luka

Well-known member
Enough time has passed for us to admit that bowie was all about fashion and theatre. His musical contribution was negligible. A schmaltz merchant of the Elton John/Gary Barlow ilk.

Never made one good album in a career that lasted almost 100 years.
 

luka

Well-known member
And low only has one good song don't try and pull low out the bag, no one's buying it
 

droid

Beast of Burden
Yeah, classic albums, one of my favourite shows. I've watched them all, even the Iron Maiden & Def Leppard ones - they're probably your best bet. IIRC, the Pink Floyd one has some good track breakdowns and the Lou Reed is a sure thing:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=classic+albums

Saw a brilliant breakdown of 'when Im 64' years ago on BBC with real musicians playing all the parts piece by piece and analysing it as they went. Might have been an open university thing.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Four pages of discussion on an epoch-defining icon and not one willfully controversial statement from luka. This place sure ain't what it used to be.

Enough time has passed for us to admit that bowie was all about fashion and theatre. His musical contribution was negligible. A schmaltz merchant of the Elton John/Gary Barlow ilk.

Never made one good album in a career that lasted almost 100 years.

And thus balance is restored to the Force.
 

luka

Well-known member
Changes. Fucking hate that song
Heroes. Fucking hate that song.

Im going on YouTube to remind myself what else he done and how I hate it
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
Yeah, classic albums, one of my favourite shows. I've watched them all, even the Iron Maiden & Def Leppard ones - they're probably your best bet. IIRC, the Pink Floyd one has some good track breakdowns and the Lou Reed is a sure thing:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=classic+albums

thanks - totally forgot about that series. they should have changed the title maybe, though i spose it's factual enough.

What's the one good song on Low, Luka?
 

Leo

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https://youtu.be/WoDamvrfUbQ

Slight perhaps but I really like it

we've heard this track a million times, so it sounds normal at this point. but when you stop and think about it, it's really a pretty weird track to be released as a major-label single...and to make it to #3 in the charts.

EDIT: it also sounds timeless, could have come out last week.
 
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droid

Beast of Burden
One song started with Bowie giving a simple chord progression to his band and singing a few melodies. His drummer, Dennis Davis, thought it sounded like the Crusaders’ “Stomp and Buck Dance”; his bassist, George Murray, heard Bo Diddley. The band cut the backing tracks with their usual economy: a few takes, done.

Bowie would call it “Sound and Vision.” It was his “ultimate retreat song,” he would later say. “It was wanting to be put in a little cold room with omnipotent blue on the walls and blinds on the windows.” It was also, in its way, the archetypal Bowie song. It’s a piece about depression and isolation, at times seemingly assembled at random, that was set to a melody so bright and catchy that it became a No. 3 single in the U.K.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat...d_vision_the_archetypal_david_bowie_song.html
 

jenks

thread death
Up to now I've resisted responding - partly because I expected the craner/Luka response and partly because I am one of those blokes who woke up just over a fortnight ago and was surprised by the depth of unbidden feelings I had for someone I didn't actually know.
I was 14 when my mate discovered Hunky Dory, I bought Ziggy so we could swap lps - from that moment a musical adventure has played out - the whole gamut of styles/genres that then allowed me to explore, the sheer sonic excitement, the bizarre sense of identification, the books, the art, the films - the education. But still, the weight and power of his work - the thing with Bowie (until Let's Dance) was the sincerity - it might be a new style but it always mattered - full throttle, never half arsed, he never gestured at something. He inspired a ridiculous love for his work which I've never felt for anyone else and I've had some bloody strong musical passions in my time!
For me he gave me my musical education and also my artistic benchmark - are they making it new, are they taking risks, are they honest? Some may trash this and sneer but fuck them - I'm not interested in Camilla Long et al telling me how a genuine feeling should be expressed, if we're so moribund and fucked up that we have to repress our real feelings that's a sad statement of affairs.
For some the response to Bowie's death may appear extreme but whatever the body of work remains - from Hunky Dory to Scary Monsters - what a journey and almost no step out of place.
If you don't get it, fair enough... but don't slag off those of us who do.
 

rubberdingyrapids

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blackstar is really excellent. i cant give everything away is amazing. in quite a few places, it actually sounds like bowie finally getting to do the drum n bass album that earthling never quite was.
 
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craner

Beast of Burden
Jenks, this is why it got like Lady Di. Who are you to say I shouldn't criticise what I consider to be an absurd, extravagant, weird response to the death of somebody who made a bunch of objectively good albums in the space of one decade?

To me, your post is two batches of sickly gloop. That might offend you (I can't see why), you will disagree (fine), but I feel no reason to not say it. I mean, I was upset when Ingrid Pitt died, but who gives a shit? Why should anyone?

Mainly, I can't get with all this 'preciousness' for a rock and roll star, a supposed transgressive and radical. Your post wast too precious for my taste.
 
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craner

Beast of Burden
Somehow, and I mean reading your post I start to wonder how, I managed to discover all sorts of painters, novelists, poets and philosophers without ever hearing a David Bowie album.
 
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