BCB 100 - David Bowie

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BCB 100 - David Bowie

Postby geoffcowgill » 24 Jun 2006, 17:26

If it wasn't for that not-very-good "Let's Spend The Night Together", I think I'd pick Aladdin Sane as my favorite.

Favorite Album - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

Favorite Song - "Ashes To Ashes"

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Postby PENK » 24 Jun 2006, 17:28

A Bowie thread?
Album Low, song 'Heroes.'

Did ZZ Top make the final list? :P
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Postby Oscar52 » 24 Jun 2006, 17:29

Album: Diamond Dogs (here we go again!)
Track: Letter To Hermoine

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Postby Bad Ambassador » 24 Jun 2006, 17:31

Favourite Album - Station To Station

Favourite Song - Rebel Rebel

'Station To Station' was one of the last Bowie albums I picked up when working through the back catalogue - as I recall this was simply down to it having the smallest number of tracks - there's logic! It quickly established itself as a favourite and to this day it's the album of his that I turn to most frequently. There's something very engaging about it as a whole unit of work - despite consisting of some very different styles.

As for choosing 'Rebel Rebel', it never fails to excite me as a tune and it sounds as fresh now as it ever has.

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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 24 Jun 2006, 17:31

Penk wrote:A Bowie thread?
Album Low, song 'Heroes.'


"Heroes" is only truly great for its first half. Then his histrionic, strangled-seal vocal really threatens to ruin the whole bloody shebang.

Bowie's greatest career-long crime is to underestimate the power of restraint - especially with his vocals.

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Postby PENK » 24 Jun 2006, 17:36

The Legendary John Coan wrote:
Penk wrote:A Bowie thread?
Album Low, song 'Heroes.'


"Heroes" is only truly great for its first half. Then his histrionic, strangled-seal vocal really threatens to ruin the whole bloody shebang.

Bowie's greatest career-long crime is to underestimate the power of restraint - especially with his vocals.


Bollocks! If he didn't go over the top it wouldn't be Bowie. That's kind of the point of a lot of it, that it's so noticeable and affected. It's never understated when overblown will do just as well, yet he never goes too far. He always makes sure not to overplay the campiness or histrionics at the expense of the song. And there are plenty of occasions when he keeps things cool.
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Postby geoffcowgill » 24 Jun 2006, 17:51

Yeah, I like the strangled-seal part in "Heroes" the best.

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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 24 Jun 2006, 17:52

Penk wrote:
The Legendary John Coan wrote:
Penk wrote:A Bowie thread?
Album Low, song 'Heroes.'


"Heroes" is only truly great for its first half. Then his histrionic, strangled-seal vocal really threatens to ruin the whole bloody shebang.

Bowie's greatest career-long crime is to underestimate the power of restraint - especially with his vocals.


Bollocks! If he didn't go over the top it wouldn't be Bowie. That's kind of the point of a lot of it, that it's so noticeable and affected. It's never understated when overblown will do just as well, yet he never goes too far. He always makes sure not to overplay the campiness or histrionics at the expense of the song. And there are plenty of occasions when he keeps things cool.


I see what you're saying, but he misjudges too often. As with "Heroes" - there's no need to yell from the rooftops with a sentiment so universal and so simple. He gets it right in the first half, and then he spoils it. As he does with half of 'Hunky Dory' and songs like 'Rock And Roll Suicide'. It's toe-curling.

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Postby Phenomenal Cat » 24 Jun 2006, 18:02

geoffcowgill wrote:Yeah, I like the strangled-seal part in "Heroes" the best.


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Postby Clippernolan » 24 Jun 2006, 18:16

Album - Hunky Dory

Song - "Golden Years"
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Postby atomic loonybin » 24 Jun 2006, 18:17

Ooh, what was my answer the last 17 times?

Album: Ziggy
Song: Always crashing in the same car.

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Postby Beno » 24 Jun 2006, 22:50

the BCB 100 idea has been a success in getting people talking about music again, although Bowie is one artist where there has been no shortage of talk recently. here are my views anyway:

Album - Hunky Dory
Track - Heroes

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Postby Phil T » 24 Jun 2006, 22:54

Albottom: Hunky Dory

Track: The London Boys

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Postby Pat O'Banton » 24 Jun 2006, 23:53

Penk wrote:Album Low, song 'Heroes.'


me too.
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Postby The Prof » 24 Jun 2006, 23:56

Album: Ziggy Stardust

Track: Will You Rock & Roll With Me

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Re: BCB 100 - David Bowie

Postby The Slider » 24 Jun 2006, 23:58

geoffcowgill wrote: that not-very-good "Let's Spend The Night Together"


You are kidding, no?
It is one of the best things on the album.

As always:

Song "Heroes"
Album: Ziggy.
Ah but I was so much younger then.
I'm older than that now.

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Postby Pat O'Banton » 25 Jun 2006, 00:06

i want to change my vote to aladdin sane.

the slider is right about "let's spend the night together," by the way. that record is perfect.
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Postby Jeff K » 25 Jun 2006, 00:14

The Giraffe wrote:i want to change my vote to aladdin sane.

the slider is right about "let's spend the night together," by the way. that record is perfect.


I still say it's Ziggy but thinking a lot about Aladdin Sane now.
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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 25 Jun 2006, 00:18

Jeff K wrote:
The Giraffe wrote:i want to change my vote to aladdin sane.

the slider is right about "let's spend the night together," by the way. that record is perfect.


I still say it's Ziggy but thinking a lot about Aladdin Sane now.


Of course it's Ziggy!

It's of a piece. Aladdin Sane is great - magical in parts, even - but doesn't have the focus of Ziggy. The whole concept thing works with that album - you enter a world, it kind of lives on in you long after listening. I always got the feeling that, good as it is, Aladdin Sane is Ziggy's leftovers. A jumble.

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Postby The Slider » 25 Jun 2006, 00:30

Al Dente wrote: I always got the feeling that, good as it is, Aladdin Sane is Ziggy's leftovers. A jumble.


That is exactly what it is.

Although obviously it isn't literally as most of it was written on the US Ziggy tour
Ah but I was so much younger then.
I'm older than that now.


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