Thursday, 2 August 2018

David Bowie

Where do I begin with David Bowie? 6 July 1972 when I saw him on "Top Of The Pops" doing "Starman". I was thirteen years old. I had no memory of "Space Oddity", funnily enough, from 1969, despite knowing a lot of chart songs from back to the mid-late sixties. That one had strangely passed me by. Now, in 1972, though, I was like many, fascinated by what I saw on the TV. Contrary to many people's experience, who found their parents despising him and his glam/androgynous appearance, my Mother loved him. A few months later I was into the "John, I'm Only Dancing" single and my relationship with David Bowie was taking its first baby steps.

In December 1972, I have this memory (included in my "Aladdin Sane" review). "The Jean Genie" had crashed into our collective consciousnesses back in those dark winter weeks. I distinctly remember one evening at my youth club and one of the other boys came running up to me, beside himself with excitement - "what do you think of David Bowie?" he breathlessly enquired. The boy was Pete Trewavas, later to achieve fame as the bass player in Marillion. Sorry about that anecdote but it is true and I always remember it. I went out and bought "The Jean Genie" the next day with my paper round money.

Do I really need to say any more about this remarkable artist who I stuck with, through his various changes of appearance and musical style for over forty more years until his tragic death on 10 January 2016. Several artists have provided a soundtrack to my life, not just David Bowie, but none so varied, so creative. He truly was one of the greatest artists of his time, or indeed of any time.

David Bowie (1967)
Space Oddity (1969)
The Man Who Sold The World (1970)
Hunky Dory (1971)
Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Pin Ups (1973)
Diamond Dogs (1974)
The Gouster (1975)
Young Americans (1975)
Station To Station (1976)
Low (1977)
"Heroes" (1977)
Lodger (1979)
Scary Monsters (1980)
Let's Dance (1983)
Tonight (1984)
Never Let Me Down (1987)
Tin Machine (1989)
Tin Machine II (1991)
Black Tie White Noise (1993)
1. Outside (1995)
Earthling (1997)
Hours (1999)
Heathen (2002)
Reality (2003)
The Next Day (2013)
Blackstar (2016)
No Plan EP (2017)

The Singles Collection

Five Years Box Set
Who Can I Be Now? Box Set
A New Career In A New Town Box Set
Loving The Alien Box Set

David Bowie - All Live Recordings

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