Learning about David Bowie via his opinion on 25 diverse albums in his record collection. Really, a must read!


Let me count the reasons that I love this:

  1. The diversity of the picks and unimpeachability of the selection.
  2. His recall for when and where he bought a record. Absolutely a sign of a true obsessive.
  3. He remembers the people who ran his local department store record section, from his childhood, by name.
  4. This statement about the above mentioned store and his relationship with a certain clerk: “Jane Greene, their counter assistant, took a liking to me, and whenever I would pop in, which was most afternoons after school, she would let me play records in the “sound booth” to my heart’s content till the store closed at 5:30 P.M. Jane would often join me, and we would smooch big-time to the sounds of Ray Charles or Eddie Cochran. This was very exciting, as I was around 13 or 14 and she would be a womanly 17 at that time. My first older woman.” Smooch big time!
  5. That he remembers the Psychedelic Art collective, The Fool.
  6. 6. He credits Daevid Allen’s Bananamoon with being Proto-Glam
  7. He gave his vinyl copy of Linton Kwesi Johnson’s, Forces of Nature, to Mos Def, incorrectly thinking he had CD copy, and was looking for a replacement copy.
  8. He discusses the awkward introduction of Scott Walker’s influence.
  9. He refers to Glenn Branca’s music as having “an effect akin to the drone of Tibetan Buddhist monks but much, much, much louder.”, and knows that David Rosenbloom and Lee Ranaldo were members of the ensemble.
  10. He knows that Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, former Fugs, had currently rejoined forces for a new album, and says that the CIA had them on watch as The Fags.
  11. His acknowledgement of his own trendsetter status as the first to record a Velvet Underground cover, pre-VU and Nico release (though the Downliners Sect covered a pre-VU Reed and Cale song, Why Don’t You Smile Now, in 1966)
  12. Anyone who gives it up for Harry Partch gets points.

My only complaint is that he uses the plural, with “s”, when referring to vinyl, an admittedly petty pet peeve of mine, which I will attribute to his being British. But it’s Bowie, so you know it was charming as hell when he said it.

From Vanity Fair, November 2013.


The Man Who Fell To Earth trailer

I just read the Walter Tevis novel, on which this is based, and was blown away by it. I could not however, get the image of David Bowie out of my head as I read it, and that is not a complaint as Bowie’s look and performance in the film are both exceptional. One of my fave movies, and now books, as well.

A video essay on the music of Nicolas Roeg’s film, The Man Who Fell to Earth

Thanks, Bibliokept! A peculiar soundtrack to one of my favorite films, gets explained. One question: what happened to the original Bowie material that went unused? Apparently his epochal album, Low, features one of those songs, Subterraneans, but what of the rest? You’re telling me there are missing songs in the style of Low?! Somebody comb the vaults, now!


Source: A video essay on the music of Nic Roeg’s film The Man Who Fell to Earth

Happy birthday, King Fripp

This clip of Lark’s Tongue In Aspic never fails to floor me

Song(s) of The Day: Two Soultacular Bowie Covers via Milky Edwards & The Chamberlings – Moonage Daydream and Starman

Faux vintage, groovin’ soul dancer of a David Bowie cover, with a Can’t Hurry Love riddim. Regardless of who or when, this shit’s fun and cookin’. Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!

Slightly less successful is their Starman cover, with a Love Child vibe

“…And David Bowie’s official Facebook page doesn’t care about its authenticity either. “Sadly, the evidence points to this actually being a modern day hoax and that Milky Edwards and the Chamberlings never really existed,” ran a statement last week. “But don’t let that put you off. The three tracks available on YouTube are still well worth a listen and let’s hope that whoever is behind this deceit gets around to recording the rest of the album soon. We’re looking forward to Rock’N’Roll Suicide with a Detroit Emeralds twist and Star in the style of the Temptations.”
Really love the R’n’R Suicide idea.