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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 (twenty-one 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 (twenty-one 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 (twenty-one 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 (twenty-one 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 (twenty-one years ago) link

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

doomie, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (twenty-one 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 (twenty-one 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 (twenty-one 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 (twenty-one 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 (thirteen years ago) link

awww cuet

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

Very nice.

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

Lovely.

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

wow. really charming stuff

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

last thursday i was talking to tony viscounti

wtf

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

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

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

What the hell happened to Doomie anyway?

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

Very nice!

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

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

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

where is this

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

http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/

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

wow that "life on mars" entry is amazing

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

bowiesongs.wordpress.com

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

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

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

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

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

Okay that works

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 18 September 2022 13:00 (one year ago) link

I saw it in IMAX yesterday and loved it, though agree it dragged a bit in the last 10-15 minutes. I admired how it was an impressionistic portrait rather than the usual parade of dates and talking heads—as I left the cinema, it occurred to me that they didn’t even mention any album titles. I saw a review criticize this approach a bit, but I figure that anyone seeing this film already knows the Bowie story, and doesn’t need the same tired anecdotes repeated.* The sections about Ziggyy/LA were really thrilling; I liked how it incorporated all the clips of Kenneth Anger etc. as context, and applying effects to live footage. Reminded me of the recent Velvet Underground film, and would love to see a film in this manner just about Bowie in the early 70s.

*Biggest disappointment in this regard was going to the one-night only theater showing of the Beatles’ Eight Days a Week. I thought I’d see a deep dive into their touring years but it ended up being rehashed Anthology stories.

blatherskite, Sunday, 18 September 2022 15:54 (one year ago) link

Yeah it was a joy, if not perfect-as-such I really had no complaints; there's a big interview with Morgen in a supplement to that relaunched Creem debut issue I need to look through here to get a better sense of his editorial choices. Alfred's many points on his blog are well kept in mind. I did appreciate they got in "Hallo Spaceboy" (I was half expecting "I'm Afraid of Americans" but then again in retrospect the closest thing to a duet performance they showed was the Tina Turner Pepsi ad -- so no "Under Pressure," "Dancing In the Streets" (going with "Absolute Beginners" was a smart touch), or the Freddie tribute duet with Annie Lennox, etc.)

I dunno, I think the absence of deep Blackstar reflections as such is easily explained that there's no interview material from him about it or The Next Day. What were they going to play otherwise as the running commentary? Framing the film with "Blackstar" video footage and doing the mix of the women in the ritual from that with "Memory of a Free Festival" was a sharp touch, and again sorta said what was needed to as I felt it.

Seeing Morgen did all those edits and mixes soundwise impressed me. Put it up there with Soulwax's DAVE video/audio mix, frankly, and in a much different way. Also got to see a one-off screening of The Man Who Fell to Earth a few days beforehand so having that fresh in my head was helpful given all the footage used. (I did find it VERY fascinating if weirdly appropriate that essentially his Young Americans and just after era were barely represented outside of a performance clip or two with different audio over it; instead it was mostly the Cavett interview, the Yentob documentary and Man Who Fell.)

I did run through various things in my head about what they left out and amused myself at thinking what an alternate cut could be like; leaving everything from before "Space Oddity" aside from Love You Til Tuesday mime snippets fits I suppose, the "Fame" era as noted, but imagine if the focus was the Peter And The Wolf recording, the "God Only Knows" cover, gamely playing along as Hunt Sales did his bloooooz thing on "Stateside" with Tin Machine, The Linguini Incident, and the VH1 Storytellers special for ...hours. (I almost wondered if they were going to ignore Labyrinth so I was happy to see that crop up; mildly surprised nothing from Baal though? And was there nothing from The Hunger? I might have at least thrown in bits of the Pontius Pilate and Tesla performances. And what exactly was that one audiovisual performance where there was a spine and a gas mask in front of him and the films projected behind? That and the moment of him in the shadow of a stagelight with the flower petals raining down were my 'I wish I knew what this was from' moments, along with that SE Asian tour footage as Alfred mentions.)

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 18 September 2022 16:22 (one year ago) link

Oh and gamely going with two of the big standard classics as credits playout music was kinda fun. I hope everyone did stay to the very end to catch the last little bit.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 18 September 2022 16:23 (one year ago) link

Framing the film with "Blackstar" video footage and doing the mix of the women in the ritual from that with "Memory of a Free Festival" was a sharp touch, and again sorta said what was needed to as I felt it.

True.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 18 September 2022 16:35 (one year ago) link

"And what exactly was that one audiovisual performance where there was a spine and a gas mask in front of him and the films projected behind? "

i felt like those were outtakes from the Hearts Filthy Lesson video but I could be totally wrong.

akm, Sunday, 18 September 2022 18:43 (one year ago) link

Yes!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 18 September 2022 18:44 (one year ago) link

Also very much enjoyed the movie, I liked how even though it was not comprehensive it still presented a good evolving portrait of him. The contemporaneous interviews really let you hear where he was (creatively, geographically) at different points. It's striking to hear his sudden shift in the '80s into "I'm an entertainer!" mode, and then to hear him turn against that again the next decade — like he'd let himself be seduced if not corrupted. All well put together, if a little baggy here and there.

'Hunky Dory' box. incoming - https://superdeluxeedition.com/news/david-bowie-a-divine-symmetry-the-journey-to-hunky-dory/

MaresNest, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 14:17 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

I was with Moonage Daydream for a while, even though most of my favourite songs weren't there ("Kooks," "Hang on to Yourself," "Panic in Detroit"). My favourite part was how he dropped "Love Me Do" into "Jean Genie" in that one clip (though you don't really get to hear "Jean Genie"). I thought the middle part, L.A. and Berlin, was okay--I'd actually like to see a conventional documentary on his two years in L.A.

After that...well, it reminded me of how much I'd come to hate David Bowie through the '80s (before reconnecting to early favourites much later on), especially the MTV era. I found his pronouncements on life and art and the Emotional State of David Bowie interminable, and every time I thought the film was over, I'd realize there were still things to cover.

My friend's a big Bowie fan, and he liked it a lot, and people here seem to have liked it a lot, so I guess I'm just not Bowie fan enough, even I view some of those early songs to be as great as the '70s got.

clemenza, Saturday, 15 October 2022 02:31 (one year ago) link

Bowie himself hated 80’s Bowie

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 15 October 2022 02:50 (one year ago) link

He seemed a little conflicted on that--besides the entertainer angle, he was also, at first, explaining the MTV years as a back-to-basics thing.

When I watched all those British teenagers in thrall to him circa 1972, I started thinking about my own high school years ('74-79) and how I just don't remember anybody who seemed to emulate him in any way. (Like in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, where there's not one but three Pat Benatar clones at school.) Maybe it was just that no one was bold enough in a small-town high school.

clemenza, Saturday, 15 October 2022 03:05 (one year ago) link

Following Scary Monsters, I think he had enough singles in the '80s that altogether add up to a respectable pop album. May be on the long side, but I'd enjoy these twelve programmed together:

Under Pressure
Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Let's Dance
China Girl
Modern Love
Blue Jean
This Is Not America
Loving The Alien
Absolute Beginners
Day-In Day-Out
Time Will Crawl
Never Let Me Down

birdistheword, Saturday, 15 October 2022 04:42 (one year ago) link

I actually loved the '80s section of the movie, because that was my own direct contemporaneous experience of him. It was interesting to me to see that period in the larger context of his career, how he kind of worked his way up to it and then how he felt about it afterward, the whole stadium superstar brand name.

This is the Bowie I knew -- a vague brand name in 1987. The guy (wasn't he gay, we'd speculate) who recorded "Let's Dance." He still earned long interviews on MTV and world premieres through the first Tin Machine album.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 15 October 2022 09:32 (one year ago) link

In all the dense collage of influences/inspirations/fellow travelers, the one I didn't see was Warhol. Had to have been in there and I just missed it. The VU flashed by, but I didn't see Warhol (or any of his art).

Also loved "All the Young Dudes." Weird, but that song can actually make me tear up at times!

clemenza, Saturday, 15 October 2022 14:57 (one year ago) link

xp: lol, I always thought that was some Parker Lewis- or Zach Morris-type.

peace, man, Saturday, 15 October 2022 15:18 (one year ago) link

Prince Myshkin Can't Lose

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 15 October 2022 17:48 (one year ago) link

The first album I remember buying was The Man Who Sold the World, the one with the "comic book" cover. I found it in the cutout bin at Radio Shack. It completely blew my mind; Pepper notwithstanding, I'd never heard anyone make music quite that weird. I've had great love for him ever since, despite a, to put it generously, uneven output.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 15 October 2022 18:25 (one year ago) link

and thank god for the uneven output. It's probably Bowie who long ago reinforced the theory that poseurs need failed expeRiments.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 15 October 2022 18:30 (one year ago) link

Following Scary Monsters, I think he had enough singles in the '80s that altogether add up to a respectable pop album. May be on the long side, but I'd enjoy these twelve programmed together:

Under Pressure
Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Let's Dance
China Girl
Modern Love
Blue Jean
This Is Not America
Loving The Alien
Absolute Beginners
Day-In Day-Out
Time Will Crawl
Never Let Me Down

the solution :

https://www.discogs.com/master/97355-David-Bowie-The-Best-Of-David-Bowie-19801987

mark e, Saturday, 15 October 2022 18:31 (one year ago) link

LOL, it even has a bonus DVD of the videos!

Too bad it's mastered by Peter Mew. I don't like the way he mastered Bowie's CD's - compressed, way too bright and NoNoised.

birdistheword, Saturday, 15 October 2022 18:44 (one year ago) link

Yeah I love that 8087 best of but I recreated it with versions from older CDs so that it’d sound good

realistic pillow (Jon not Jon), Sunday, 16 October 2022 22:02 (one year ago) link

I'm kind of charmed that Bowie (presumably) said to the compilers, "make sure you toss in 'Alabama Song' and something from Baal!"

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 17 October 2022 01:08 (one year ago) link

Bowie Alabama Song = duuuuuuud

Cow_Art, Monday, 17 October 2022 01:10 (one year ago) link

I like it, but admittedly it doesn't add anything to the Doors version

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 17 October 2022 01:24 (one year ago) link

I just figured he was doing the collectors a solid - quite a few non-album songs on that compilation, so the more the merrier.

birdistheword, Monday, 17 October 2022 03:14 (one year ago) link

Almost every one of my favorite 80s Bowie tracks is non-album

realistic pillow (Jon not Jon), Monday, 17 October 2022 04:06 (one year ago) link

"Come for 'Let's Dance' - stay for 'Drowned Girl'"!

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 17 October 2022 14:28 (one year ago) link

I'm a big "Absolute Beginners" fan, I even bought the soundtrack just to have the song. (For $2 in a cutout bin in 1989 or something, but still.)

my fav 80s bowie song by a mile

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 08:35 (one year ago) link

That whole soundtrack is great. Besides Bowie, Sade "Killer Blow" and Ray Davies "Quiet Life" are favorites.

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 08:54 (one year ago) link

That movie was frustrating. There were sequences that worked well, but it was so uneven.

death generator (lukas), Friday, 28 October 2022 05:38 (one year ago) link

I'll probably watch it again some day. But.

death generator (lukas), Friday, 28 October 2022 05:38 (one year ago) link

I believe it’s David Bowies fav song too.

Mark G, Friday, 28 October 2022 10:12 (one year ago) link

Y’all heard this? Your man from the Pushing Ahead.. blog thinks it’s the best version (or ‘the most complete’ at least) and I think he’s right. Always loved the album mix but this is a bloody marvel; Lisa Germano and John Frusciante are both on it too;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8nuT1rDB7o

piscesx, Friday, 28 October 2022 10:31 (one year ago) link

The ending, just ... Bowie records a masterpiece that touches on themes from throughout his career while suffering from advanced cancer that was killing him and really should have had him laid up in a hospital. Do you think the audience might be interested in that? No? Okay then.

death generator (lukas), Friday, 28 October 2022 17:47 (one year ago) link

I was skeptical but that is an excellent version of Bring Me...

death generator (lukas), Friday, 28 October 2022 19:33 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

So this...

https://deadline.com/2023/03/midnight-special-youtube-channel-david-bowie-tina-turner-elton-john-fleetwood-mac-1235280405

Means that this is now available via YT, namely actual formal clips from the 1984 Floor Show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2DTwK5xysg

Ned Raggett, Monday, 6 March 2023 22:38 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

new laughing gnome take out

joyful

haha I love this shit

corrs unplugged, Friday, 5 May 2023 08:29 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFdCI5i0EWo

corrs unplugged, Friday, 5 May 2023 14:06 (six months ago) link

Funny, his voice on the talking bits was pretty much his 'personable/friendly' voice he had in his later (ie "Lets Dance" onwards) years!

Like, "The Laughing Gnome" was closer to the real David Jones than anything else.

Mark G, Saturday, 6 May 2023 10:24 (six months ago) link

Did a doubletake when I saw the hype sticker and price on that little box set on record store day. £79.99, featuring 1 unreleased take of The Laughing Gnome. cost of living crisis going to new heights here.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Saturday, 6 May 2023 10:27 (six months ago) link

There are record collectors. And there are David Bowie etc

Mark G, Saturday, 6 May 2023 10:30 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

This is so great. He did this the day the news broke.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nKb2JC7Qn0

Tracer Hand, Friday, 30 June 2023 07:41 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I've finally got round to listening to the Toy 10" box set that came out a while back. I had full absorbed the Toy album from the big album box and I didn't like it very much, so I wasn't expecting to get anything out of more versions of it. What can I say, I'll suffer through a lot of bad Bowie.

But there's an alternate version called Toy: Unplugged and Slightly Electric that is miles better than the proper album. There's more space in it, less gloppy, more focus on Bowie's singing which is actually pretty good. It's still not a great album because the songs just aren't there, but it's an enjoyable listen and the casual nature suits the songs much better. Every other version of "Baby Loves That Way" makes me wince and I can actually get through this.

Cow_Art, Monday, 24 July 2023 17:09 (four months ago) link

How do you feel about the original '60s versions?

(Speaking as someone who loves the Rhino Early On comp.)

Hideous Lump, Monday, 24 July 2023 17:52 (four months ago) link

Early On is pretty fun. I like that stuff more than a lot of the Deram material. The most difficult pre Space Oddity stuff for me is the stuff like "Sell Me A Coat" and "London Bye Ta Ta."

For the most part, the original versions are almost always better than the Toy versions but I'd have to spend more time with the Unplugged set because some of those tracks are really lovely. The full band Toy versions are so leaden and glopped up. "I Dig Everything" isn't a great song, but the original is sort of cute baby photo of Bowie. The Toy version is *cringe*.

"Silly Boy Blue" might be my favorite early Bowie track.

Cow_Art, Monday, 24 July 2023 18:22 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0geQMFdt-90

MaresNest, Monday, 18 September 2023 15:26 (two months ago) link

Beautiful but it needs more reverb

willem, Monday, 18 September 2023 22:45 (two months ago) link


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