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Post  misery guts on Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:29 pm

One of the most influential artists of the last half-century, at his best in the 1970s' he inspired scores of people in Britain and America (and quite probably the world). He pushed himself with differing styles, and succeeding with most of them. He top the charts several times, and even found time for a small sideline as an actor. Here are just a handful of his best:

Space Oddity

Life On Mars?

Ashes To Ashes

Let's Dance

Absolute Beginners

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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:24 am

David Bowie: An Earthling at 50
Somewhat mercurial interview from 1997, with a deliberately slightly edited feel at times. Bowie is typically hard to pin down, proud of his past whilst not endorsing the bad things that happened to him. Hindsight plays a cruel trick given the way Bowie bigs up jungle music, which has had little or none of the impact he foresees.

David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust, Narrated by Jarvis Cocker
The full title gives you fair warning about this project, which covered familiar ground, even with some A-list talking heads (Elton John, Martin Kemp). Anyway, Bowie faffed for a few years, then hit paydirt with Ziggy, then "broke up the band" and moved on. Some fans never did, though.

Bowie at the BBC / The Genius of David Bowie
A concert from June 2000; plus a compilation of various DB songs from various shows over the years (in some cases, playing songs was easier to do 25 years after they were released). But a very watchable double bill all the same.

Ziggy Stardust
Concert film shown in connection with the above, this was a bit less interesting as entertainment, scoring points only for its historical "this will be our last gig" ending.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:38 am

Imagine: Cracked Actor - A Film About David Bowie
Legendary mid-70's doc covering the fall-out from the demise of Ziggy Stardust, and his American reinventions. Between some concert footage, Bowie makes somewhat random responses to questioning, so little has changed over the years, though he's more in control now.

Discovering: David Bowie
Another in the series with musos lauding an icon. Having been silent lately, his surprise comeback earlier in the year has again got such people eating out of his hand, and they're more than happy to yak about his mystique & music, his influence & ideas.

David Bowie: Five Years
Major new doc, partly because of his creative return this year. The premise was to consider 5 years of his career which represented zeniths of change, or something. The 'golden years' (heh) were: 71-2; 74-5; 76-7; 79-80; 82-3. I don't disagree with that, but there seemed some leeway as to what constituted a year. Anyway, the usual faces and some of the usual praise stories, but still good value.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:25 am

Despite winning the 'Outstanding Contribution' Brit Award back in 1996, Bowie managed to win "Best British Male Artist" last night, for his 'The Next Day' career comeback record. Presumably this makes him a shoo-in for the 2nd 'Brits Icon' award for next year, if indeed they bother having that award again.

Bowie's acceptance speech was considered notable for dreary Kate Moss delivering it, and its closing comment referring to the forthcoming Scottish Independence vote.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:08 am

Like other acts of his vintage, Bowie has a major career box set coming out next month to mark 50 years in the business. To be called "Nothing Has Changed" (perhaps because most of his other suitable titles, eg Sound & Vision, have already been used), it will feature one all-new song, and a few other rarities too.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:45 am

Today has seen the "release" of his new song

Sue (or in a Season of Crime)

which will feature on his forthcoming box-set, as mentioned above.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:53 am

David Bowie - A Reality Tour
From The Point, Dublin, in 2003, and a good account of himself. He opened with "Rebel Rebel" and mostly ran through his hits. His encore was "Five Years", "Hang On To Yourself" and "Ziggy Stardust". It doesn't have help to watch with subtitles. Anyway, he seemed happy, and so did the crowd. And so was I.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:32 pm

David Bowie: Glass Spider
From 1988, a near-2-hour show with Bowie mixing in new material with much that is old and trusted. He pays tribute by covers to Iggy Pop and the Velvet Underground. He also benefits from occasional guitar accompaniment from Peter Frampton. Apparently, Toni Basil was co-choreographer. The huge spider set was eye-catching, but probably not worth the money spent.

Rock Milestones - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
This scored over many similar such docs with the inclusion of three people: Angie Bowie, verbose but entertaining; Mick "Woody" Woodmansey, erstwhile drummer of this era, and Trevor Bolder, bassist from this band line-up. Both Mick & Trevor were dumped when Ziggy "broke up the band" without proper financial thought. Given that Mick Ronson usually gets all the plaudits, it was nice to see some deserved acclaim for these two. Whether the album is worth it, I'm still unconvinced. But Woody & Trevor (and Angie) most definitely were.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:39 am

David Bowie - Serious Moonlight
From Vancouver, 1983, thus promoting the recent "Let's Dance" return to form. Helpfully, the OSG for each song were A-1, obviously a boon with less familiar numbers. He still did plenty of his big hits, though, and finished with Young Americans and Fame.

Also saw Bowie as he features in the introduction to children's classic "The Snowman", one of the canniest things he may ever have done.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:58 am

David Bowie: Up Close & Personal
Similar to the one on the Ziggy Stardust album, with Woody & Trevor, and Angie Bowie, enlivening the narrative. Herbie Flowers is included too for his work on 'Space Oddity'. The story covered his early work up to when he split up the Spiders and left Woody & Trevor up the creek. It may be Show Business rather than Show Friendship, but that doesn't mean it was right.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 20, 2015 7:52 am

David Bowie: Sound and Vision
Pretty impressive & thorough effort from 2002, telling his story from all his band efforts, his album experiments, money & agent troubles, love ups & downs, creative changes, drug problems, and so on. His acting got fair coverage too, his video work also scored highly. Tony Visconti and Iggy Pop might well be expected, Eric Idle and Tom Conti were less so. Certainly a well-done prog.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:56 am

He's announced a new album, "Blackstar", which should drop on his birthday, January 8th, with a single of the same name due out presumably beforehand.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:24 am

misery guts wrote:He's announced a new album, "Blackstar", which should drop on his birthday, January 8th, with a single of the same name due out presumably beforehand.
Today, no less.

Here's the title track:

Blackstar
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:30 am

Rather sadder news today, as his death has been confirmed. Apparently he'd been fighting cancer for 18 months. He was 69. His impact and legacy on popular music is immense. RIP Sad
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Post  Adric on Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:12 am

misery guts wrote:Rather sadder news today, as his death has been confirmed. Apparently he'd been fighting cancer for 18 months. He was 69. His impact and legacy on popular music is immense. RIP Sad

Just woke up long enough to get a glass of cold water and saw this. Such sad news. Ironically, I was recently just thinking of him and wondering how he has been doing. What a sad day. 'Let's Dance' was doing very well in the charts when I was first falling in love with music as child. Such a loss of true talent. You will be sorely missed.

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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:09 am

Big news deal over here. With his now-last album only released last Friday, it would seem a shoo-in to be #1 this Friday, even if it hadn't been critically praised, which is has. His ex-wife Angie is currently a contestant on the latest series of "Celebrity Big Brother", so presumably she'll be leaving that. I was only looking at some of his newest/latest stuff on YT on Saturday night Shocked
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:44 am

In fact, she's staying inside (though I'd be amazed if she saw it through to the end - even if crowd approval sees her to the winning line).

There's talk of a Memorial Concert to be held in New York on 31st March. A previously planned gig has been redirected to a more timely use.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:41 am

His body was cremated in accordance with his wishes, and neither friends nor family were in attendance. I'm sure that won't lead to conspiracy theories of him not being dead, much Rolling Eyes Neutral Suspect
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Post  Adric on Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:20 am

misery guts wrote:His body was cremated in accordance with his wishes, and neither friends nor family were in attendance. I'm sure that won't lead to conspiracy theories of him not being dead, much Rolling Eyes Neutral Suspect

Aah, you may have seen my FB post on this. Apparently NOW it's come out that Bowie faked his death to make millions. In other conspiracies, he (with many others) was doing horrible things to girls in the 70's. While I love a good conspiracy, I came to his defense very quickly on that note. Opportunists at their best. Honestly, his death still doesn't seem real to me at all.

Beautiful words on this from the one and only Annie Lennox ....

Like a gazillion other people, I feel stunned by the news that David Bowie has departed this earth.
At the loss of someone who has impacted and influenced your life, you can hardly begin to measure the shape of what’s left behind.
Our personal and collective inner landscape has shifted and we’re trying to come to terms with it.
No one exists forever and it seems our elegant gentleman was well aware that his last mortal chapter was about to reach it's conclusion.
"Blackstar" was his parting gift.
Provocative and nightmarishly “otherworldly”… we are jolted towards the twilight realms of epileptic seizures and voodoo scarecrows.
The bejewelled remains of Major Tom lie dormant in a dust coated space suit…
It leaves me breathless.
You must see it to believe it…
He knew…
He could see through it all.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:55 pm

Adric wrote:
misery guts wrote:His body was cremated in accordance with his wishes, and neither friends nor family were in attendance. I'm sure that won't lead to conspiracy theories of him not being dead, much Rolling Eyes Neutral Suspect
Aah, you may have seen my FB post on this. Apparently NOW it's come out that Bowie faked his death to make millions. In other conspiracies, he (with many others) was doing horrible things to girls in the 70's. While I love a good conspiracy, I came to his defense very quickly on that note. Opportunists at their best. Honestly, his death still doesn't seem real to me at all.
Quite. The guy's dead. It's sad. That's it.

Blackstar did indeed get to be the UK #1 album, as expected. It was joined in the top 100 by many of his old albums, much as several of his old (and a few new) singles took their places in that chart as well.

David Bowie - Sound and Vision
This was the BBC's half-hour tribute, which peaked when describing him as "Often copied. Never equalled". Beyond that it was the usual hotch-potch of pre-created video packages on his music, his looks, reactions in Brixton, in Berlin and in New York. It was comical to hear the inference that he made ambiguity cool, followed by DJs going "well, this songs means this, and this mean that", kinda missing the value of ambiguity.

David Bowie - Video Killed The Radio Star
A busy series I wouldn't otherwise include, but David Mallet talking about the making of the videos for "Ashes to Ashes", "Dancing in the Street", "Let's Dance" and "China Girl" was worth watching again at this time, with some archive of Bowie himself, and some boring self-regarding "context" from journo Robert Elms too.

David Bowie - A Tribute
Sky did a half-hour too which I felt did a better job than the BBC one because it didn't have a central pattern to bring it down. Just a look at his songs, his films, and including some of the less obvious stuff such as his Christmas duet with Bing Crosby, etc
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:13 am

I see now his album has become #1 in the USA, apparently the first time he's ever managed that (with his previous effort being his previous best of #2!). Well done, mixed in with shame for it not having happened before Idea
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:18 am

David Bowie - Starman
Channel 4 put together a nice hour tribute with a few tributes from Paul Gambaccini, Midge Ure and Michael Eavis, but mainly video clips. Gary Kemp and Steve Strange cropped up when the house where Ziggy Stardust's cover was shot got a heritage plaque - Kemp described it as "the Stardust generation has come of age" - the New Romantics such as Kemp's Spandau Ballet often claim lineage to Bowie. The clips did at least treat his 80s & 90s stuff as equable to his 70s stuff.

MTV: Live From The 10 Spot - David Bowie
From the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, in 1997. A welcome repeat that probably would have stayed buried in the archives otherwise. Bowie played a few surprises, such as Look Back in Anger, and finished on All The Young Dudes, the track which kick-started things for Mott the Hoople.

VH1 Storytellers: David Bowie
From 1999, a mix of anecdotes and performances. He managed to talk about Marc Bolan, Earth Kitt, Iggy Pop, Steve Marriott and roadie Doug Benwell. Among classics like Life on Mars? and Rebel Rebel, he plugged his most recent album with tracks like Seven and Thursday's Child. He played a very early effort called Can't Help Thinking About Me which he claimed to be embarrassed about but which the crowd loved. He spoke of a conversation someone inspired him with, that "memory is fate's short-hand", and "tomorrow isn't promised". Quite.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:23 am

The Bowie craze shows little signs of abating yet:

David Bowie equals Elvis's chart record
Three weeks after his death, David Bowie has lodged 12 albums in the UK top 40, equalling a record set by Elvis Presley in 1977.

The Starman's swansong, Blackstar, spent a third week at number one, with Best of Bowie, Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust all in the Top 10.

Rock star David Bowie leaves $100m in will
Rock star David Bowie left an estate valued at about $100m (£70m), according to his will which has been filed in New York.

Half will go to his widow, Iman, along with the home they shared in New York. The rest is shared between his son and daughter.

It was also revealed that Bowie had requested that his ashes be scattered in Bali in a Buddhist ritual.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:42 am

The all-star tribute concert to him was held at the Carnegie Hall last night, and apparently a good time was had by all.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:33 am

The continuing celebrations now include the announcement that the annual Proms extravaganza this summer will include one Prom dedicated to the music of David Bowie.
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