2. A Star Called David

David Jones Bowie…What an artist!

Probably the most complete artist ever known. He was art in music, in fashion, in visuals and had tons of attitude. The right attitude.

Bowie is… art.

I say ‘is’ because his legacy will last for decades. Who knows…

He was exciting and made a promise not to be boring. And he never looked back. Always seeking for the new, whatever that may be.

I was 18 when I saw him live at Werchter in 1996. By the way, just have a look at this bill! His album ‘Outside‘ was released about a year before and I believe ‘Hallo Spaceboy‘ was the first single. I adore his dramatic British ‘hallo spaaaceboyyy‘ pronunciation. Can’t remember much of the concert. 20 years of brain failure…sorry (again)!

 

It was fascinating to see how Bowie could be mainstream and yet, he had edge.

He defenitely was an outsider but understood the commercial game of the music industry very well.

My favourite Bowie song… there are so many!

I always liked Mick Ronson’s guitar sound. Just have a listen to ‘Cracked Actors‘ from the ‘Alladin Sane‘ album (great sleeve design!). A simple flow of E, F and G chords. That balsy, raw and flamboyant guitar sound really does it, isn’t? It makes you grab the Les Paul and buy a Marshall tower of amps!

Let’s Dance…Heroes…Starman…Changes…China Girl…Rebel Rebel…Fame…Sound and Vision…Under Pressure…Life On Mars…I’m Afraid Of Americans…Ziggy Stardust…Little Wonder…Watch That Man…All The Young Dudes…Let’s Spend The Night Together…The Man Who Sold The World…Suffragette City…The Jean Genie…Ashes To Ashes…Scary Monsters…Boys Keep Swinging…Golden Years…Young Americans…Right…Diamond Dogs…Alladin Sane…Panic In Detroit…Kooks…Andy Warhol…Modern Love…Tonight…Dead Man Walking…I’m Afraid Of Americans…Lazarus…

That’s a fine list full of art…

Let’s try to imagine this: it’s 1969. Five days before Apollo 11 landed on the moon. You turn on the radio and you hear this song for the very first time: ‘Ground control to Major Tom‘…

Indeed… the stars look very different today. Damn!

Till next,

Stevil

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