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Artist: David Bowie

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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby brisket on Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:04 pm

I kinda like it. But he's still trying to make Nite Flights!

(and why wouldn't you?)
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby John Turbo on Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:06 pm

I really like that Bowie song and video.
Maybe im drunk but thumbs up on listening
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby WeStartToDrift on Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:08 pm

I'm so stoked.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby Anthony Flack on Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:19 pm

I quite like the image of Bowie with the button eyes.

Apart from that, my first impression is that the song's crap and the video is ridiculous. If this is a return to form, then I'll pass.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby Antero on Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:23 am

Sounds like he's been listening to Scott Walker.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby Dr. O' Nothing on Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:34 am

Antero wrote:Sounds like he's been listening to Scott Walker.


He's been chasing Scott Walker off and on for 40+ years, starting with his Jacques Brel covers of covers. That said, around '75 or so Bowie made a huge leap forward as a singer through his attempts to assimilate/imitate/etc SW's register-stylings.
It's no secret that he and Eno were utilizing Nite Flights as source -inspiration during the Lodger sessions.

And/but yeah, if you are familiar with Tilt, this new one might seem unforgivably derivative, even for Bowie.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby pldms on Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:49 am

Antero wrote:Sounds like he's been listening to Scott Walker.


For half a century:

David Bowie wrote:In the mid sixties I was having an on-again off-again thing with a wonderful singer/songwriter who had previously been the girlfriend of Scott Walker. Much to my chagrin, Walker's music played in her apartment night and day. I sadly lost contact with her, but unexpectedly kept a fond and hugely admiring love for Walker's work. One of the writers he covered on an early album was Jaques Brel. That was enough to take me to the theatre to catch the above named production when it came to London in 1968.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby pldms on Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:57 am

Dr. O' Nothing wrote: It's no secret that he and Eno were utilizing Nite Flights as source -inspiration during the Lodger sessions.

Although you can't help feeling Nite Flights took more than a little inspiration from Bowie and Eno.

I think Walker out-sourced the experimental work to his understudy while he got on with those conventional 70s albums.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby Dr. O' Nothing on Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:10 am

pldms wrote:
Dr. O' Nothing wrote: It's no secret that he and Eno were utilizing Nite Flights as source -inspiration during the Lodger sessions.

Although you can't help feeling Nite Flights took more than a little inspiration from Bowie and Eno.

I think Walker out-sourced the experimental work to his understudy while he got on with those conventional 70s albums.



Never had, but I think there's probably something to that first point.

Also, thinking more on it, I hear Bowie's voice reaching towards Walker as early as the Diamond Dogs LP, specifically on 'Sweet Thing'.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby Ike on Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:07 am

I'm feeling it. About halfway through it sounds like a Dead Rider song.

Stoked he's clearly not handing in NEXT DAY II.

Not sure about the sax, but that's on me.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby four_oclocker_2 on Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:16 am

Holy shit does this sound like Scott Walker fronting Dead Rider. I think Bowie's next record needs to have Dead Rider as the backing band.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby 154 on Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:22 am

Ike wrote:Not sure about the sax, but that's on me.


Yeah. There were a few moments in it (the brief bit of phaser too) that seemed like they were done for no other reason than "because I'm David Fucking Bowie, that's why".

Fairly enjoyable song though. I think it's remarkable that he's still doing it, let alone something pretty weird.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby whoisalhedges on Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:55 am

Much is made of Bowie's collaborators. Visconti, Eno, Ronson- as though it somehow diminishes Bowie's accomplishments to say he allowed these guys input.

As far as I'm concerned, it says a lot about Bowie as an artist that he was willing to give up the reins to the most qualified person. For guitar and keys, Ronno knew WTF he was doing way more than Bowie. As a bassist, as a studio rat, Visconti knew the score. Eno could contribute immeasurably in immeasurable ways. Bowie knew these cats' strengths, and he allowed them to put their strengths to use - and his records were improved (immeasurably) by his willingness to do so.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby Into the Void on Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:32 pm

Does anyone know why they recently re-released all of Bowie's early work on vinyl except for the Berlin trilogy?

I was in Amoeba a few months ago and got all excited because they had some new copies of Low...then I looked at the spine and noticed they all had My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything printed on them. Still not sure what happened there.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby whoisalhedges on Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:53 pm

Into the Void wrote:Does anyone know why they recently re-released all of Bowie's early work on vinyl except for the Berlin trilogy?

Did they reissue stuff after it, like Let's Dance or summat? If not, I imagine they just ain't got around to it yet.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby Isabelle Gall on Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:57 pm

I can't help wondering if they originally asked Scott Walker to sing those sections of the song, it sounds so much like it was written with him in mind. That could have been really powerful with Bowie coming in to sing the middle part where the perspective shifts. As a Scott fan who's indifferent to Bowie it doesn't offend me however, Bowie's said Scott has been his idol since he was a kid and I can't hate on someone for that. His love is real.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby Into the Void on Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:06 pm

whoisalhedges wrote:
Into the Void wrote:Does anyone know why they recently re-released all of Bowie's early work on vinyl except for the Berlin trilogy?

Did they reissue stuff after it, like Let's Dance or summat? If not, I imagine they just ain't got around to it yet.


Yeah, they did...I recently saw Scary Monsters was out.
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby whoisalhedges on Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:42 pm

Huh.

Limited edition RSD 2016 box set? :roll:
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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby parker_knoll on Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:20 pm

Ike wrote:I'm feeling it. About halfway through it sounds like a Dead Rider song.

Stoked he's clearly not handing in NEXT DAY II.

Not sure about the sax, but that's on me.


Sax has always been a presence, alas. He plays it himself. It was as a sax player that he got his eye punched.

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Re: Artist: David Bowie

Postby rawketlawnchair on Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:03 pm

He's showing his age by still thinking that throwing breakbeats around is hip and 'zeitgeisty.' It's all a bit Tim & Eric.

Maybe I'll like the song more in the context of the album.
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