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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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

doomie, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

you are just another jaded out bitch.

And you, sir, are not a gentleman!

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

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

awww cuet

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

Very nice.

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

Lovely.

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

wow. really charming stuff

iago g., Thursday, 10 December 2009 02:33 (eleven years ago) link

last thursday i was talking to tony viscounti

wtf

lukevalentine, Thursday, 10 December 2009 02:43 (eleven years ago) link

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

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

What the hell happened to Doomie anyway?

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 10 December 2009 22:45 (eleven years ago) link

Very nice!

Cunga, Thursday, 10 December 2009 23:20 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 19:21 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

where is this

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

http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:09 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

wow that "life on mars" entry is amazing

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

iago g., Saturday, 10 July 2010 00:46 (eleven years ago) link

bowiesongs.wordpress.com

iago g., Saturday, 10 July 2010 00:48 (eleven years ago) link

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

iago g., Saturday, 10 July 2010 00:49 (eleven years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

Very well deserved, that.

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

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

"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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:11 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

Looking fwd to Blackstar in Jan. o course.

dow, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:22 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

http://thr.cm/06iM8z

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

Its on gmtvnow, god!

Mark G, Monday, 11 January 2016 06:58 (five years ago) link

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

salthigh, Monday, 11 January 2016 06:59 (five years ago) link

certainly seems that way

alpine static, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:00 (five years ago) link

also, fuck

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

fucking hell :(

seb mooczag (NickB), Monday, 11 January 2016 07:08 (five years ago) link

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

nomar, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:09 (five years ago) link

Fuck

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

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

meisenfek, Monday, 11 January 2016 07:28 (five years ago) link

David Bowie R.I.P

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

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 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Bowiesongs blog has restarted:

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

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:53 (five years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

Seems to have gotten a good review from Jon Savage.

Eloi's Comin' (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 January 2018 00:52 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

happy birthday bowie. glad u escaped the fate of less white, less gentile ppl who also liked to fuck 15 year olds :)

(ADVANCE) (320k vbr) (--V2) (aps) (diVX) (2CD) OST - SB (2019) (esby), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 22:52 (two years ago) link

this is going to be a shame

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 23:04 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY8mXPQtvxU

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 01:19 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wASIzajHs7o

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 02:06 (two years ago) link

teeelllllllllllll the truth

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 02:08 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Nice, Outside era TV interview just come to light.

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

MaresNest, Thursday, 28 February 2019 18:24 (two years ago) link

That looks fantastic, thanks! LOL at the intro of the show with the morphing heads, had totally forgotten about that.
Bowie lighting a cigarette within a minute after sitting down :)

I attended the Utrecht gig where the opening clip was taken, one of the best Bowie shows that I've been to:

The Motel/Look Back in Anger/The Hearts Filthy Lesson/Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)/The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (As Beauty)/I Have Not Been to Oxford Town/Boys Keep Swinging/Outside/Andy Warhol/The Man Who Sold the World/A Small Plot of Land/Strangers When We Meet/Diamond Dogs/Hallo Spaceboy/Breaking Glass/We Prick You/Nite Flights (Scott Walker cover)/Teenage Wildlife/Under Pressure/Moonage Daydream

willem, Friday, 1 March 2019 10:23 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Visconti has mixed a new version of Space Oddity for the 50th anniversary, it's always been a bit wonky, the mix imho, so it's nice to hear a new interpretation -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptVbk7r4IcA&f=

MaresNest, Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:40 (two years ago) link

God DAMMIT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptVbk7r4IcA

MaresNest, Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:41 (two years ago) link

Magnificent.

Fried Egg Sandwich, Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:57 (two years ago) link

Jesus ! It’s incredible. It might be the best remixing/remastering job I’ve ever heard...
It almost deserves its own thread !

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:04 (two years ago) link

There's a "2019 mix, single edit" version on Spotify that has a shitty volume drop at 1:01.

mick signals, Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:47 (two years ago) link

1:06 rather

mick signals, Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:50 (two years ago) link

Wow, is that an improvement.

Much of his material is timeless, but "Major Tom" in particular has always sounded stuck in 1970. More for the way it sounded than for its content.

pplains, Monday, 22 July 2019 15:03 (two years ago) link

The strings arrangements in particular are revelatory. With that new mix they create a whole new... universe !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 22 July 2019 15:51 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDuxfo5AVTg

MaresNest, Saturday, 27 July 2019 16:28 (two years ago) link

Wow, that’s beautiful. The original mix had that “newly stereo” quality of severe hard-panning that also is heard on Oddysee and Oracle. Centring things as is done on this mix glues everything together— superior treatment of the Mellotron, too. I heard the famous Stylophone on this song for the first time, having never before been able to identify it.

I want a remix of Oddysee and Oracle (sorry if I’m spelling it wrong)

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 27 July 2019 19:53 (two years ago) link

Mono mix of Odessey is awesome btw

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 27 July 2019 20:04 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Is modern love a rewrite of young Americans?

calstars, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 21:34 (two weeks ago) link

It's in the same key, with similar tempo and harmonic movements, it's possible he conceived it as a rewrite.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 23:25 (two weeks ago) link

Ascending chords as well. He got to the V chord in the verses a lot faster in 1974…seems to have slowed down on modern love and only gets to the IV

calstars, Thursday, 14 October 2021 00:06 (one week ago) link

I'm so obsessed with 'Jump They Say', these days, even the ridiculous Robert Longo referencing video, the song is really heart-breaking in some undefinable way.

Maresn3st, Friday, 15 October 2021 18:33 (one week ago) link

he said
JUMP

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 15 October 2021 18:40 (one week ago) link

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

birdistheword, Friday, 15 October 2021 19:09 (one week ago) link

Damn you YouTube user 0tapir0

birdistheword, Friday, 15 October 2021 19:10 (one week ago) link

Lots of good Bowie talk over here too (incl. Tarfumes and Alfred getting me to finally check out the awes 2016 Parlophone[Rhino dist.] Young Americans) Christgau's Consumer Guide Grade List: A+

dow, Saturday, 16 October 2021 16:45 (one week ago) link


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