After a year of nothing much happening, save for singles pulled from “Outside” that I never heard,” 1997 heralded the next phase in Bowie’s discography. It was in January when it transpired that Bowie’s next album would be techno oriented. Lovely. In spite of my life as a Kraftwerk fan, I had not enjoyed the next generation of electronic music that had emerged in their absence. When I was in a club and tracks like “O, Fortuna” came on I just stopped dancing. The music actually made me feel ill. It was not for me. When “Earthling” dropped that February, I let it sit there. The last Bowie album had done me no favors and it seemed like he was wanting to add insult to injury this time.
Eventually, I came around. I had heard that Summer that the Bowie “Earthling” tour was going to come as close as Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. When I looked into it , the place he was playing there was a club called the Chili Peppper, which held a thousand people. We had to go! The first night sold out quickly then they added a second night so I purchased four tickets; one for my wife and I, as well as our Bowie-lovin’ friends Elisa and Beverly. We booked a cute Vintage Florida hotel on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale. The only thing that remained to do was to – gulp – buy the new CD.
I went to Park Avenue CD and laid my money down. When I popped it in the laserdisc/CD player, I was rewarded with “Little Wonder,” a typical techno track that made my body tense up and feel under attack. I listened to the album only once as my heart sank. This would not be a favorite of mine. I made a tape [normal bias!] to listen to in the car trip down to Ft. Lauderdale the next week. Sadly, our friend Beverly had hurt her back and was not feeling up to a trip, so she bowed out. Just the three of us made the trip down to South Florida. We visited a flea market which was not as interesting as the record store we visited that had many wonderful things, including some that evaded my grasp for nigh unto 17 years by that point! My wife bought our first; but certainly not last Edwyn Collins CD. I don’t remember eating dinner. We later made our way to the venue with an extra ticket to sell to some lucky person. Face value, of course! We like our good karma, and did that night ever deliver!
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