I’ve been listening to early David Bowie music non-stop lately

Rebel Rebel: great Bowie song?  Or THE GREATEST Bowie song?

But then… Cracked Actor… Suffragette City… Aladin Sane… Diamond Dogs… Ziggy Stardust… Jean Genie… The Man Who Sold The World… etc. etc. et-freaking-cetera.

David Bowie: Great rock musician? Or THE GREATEST rock musician?

19 Responses to “I’ve been listening to early David Bowie music non-stop lately”


  1. 1 West End Bob Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    As rock concerts go, the best I’ve ever seen – bar none – was Bowie’s 1974 concert at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Truly.

    Best.

    Ever . . . .

  2. 2 Beijing York Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    My word, you cannot fail with David Bowie. LOVE everything he did before 1980 but he still kept it respectable enough after that. And he had a brilliant cameo on Ricky Gervais’ Extras.

  3. 3 Terrence Watson Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I love how whimsical his lyrics are, especially in the earlier stuff. The words are sometimes absolutely ridiculous, but they always SOUND good. Practically every song on The Man Who Sold the World is like that.

    That said, my favourite album is probably Scary Monsters.

    Wish I could have seen him in concert.

  4. 4 Jymn Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 5:29 am

    “Jean Genie” is killer.

  5. 5 Amish Stories Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Thought id say hello from Lebanon,Pa Amish community. Richard from Amish Stories.

  6. 6 Bleatmop Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I’ve never heard Bowies version of The Man Who Sold The World. I’ve only heard Nirvana’s unplugged version of it and I quite liked it. I do like David Bowie though, especially liked playing his stuff on Rock Band on my 360. Lots of fun, good music.

  7. 7 Niles Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Saw him during glass spider tour threaded with tin machine, and at his latest concert in Calgary. Three rows back from the stage on that one. He did the latest show in rock and roll denim grunge, worked the stage, worked the audience (which was all ages), worked tight jeans and was having a good time if all the grinning and laughing during the bridges were indication. We went home going whut? whutt!? over the afterdin of the speakers in the ears.

    We found out later, whatever freighter had their ‘stage costumes’ had gone missing, so he and the band were just using their street clothes. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why they would need costumes. No one in that concert noticed the lack.

    Pop stars may come and go but an eager fanboi of eclectic music earlier than himself and enthusiastic supporter of music after himself gets to gleefully keep getting paid doing what he loves. We should all be so fortunate.

    That said, I wonder what song of Bowie’s PM Harper would ‘cover’ in another ‘hep’ performance.

  8. 9 JJ Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Whoops.
    Trying to post the Bowie video.

  9. 12 Orwell's Bastard Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Not so early, but possibly my favourite bowie tune:

  10. 13 JJ Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I saw Bowie here, and it was awesome. Would have gone to see him again and again given the opportunity.

    On top of being a musical genius, he really commanded a stage. Born performer, what an incredible talent.

  11. 14 JJ Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    1980 was about where I became less enamoured with Bowie too… the “Fame”/”Young Americans” disco-y stuff just didn’t turn my crank. But as disco goes, it was still good music.

    Cameo in Extras

  12. 15 JJ Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Ah yeah, his lyrics were great. They were probably fairly innocuous and even meaningless, but you wouldn’t believe all the Profound Interpretations we came up with for them. Back then, every rock musician was supposedly trying to make an important statement of some kind, but couldn’t come right out & say it because The Man would lean on them 😆 Song lyrics required interpretation that could only be done by the best drug-addled minds

  13. 17 JJ Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Ha! Good story.

    What Bowie song would Harper do… Sorrow!!!

  14. 18 JJ Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Fixed that, hope you don’t mind 😉
    Oh, and great song!

  15. 19 Simon Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 1:11 am

    hi JJ… I think that Reben Rebel along with Heroes made me want to be gay so what more can I say? 😉


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