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“They take some brain away, then turn my face around” January 8, 2011


Bowie was an early adopter of the guitar string floss method

OK perhaps a tad late, but it is still just about 8th January where I am. Anyway I would like you all to join me in a quick chorus of Happy Birthday for David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie to most of you and possibly even the Dame to longstanding NME readers. I became a Bowie fan in September 1972 after that now legendary performance of “Starman” on Top Of The Pops. Many, many people had their Bowie epiphany from this performance, understandably too, it was otherworldly and alien. Even now it is quite a striking performance, especially subtle touches, like Bowie draping his arm around Mick Ronson‘s shoulders. It might all seem quite innocuous and tame nowadays, but in 1972 it was so very far out there.

That performance was shown on a Thursday night and two days later I raided my piggy bank and purchased four Bowie albums on cassette; “Space Oddity”, “The Man Who Sold The World“, “Hunky Dory” and “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars“. After about 18 months I had worn them all out! I first saw Bowie in 1976 and have now seen him 8 times in total, although if the rumours are to be believed we may never see him in concert again. However if you’re reading this David, can we at least have another album or two?

I have another piece of very slightly related Bowie news. My good friend Nick Horslen appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire earlier this week to do an interview about his life as a business coach, small business supporter, charity volunteer and many other things. He chose a few songs to play during his slot, notably Mr Bowie’s “Heroes” alongside “Harvest For The World” from the Isley Brothers and “We Can Work It Out” by the Beatles. He interviewed really well and I would also like to thank him for the excellent shout he gave this very blog. You can still hear the interview on the BBC iPlayer for a few days at least. Click here for the link and wind it forward to around 2 hours and 4 minutes and you’ll be able to listen to Nick’s interview on BBC Radio Berkshire’s Phil Gayle Show.

Now take some time out to enjoy a couple of Bowie classics and a couple that don’t get played much. Happy 64th birthday Mr Jones!

 

2 Responses to ““They take some brain away, then turn my face around””

  1. mickelodeon Says:

    Hello and Happy New Year! Really, I am embarrassed to admit this but I am pretty much clueless when it comes to Bowie. I know a few songs, but that’s about it. If you had to suggest a good starting point for someone only familiar with Let’s Dance, China Girl, and Suffragette City, what would it be?

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    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      Now that is a tough question, but I’ll take a shot at answering it. In my opinion most of Bowie’s 80s output was pretty substandard, so I would avoid that, but then you already know Let’s Dance and China Girl! So my suggestion would be to start your journey with the following albums; Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders from Mars (most people just call this one Ziggy Stardust), Diamond Dogs, then maybe 1:Outside. The first three are from the early 70s and the last is from 1995.

      Give them a shot and let me know what you think 🙂

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