David Bowie - The Next Day

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Annnnd we're back.

http://www.davidbowie.com/the-next-day

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow.

Davek (davek_00), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Rather low key single there but why not? It's not like he needs to amp up, and I like the way it shifts into the bridge. Like a gentler "Absolute Beginners" to a degree but maybe that's in my head.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Woohoo!

And Happy 66th to the man himself.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Press release hoohah:

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Where is David Bowie?

New Single and Pre-Order of First New Album in 10 Years Exclusively Launching on the iTunes Store Today

New York, NY--January 8, 2013--In the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th January, Iso/Columbia Records released a new single by David Bowie titled 'Where Are We Now?' exclusively launching in the iTunes Store in 119 countries. David Bowie's first new album in ten years and his 30th studio recording, THE NEXT DAY is also available as a pre-order on iTunes with a wide release scheduled for March. January the 8th is of course David Bowie's birthday, a timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere.

Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.

In recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking ....a new record...who would have ever thought it, who'd have ever dreamed it! After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants...when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say.

Produced by long term collaborator Tony Visconti, 'Where Are We Now?' was written by Bowie, and was recorded in New York. The single is accompanied by a haunting video directed by Tony Oursler which harks back to David's time in Berlin. He is seen looking in on footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time and a lyric constantly raising the question Where Are We Now?

"The moment you know, you know you know" resonates from the new single's lyric. Now we all know...David Bowie has been in the recording studio...just when we least expected it!!

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The Next Day tracklisting

Standard Version:

01. The Next Day 3:51
02. Dirty Boys 2:58
03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 3:56
04. Love Is Lost 3:57
05. Where Are We Now? 4:08
06. Valentine's Day 3:01
07. If You Can See Me 3:16
08. I'd Rather Be High 3:53
09. Boss Of Me 4:09
10. Dancing Out In Space 3:24
11. How Does The Grass Grow 4:33
12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire 3:30
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die 4:41
14. Heat 4:25

Total (Approximately) 53:14

Deluxe Version

01. The Next Day 3:51
02. Dirty Boys 2:58
03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 3:56
04. Love Is Lost 3:57
05. Where Are We Now? 4:08
06. Valentine's Day 3:01
07. If You Can See Me 3:16
08. I'd Rather Be High 3:53
09. Boss Of Me 4:09
10. Dancing Out In Space 3:24
11. How Does The Grass Grow 4:33
12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire 3:30
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die 4:41
14. Heat 4:25

Bonus tracks:
15. So She 2:31
16. I'll Take You There 2:44
17. Plan 2:34

Total (Approximately): 61: 03

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:32 (five years ago) Permalink

The Wembley Arena show I saw him do on the Reality tour is still one of the best I've ever seen. I'd be very surprised to see much touring for this though.

Davek (davek_00), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:33 (five years ago) Permalink

!

Genuinely really unexpected. The single's just okay, but man I can't even be mad, it's Bowie making music again. Is it too much to ask that dude tours again?

one bish two bish red bish blue bish (fadanuf4erybody), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:36 (five years ago) Permalink

interesting cover on the itunes preorder page http://i.imgur.com/GwXCD.png

big fat dictionary (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:39 (five years ago) Permalink

And of course, at least seventeen more entries for the Bowiesongs blog to expect.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:39 (five years ago) Permalink

great single imo. well great song, maybe not right for a single.

glumdalclitch, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 05:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Am I alone in hearing this as a perfect opportunity to duet for Robert Wyatt?

Oblique Strategies, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 06:44 (five years ago) Permalink

AWESOME

willem, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 06:58 (five years ago) Permalink

There's a bunch of titles there that'd make decent jumping off places for an ILX coverproject, just sayin'

Mark G, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 07:01 (five years ago) Permalink

This makes two of my musical heroes who have returned from ten-year absences from the music scene- Cohen and Bowie.

Both cases have thrilled me.

I love the songs that old, serious men write.

FunkyTonk, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 07:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Realized that the details of my first statement above aren't totally accurate. Oh well.

FunkyTonk, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 07:25 (five years ago) Permalink

mixed feelings about this. it sounds like it took about 10 minutes to write, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

gimme some reggae! (get bent), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 07:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I hope he tours, but I hope it's not another best-of-the-whole career rock'n'roll tour like Reality was. Something quieter and befitting his age. I don't want to see him do "Rebel Rebel." Even though I love that song.

FunkyTonk, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 07:30 (five years ago) Permalink

'...not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. '

mohel hell (Bob Six), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 08:19 (five years ago) Permalink

c'mon, he invented sexual tourism!

Mark G, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 08:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Christ, the Dschungel club on Nurnburgerstrasse, near KaDeWe... instant nostalgia for my year in Berlin. The place was a bit up itself, though.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 09:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Is this his 'When We Was Fab'?

MaresNest, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 10:24 (five years ago) Permalink

^^Good call - he should have got Iggy and Brian to appear in the video.

mohel hell (Bob Six), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 10:51 (five years ago) Permalink

It's a bit overwrought and at the same time doesn't really say anything. Don't get me wrong, I really wanted to like this. If it had been anyone but Bowie I wouldn't have patiently sat through all of it. But it comes out shortly after a new Scott Walker album, and Walker does this kind of lyric and singing a lot better, and also, crucially, with a sense of humour.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Did he just wait until the day after Suede put out their big comeback single or is that a coincidence? Anyway way to steal their thunder.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:04 (five years ago) Permalink

You can sing Fantastic Voyage over this.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:06 (five years ago) Permalink

xp kind of backfired, because the Suede track is way better.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah that's true. Pretty sure he put out Black Tie White Noise the week after their debut too and Suede won that round too.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:10 (five years ago) Permalink

it sounds a bit like that song from Drive

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:31 (five years ago) Permalink

wait, was it from Drive. it sounds like an unspecified song that I think was in Drive. stay tuned.

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:32 (five years ago) Permalink

STAY RETIRED

attempt to look intentionally nerdy, awkward or (thomp), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:36 (five years ago) Permalink

the whole sound and look of the video gives this an 'outside' era feel (the twisted face effect in the video).

its not an immediate hit-you-in-the-face song, but as an album track, i think its rather lovely.

on another point of interest, can you imagine the secrecy clauses that folks have had to sign in order to be involved - i mean, in the last 12 months there has been a lot of pressure/interest re new material, and not a word has leaked out from anyone involved in this.

in this day and age, i think that's mighty impressive.

mark e, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:43 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^ My other half talks to Bowie's management all the time and she and none of her work colleagues knew nothing.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:47 (five years ago) Permalink

ugh dbl neg, sorry

MaresNest, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Good call on When We Was Fab! Amazing spot.

piscesx, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Will listen in a few minutes but I'm disappointed he didn't stay retired -- what a brilliant move it was.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Here's the joke (or at least until I actually hear the song): today's his 65th birthday.

clemenza, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:00 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, i think i said on another thread that i quite liked the idea of him just disappearing off into the sunset never to be heard from again.

mark e, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:00 (five years ago) Permalink

66th birthday.

I am so glad there's not supposed to be interviews/tour happening, just a record.

karl lagerlout (suzy), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:03 (five years ago) Permalink

66th birthday. It's a crazy week for b'days... Sandy Denny (she'd also have been 66), Scott Walker, Bernard Sumner, Michael Stipe, Beth Gibbons, Robin Guthrie, Mark Hollis... (I only know this because it's also a crazy week for friends' birthdays, so you tend to look this stuff up).

xp

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:05 (five years ago) Permalink

And of course, at least seventeen more entries for the Bowiesongs blog to expect.

― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, January 8, 2013 5:39 AM (6 hours ago)

It would be great if the rest of Bowie's career was just dedicated to messing with that guy. "There, finished! I've written a blog entry for every single Bowie song ever... dammmit he's just released a new album!!!"

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:08 (five years ago) Permalink

there was also that Paolo Hewitt coffeetable book which came out a few weeks ago, covers all his albums in an entry-level kind of way and concludes with a slightly gloomy "well we've not heard shit from him for years, guess that's that then"

die bis scum (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:17 (five years ago) Permalink

66th birthday. It's a crazy week for b'days... Sandy Denny (she'd also have been 66), Scott Walker, Bernard Sumner, Michael Stipe, Beth Gibbons, Robin Guthrie, Mark Hollis... (I only know this because it's also a crazy week for friends' birthdays, so you tend to look this stuff up).

Today would've been Elvis's 78th birthday as well.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm kinda surprised that he's still associated with the major label, or affiliate or whatever it is, that he hooked up with in the early 2000s…I would have thought until earlier this morning that one reason for his sabbatical is that he wanted to sit a contract out…

I interviewed him as he was finishing Reality: I was terrified, but he couldn't have been more friendly. Thought he would be sporting an avant garde japanese suit, but was wearing a rugby shirt and khakis…

veronica moser, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:30 (five years ago) Permalink

The new single is currently number two on the UK itunes chart inbetween Will.i.am and Taylor Swift, have to say I'm pretty shocked by that.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Bit of a dreary song, sorry David.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:43 (five years ago) Permalink

song is boring, but it's no surprise

nostormo, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 12:47 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't like the song very much, but I'm very happy it has come out because there had been a lot of rumors around that he was very ill. Hopefully the song/album disproves that.

this will surprise many (Nicole), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 13:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Please say there will be a vinyl release of this.

Maria Tesla Pizzeria, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 13:25 (five years ago) Permalink

all together now..

Mark G, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 13:26 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GodUgnO7lY

PaulTMA, Sunday, 12 October 2014 15:10 (four years ago) Permalink

That's a great song.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 12 October 2014 15:23 (four years ago) Permalink

The new single is a collaboration with Maria Schneider, of all people ... looking forward to hearing it one of these days

Surely this is the lady with the jazz orchestra and not the European actress, if that's what you are thinking, who passed away three years ago.

Bobby Ono Bland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 October 2014 15:43 (four years ago) Permalink

yes, the Gil Evans protege ... this sounds great!

Brad C., Sunday, 12 October 2014 15:49 (four years ago) Permalink

yep, this new song is excellent.

borntohula, Monday, 13 October 2014 15:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Scott Walker 60's style melody

nostormo, Monday, 13 October 2014 15:31 (four years ago) Permalink

will there be a new album?

nostormo, Monday, 13 October 2014 15:36 (four years ago) Permalink

that is really great!

sleeve, Monday, 13 October 2014 15:40 (four years ago) Permalink

xpost -- greatest hits comp in a month.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 October 2014 15:40 (four years ago) Permalink

bummer..

he should record a whole album of this "Scott walker Drum n Base Jazz Kraut" style

nostormo, Monday, 13 October 2014 15:42 (four years ago) Permalink

as I posted on facebook...Scott Walker fronting the Soft Machine in 1969. Or 70. I can't remember which I said. Whatever.

dan selzer, Monday, 13 October 2014 15:49 (four years ago) Permalink

that must be jazz -- i can't stand it

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 October 2014 16:53 (four years ago) Permalink

ha, definitely was not expecting live drum n' jazz but i'm not mad at all.

festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 13 October 2014 17:22 (four years ago) Permalink

hrmmmm, not sure about this. There's certainly some cool stuff going on in the orchestra, but there's something a little too plodding about the way his vocal moves over the band, and maybe the band is just a hair too busy for his vocal.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 01:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Some neat little D&B loop quotes going on in the drums, and I like the sound of the whole thing.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 01:35 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

New song Tis A Pity She Was A Whore is actually really good fun:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o32okU676_Q

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 10 November 2014 15:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Is there another thread discussing Nothing Has Changed? The first disc (on the 3 disc set) is the first time I've really unselfconsciously enjoyed a sustained side of post-Scary Monsters Bowie. The sequencing probably has a lot to do with it. And suddenly "Sue" has clicked, possibly due to being the kick-off track rather than a stand alone. I'm curious how this would do in a poll of Bowie best-ofs.

dlp9001, Saturday, 22 November 2014 23:02 (three years ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to it but that is a pretty great track selection, limited though it is.

WTF is Dancing in the Street on this comp?

akm, Saturday, 22 November 2014 23:20 (three years ago) Permalink

it just seriously ruins Disc 2

akm, Saturday, 22 November 2014 23:20 (three years ago) Permalink

"Dancing in the St" was included either out of charity (do proceeds still go to some sort of relief fund?) or perversity. The real oddball missing track on disc 2 is "Cat People," which Tarantino made hip again

col, Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:14 (three years ago) Permalink

iirc that track has always been hip, weird omission

sleeve, Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:20 (three years ago) Permalink

It's really the first disc that I find most interesting, as it's so strong and also so unfamiliar if you haven't been paying attention. (I'd given cursory listens to the albums it pulls from, but never *loved* any of them). The other two discs just strike me as a grab bag...definitely feels like the most thought went into the first.

dlp9001, Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:24 (three years ago) Permalink

agree, tho' 1st disc shortchanges Reality (a pretty strong record) in favor of Hours (a really not v. strong one). the opening 1-2-3 is a great sequence.

col, Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:31 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

on "Where Are We Now": https://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/where-are-we-now/

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Reading that has reminded me I haven't listened to The Next Day for a long, long while... I'll have to give it another listen and see how it's held up. Looking at the tracklisting now, I can recall near enough every song on it, so that's a good start!

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Friday, 26 June 2015 01:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I love this album.

Heiress Too (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Friday, 26 June 2015 01:44 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Finally listened to this over the last week. It's quite good, isn't it? Has struck me more than Heathen, the other recent(ish) Bowie I've picked up since he died. Surprised at the lack of talk about the title track, which was my immediate favourite.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 12 February 2016 13:35 (two years ago) Permalink

otm

As already written in another thread: For me, the title track is putting everything from hours to Reality to shame in terms of sheer vitality, force and also fun. His voice is so strong, remarkable lyrics and generally it sounds like an unreleased b-side from Lodger, like an excellent mix of Repetition and Red Sails.

the european nikon is here (grauschleier), Friday, 12 February 2016 16:04 (two years ago) Permalink

I gave it another go before and after he died and it still sounds tentative and a couple of times actually embarrassing.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 February 2016 16:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Is there any collection / writing about Bowie b-sides anywhere? I assume PAOTD covers them but are they all listed together anywhere or something?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 12 February 2016 16:15 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Revisiting this again - 'Heat' is so fucking good.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 14 October 2017 21:34 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Weird to think this album is five years old now. THAT time passed strangely quickly.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah, agreed - one last, quick burst of creativity and then he was gone foe good.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

*for

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

There was this little record called BLACKSTAR that came before he was "gone for good", you cretin.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah, and I include Blackstar in as part of that one last, quick burst of creativity. It's a record that I like a lot, as the thread about the record will show. You dumb little fucking cunt.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

Well this revive is all going swimmingly.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

The Next Day is a special case. I've wondered if Bowie at the time might have already thought it could have been his swan song? In any case Blackstar more or less obliterated it in its force. Which takes away some of The Next Day's appeal and shine, because it's probably underrated and really good.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

As for The Next Day, I still like the record a lot, although definitely not as much as Blackstar. Last time I listened to the record I really enjoyed it, particularly 'If You Can See Me', which always felt like it had a Scary Monsters vibe about it. It'd be great to hear what everyone thinks about the record now, preferably without Le Bateau Ivre turning up and acting like an utter weapon. I know Alfred in particular was cold on it.

(xxpost)

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

reality, the next day and blackstar is an extremely good run

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm not convinced that The Next Day was ever designed to be a swan song, rather the next chapter of Bowie's career, although the last song on The Next Day sounds like it would have made a perfect career closer. If Bowie hadn't fallen ill, I believe we would have had more music from him by now, but at the same time we may not have had Blackstar in the form that it was released.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

This record still is not very good, an enthusiastic retread of modes and instrumental choices he had even by then discarded.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

Reality is underrated, IMO... I probably like that and Heathen more than The Next Day, and Outside over all of 'em. In fact, if it wasn't for hours... I'd say Bowie's work from 1995 onwards was quite strong... not 1971-1980 strong, but a very good run of LP's in their own right.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

That's about right.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

oh heathen, i forgot about that record. It was not bad iirc

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

Heathen is my favorite late-period Bowie next to Blackstar, for sure.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

I get what Ned's saying, though... five years before The Next Day was released, I think pretty much most people considered Bowie retired and had come to terms with the fact that there may have not been any more new music from him. Five years after The Next Day and here we are knowing that there won't be anymore new music from him. The comeback feels like it lasted in the time it takes to blink your eyes, yet in Blackstar we're left with one of his best albums.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

He revisited Low live in full during the Heathen era, if I remember correctly.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

He did

https://vimeo.com/171621712

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:09 (nine months ago) Permalink


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