (five years ago) link

(Now Eamonn Hughes asking Paul Gambaccini, "What about his acting, how serious was he about his acting?")

Anyway, it's not a three, it's a yogh. (Tom D.), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:21 (five years ago) link

Just pulled "Five Years" up on YT and shared on FB...weeping.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:23 (five years ago) link

... Eamonn Holmes that is... I'm losing it (xp)

Anyway, it's not a three, it's a yogh. (Tom D.), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:23 (five years ago) link


stirmonster, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:24 (five years ago) link

Ah shit

sktsh, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:26 (five years ago) link


Bee OK, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:26 (five years ago) link

genuinely emotional about this. sorry if i came off as flippant with the born 2wice embed. rest in peace to fucking david bowie.

dylannn, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:29 (five years ago) link

Lool at me
I'm in heaven

nostormo, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:37 (five years ago) link


i am crying so much rn

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:37 (five years ago) link


bored at work (snoball), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:38 (five years ago) link


AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:38 (five years ago) link

the fuck? damn

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:42 (five years ago) link

Fuck this shit

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:43 (five years ago) link

Absolutely gutted. RIP

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:43 (five years ago) link

Oh god such shocking news :(

rip starman

SurfaceKrystal, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:44 (five years ago) link

Grimmy just played a live-at-maida-vale version of "Ziggy Stardust" from 2002, good choice it could have come from any year.

Mark G, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:45 (five years ago) link

Gambacini is now on gmtv, saying the same old

Mark G, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:46 (five years ago) link

"What was he like as a person?"

Gambo carries on, ignoring the question, he obviously doesn't know.

(tbf, who does?)

Mark G, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:48 (five years ago) link

RIP, eternal props for going all-out on the swansong, the guy loved to give his music no matter what

sounding like a silly Iain Banks on a track (imago), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:49 (five years ago) link

Yes, like Lou Reed in that respect.

Mark G, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:50 (five years ago) link

Keep going, Iggy!

(And Kenny)

Mark G, Monday, 11 January 2016 08:04 (five years ago) link

Ned's post got me right in the ducts.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Monday, 11 January 2016 08:17 (five years ago) link


don't quite know what to say. RIP.

we build up a sense of invulnerability in these rock gods...if they survived the 70s they'll live forever.

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Monday, 11 January 2016 08:34 (five years ago) link

devastating especially since bowie was so vital until his very last moment

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Monday, 11 January 2016 08:34 (five years ago) link

I feel like this was a very managed exit. Which is not surprising.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 11 January 2016 08:37 (five years ago) link

From his final single, Lazarus:

Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below

Ain’t that just like me

mike t-diva, Monday, 11 January 2016 08:45 (five years ago) link


skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 January 2016 08:48 (five years ago) link

fuck this fucking news

watching 'lazarus' and 'blackstar' clips, the recurring motif is a blindfold. wondering whether the cancer affected his sight. regardless of that, at least the man got to work his death into his art in the most beautiful way.

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 11 January 2016 08:54 (five years ago) link

btw 'blackstar' is his best song in forever imo

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 11 January 2016 08:54 (five years ago) link

Awfully sad, devastating news.

Listened to "Low" on the commute home, only thing I could do.

Eric Banta (King Boy Pato), Monday, 11 January 2016 08:57 (five years ago) link

I just listened to Blackstar for the first time apparently around his time of death. What a haunting way to be introduced to that record. And it is one of his best in decades. RIP

octobeard, Monday, 11 January 2016 09:05 (five years ago) link


Turrican, Monday, 11 January 2016 09:10 (five years ago) link

RIP. Fuck!

Turrican, Monday, 11 January 2016 09:12 (five years ago) link

Just woke up to this awful news. Coincidentally, "It's No Game" was in my head as I came across this in the paper. Painfully sad. What a huge loss.

doug watson, Monday, 11 January 2016 09:12 (five years ago) link

this is so sad :'(


niels, Monday, 11 January 2016 09:20 (five years ago) link

When Michael Jackson died, news spread a lot slower. I remember seeing it on cable news. I remember texting friends who were going off to the shore for the weekend. People were shouting it from their cars well into the summer evening. The radio played all his hits. It was shocking, a media circus for days we all recall, and yet we all saw it coming. I never considered myself a fan, but he was the King of Pop, sure.

Bowie's death couldn't be more opposite. The news of Bowie's death swept across twitter so fast, too fast, this new album I didn't even get to listen to yet still in a cardboard box, in the middle of a nasty January night. No one is around. Everyone I'm talking to, we were the only ones in our homes awake. It is a painful delirium like the many sleepless nights I had when I was much younger, when the Ziggy Stardust record was the best company I had. RIP, David Bowie.

comesayhey, Monday, 11 January 2016 09:27 (five years ago) link

"I Can't Give Everything Away" is such a perfect outro.

Ross, Thursday, 17 November 2016 18:12 (four years ago) link

probably my favorite track on the album.

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 17 November 2016 18:13 (four years ago) link

Paul Buchanan sings that track in the Bowie Tribute Prom, apparently he requested it for himself.

his eye is on despair-o (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 17 November 2016 18:44 (four years ago) link

i was at that show (the Prom). it was great live...the recording didn't really capture the moment unfortunately.

akm, Thursday, 17 November 2016 23:48 (four years ago) link

two months pass...


A Shadow In Time is experimental process-musician William Basinski’s eulogy to Bowie, and its two tracks contain, quite appropriately, his most blissful (“A Shadow in Time”) and sorrowful (“For David Robert Jones”) work to date.

j., Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:19 (four years ago) link

thanks, will listen

sleeve, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:46 (four years ago) link

Also of interest -- new interview with Donny McCaslin, which talks about his own new work in turn:


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 23:05 (four years ago) link

Thanks, was wondering what was up with him

Moog and Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 23:14 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

anyone recommend a well written bio?

looking for good prose, characters, narrative - not into sensationalism, essayism, nerdy details

(basically I have all the worlds respect for the PAotD blog but I can't make myself read it)

niels, Thursday, 2 March 2017 16:30 (three years ago) link

I've enjoyed Paul Trynka's bio, and it was reissued with a new conclusion following his passing. Currently have Morley and Sheffield's books to tackle as well, but those appear to be more imaginative/reflective riffs on Bowie and his impact after his passing.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 March 2017 17:35 (three years ago) link

was also gonna recommend Trynka but couldn't remember his name til Ned posted

Cognition (Remix) (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 2 March 2017 18:01 (three years ago) link

Sheffield's book is very good, but by no means a bio. Really enjoyable passion piece by a huge fan. You can read it in an afternoon.

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 March 2017 18:13 (three years ago) link

Simon Reynolds' newish book on glam is at least half a Bowie bio

probably guilty of essayism though

Number None, Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:55 (three years ago) link

highly recommended: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n01/ian-penman/wham-bang-teatime

willem, Thursday, 2 March 2017 21:02 (three years ago) link

David Buckley wrote the best trad biography

Rob Sheffield wrote the best musical biography.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 March 2017 21:19 (three years ago) link

off to the library, thanks!

the lrb article is good (if very long) and worth it for this picture alone:


niels, Friday, 3 March 2017 12:17 (three years ago) link

David Buckley's the best I read. His take on Roxy/Ferry is also great.

cpl593H, Friday, 3 March 2017 12:28 (three years ago) link


the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:29 (three years ago) link

was also gonna recommend Trynka but couldn't remember his name til Ned posted

I liked this book as well. Maybe not quite as much as his book about Iggy.

Nesta Leaps In (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 3 March 2017 18:09 (three years ago) link

I finally watched Five Years and The Last Five Years last night, excellent documentaries. so much unseen footage! where did those films of performances of the instrumental stuff on Low come from?

akm, Sunday, 5 March 2017 16:20 (three years ago) link

Where did you watch them online?

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 5 March 2017 16:54 (three years ago) link

i stole them off the internet as torrents some time ago. Five Years I tink is available on the PBS site now.

akm, Sunday, 5 March 2017 17:02 (three years ago) link

Ha, that picture!

Every time I see a picture of Bowie around that era, I always find myself inspecting what's happening around him in the picture.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Sunday, 5 March 2017 19:02 (three years ago) link

presumably that picture is in a tour bus, right -- note the netting on the right hand side of the frame: that's either in a bus cubicle, or on an impossibly swanky airplane the likes of which I don't think existed when Bowie was sporting that haircut. so this is probably his area of a tour bus (the back of a bus on which other musicians don't travel, most likely) and the table is the stuff he & whoever was on his bus was eating/drinking when he crashed out at some point during the night

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 5 March 2017 20:17 (three years ago) link

One of my favourite photos, by Geoff MacCormack, shows Bowie asleep on a train, between stations, Vladivostok to Moscow, in 1973. It may be one of the only portraits we have where he is entirely at rest – mouth shut, eyes closed, no public gaze to contend with, no hunger in other people’s eyes, no need to scan the room or prepare an opening gag. The last cigarette of the day smoked, the last sentence in the latest book underlined, make-up sluiced away, dreaming like the rest of us of something ridiculous and sublime.

niels, Sunday, 5 March 2017 20:22 (three years ago) link

Wow now THAT is a context I wouldn't've guessed. And why isn't there a docudrama already about the time when Ziggy Stardust took the fucking Trans Siberian Railroad across the Soviet Union during the height of the Brezhnev era?

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 5 March 2017 20:24 (three years ago) link

So awesome.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 6 March 2017 09:46 (three years ago) link

That article made me cry.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Monday, 6 March 2017 10:16 (three years ago) link

Penman is bang on about that Morley book, too; I was given it for my birthday, and with the best will in the world, I'm not going to be able to finish it.

mike t-diva, Monday, 6 March 2017 20:21 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

The homages continue


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:53 (three years ago) link

I still can't get enough of the Blackstar version of 'Sue' ... what a great performance. The rhythm section on that is so fucking OTM.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:59 (three years ago) link

It's a tight wire, isn't it? I also love how the vocal is on a different planet to the band, the tension between them is thrilling,

attention vampire (MatthewK), Thursday, 25 May 2017 21:04 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is on spotify


niels, Saturday, 28 April 2018 20:23 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

revamped "Zeroes" is not bad https://open.spotify.com/track/4vGFi5HtNR3q6UHwUoKVfy

niels, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 08:33 (two years ago) link

I think the original Zeroes already is pretty good, best track on Never Let Me Down along with Time Will Crawl. I've always quite enjoyed that album to be honest, could never agree with the bad acclaim even from the man himself.
(I can understand Bowie's opinion on 'Too Dizzy' though, I've heard it once or twice and didn't regret at all that it was not included on the reissue I got.)

Valentijn, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:14 (two years ago) link

I like "Too Dizzy"

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:06 (two years ago) link

Taking sides: Too Dizzy vs Sense Of Doubt

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:06 (two years ago) link

oh come on it's Sense Of Doubt by a mile

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:49 (two years ago) link

yes, what is wrong with sense of doubt?

akm, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:23 (two years ago) link

I think NLMD has a bad rap; it has more good songs than Tonight, for instance (though that album's 2 good songs, Blue Jean and Loving the Alien, are better than anything on NLMD) and I like it more than Hours. But the bad tracks are pretty bad. I'm interested in this re-do project; I like the redone Zeroes and always liked that remix of Time Will Crawl. So, cautiously optimistic. It's not going to be any worse.

akm, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:25 (two years ago) link

I think I've posted this elsewhere - like NLMD better than Tonight and prefer both of them to BTWN and Hours

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:41 (two years ago) link

hours is just a mess. mostly poor songwriting, terrible arrangements, bowie's voice sounds strangled on most of the tracks, stupid cover art. blech.

akm, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:42 (two years ago) link

hours... is really the only album I dislike of his run from 1. Outside to Blackstar.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:50 (two years ago) link

For a long time I thought of Hours as his worst album. Not sure if I still do, I might but I did get to appreciate it a bit more over the past years, esp. hearing a lot of beauty in 'If I'm Dreaming My Life' and 'New Angels Of Promise'.

I prefer NLMD over Tonight as well but I also don't think too negative about Tonight. 'Blue Jean' never did it for me though - I often hear people name it as one of the better songs on it but it's one of my least fave.

Valentijn, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:59 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

these new versions are p badass imo
^^Beat of Your Drum (in the style of late career Bowie!)

niels, Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:18 (two years ago) link

I'm rather enjoying them, but no amount of retweaking can make de-cheese that chorus. Interested to hear what they do with something like New York's In Love.

PaulTMA, Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:29 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Where are people talking about the Is It Any Wonder EP? It's very good

(would be disgusting but also neat if mods could enable spotify embeds)

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 08:20 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

The Bowie tribute show planned for tonight will happen tomorrow instead:

We’ve been working around the clock for months putting together an amazing show for you. Due to the difficulties in the world and the situation with COVID in Los Angeles, we’ve had to move the show 24 hours to tomorrow at the same time. Hang in there with us - just for one day.

— Mike Garson (@mikegarson) January 9, 2021

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 9 January 2021 02:17 (two weeks ago) link

My friend Jeffrey is running this four hour collection of vids on loop through tomorrow here: https://m.twitch.tv/soundawakeradio

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 9 January 2021 02:44 (two weeks ago) link

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