David Bowie January 11, 2016 11:02
A man dying at the age of 69 shouldn't be that much of a shock to anyone. None of us grow young, but still. It’s David Bowie. He only brought out a new album a few days ago. I've not listened to it yet, but it took me a week or so to get around to listening to The Next Day. I’ve not even gone near The Buddha of Suburbia, London Boy or Earthling – and I call myself a fan! I’ve got lots of catching up to do.
Like most people in their 30s, I was exposed to the music of David Bowie by my parents. The early popular classic albums; Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane. As a kid, I always preferred the accessible pop of Let's Dance, China Girl and Dancing In The Street. I liked his videos, back when it was culturally alright for a white megastar to slant his eyes at a Chinese love interest. When I wanted to start a band as a teenager (Tonka and the Rockers), and I’d got fully into his classic 70s stuff, I imagined starting every gig with a cover of Hang On To Yourself. Can you imagine running onto a stage with that racket blaring out behind you? It would have been great.
My mum has always been the biggest David Bowie fan. She was a teenage girl at a time when teenagers were properly under his spell. My mum, to this day, still hates Lulu. She covered The Man Who Sold The World in 1974 and that really put my mum’s nose out of joint (I’ve never had the heart to tell her that David Bowie actually endorsed it by producing the song for her). So, I was brought up to unconditionally hate Lulu. I still do, in fact. I hate her.
This post isn't about Lulu, and mine and my mum’s hatred of her though. It's about David Bowie, and mine and my mum’s love of him. It was a genuine blow when I read that he’d died this morning. Lots try, but there’ll never be another artist like him.
Time - He flexes like a whore
Falls wanking to the floor
His trick is you and me, boy
Two predictions: I’m not the only one posting lyrics to Time online today and Let's Dance is going to be played in pretty much every decent nightclub in the world this coming weekend. These are both good things.