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I don't think Bowie was ever in Hopelessly Devoted section (or was I sleeping)

Just has to give major props to the man that really influenced my childhood.. I just got the new Box set ... he is a real genius. Just image wise alone... the changes of face is fantastic (bear in mind he was image changing before the days of paid stylists and image makers - so there Miss madonna!)... Musically he has dished out some brilliant stuff ... from early Hunky Dory / to Heroes (new box set features a version of Heroes in German that'a fab!)... to Ashes to Ashes...Low... Young Americans... work with Brian Eno... et al... Plus look at him .. he's fuckin hot... (check him out in the new Vittel advert )
I don't know him, have never even met him... but he seems like a good egg... lets give props..
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Well, at first I thought it lacked a lot, felt like a return to his late 80's pop sensibilities, which after the genius of his 90's work, like Outside, seemed like a sucker punch.

Still, I'm nothing if not an ardent Bowie fan, and repeated listneing does deliver an appreciation for the musicianship rampant throughout the work. Lovely sounds, if not songs. His own vocal performance is strong, the timbre of his voice takes on delicate nuances as he's aging. He can tremble and flutter in a manner that feels authentic now, whereas pulling that same hat trick before sounded...pretentious, even from him.

Reality is worth listening to - it's easily enough downloaded, but be prepared for having to work at liking it.
yes..."Hours" does it make for perfect sunday catnap music

but "Heathen" which was released in 2002 showed both maturity and spirit...not to mention that the CD art was well done... I play it now and then...

I wonder what drives David Bowie at this point... doing this for so many years what keeps him going? aside from admiring and respecting his work I keep up to see what is next... David Bowie is a master Chameleon... none can compare...

Cactus from Heathen

Sitting here
Wishing on a cement floor
Just wishing that
I had just something you wore
I put it on when I go lonely
Will you take off your dress
And send it to me?

I miss your kissin'
And I miss your head
And a letter in your writing
Doesn't mean you're not dead

Just run outside in the desert heat
Make your dress all wet
And send it to me
I miss your soup and I miss your bread
And a letter in your writing
Doesn't mean you're not dead
So spill your breakfast
And drip your wine
Just wear that dress when you dine

I think I will pop it in now...


feed the fire of your desire...
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I dunno, I think Hours, while rather sedate, is by far the superior album on a whole by comparison to Reality.

Of course you know that Cactus, featured above, was a cover song, written and originally recorded by Frank Black of the Pixies. Pablo Picasso is also a cover, I believe of Jonathan Richmond.

Amateurs borrow, professionals steal, but Bowie...appropriates.
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I knew that he didn't write it but I didn't know it was a cover...oh David...

but wait... I smell redemption Wink

Bring Me the Disco King

(written by David Bowie 2003, performed by David Bowie, Maynard James Keenan & John Frusciante)

You promised me the ending would be clear
You'd let me know when the time was now
Don't let me know when you're opening the door
Stab me in the dark, let me disappear

Memories that flutter like bats out of hell
Stab you from the city spires
Life wasn't worth the balance
Or the crumpled paper it was written on

Don't let me know we're invisible
Don't let me know we're invisible

Hot cash days that you trailed around
Cold cold nights under chrome and glass
Led me down river of perfumed limbs
Sent me to the streets with the good time girls

Don't let me know we're invisible
Don't let me know we're invisible
We could dance, dance, dance thru' the fire
Dance, dance, dance thru' the fire

Feed me no lies
I don't know about you, I don't know about you
Breathe through the years
I don't know about you, I don't know about you
Bring me the disco king
I don't know about you, I don't know about you
Dead or alive, bring me the disco king
Bring me the disco king, bring me the disco king
Bring me the disco king

Spin-offs with those who slept like corpses
Damp morning rays in the stiff bad clubs
Killing time in the '70s
Smelling of love through the moist winds
Don't let me know when you're opening the door
Close me in the dark, let me disappear
Soon there'll be nothing left of me
Nothing left to release

Dance, dance, dance thru' the fire
Dance, dance, dance thru' the fire
Feed me no lies
I don't know about you, I don't know about you
Breathe through the years
I don't know about you, I don't know about you
Bring me the disco king
I don't know about you, I don't know about you
Dead or alive, bring me the disco king


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I enjoy Bowie's music a lot, but was more influenced by him as a 70s fashion icon than anything else. His brand of androgynous drag, over-the-top glam chic and ambiguous sexuality was one of the things that led me into the club world to begin with. His chic even translated to his film appearances like "The Hunger". So hot.

Also, everyone loves to put down his 80s top-40 commercial pop stint, but personally I loved that period of his career as much as the rest of it. I would just as soon rock out to "Cat People", "Under Pressure" or "Let's Dance" as I would to Pin-Ups or Ziggy Stardust. Granted those songs were not brilliant but they were good clean fun and there's a lot to be said for that.
Sure, the Let's Dance period wasn't really so bad as some protest. And if he'd have sufficiently moved on from there into a less pop direction so uch the better. But to go even more mainstream was unexpected, and even he, himself has lamented this period as his nadir.

I do like a few songs from "Let's Dance" 's follow-up, "Tonight", but on the whole it fails to capture me. Sadly, that Glass Spider Never Let Me Down thing that came on the heels of it was utterly embarassing. He *had* to do that Tin Machine rock band experiment to shake that slime away, and all the newfound fans with it.

For the most part, his 90's period was all about returning to music as an artform. "Outside" remains one of my top five all-time favorite albums by any artist - it's breathtaking.
We've done a lot of video and music trading with people online, and one of the sets of treasures we ended up with is 6-7 hours (two VHS full)of Bowie performances/videos.

We yanked them out LATE on New Years Eve for some of our friends who hadn't seen them. Some of our very favorite:

-- Bowie/Cher medley (around Young American's Era)it is so tragic it's funny Smile

-- 2 performances with Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias on Saturday Night Live

-- "I've got you." performance with Marianne Faithfull. (She's wearing a flying nun deal, and he's got red wings coming out of the front of his pants)


When you see these types of things back-to-back you realize there really isn't much this man HASN'T done or tried.


For the most part, his 90's period was all about returning to music as an artform. "Outside" remains one of my top five all-time favorite albums by any artist - it's breathtaking.

yes... great work that many did not get... that is when I started to see David in the present musically rather then in the past... I did not hear the thin white duke phase as much as see it on mute


feed the fire of your desire...
When discussing David Bowie, we must include the movie Labrynth. Tights, Tights and more TIGHTS. Everyone loves David Bowie in those tights. I remember being 13 or so and watching the movie for the first time. Mr. Bowie has a big chorus number with a shitload of singing muppets. I could not keep my eyes off of his bulge. I don't know if it was a good dance belt or good genes. If you have not seen the movie rush out and rent it.

I purchased a shirt in the East Village in July that has a picture of Mr. Bowie on the front and says "I fucked Mick Jagger." It is one of my prized posessions.

March 29 I have tickets to see Mr. Bowie in concert in Philadelphia. WHOA! I hope he wears the tights.

I'd love to be a seam in the crotch of those tights. Big Grin
I was just reading the posts in this category, and noticed the vast majority speak only of Davids more recent work and ignore his stuff from the early 1970's, which I consider his most inspired work (Space Oddity; The Man Who Sold the World; Hunky Dory; The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; Aladin Sane). David Bowie has been a major influence on my life. Like many artists, it is difficult for those who weren't around when the artist first began influencing music to really appreciate the creative force that was so unique at that time. How totally new and fresh he sounded then. I first heard him in 1972 (late by British standards) in a friends bedroom. He was so turned on by this new artist and sound and played the Space Oddityalbum for me. I was knocked out like the first time I had heard Jimi Hendrix, The Cream, or The Doors. But there was so many more dimensions to these words, music and theatricality than I had ever heard before. Bowie was like this little gremlin speaking to me from deep within my very DNA. He was so assertivly and openly being unashamedly feminine, and being so sexy at the same time. He really grabbed me and wouldn't let go. "Cygnet Committee" struck a very deep chord within me, connecting with my own inner truth so desperately trying to get to the surface and scream out like Bowie quoting Susan Hayward "I WANT TO LIVE!!!" Not long after, at a pot party, again in a friends bedroom (I was 17), I heard "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" and was completely turned on like never before. I still consider this album to be one of the greatest masterpieces of Rock, right next to Sargent Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club. It was much influenced by Stanley Kubrick Movies popular at the time, like 2001: A Space Oddysey, and A Clockwork Orange. I saw it as a Sci-Fi Rock story. For a while Bowie performed the finale: Rock 'N Roll Suicide while being pulled into a Black Hole ("Give me your hands...") which was a finale scenario more recently appropriated (stolen?) by Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I remember what a deeply moving experience it was to hear all of those albums for the first time, and I'm glad that it was always with others, where everyone listened intently with breathless excitment.

I also remember the insane homophobia here in the states that surrounded any mention of Bowie in the early seventies. Even in 1976, my wearing a Bowie T-shirt was akin to many ignoran-tay in New Jersey to wearing a sign saying "I'M GAY!" Hence he didn't really get much airplay even, until he sold out and became more acceptable for the mainstream. I didn't see Bowie perform until July 1974, the Diamond Dogs Tour, at Madison Square. I went with a group of friends,glittery boys and girls, all anticipating a continuation of Ziggy. Although the show was sensational, even by Madison Square Garden standards (He sang "Time" on a swing high above the stage, in old Lady of Burlesque style) we were all disappointed that he had closed the door on Glam Rock, and was now this "thin white duke." Only Bowie could single handedly do that. Even though the vast majority of the United States were not ready for it (Androgynous glam rock), we were, and we all felt we needed it. It was sad to see that it wasn't to be, at least as far as we could see, here in the states (I was then ignorant of much of what was happening only in the UK and Europe at that time). The alien who had showed us the way, had jumped the track and was now on another path. Before long we were on that path too, eating up all that he delivered. Station to Station, played LOUD on good equipment is still fantastic!

I just realized I've gone on way too long here, but feel like I've barely scratched the surface on this man and how he has affected me. I also must say that there were groups that continued carrying the flame that he had begun, such as Queen and Parliament. Much can also be said for the musical guitar stylings that came from Mick Ronson in those early days and how much they contributed to the greatness of the sound. I still joyfully hear his influence on such artists as Gina from the Lunachicks. ALso the influence Bowie had on other artists, such as on Lou Reeds "Transformer" album, Mott the Hoople, or Iggy after he left the Stooges.

In the early seventies, while so much of music had stagnated and become so boring (before the Punk and then New Wave explosion) Bowie was creating some truely fantastic stuff.

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Well said Stacy!!!
Bowie was HUGE influence on so many people... and in my 'hood he paved the way for everyone to suddenly announce they were bisexual!!!! LOL
I was laughing about just this recently with my ole theatre school mates "remember when all the lads in our class wore eye lines and were announcing that they were bisexual like Bowie" we were all into Roxy and Bowie.. the first lad i ever made out with had the full Young Americans look and eye lines (he's a raving queen now of course!)....i remember going to his house and blasting out the LOW album thinking we were so avant gard and his mum storming in the room screaming cos he 'stole' her lipstick ...!! so he just played Bowie louder WWBD (what would Bowie Do was our mantra!! LOL LOL). Course only MY first boyfriend had nicer make up than i did!
Have you seen the new H (Tommy Hilfigure) campaign with Bowie and Iman - Damm he is soo fuckin hot!!! can't help it... if only I were about 200lb lighter and tanned to a lovleee black shade he would defo fancy me! I am sure!
Yes I remember here in the states, how the few Bowie fans that I encountered in the early days, round about '72 often espoused to being "bisexual." Unfortunately that didn't last very long, as everyone was beaten back into suppression, especially where I grew up in New Jersey. It was exciting none-the-less while it lasted, and brave. I remember how I thought it so fitting that he had taken the name of an American pioneer, someone pushing the edges of a frontier. I felt like I was part of that, and had to be active in it. America is so lame in our Puritanicl heritage though. Violence is cool, sex is evil.

I haven't seen the H campaign yet, but will now have an eye out for it. What a handsome couple they make. One of my brother-in-laws is such a total New Jersey Mob stereotype. About ten years ago he said to me "Ya know who's got a good voice? That red-headed guy who's married to that black broad." What's funny is I immediately knew who he was talking about.

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I found this site that celebrates David Bowie's 1972 Masterpiece "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spider's From Mars."

I think it's a pretty good site. If you're a fan, check it out.

Troylegra, I was curious about the psychic connection that you spoke of on these boards and was hoping to hear you say more about it, though I probably already know.

Also I thought that Iggy was the Jene Genie (and Marc Bolan Lady Stardust).
ohmygoddesss!! I didn't think of clicking on Cyrinda Foxe's name on your message and now I understand, and also see that that's from the same site that I just promoted in my last post. I like the photo of Cyrinda and Angie Bowie leaning on each other. She was the Jean Genie in a video (which I have never seen but would love to).
I knew I would be happily entertained when I went to the Bowie concert at Jones Beach on Friday night, but I didn't expect the Show of Shows that I experienced. He was so relaxed, suave and poised. Full of humor, joking and talking with the audience between every song, and totally giving of himself thoughout the evening. He was the epitome of the King of Cups in Tarot. He went everywhere with his song choices for the night, and wherever he went, he was completely into it. He had great presence. THe band was also in top form, and Earl Slick was on guitar, nailing every riff and solo to a tee.

Bowie opened with "Rebel,Rebel" and then totally tickled us with "Queen Bitch." He did some new songs, all of which were great, but among some of the oldies he did were: Diamond Dogs; Quicksand; Five Years; Ziggy Stardust; Suffragette City; The Man Who Sold the World; Station to Station; Heroes; Under Pressure; Ashes to Ashes; China Girl; Modern Love; All the Young Dudes; and I'm Afraid of Americans.

I so much loved him for doing "I'm Afraid of Americans (I'm afraid I can't Help it.)" This after saying that Texas is no longer one of his favorite places.

It was so good to see him enjoying being David Bowie so much and giving so much of himself, and everyone loving it so much back. We were sitting back so far, and yet we and everyone around us was still feeling the intensity of his and the bands performances.

He came back with a long encore that also featured the Velvet Undergrounds' "White Light, White Heat" that had everyone rockin hard. He finished with a song about Uncle Floyd of NJ UHF fame. Very surprising. My favorite highlights were: Diamond Dogs; Station to Station; Suffragette City; and The Man Who Sold the World. A few times he said to the audience "It will irritate me immensely if you all sing along." There were many times when we could not help ourselves. We had a lot of fun singing out background vocals like the "Hey Mans" in Suffragette City, or the Doggie Howls in Diamond Dogs, or the "Aaaaaaaaahh...."s in Ziggy Stardust.

I love David Bowie more than ever and it was so good to see him in such great shape, and such a seasoned performer who has learned so much from a lifetime of performing and has just improved like a good wine. I don't think I could ever miss another chance to see him in the future.
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Bowie...still has it... wish I were at that gig..after reading that review... last time I saw Bowie was at his worst phase ...that 'Glass Spider???" tour... saw him on a cold grey day play Manchester United football was empty and the gig miserable.. poor sod! But he has just really reinvented himself and it ain't all just marketing (like Madge!!!) and he looks HOT!!!
Thank you Chi Chi and Bobby, it was my pleasure to share that.

That's so true Anna. This show was so much better than those big productions of the past. It was just Bowie and his band pulling it all off song by song. Between songs he was so funny and present with everyone. He reminded me of a Rock 'n Roll Richard Dawson in his humorous manner with everyone. And yes, he does look HOT!!!! He still has such sexy moves too, such grace and style.

Saturday, December 10th
Jacob's -- Cincinnati
4029 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
(513) 591 - 2100
Music @9pm Dancefloor @10pm
Come pay homage to the Godfather of Alternative Music in all his shapes and forms.

Expect to hear originals, collaborations, covers and remixes

We'll also be dusting off our volumes of rare videos and TV appearances, including performances with Joey Arias & Klaus Nomi, Marianne Faithful and Cher.

Unempty is putting his treatment on several tracks for us including these: Andy Warhol-(Unempty Mix) and Scary Monsters (Super Creeps)-(Unempty Mix)

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Bowie turned 60yrs old this week! Wow... who'd a thought there's a 60yr old geezer I wanna shag!

If you have an hour to spare or while you are pottering around the house... tune your computer to this ...a great lil documentary on Bowie.... feat. Boy George, Debbie Harry, Ricky Gervase, Jarvis Cocker, Moby - etc.
When u see his whole body of work together like this it's astonishing.

Happy Birthday David... when u r done with your Supermodel wife.... call me... i can go on the sunbed and get gastric by-pass surgery and you won't notice the difference.

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