4 for 66 (Happy Birthday David Bowie)

 

One Bowie

One Bowie

Two Bowie

Two Bowie

 

To mark that special Londoner David Bowie’s 66th birthday today and the release of his new single Where Are We Now? here are four of his best ever songs:

  1. Unwashed and somewhat slightly dazed (Space Oddity) – the height of his hippy phase and I’m a sucker for the blues harp
  2. Life on Mars? (Hunky Dory) – from intimate to epic in the space 3’52”
  3. Station to Station (Station to Station) – a journey and a half of electronic, stereoscopic, systematic, hydromatic, goodbuzzin’, cooltalkin’, highwalkin’, fastlivin’, evergivin’ self-dramatisation
  4. Aladdin Sane (Aladdin Sane) – more madness, this time with crazy plinking, the perfect soundtrack to teenage chaos
Three Bowie

Three Bowie

And now a line or two from each:

  1. It must strain you to look down so far from your father’s house
    And I know what a louse like me in his house could do for you
  2. Sailors fighting in the dance hall
    Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
    It’s the freakiest show
  3. The return of the Thin White Duke
    Throwing darts
    In lovers’ eyes
  4. Clutches of sad remains
    Waits for Aladdin Sane

My last Bowie adventure is here at Heddonism

Four. Four Bowies make a bunch - and so do many more.

Four. Four Bowies make a bunch – and so do many more.

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6 comments so far

  1. theluckhabit on

    I love the idea that he has shocked everyone with a new album. Did you hear the Visconti interview? And Gary Kemp playing the pseud just a bit too much? I like your choices although I have struggled with the Aladdin Sane album over the years. It’s a great album but, in comparison with those before and after it it’s just a notch below. Some weaker tracks – ‘Drive-in Saturday’ and ‘Panic in Detroit’ are a bit hackneyed for me. But the title track is superb. Like you I love the Space Oddity album as it’s become known as! If I was picking my four I would go for:

    ‘Rock and Roll With Me’ – Diamond Dogs (my favourite Bowie album…just)
    ‘Memory of a Free Festival’ – Space Oddity
    ‘Width of a Circle’ – Man Who Sold the World
    ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – Heroes (I once heard this played in a club and suddenly realised what a great dance track it is)

    But the fact we can probably produce a list of about 30 great tracks that are lesser-known says a lot. I am really hoping that this new album is the natural follow-on from Scary Monsters (his last great album) but that is asking a lot! A couple of classics on it will do me.

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  2. theluckhabit on

    I am also really interested to know who the musicians are on the new album. They must be some of his old friends so that he could trust them to keep it quiet. Robert Fripp on guitar would be nice. Eno on keys with back-up from Mick Garson. And the remaining Spiders on bass and batterie. And perhaps Pharoah Sanders with a guest slot on sax.

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  3. ArkAngel on

    Didn’t catch Visconti. Gary Kemp is a bit uberfanboy these days. Definitely not Woody Woodmansey on drums as heard him on the radio and he was as surprised as everyone else.

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