David Bowie – Hunky Dory

David Bowie released Hunky Dory in 1971. I’m not a massive David Bowie fan and frankly think a large majority of his songs are overrated. Rebel Rebel, Modern Love, Let’s Dance, and Heroes to name a few that don’t thrill me. When I move past those overplayed songs, I run into Hunky Dory which has taken over my listening time.

  1. Changes – The movie the Breakfast Club opens up with this quote, These children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations, they’re quite aware of what they’re going through.”  For a movie as iconic as the Breakfast Club, it should stand as a testament to the power of this song and Bowie. It’s a nice song that deals with one of the most common themes that everyone goes through, change. The chorus is also catchy. CH-CH-CH-CH-Changes!
  2. Oh! You Pretty Things – Let me thank South Bowl for introducing me to this song. The opening to this song is fantastic piano playing, lyric accompanying,  that builds into a crescendo of “Oh! You Pretty Things!” It’s not a great party song and has to do with aliens taking over. You gotta make way for the Homo Superior.
  3. Eight Line Poem – Oh! You Pretty Things leads right into this 2:55 snooze fest that leads right into the best song on the album.
  4. Life on Mars? – If you asked me what my favorite Bowie song was, I’d tend to answer with Life on Mars? I heard Chris Martin cover it and was blown away. I’m not comparing the two versions but the song is absolutely a top 100 of all time in my book. After some research, Bowie quotes about the girl in the first verse, “I think she finds herself disappointed with reality… that although she’s living in the doldrums of reality, she’s being told that there’s a far greater life somewhere, and she’s bitterly disappointed that she doesn’t have access to it.” This goes along with her watching TV and how it’s not what she expects. He may also be asking the question, is there Life on Mars? because he wants to leave Earth.
  5. Kooks – What has oddly become my favorite song to listen to on the album because I never listened to it before. I can’t find much info on it but it has this fun melody to it and being described as “a couple of kooks, hung up on romancing.”

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I would do the whole album but those 5 songs are the best and I don’t think too many people care much further. Give the album a listen to on Spotify and see if you agree with my sentiment that these songs rock. I’d also like to know if you enjoyed reading this post because I honestly enjoy listening to albums that are off the radar and hopefully bringing some new songs to people’s attention.

By |2017-03-28T21:00:31-04:00March 28th, 2017|Music|1 Comment

Being David Bowie

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Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie is a different genius.  He is a brilliant character who is calculated in his performance.  He wanted to be a catalyst for music and was thoroughly artificial in doing so. I watched his documentary on Showtime called David Bowie: 5 Years and it brings insight into an “Advanced Genius” by highlighting his 5 best years.

What I liked about Bowie is that he was himself by not being himself.  He created these personas and it’s hard to know if they were the real David Bowie or an impostor.  The guy to the right is not David Bowie, it’s Ziggy Stardust.  Bowie wrote a song about a rock and roll singer who becomes famous and this character is named Ziggy Stardust.  Amazingly, this character became popular and did Ziggy become famous or David Bowie?

This lead me to start questioning the cliched phrase, “be yourself”.  Was Bowie himself?  Sort of.  His characters weren’t him but he was artificially creating them.  Drugs also played a major role in who David Bowie was.  Young Bowie did a ton of drugs and made dozens of hits.  Old Bowie got off the drugs and was just as good if not better song writer.  Are you yourself on drugs?

[dropcap background=”yes” color=”#333333″]The minute you know you’re on safe ground, you’re dead[/dropcap]

 

David Bowie

Present Day Bowie

Bowie also collaborated with other artists to bring out music that was unique to his time period.  Critics say he stole music from others such as Lou Reed and Iggy Pop but this is untrue.  Improving what others are doing is commonplace in the industry.   By altering what other people are having success doing and creating your own version is smart.  Bowie also embraced technology and created hits throughout every decade.

The greatest weapon in Bowie’s arsenal was that he knew what he wanted.  He had an immense talent of knowing exactly what he wanted to produce and then did so.  It was his vision that he would create and this is why that anyway you look at it, he was still himself even when he wasn’t.  Everything was Bowie’s creation.  Having your own unique vision is what separates the great from the best.  How good is your vision?

 

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