Monday, 25 May 2009

Under-appreciated Bowie

The Thin White Duke. Ziggy Stardust. Screaming Lord Byron. Or just David Bowie. Whatever he chooses to call himself, he's pretty much always churning out good tunes (all opinions are, naturally, those of Nick Nack Blog Attack Ltd. and should be taken as you will). I wouldn't say that I'm a massive Bowie fan but I do like a lot of his stuff. And, whilst perusing tunes on the old portable music system today, I realised that I like a lot of his songs that aren't necessarily held up to be classics.

Oh, sure, I like all the classics (Life On Mars?, Space Oddity, Changes, Ashes To Ashes, Heroes, etc., etc.) but I feel that some of his work is being unfairly overlooked. Now, don't worry, I'm not about to stand up and sing the praises of Tin Machine (there are limits, after all) but here are a few for your consideration.

Loving The Alien

Taken from the album Tonight, released in 1984:-

Jump They Say

Taken from the album Black Tie White Noise, released in 1993:-

The Heart's Filthy Lesson

Remixed by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and originally on the concept album Outside from 1995:-

Magic Dance

Taken from...well, you know (OK, so this one isn't under-appreciated but there's always room for a bit of Henson...)


kapgaf said...

Oh aircraft carrier (stronger than frigate), I still have no sound. Maybe it's the big storm here at the moment. I wanted me some Bowie before going to bed. He's the man. He has always been serious about his music but without ever (or at least only rarely) taking himself too seriously.

Ooh, a serious post from me. That storm is interfering with everything!

KMcJoseph said...

Bowie rules. Did you ever watch Flight of the Conchords?

In one of the episodes Bowie is in all the guys dreams giving him insane advice. Funny as hell.

That Baldy Fella said...

kapgaf - Yep, he genuinely seems to be enjoying himself most of the time. Although don't look directly at his tights in Labyrinth, it can lead to blindness and emotional scarring.

KMcJoseph - Flight Of The Conchords is great. I think "Business Time" is still my favourite of theirs, though...