David Bowie, a Lazarus no more (your memories, songs, etc…)

Not much to be said beyond this from David Baddiel this morning…

Beyond the usual Telegraph Obit, and a wee note on his past collaboration with Iggy Pop..

David Bowie Mix Jan 2016. by Dj Rusty Egan on Mixcloud

And if you missed it there’s the 1975 interview where he explains to Russell Harty that writing and performing even popular music is a discipline..

And plenty of space in the comment zone for you to share links, stories and YouTubes (just a URL will auto-embed the actual video) of your own favourite bits…

In my way of thinking, anything is possible. Life is at the bottom of things and belief at the top, while the creative impulse, dwelling in the center, informs all.

– Patti Smith, Brainpickings


  • Makhno

    Incredibly sad and surprised to hear of his death. I grew up on Ziggy Stardust etc as a teenager in the 70s, and Bowie’s dystopia seemed to echo life here in some ways. He even mentioned Belfast on the Ziggy album…! He confounded trends and his critics, gave us punk pre punk, saved Iggy, showed us Brecht, Brel and others, and seemed to reflect and direct the times consistently. His album Low had to have 2 NME reviews, as both reviewers hated it, but it WAS a Bowie album.

    I remember his gig in the King’s Hall, All The Madmen as the highlight of a patchy Slane gig, so many masks and personas, but above all, so many songs that spoke to (this) alienated youth, and presented style, angst and melody as part of the same experience.
    Thanks David, whoever you were.

  • Granni Trixie

    Whilst I don’t wish to be disrespectful of a cultural icon newly dead, I am amazed at the adulation coming out of the woodwork. It’s all a bit like when Diana died. And sounds like our daddy (Mick that’s how I think of you) is going all gooey too. This is a political blog,is it not? So…?

  • Zig70

    I loved Bowie’s songs, even the meaningless lyrics born out of disjointed cuttings. I even like the awful laughing gnome. He surrounded himself with talent and his changing ego’s meant he could keep that talent fresh, more of a leach than a pioneer but he sometimes leached obscure brilliance and brought it to the front. Ziggy was more than just a Trex clone but wasn’t as pioneering as people like to make out. Ziggy wasn’t really my thing, described as guitar based football terrace chants. Still I think ‘just a beer light to guide us’ is a great lyric and they are good songs to sing drunk. I love Rick Wakeman’s piano on the early songs and Bowie had the voice to go with it. It is maybe as much down to Rick that Hunky Dory stands out as a classic album. I could write a lot here and bore you all to death and I’m writing on my phone so it’s not pretty. Diamond dogs has some fantastic songs especially Sweet thing and Candidate. Sorrow is a great cover but the Berlin albums where the ones that got me hooked. Low has never been to far away from me and ‘always crashing in the same car’ is a sentiment that I can relate to. Young Americans, Stay, Boys keep swinging, heroes all fantastic songs. I’m going to cut to were I started with Bowie and Ashes to Ashes and there are even some good tracks on the album like ‘Up the hill backwards’. More importantly, Bowie for me opened up music into an immense world with Iggy pop, Lou Reed and a lot more. At a time when Simple Minds were riding high it was a welcome escape. After Let’s Dance it fizzled out. He’s just lucky he’s not remembered for the cod piece in labyrinth. I did buy Blackstar today, still some self indulgence on Bowie’s part but a few I liked. Whatever you think of him, it is going to be hard to get away from him in the next few days. One thing he did do well is inspire a dedicated fan base.

  • Zig70
  • mickfealty

    Who me? I thought I’d managed to keep the mawkish adulation to a bare minimum. Politics and Culture. Not everything that’s shaped us is to do with Orange and Green.

  • Zig70

    Not the best but horribly catchy.

  • Granni Trixie

    Hey, for sceptics like me perhaps the post ought to have led with “why David Bowie matters”.

    Having said that ….having just read Wikipedia (with all its limitations) I kinda know the answer. Incidentally, Wikipedia has an interesting take on his sexuality ( now you’ll all read it, right? )….its beyond bisexuality, more like he was a rebel plus he mined his sexual experiences for his art (now why didn’t I think of that….too late).

  • mickfealty

    Try this too Granni (I think it has broader scope) http://goo.gl/8A781i

    The sickness of my generation is a zealous attachment to “authenticity.” It is stultifying, oppressive, maybe even deadly, and premised on false assumptions about the nature of personal identity. Bowie is the antidote. He taught that persona is performance. If there is anything like authenticity, it is fidelity to a higher-order sensibility, a sort of governing taste, which is mutable but in some sense still coherent, which regulates the style in which you perform yourself, but leaves open the question, maybe even sets aside the question, of who you really are.

    Rather than demanding authenticity, which is inherently paradoxical–trying to be real is embarrassing and fake–Bowie-ism instead asks for playful imagination in the artful construction and performance of persona. You can’t aspire to Bowie’s level of virtuosity in this regard, but it is liberating, especially for a Gen X-er drawn toward the grimly earnest misguided intensity of the authenticity cult, to see life as a playful pageant of role-playing that can be done with more or less art.

    If that doesn’t work on its own let me try a little bit of local rhetorical questioning? Are you authentically Taig or authentically Prod? Or do you perform to a deeper theme?

  • kensei

    I was terrified of Bowie as a child because of Labyrinth

  • Zig70

    Lyndsay Kemp was the inspiration behind Bowie’s camp personna but loads of people where playing with gender way before then. Plays have been full of it for years. What he did do is play with the English media and their Carry On style of reporting and blur the lines of stage and real life to get the headlines. When we talk about personality politics and using the media then Bowie becomes relevant outside the actual tunes.

  • Granni Trixie

    Thanks for the link,Mick. . Encouragng that Bowie (by this analysis) Seems to attribute to people an agency/power to manage their public lives which goes against those who see us as consumers being manipulated by the media etc.

    Not sure I agree with negativity towards value for “authenticity” . In realm of politics for instance I don’t think it’s a bad thing that people vote for leaders they d not necessarily agree with because they are perceived as “sincere”, “genuine” or acting on their convictions.

    I am very taken with the notion of being “a playful pageant of myself”. Come to think on it the linked piece reminds me of the work of Erving Goffman on how people present themselves (and interact) in everyday life in that he considers “how people control the impressions people have of them”.

  • mickfealty

    It’s worth watching that last one from his last (non posthumous) album released just a day or two before he died. It’s the very definition of a playful pageant of himself in his terminal state.

    I don’t know what I make of it as music or art of enduring value, but pageant, yes, Compelling in the context, yes, yes.

  • mickfealty

    Intriguing thing for me though was how private he managed to keep his private life, given he was the subject of a lot of his (fairly grown up) art…

  • mickfealty

    A new mix worth listening to from DJ Rusty Egan: https://goo.gl/5MU4QX (added above)..