Tag Archives: David Bowie

REDUX: The Mid-80s Malaise: 1983 – The Year David Bowie Became Fallible

July 22, 2013 What was it about the mid-80s that made it the harbinger of artistic disaster for so many artists that I had previously thought the world of? By 1985, there seemed to be a perfect storm of political … Continue reading

Posted in Blast From The Past, Bowie, Core Collection, Mid-80s Malaise | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Record Review: Billy MacKenzie – Wild Is The Wind EP

Billy MacKenzie: Wild Is The Wind UK CD5 [2001] Wild Is the Wind 3:56 Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth 3:07 Baltimore 7:40 Give Me Time [version] 9:00 It was only after being a rabid Billy MacKenzie fan for … Continue reading

Posted in Core Collection, Record Review, Scots Rock, The Great B-Sides | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Raiding The “Ice Box” – Planning An Icehouse BSOG [part 3]

1983 brought a new Icehouse album made with the same band that had toured the previous album, which had been made without them, deep in Keith Forsey’s laboratory. After an album of glossy, synthesizer atmospherics, this one took a half … Continue reading

Posted in Bowie, BSOG, Core Collection | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

David Bowie Memory Palace [part 44]

2016 [continued] The last song on “★” had just been released as the third, and first posthumous, single from the album last week. On my first listen, “I Can’t Give Everything Away” echoed the winsome, Toots Thielemans  harmonica sound of “Never Let … Continue reading

Posted in Bowie, Core Collection, Record Review | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

David Bowie Memory Palace [part 43]

2016 [continued] “Girl Loves Me” was the most deliberately impenetrable track here due to the heavy use of synthetic slanguage. I recognize parts of Nadsat, from Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange,” but apparently it’s blurred together with Polari, a British … Continue reading

Posted in Bowie, Core Collection, Record Review | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

David Bowie Memory Palace [part 42]

2016 [continued] From the very first listen, the title song from “Lazarus” [which was the only of the four new songs of that production on this album] made a large impact. The song’s descending hook [complete with a contrapuntal, vertiginous ascending … Continue reading

Posted in Bowie, Core Collection | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

David Bowie Memory Palace [part 41]

2015 I can’t remember exactly when during 2015 that I heard that David Bowie was writing a play called “Lazarus” with four new songs in it but I didn’t investigate it too closely. I assumed that these were for the cast … Continue reading

Posted in Bowie, Core Collection, Record Review | Tagged , , | 5 Comments