Farewell and godspeed, Ziggy

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

BTW for those hanging 'round here, yeah, there are political sheets. Not inclined to get sucked in just now.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Was re-discovering Diamond Dogs and felt compelled to add this track to the must-listen list. David Bowie is credited with guitar here (Earl Slick's contributing some acoustic licks).

It's not exactly objective musical virtuosity, but you gotta admit the guy was no slouch with an axe when he put his mind to it whether that message was delivered via six strings, or ivories, or a reed.

The solo at 2m30s is raw and gorgeous.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6Iu_YBq4vM

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Got a ton of unpaid labor to perform today. Might check in later... have a great Saturday, everyone.

Peachs
Peachs

69 years old sound like everybody's age now days, but he was a "winner" and may he rest in peace. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Peachs 

Very interesting that this social butterfly kept his illness quite that private. I understand even Brian Eno had no idea he had cancer, and they'd been in touch a week before David's passing.

NWGAL
NWGAL

The serious moonlight. One of my favorite lines ever.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@NWGAL 

He says it was just something typically American-sounding, a throwaway. Go figure.

I'll admit that in the 1980s I thought Bowie kinda lost the plot musically. I was happy for his commercial success ("Let's Dance" was his biggest seller here in the US) and it was fun to see him on the teevee as often as one did, but I wasn't hearing the depth in the albums any more. I think the last lp I really cared about to listen to more than once contemporaneously was Never Let you Down.

Of course with the benefit of hindsight and perspective, I now know this is all about a typical fan's inability to square up an artist's past work with current stuff. If you practically worship a back catalog, consider ten, eleven or so albums to be classics, how can the next release possibly live up to expectations?

Anyway, I'm digging Blackstar now. Great send-off. But we kinda covered that last Friday. Way back when it was just David's birthday.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@Visual_Cortex @NWGAL I recall an interview shortly after the release of the "Let's Dance" album in which Bowie claimed he wrote the lyrics as single sentences which he then threw into a hat and pulled out randomly.  As such, I viewed the new songs in a more "avante-garde" fashion and let go of my expectations of a deeper meaning.

Americans are often criticized for a lack of artistic sophistication, as reflected in David's "throwaway" remark.  In my old age, however, I'm questioning what's so great about being "sophisticated"??  What's wrong with simply enjoying some music and allowing your frontal lobe to rest a while?? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_8IXx4tsus

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Visual_Cortex @NWGAL


Mentioning Blackstar made me want to tell you that I acquired a Blackstar amp last summer and I love it. Marshall's R 'n D chief went his own way and started his own company.


British tubes but modelling circuitry that allows it to sound a lot like a Fender if you need it to.


Check them out if you're ever looking for a new amp.



Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@YouLibs @Visual_Cortex @NWGAL 

Thanks for the tip. I've got a bit of housecleaning to do. Gotta sell an old--really old!--practice amp, then I'm gonna have a pro get my Fender Champ up to snuff, and then I might consider getting something bigger... although to be honest the no-name 65-watt solid state thumper I already have is more than enough for any gigging I might do with a drum kit.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@YouLibs @Visual_Cortex @NWGAL LOL  Still hanging on to my 35 year old Carver amp for my stereo.  Bob was a huge proponent of tubes, I'm sure you recall.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Mornin'. 

Others touched on the collaborations. We all owe David a little something for playing what seems to have been a mighty role in getting Lou Reed's then-sputtering solo career off the ground, producing his second RCA album and contributing vocals to this classic.

And even though the topic of Lou's c. 1969 song (recorded in 1972) is really just dealing with simple jealousy, you can't help but tie it to all the spacey characters that were to come from David. (He just absorbed stuff that way.)

Needless to say, I miss having both of these guys around today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH2EgYq_NCY

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

...I'd be remiss in not mentioning that Velvet-Underground-era Lou very likely drew inspiration from "Space Oddity" with the lyrics, so what comes around, etc.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

I am out - enjoyed chatting with everyone.  I am going to pour a Glenlivet, put on some head phones and crank up the volume without disturbing my wife.  I haven't seen this posted so I will leave with it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLYafk0Lui0

Bruno2
Bruno2

@PaulinNH @Bruno2 JamVet and I saw Greg Lake a couple of years at at the Variety in a one-man show.  He opened with this number.

P.S. You may have seen me at GT in the early 80s.  I used to drop by and play Go at the student center on Wednesday nights.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Bruno2 @PaulinNH   Probably not - Wednesday night was work late in the lab night so we could go out to Haley's and get plastered on cheap beer on Thursdays.

honested
honested

@Bruno2 @PaulinNH 

Gregg's explanation of the album cover was an excellent intro.

The Mrs. was overwhelmed with I Believe in Father Christmas at the end.

rivercard
rivercard

@Bruno2 Thanks . I enjoyed that. Daryl sure could chase those high notes back then. Now you have redirected my night and sent me down the YouTube rabbit hole. Be back next Friday . 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@rivercard @PaulinNH  Yep - another good one. 

When the Roxy Music albums came out back in the 70's, we couldn't wait to see what the album covers looked like  ;-)

rivercard
rivercard

@PaulinNH @rivercard Yes, I was thirteen when Country Life came out. Spent a lot of time thumbing through the R section. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

The Fripp/Eno collaboration was generally a.lot less poppy than Warm Jets... Not really my cuppa tea, the former.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@PaulinNH  Bowie is the type of artist that when you hear one of his songs, you think "Yeah, that's my favorite Bowie song".  Then, later, you hear a different one and think, "No, that's my favorite Bowie song....."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@PaulinNH @Bruno2 
The cover of "It ain't easy" is always kind of a clunker for me. Back when it was always a vinyl experience, that was my cue to flip the platter, where it heads into what might've been the best six-in-a-row Bowie ever did.

(And that's not even [quite] my favorite Bowie album!)

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Bruno2 @PaulinNH  Heck - I sometimes get that when I play Ziggy Stardust - from 5 Years to Rock and Roll Suicide, they are all great.