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last thursday i was talking to tony viscounti about the david bowie album he is producing. it's like the answer album to the berlin trilogy. not retro but exciting.

and also tony's got a new protegee, kirsteen young, has anyone heard her stuff? he is sending me an album, which would be cool...

doomie, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Hey, that new album sounds fantastic. Does this Tony friend of yours know Tony Visconti at all? Because I think he has some kind of connection to Bowie as well. Weird. I guess the i.n.d.u.s.t.r.y. (is that really what they call it on the inside? why?) is a pretty small world.

The Duly Impressed Mr. Jones, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It's a bit like hearing that Monty Python are getting back together, and that it won't be retro. I mean, maybe it won't be for them, but how can it be anything else for us? Are they suddenly going to become Chris Morris?

Momus, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Hey, that new album sounds fantastic. Does this Tony friend of yours know Tony Visconti at all? Because I think he has some kind of connection to Bowie as well. Weird. I guess the i.n.d.u.s.t.r.y. (is that really what they call it on the inside? why?) is a pretty small world.

-- The Duly Impressed Mr. Jones (hobartarms@hotmail.com), May 11, 2002.

you are just another jaded out bitch.

doomie, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It's a bit like hearing that Monty Python are getting back together, and that it won't be retro. I mean, maybe it won't be for them, but how can it be anything else for us? Are they suddenly going to become Chris Morris?

I don't know Momus, i mean, David Bowie has now gone independant, away from record companies (and yes, he is fantastical rich) but we will see.

i havent heard it but am excited.

doomie, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

plus: i got excited to hear tony and david in the studio again.

doomie, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The new album blows. Dull dull dull. Plus, I saw him play a couple tracks in NYC on Friday. Dull dull dull again. David Bowie (I've loved you since I was six).

Yancey, Tuesday, 14 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

you are just another jaded out bitch.

And you, sir, are not a gentleman!

The Actual Mr. Jones, Tuesday, 14 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Had a listen to 'heathen' at the weekend. "Side 2" is better than "Side 1", so to speak, but "slow burn" is growing on me (thought it was dreadful - and retro! - first time I heard it). Didn't bother with the previous two Bowie efforts, so dunno if it's a step up or down. I kinda wish he'd carried on doing drum and bass tho'.

That cover of the Pixies' "Cactus" - C or D?

Jeff W, Monday, 10 June 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

There really are eight million Bowie threads on here.

Anyway, Bowie responds to his first American fan letter, 1967. Fun!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 16:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

awww cuet

eight woofers in the trunk sb'n down the block (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 16:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

Very nice.

the onimo effect (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 16:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lovely.

Communi-Bear Silo State (chap), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 16:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Would that 15 min film be that one where he's a painting and keeps popping up in real life just so the artist can kill him again and again?

That was on an NME Video compilation, aaages ago.

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 16:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bowie talks about No Down Payment in that letter, too -- I love that movie! Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall, marital discord and drink problems in a post-war housing development.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 17:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

wow. really charming stuff

iago g., Thursday, 10 December 2009 02:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

last thursday i was talking to tony viscounti

wtf

lukevalentine, Thursday, 10 December 2009 02:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

They even liked the single "Love You Till Tuesday".

Worse Lieutenant (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 10 December 2009 03:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

it was always somewhat irritating that Doomie couldn't write to save himself

The reverse TARDIS of pasta (Niles Caulder), Thursday, 10 December 2009 03:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

What the hell happened to Doomie anyway?

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 10 December 2009 22:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

Very nice!

Cunga, Thursday, 10 December 2009 23:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

http://i47.tinypic.com/ra56ky.gif

I don't think I've posted this wonderful gif yet.

Cunga, Thursday, 7 January 2010 04:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

From the great "Bowie Meets the Fonz" tv moment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1bRIwqv_tM&feature=player_embedded

Cunga, Thursday, 7 January 2010 04:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://www.theonion.com/content/files/images/NASA-Launches-R.article_0.jpg
Looks more like The Glitter Band

might seem normal (snoball), Wednesday, 10 February 2010 14:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Mark Dery ('The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium') has written an interesting, "33 1/3" -esque piece:

Leper Messiah: A Jesus Freak’s Search for the Meaning of Bowie

Background here: http://www.markdery.com/archives/news/000119.html

(& apologies if this has already been posted elsewhere)

Chooglin'alCarbon, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

I always thought he (and P. Murphy) was saying "leopard messiah." I'd even do I *rowr rowr I'm a clawing leopard* gesture when i sang it.

Walter Melon (Abbott), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 19:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

I am truly annoyed now that this isn't the real lyric.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 19:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Viceory & I had a pretty spirited debate abt whether it was "leather messiah" or "leopard messiah," both of which are wrong (and superior?).

Walter Melon (Abbott), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 19:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

i know i suggest it everywhere, but the bowie blog where the author is writing essaylets on every song in chronological order of recording is astoundingly great...it's called "pushing ahead of the dame" he is up to soul love now

iago g., Wednesday, 28 April 2010 19:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Never realized there was confusion about "leper messiah." ZS has always been one of my go-to karaoke songs and it's always been "leper"

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

i know i suggest it everywhere, but the bowie blog where the author is writing essaylets on every song in chronological order of recording is astoundingly great...it's called "pushing ahead of the dame" he is up to soul love now

Fantastic blog... His entry on "Life On Mars" is one of my fave bits of music writing.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

where is this

the sound of a norwegian guy being wrong (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Thank you, Ned. Yes, Elvis, the Life on Mars one is mindblowing...he also finds these great photographs to lead off each song entry, and links to streaming versions of the demos and live versions he is discussing...

iago g., Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

wow that "life on mars" entry is amazing

Shakey Ja Mocha (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Let's hear it for the author of the astonishing "Pushing Ahead of the Dame" who has just completed his epic song-by-song catalogue, with brilliantly incisive essaylets on every recording he could get his hands on, up until Pin-Ups...check it out! This is historic stuff

iago g., Saturday, 10 July 2010 00:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

obviously he is just getting started...I cannot wait for the Diamond Dogs entries!

iago g., Saturday, 10 July 2010 00:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

bowiesongs.wordpress.com

iago g., Saturday, 10 July 2010 00:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

jeez...
http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/

iago g., Saturday, 10 July 2010 00:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Great blog.

Side two of "Heroes" sounded great walking to work in the sub-zero temperatures this morning.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/end-of-chapter-four-1973-1975/

He got a book deal!

sofatruck, Thursday, 10 February 2011 16:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Very well deserved, that.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 10 February 2011 16:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Apparently finally a new album on its way too:
Really surprised "Supper's Ready" made the list, but what the hell I vote that

Been strangely silent from the once so profilic act lately, but this is maybe finally some news.

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 11:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was all "wtf David Bowie's doing "Supper's Ready" on his new album?" for a moment there...

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Hello i love david bowie is he coming on tour next year to holland? And how can i write him greatings tiziana"

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was all "wtf David Bowie's doing "Supper's Ready" on his new album?" for a moment there...

Well he does have a habit of doing shit cover versions

Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Here comes Geir to say "that would be great though, ;)" or some such...

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

i guess i'm way behind the curve, but i guess need to track down Toys then ?

http://www.planetrock.com/newscentre/rock-news/unreleased-bowie-album-leaked-online-1671

mark e, Thursday, 24 March 2011 10:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ha, Bowie keeps taking the conversation in interesting directions but the guy doesn't even notice. He just wants to get on to the next dumb question.

This period is my absolute favourite Bowie look. I love his hair. So beautiful.

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 2 December 2013 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

You should see my fifth-grade yearbook.

pplains, Monday, 2 December 2013 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Why? What's in it?

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 2 December 2013 21:47 (five years ago) Permalink

That haircut x 70

pplains, Monday, 2 December 2013 22:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Interesting, in the beginning of part II he mentions that he's about to go to NY to work on Robert Fripp's album (which I can only assume is Exposure, an album that does not feature DB)... I wonder what the story was there.

Davey D, Monday, 2 December 2013 22:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Sid c. 1973:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZKw9oTIYAAoalR.jpg

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 December 2013 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

whoa that pic is awesome!

fit and working again, Monday, 2 December 2013 23:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I've heard the story a few different ways/times. Fripp was doing a series of records either with different vocalists, or one vocalist each. Peter Gabriel's second album, Daryl Hall's Sacred Songs and eventually the LPs Exposure and God Save The Queen/Under Heavy Manners. The latter had David Byrne on vocals but he replaced someone else. Or Exposure was supposed to be all Darryl Hall but Hall's label freaked and he was replaced with Peter Hammill? I don't know the story, but it's not hard to imagine Bowie getting mixed up with all that.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 3 December 2013 00:49 (five years ago) Permalink

It underscores what a weird album Exposure is.

"Turkey In The Straw" coming from someplace in the clouds (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 00:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Just in case someone hasn't heard it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=089SH63fiSw

Iirc, Fripp wanted Hall to be King Crimson's singer!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 December 2013 03:14 (five years ago) Permalink

this one is even more frippy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epLXwup4bpA

dan selzer, Tuesday, 3 December 2013 05:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyway, just saw a VERY expensive Louis Vuiton ad w/ Bowie performing "Id Rather Be High"

dan selzer, Tuesday, 3 December 2013 05:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Which features the Venetian Mix of said song.
Thanks for the links to that '77 interview, I've seen a short clip of it before, the interviewer is embarrassing. And thanks a LOT for that fantastic Sid Vicious photo!

willem, Tuesday, 3 December 2013 11:59 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Happy Birthday!

Zings of Oblivion (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 January 2015 20:07 (three years ago) Permalink

I always play this for the class on Jan. 8:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa6bI_95G9I

And then I try to come up with some kind of explanation of him. Even though I don't have one. (Also played Velvet Goldmine's opening credits this morning.)

clemenza, Thursday, 8 January 2015 20:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Nice choice, that. I'd REALLY love some sort of Criterion release of VG at this point.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 January 2015 20:13 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

No Lightning Frightening or Sweet Head?

dan selzer, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 01:16 (three years ago) Permalink

No cover of "Growing Up" either.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 02:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Or "London, Bye, Ta-Ta".

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:41 (three years ago) Permalink

So 25+ years later and nobody has bested the Ryko reissue program

a silly gif of awkward larping (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, his catalogue has passed over to Parlophone now

Mark G, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:57 (three years ago) Permalink

Are these going to be remastered or will the Steve Hoffman forum members die in terror

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:53 (three years ago) Permalink

6 Original Studio Albums:
David Bowie AKA Space Oddity*
The Man Who Sold The World*
Hunky Dory*
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Aladdin Sane
PinUps*

*New 2015 Remasters.

as lovely as these will be i think i am happy with my ryko editions and replica jap sleeve remasters.

mark e, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:54 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

this review seems a bit "old school":

Still, they cut loose on the album's most brilliant jewel, "Queen Bitch", a furiously rocking theatrical miniature (Bowie-the-character-actor has rarely chewed the scenery harder) that out-Velvet Undergrounds the Velvet Underground.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/21066-five-years-1969-1973/

glad it's finally established - for a new generation - that Hunky and Ziggy are timeless classics

niels, Friday, 2 October 2015 10:18 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Looking fwd to Blackstar in Jan. o course.

dow, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:22 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I have no idea what to think tonight. Legit sources reporting his death and insisting it is not a hoax. (Fuck the internet.)

If so ...

alpine static, Monday, 11 January 2016 06:53 (two years ago) Permalink

http://thr.cm/06iM8z

longform Gordon thinkpiece (Eazy), Monday, 11 January 2016 06:56 (two years ago) Permalink

Its on gmtvnow, god!

Mark G, Monday, 11 January 2016 06:58 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah don't know but seems to be legit? RIP

salthigh, Monday, 11 January 2016 06:59 (two years ago) Permalink

certainly seems that way

alpine static, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:00 (two years ago) Permalink

also, fuck

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:01 (two years ago) Permalink

fucking hell :(

seb mooczag (NickB), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:08 (two years ago) Permalink

this is hitting me hard. died two days after his birthday, lemmy died four days after his.

nomar, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Fuck

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:09 (two years ago) Permalink

"I heard a rumour from ground control.
Oh no, don't say its true."

meisenfek, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:28 (two years ago) Permalink

David Bowie R.I.P

bored at work (snoball), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:56 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

New Box Set on Tidal (I don't know if glenn has a copy yet): https://listen.tidal.com/album/64975950

Guardian on same: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/22/david-bowie-who-can-i-be-now-1974-1976-album-box-set-review

dlp9001, Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:48 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The Bowiesongs blog has restarted:

https://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/heat/

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:53 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016)

Cannot Recommend. Uneven narrative, insufficient interviewees and terrible editing make for painful viewing.

David Bowie: A Life, the biography from Dylan Jones looks to be very well-reviewed, but i'm not interested in reading about such an visual and aural icon -- i want to see and hear it.

bodacious ignoramus, Thursday, 28 September 2017 07:36 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
three months pass...

David Bowie: A Life, the biography from Dylan Jones looks to be very well-reviewed, but i'm not interested in reading about such an visual and aural icon -- i want to see and hear it.

― bodacious ignoramus, Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:36 AM


Not really familiar with this author, but the oral history approach looks promising.

Eloi's Comin' (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 January 2018 00:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

Seems to have gotten a good review from Jon Savage.

Eloi's Comin' (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 January 2018 00:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

still looking for a decent copy of this for less than 50 quid

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51A0MTWYFVL._SX360_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

gonna have to bite the bullet sooner or later.

piscesx, Monday, 22 January 2018 02:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

the Bowie Is exhibit is shutting down apparently and having it's final run in Brooklyn this spring. I booked a trip out there to see it.

akm, Monday, 22 January 2018 02:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

Just got the Dylan Jones book 'David Bowie: A Life' which is a brand new oral history with *180* people interviewed. Chris O Leary (of Pushing Ahead blog fame) said nice things about it so that's good enough for me.

piscesx, Monday, 29 January 2018 23:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

So the new 5-yr box set, LOVING THE ALIEN, is out, with rejigged 'Never Let Me Down' album. The new production can't make this a masterpiece, but the new version of Glass Spiders is very nice.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 12 October 2018 00:24 (one month ago) Permalink


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