My love of David Bowie is based, essentially, on a handful of albums and singles from, in the main, the period 1970-1975. Yes, I know this is shortsighted of me and, yes, I know he was so much more than that. But, like opera, Shakespeare, and beetroot, I think I've been saving latter period Bowie for my dotage: in effect, Bowies's dotage if he did but know it.
This may or may not turn into a feature that I'll return to on rainy days and Mondays. Or even Fridays. As a holding statement I'll just put this out for today. It's taken from Heathen - his 22nd studio album. Released seventeen years ago and produced by Tony Visconti, I'm still to be convinced that Everyone Says Hi was not co-written by Ian Broudie. Have a jolly Friday everyone.
David Bowie - Everyone Sys Hi (2002)
Most Bowie fans lost him at some point. Even though his '80s output is subpar, that's the soundtrack of my youth. I completely ignored him in the '90s. Fortunately, I found him again this century with Heathen and enjoyed all of his releases thereafter.ReplyDelete
Heathen was obviously hidden in plain sight. His devotees found it straight away, but lapsed fans like me have taken bloody ages to unearth it.Delete
I think you're really onto something here. I'm the same, for all that I love about who he was and what he was, musically I'm still rooted in that handful of albums with few diversions beyond. But there is still so much to hear from those later years and I think the time is now. I love beetroot more than ever now too.ReplyDelete
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The Swede and I had this conversation a few weeks ago: when Starman came out we were so receptive, so ready for it. The Hunky Dory and Ziggy albums automatically became our very own soundtracks to growing up.Delete
Heathen, on the other hand, came out not long after I turned 40. A lifetime after he fell to earth.
Beetroot will probably be a nursing home staple, so I figure I'd best see what all the fuss is about.
Baxters Sliced Beetroot is the dog's b's!Delete
Think you're right, we should have the same amount of free time in our dotage as we did during our teenage years to listen to "new" music, and it's tough to really invest in what is being made for today's youth as we're just the wrong generation for it. Later Bowie would be perfect for this pursuit.ReplyDelete
As for beetroot, I love it, and the Baxter's factory is not too far away from us so if any of you ever make it up to The Highlands I'll take you along - They have a really good restaurant!