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2019
Space Oddity (50th Anniversary EP)
2018
Glastonbury 2000 (Live)
2018
Welcome To the Blackout (Live London '78)
2018
Dance
2018
Loving the Alien (1983 - 1988)
2017
Stage (2017) [Live]
2017
Cracked Actor (Live) [Los Angeles '74]
2017
A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982)
2016
Legacy
2016
Labyrinth (From the Original Soundtrack of the Jim Henson Film)
2016
Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976)
2015
PinUps (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
The Man Who Sold the World (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
Aladdin Sane (2013 Remastered Version)
2015
Hunky Dory (Remastered)
2015
Five Years 1969-1973
2015
David Bowie (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
Blackstar
2015
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (2012 Remastered Version)
2013
The Next Day
2013
The Next Day Extra EP
2010
Live Nassau Coliseum '76
2009
A Reality Tour (Bonus Track Version) [Live]
2009
I Need Someone (Live In Cleveland U.S.A. In 1977) [With David Bowie]
2009
VH1 Storytellers: David Bowie (Live)
2008
Live Santa Monica '72
2008
iSelect
2007
The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987
2007
Sound + Vision
2006
Black Tie White Noise: Extras
2005
The Platinum Collection
2005
David Live (2005 Mix) [Remastered Version]
2004
Black Tie White Noise
2003
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2003
Reality (Bonus Track Version)
2002
Best of Bowie
2001
Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (Original Soundtrack)
2001
All Saints: Collected Instrumentals 1977-1999
2000
Bowie at the Beeb - The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68-72
1999
Space Oddity
1999
Tonight
1999
Never Let Me Down
1999
'Hours...'
1999
Let's Dance
1999
'hours...' (Expanded Edition)
1997
The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974
1997
The Deram Anthology 1966 - 1968
1997
Earthling
1997
Earthling (Expanded Edition)
1995
Outside
1995
1. Outside (Expanded Edition)
1995
London Boy
1994
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
1993
The Buddha of Suburbia (Music from the Motion Picture)
1990
Changesbowie
1988
David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
1987
Never Let Me Down (Remaster) [Japanese Version]
1981
Changestwobowie
1980
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) [2017 Remastered Version]
1979
Heathen
1979
Lodger (2017 Remastered Version)
1977
Low (2017 Remastered Version)
1977
"Heroes" (2017 Remastered Version)
1976
Changesonebowie
1976
Station to Station (2016 Remastered Version)
1975
Young Americans (2016 Remastered Version)
1974
Diamond Dogs (2016 Remastered Version)
1967
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David Bowie Apr 12, 2019
GOOD LUCK FOR RSD 2019 “Try and wake up tomorrow...” Good luck to all of you that are choosing to queue for Record Store Day 2019 tomorrow. (Saturday, 13th April.) Knowing how enthusiastic many of the BOWIE KOOKS are, some fans will already be queueing...Hello Charlie. Our montage shows Parlophone’s Pin Ups picture disc and the blue vinyl The World Of David Bowie released by Universal. More details here: http://smarturl.it/BowieRSD2019 Check out the BOWIE KOOKS FB Group here: http://smarturl.it/BowieKooksFB #BowieRSD #RSD2019 #BowieVinyl #BowiePinUps #TWODB
David Bowie Apr 05, 2019
SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE OUT NOW “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!” Out today (5th April), Spying Through A Keyhole is the first of the 50th anniversary celebrations of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity. The 4 x 7" vinyl box set of nine rare recordings is a fascinating glimpse into the era during which the song was first conceived, including the earliest known versions of Space Oddity itself: https://lnk.to/DBSTAK Have you already got yours? What’s your favourite track? FOOTNOTE: Those familiar with the better known version of Space Oddity may think there’s an inaccuracy in today’s lyric quotation. However, Bowie did say ‘Blast Off’ on demo versions of the song, before settling on ‘Lift Off’. #BowieSTAK #SpaceOddity50
David Bowie Apr 04, 2019
VOTE FOR DB IS APP IN 23rd ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS “Five, four, three, two, one...” In June 2007, David Bowie was honoured at the 11th Annual Webby Awards (known as the “Oscars of the Internet”) with the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award for pushing the boundaries between art and technology. So it's appropriate now that the David Bowie is AR app by Planeta has been nominated in two categories in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. Click on the links below to vote in each category: • David Bowie is is a Webby Nominee in Apps, Mobile, and Voice: Best Use of Augmented Reality: http://wbby.co/vote-mob3 • David Bowie is is a Webby Nominee in Apps, Mobile, and Voice: Art & Experimental: http://wbby.co/vote-mob14 23rd ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS PEOPLE'S VOICE You decide the best of the Internet START VOTING: http://smarturl.it/WebbyAwardsVote2019 Voting is open until Thursday, April 18th On a related note, NYTimes - Magicleap: David Bowie in Three Dimensions has also been nominated. FOOTNOTE: Today's main pic and lyric quotation are related to the 2007 Annual Webby Awards. The picture is from Bowie’s hilarious acceptance speech that went something like this... “So, only got five words...Shit, that was five...Four right there...Three there...Two...” #WebbyBowie
David Bowie Apr 02, 2019
BOWIE BY O’NEILL RETAIL EDITION DUE IN AUGUST “Photograph king, watches you go...” Cassell Illustrated (part of the Octopus Publishing Group) has acquired Bowie by O'Neill: The definitive collection with unseen images by Terry O'Neill. Senior Commissioning Editor Joe Cottington acquired world rights in all languages from Carrie Kania at Iconic Images. Originally released by Red Engine as a deluxe, limited edition art book retailing at £1,500, this long-awaited retail edition will include 16 pages of new material, and will be published on 8th August at £40. This is the breath-taking result of iconic photographer Terry O’Neill’s creative partnership with David Bowie over a number of years. Containing rare and never-before-seen photographs, their work together includes images from the final Ziggy Stardust performance, recording sessions for Young Americans and the renowned studio portraits for Diamond Dogs – plus live shows, film shoots, backstage moments and more. With more than 500 photographs including contact sheets published here for the first time and an introduction from Terry discussing in detail his experiences of working with David, this is the ultimate portrait of an inspiring, challenging and ever-changing artist. O’Neill had a close working relationship with David Bowie, including photographing the iconic “Jumping Dog” image used for the promotion of Diamond Dogs. Terry O’Neill said: “When I first started to collect all my images and contact sheets of David Bowie, I didn’t realize how many I had! That first phone call I received to work with Bowie resulted in a real partnership between us; I was lucky enough to get that call and smart enough to say yes. He was a one-of-a kind, always changing and a true genius. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share with the world the images I captured and my memories of working with this extraordinary artist. He has the most loyal fans I’ve ever come across and I truly hope this book brings them a lot of joy.” Joe Cottington said of the acquisition: “Terry is a giant of photography, and his years of collaboration with an artist as fascinating as David Bowie have created a truly exceptional body of work. We’re delighted to be publishing this definitive collection, one that Bowie’s many dedicated fans are going to cherish for years to come.” Bowie by O'Neill: The definitive collection with unseen images will be published on 8th August at £40. Iconic Images are offering a limited number of pre-orders of signed copies of Bowie by O’Neill trade edition at a cost of £75.00. Just 300 copies are available to pre-order at Iconic Images Store: http://smarturl.it/BowieONeillSigned19 Iconic Images #BOWIEbyONEILL
David Bowie Mar 29, 2019
SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE OUT NEXT WEEK “Commencing countdown...” Released next Friday (5th April), Spying Through A Keyhole is the first of the 50th anniversary celebrations of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity. The 4 x 7" vinyl box set of nine rare recordings is a fascinating glimpse into the era during which the song was first conceived, including the earliest known versions of Space Oddity itself. Pre-order now: https://lnk.to/DBSTAK #BowieSTAK #SpaceOddity50
David Bowie Mar 28, 2019
DOGS 45TH RED VINYL AND ORIGINAL REBEL DIGITAL DUE “You’re a juvenile success...” On 24th May 2019, 45 years to the day since its original release date, David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs will be reissued by Parlophone in a 'one-run-only' red vinyl edition featuring the 2016 remaster. This strictly limited pressing will only be available at ‘bricks and mortar’ retail outlets and not through online stores. In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Diamond Dogs, there will also be a 1-track digital single of the original single mix of Rebel Rebel. The original single mix of Rebel Rebel featured on the 2016 boxset 'Who Can I Be Now?’ was taken from a pristine copy of a 45rpm vinyl single from the time. The original tape (which had been missing since the mid-1970s), has now been discovered and remastered for this special one-track digital single. Preceding the album by more than three months, Rebel Rebel peaked at #5 on the official UK singles chart. The original single mix was substituted by the shorter, ‘phased’ US single version in North America, featuring a new arrangement and overdubbed vocals. The album originally peaked at #1 on the official UK album chart and #5 on the Billboard album chart in the US. Diamond Dogs is the latest in a series of 45th anniversary Bowie vinyl albums reissued over the last two years. Previous releases in the series have included gold vinyl versions of Hunky Dory and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, plus a silver vinyl release of Aladdin Sane. Diamond Dogs 45th anniversary red vinyl and Rebel Rebel (Original Single Mix) download/stream will be released via Parlophone on 24th May 2019. #DiamondDogsRed #BowieRebelRebel #BowieVinyl
David Bowie Mar 25, 2019
FAREWELL TO SCOTT WALKER 1943 - 2019 “We will be gods on nite flights...” Sad to report the passing of Scott Walker at the age of 76, as announced by his record label, 4AD, this morning. Most of you will be well aware of David Bowie and Scott Walker’s mutual appreciation for each other’s work, indeed, fans have been sharing the recording of Walker’s 50th birthday message to David on the BBC Radio 1 special, CHANGESNOWBOWIE, presented by Maryanne Hobbs in January 1997: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “Hi David, this is Scott Walker. I’m coming to you via a very crappy old handheld tape machine, so I hope it’s alright. I’m gonna be a devil today, and not ask you any questions. I’m certain that among the many messages there’ll be those about how you’ve always embraced the new and how you freed so many artists, and this is, of course, true.” Like everyone else, I’d like to thank you for all the years, and especially for your generosity of spirit when it comes to other artists, I’ve been the beneficiary on more than one occasion, let me tell you. So have a wonderful birthday, and by the way, mine’s the day after yours, so I’ll have a drink to you on the other side of midnight. How’s that?” After a short pause and a sharp intake of breath, an emotional Bowie responded: “That’s amazing...I see God in the window. That really got to me there I'm afraid. I think he’s probably been my idol since I was a kid. That’s very moving. I want a copy of that. I'm absolutely...That’s really thrown me. Thank you very much.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + David was first made aware of Scott Walker’s catalogue by Lesley Duncan, who had co-written with Walker, including You're All Around Me on The Walker Brothers’ 1965 debut, Take It Easy. Bowie talked about this and his appreciation of Jacques Brel in Vanity Fair’s November 2003 feature: David Bowie’s Favorite Albums: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS CAST ALBUM (1968, CBS) “In the mid-60s, I was having an on-again, off-again thing with a wonderful singer-songwriter who had previously been the girlfriend of Scott Walker. Much to my chagrin, Walker’s music played in her apartment night and day. I sadly lost contact with her, but unexpectedly kept a fond and hugely admiring love for Walker’s work. One of the writers he covered on an early album was Jacques Brel. That was enough to take me to the theater to catch the above-named production when it came to London in 1968. By the time the cast, led by the earthy translator and Brooklynite Mort Shuman, had gotten to the song that dealt with guys lining up for their syphilis shots (“Next”), I was completely won over. By way of Brel, I discovered French chanson a revelation. Here was a popular song form wherein poems by the likes of Sartre, Cocteau, Verlaine, and Baudelaire were known and embraced by the general populace. No flinching, please.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Over the years Bowie covered Mort Shuman’s translations of Next, My Death and Amsterdam, originally brought to a wider audience via Walker’s own covers. That torch was carried further by successive musicians, including Marc Almond who had this to say in an exclusive interview for DavidBowie.com in 2014: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Total Blam Blam: Were Bowie's versions of My Death and Amsterdam your introduction to Jacques Brel? Marc Almond: “It was hearing Bowie's versions of Brel that really turned me onto Brel in a big way. When I turned over Bowie’s single Sorrow and played Amsterdam on the B-side, it really was a seminal influential moment. I had been aware of Brel through hearing Scott Walker and Alex Harvey but it was Bowie who really sanctioned Brel as being very cool. Bowie opened up a whole world to me. When Bowie mentioned a Singer or a Writer or Artist I had to check them out and they would become a big part of my cultural sphere. Genet, Lou Reed, Lindsay Kemp. Iggy Pop, Brel and many more. When Bowie recorded Pin Ups, all the artists he covered were instantly cool. His influence on Pop Culture was and is enormous. I’m sure it was the same for many musicians of my generation. Bowie taught me what my teachers at school couldn’t.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Bowie gave several more nods to Walker over the years via the likes of: Nite Flights on Black Tie White Noise in 1993; a 1996 artwork for the Milestones 1997 charity auction titled: The Walker Brothers Triptych; Stephen Kijak’s 2007 film SCOTT WALKER – 30 CENTURY MAN, of which Bowie was Executive Producer, from where today’s montage pic of Bowie was taken and this pre-release quotation from him: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “He really didn’t want to abide by the rules of the genre. He kind of opted out of rock very early on in his career. It just seems he wanted to expand in some very unusual ways. And that was pretty much what I wanted to do. And it was always guys like that that I admired” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + In an exclusive interview in the film Bowie also had this to say regarding Walker: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + "What I really like about his songwriting is the way that he can paint a picture with what he says. I have no idea what he's singing about and I've never bothered to find out and I'm not really interested. I'm quite happy to take the songs that he sings and make something of them myself, and I read my own reasoning into the images and all that, which is how I use music personally. I construct my own worlds out of the music that I listen to. It's rarely important to me what the reason was that someone wrote something, it doesn't matter to me really. So his songs are really useful! (laughs) They're useful for everyday living!" + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The closest Bowie got to the sound of Scott Walker was possibly the sublime Heat from 2013’s The Next Day, with its echoes of the verse of Walker’s own The Electrician from aforementioned Nite Flights. Also, Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) was certainly in the spirit of some of Walker’s later recordings, particularly the first single version released ahead of Blackstar. Bowie continued to champion Walker's work to the end and we’ll leave you with something Scott himself told Jarvis Cocker in a rare interview on BBC Radio 6 music’s Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service in 2017: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “We spoke several times on the phone about various things. He wanted at one stage to do an interview with me. This was 10 years ago, maybe, something like that. I didn’t do it and I can’t remember why I didn’t do it. Every time I spoke to him he was very nice to me. He always was on my side. He would recommend people to listen to my records. He was really generous when it came to me and always was interested in what I was doing. It’s funny, every time I spoke to him on the phone, he’d say, ‘Here I am overlooking the park. It’s sort of snowing, it looks lovely.’ You know, he’d describe where he was. And I thought, ‘I’m sitting in the flat here,’ you know, wherever I was [laughs]. But I always remember that about him. But [his death] was such a shock to all of us.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Scott Walker 9th January, 1943 – 25th March, 2019 #BowieWalker
David Bowie Mar 23, 2019
THUMBS UP FOR STAK AND CGD BOX SETS IN UNCUT “Tom, Tom she whispers low, don't forget my name…” * The May 2019 issue of UNCUT has a 4-page feature regarding both the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) and the David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos (CGD) 7” box sets. Under the heading of “The right stuff! Ground control prepares for the lift-off of Major Tom, in demo form”, the feature by John Robinson awards STAK 7/10 and CGD 8/10 There’s also a reprint of an NME interview from November 1969 with Gordon Coxhill, following the success of the Space Oddity. Here’s a bit from it: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + It looked like a piece of master planning, but it wasn’t. It looked like a monster hit, and it was. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, inspired by a visit to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, was released just as the world was staying up all night to watch the moon landing. Like the modest, self-effacing young man he is, David passed the credit on to his record company, but as it was written last November, he can hardly disown his amazing foresight! “Put it down to luck,” he said over the phone from Perth, where he was about to begin a short tour of the Haggisland. “I really am amazed at the success of the record, even though I had confidence in it. I’ve been the male equivalent of the dumb blonde for a few years, and I was beginning to despair of people accepting me for my music. “It may be fine for a male model to be told that he’s a great-looking guy, but that doesn’t help a singer much, especially now that the pretty-boy personality cult seems to be on the way out.” Much as David takes his songwriting seriously, he is amused by pundits who examine his material looking for hidden meanings even he is unaware of. “My songs are all from the heart, and they are wholly personal to me and I would like people to accept them as such.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + the new issue of Uncut is in shops now and available online here: http://smarturl.it/MayUNCUT2019 The 4 x 7" Spying Through A Keyhole box set is released on 5th April The 3 x 7" Clareville Grove Demos box set is released on 17th May *Today’s lyric quotation is from Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 2) #BowieSTAK #BowieCGD #BowieUNCUT
David Bowie Mar 22, 2019
FOUR STAR STAK REVIEW IN MOJO “And let me kiss you like you’ve never been kissed before...” * The May 2019 issue of MOJO has a full-page, 4 star review by Mark Paytress of the Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) 7” box set. Headlined ‘Ignition Time’ the review is introduced thus: Space Oddity’s anniversary year lifts off with a candid peek into the difficult months before that first flush of fame, writes Mark Paytress. Here are the first three paragraphs: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE spent the months between 1967 and ‘69 cast in a role that now seems unthinkable: he was deeply unfashionable. It was a time of endless auditions, blind alleys and doubt. His record label dropped him. No agent would touch his one-man cabaret show. The Laughing Gnome had become a Threepenny Pierrot. Still Bowie persevered. Early in 1969, with a love affair crumbling, he reached for his 12-string to strum out his despair. It was his salvation. In Space Oddity, melancholy folk­pop enriched with futuristic Stylophone and flyaway brothers Gibb vocal, Bowie flipped hopelessness into 'Pop’s Brightest Hope'. Two newly unearthed versions of the song feature on this nine-track, four-vinyl 45s set, comprising demos from 1968 and thereabouts. The first, a persuasive, 90-second segment, consists of two verses split by the 'tin can' chorus, fading out with “Can you hear me, Major Tom?” Boasting provisional lyrics (“Can I please get back inside/If I may”, “my time on Earth is nearly, through”), it’s Bowie committing it to tape before the moment goes. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + If you want to read the remaining eight paragraphs, you can find MOJO digitally online or in stores right about now. (http://smarturl.it/MayMOJO2019) Go here http://smarturl.it/LinkToSTAKonDBFB for more information on Spying Through A Keyhole and pre-order links. *Today’s lyric quotation is from Love All Around #BowieSTAK #BowieMOJO
David Bowie Mar 17, 2019
DONNY, GAIL AND JASON EYE OF THE BEHOLDER VIDEO “If you can see me, I can see you…” * We are excited to have been given the exclusive video reveal of Donny McCaslin featuring Gail Ann Dorsey and Jason Lindner in the Eye Of The Beholder. This is the beautiful WMA Studio Session version and you can view the full thing here: http://smarturl.it/EOTBonWMAvid Stay tuned for news regarding a very cool contest to win a copy of ★ signed by the ★ band. The original Eye Of The Beholder appears on Donny’s album, Blow, and here’s a snippet from The New York Times review of the album: “Three years after recording 'Blackstar,' David Bowie’s landmark final album, its musical director Donny McCaslin is still working with the quartet from that recording. It features the pianist and synthesizer daemon Jason Lindner, the electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and the drummer Mark Guiliana, who craft a lush electric atmosphere around Mr. McCaslin’s muscly, arena-scale tenor saxophone. On 'Blow,' his new album, the band is joined by some special guests, like the experimental singer-songwriter Sun Kil Moon and the guitarist Ben Monder.” * If you’re wondering why this particular Bowie lyric quotation, we reckon somebody will provide you the answer in the comments section. Donny McCaslin Gail Ann Dorsey JASON LINDNER #DonnyMcCaslinBlow #GailAnnDorsey #BowieMcCaslin
David Bowie Mar 16, 2019
THE HD PROJECTS PRESENTS LOOK BACK IN ANGER ““You know who I am,” he said…” Nacho's Videos has been in touch with another great piece of work: David Bowie • Look Back in Anger • Dennis Davis Isolated Drums Breakdown by Tony Visconti: https://youtu.be/6gCUBRFkvvU Keep reading for some interesting background to this and a very happy birthday to one of the world’s newest teenagers, Hikaru Davis (son of Dennis), thirteen today! + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The HD Projects is very proud to present the first in a series of video’s featuring our interview with world-famous music producer, Tony Visconti. The interview took place in 2018. Tony generously and comprehensively answered our questions. He provided a lot of information and insight into the music he and David Bowie made, and the times they shared with drummer Dennis Davis. As part of the interview, Tony provided some unique Bowie track breakdowns to illustrate how important Dennis Davis drumming was to the sound of Bowie’s ground-breaking late 70s music. One such was of Look Back in Anger - the classic Bowie rocker from his 1979 album, Lodger. It is a track dominated by Dennis Davis’ drums, and is rightly regarded as one of Dennis’ signature tracks with Bowie. Dennis’ drum tracks for Lodger were in all likelihood recorded at Mountain Studios in Switzerland, in September 1978, during the break in Bowie's Isolar II World Tour. On Tony's breakdown for The HD Projects, vocals and lead instruments are stripped away to fully reveal the drumming, and a previously unidentified Dennis Davis conga drum track, subtly hidden in the mix. In places, elements of the original track, including Bowie’s vocal, have been mixed back to add context and enjoyment to the video. Huge thanks to Jeremy Otto at The Musicians Notepad for the use of his drumming footage http://musiciansnotepad.com. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + A personal note from Hikaru Davis: After my father’s passing, I didn’t want to hear anybody say his name. It was not because I wanted to forget about him. It was my way of mourning. It made me sad, angry, and depressed to hear his name from someone. I wanted to keep him only inside of me. Maybe I was too selfish. But I was only 10 years old. After a while, I started looking at social media to see what people were saying about my father. And I saw an article in Rolling Stone Magazine about Dad’s death. That’s when I saw Mr. Tony Visconti’s name for the first time. To be honest, I didn't know much about my father’s career when he was alive. Dennis Davis was my dad. I used to go to his gigs with him, and watch him set up his drums and play. But wow, Rolling Stone? I know that magazine! And Mr. Visconti wrote such nice things about my father. When I started this interview series, he was on top of my “I want to interview” list. I nervously sent him a message, and wrote him what I was doing. He generously agreed to do the interview. But he is such a busy person. I had to wait for a year. He invited my mother and me to his studio in New York City, right before my 11th birthday in March 2018. He answered all of my questions in a way I could understand. And then my video partner Nacho has been editing the material for another year. Now, it’s my 13th birthday. I’m so excited to share the series of interview videos with Mr. Tony Visconti. I hope you enjoy, and remember my late father, Dennis Davis. Thank you all for supporting me and my project! + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + A note from Nacho: I am very proud to be working on this project with the Davis family. I first noticed the drumming of Dennis Davis on tracks like Look Back in Anger, when I was about the age that Hikaru is now. At that time, I had no idea who Dennis Davis was, but I loved what I was hearing. And my appreciation and enthusiasm for the music that Dennis made such an important contribution to, has never really waned. A lot of preparations were made for the interview with Tony Visconti, and there was considerable anticipation. The material Hikaru sent me from that day, exceeded all expectations and it is a huge and satisfying ongoing task to produce videos that do justice to that material, and to the subject matter. The Look Back in Anger track breakdowns were an obvious standout in the material, and I felt a stand-alone video was warranted. Hikaru and Chie captured great sound at Tony’s studio and his explanations and enthusiasm for Dennis drumming is a delight. But, Tony and Hikaru looking at a computer screen throughout the playback was not a satisfying visual, so I got to work... facebook.com/TheNachoVideos youtube.com/nachomarcho vimeo.com/NachosProductions + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Dennis Davis passed away on April 6th, 2016. Hikaru is the youngest child of the late drummer. Hikaru interviews some of the great musicians and producers who have worked with his late father, as well as Dennis's friends and family. Dennis Davis played with David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, George Benson and many others. Hikaru hopes to learn how and why his father was one of the greatest drummers, and hear inspiring stories of his father through this tribute project. 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David Bowie Mar 08, 2019
UNCENSORED CHINA GIRL VIDEO ON BOWIE YOUTUBE “And when I get excited, My little China Girl says...” It’s hard to imagine in these times, just how much of an uproar the unedited version of David Bowie’s China Girl video created when it was first released in 1983. The effect on ordinary folk was like that scene in Perfume, with folk ripping off each other's clothes and fornicating in the streets and the like. OK, it wasn’t quite like that, but there was certainly a right brouhaha in the press and it was even banned by TV stations the world over. The David Mallet directed video featured New Zealand model Geeling Ng, and the final moments of the video with her naked in the surf with Bowie (which got some a little hot under the collar), was a visual reference to the film From Here To Eternity. Of course, this was all a bit of a distraction from the intended message of the video and possibly even Iggy Pop’s original lyric too. Mainly shot in the Chinatown district of Sydney, the China Girl video (along with the previous Let’s Dance video), was a critique of racism with Bowie describing it as a “very simple, very direct” statement against racism. Bowie said in Rolling Stone that same year: “Let’s try to use the video format as a platform for some kind of social observation, and not just waste it on trotting out and trying to enhance the public image of the singer involved. I mean, these are little movies, and some movies can have a point, so why not try to make some point.” And in another interview at the time, Bowie opined: “The message that they [the videos] have is very simple, it’s wrong to be racist!” If you’ve never seen it, you can watch the full unedited version on the official David Bowie YouTube channel: http://smarturl.it/ChinaGirlXDBYT #BowieChinaGirl
David Bowie Mar 07, 2019
VIEW BOWIE’S MEMPHIS GROUP COLLECTION ONLINE “It's a very modern world...” Back in October 2017, the Modernism Museum Mount Dora, Florida, launched one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Memphis Group art and furniture ever assembled: SPACE ODDITIES: BOWIE | SOTTSASS | MEMPHIS. Here’s a bit about the exhibition, which closes “early 2019”... + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE’S COLLECTION OF MEMPHIS GROUP ART by Karen LeBlanc A rare look at pop icon David Bowie’s private collection of art and furniture by The Memphis Group on view at the Modernism Museum. Bowie was an avid collector of Memphis. After his death, his collection was auctioned off and for this exhibit, gathered together for one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Memphis Group art and furniture. Learn about this movement in the 1980s that broke all the design rules to create its own unique, over-the-top aesthetic as The Design Tourist Karen LeBlanc takes you on a tour of works by Ettore Sottsass, the founder of the Memphis Group and his international group of artists and designers. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Not everybody would have had the chance to visit either the exhibition or the Sotheby’s auction from whence the Bowie pieces came. However, The Design Tourist has just posted a tour of these incredible objects with some interesting history of The Memphis Group. Watch the fifteen minute video here on you tube: http://smarturl.it/BowieMemphisGroupYT FOOTNOTE: Our montage shows David Bowie sitting on his Palm Springs table in New York in 2009, as later pictured in GQ magazine. Here’s the original caption: “When I was five, I spent an awful lot of time reading and drawing on the living room table, just like this. I don’t want to follow this line of thought to the inevitable conclusion, but it does look as though all that I’m missing is a model train set. The table is by the peculiar Milanese design company Memphis and is probably made out of hardboard and old socks.” In fact the table is made of briar and plastic laminate. The piece on the left is called Casablanca, and both were designed by Ettore Sottsass PALM SPRING – 1984 - Ettore Sottsass Table in briar and plastic laminate CASABLANCA – 1981 - Ettore Sottsass Sideboard in plastic laminate with internal shelves No old socks were harmed in the making of the table. #BowieMemphisGroup
David Bowie Feb 27, 2019
RIP KENNETH PITT Kenneth Cooper Pitt: 10 November 1922 – 25 February 2019 Kevin Cann has been in touch with the sad news that David Bowie’s former manager, Kenneth Pitt, has died at his home in Hertfordshire. Ken passed on Monday, 25th February, following a short illness. He was 96.
David Bowie Feb 20, 2019
CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS RELEASE DATE AND PRE-ORDER “You’ll lose your mind and play, Three singles for May...” * We recently promised the release date and pre-order links for the David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos box set. The 3x7" vinyl singles box featuring six tracks, four of which are previously unreleased recordings, will be released by Parlophone on 17th May 2019. Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/ClarevilleGrove Read more about the set here: http://smarturl.it/CGDdetailsBNet Photography by Kenneth Pitt © Kenneth Pitt. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + * With apologies to Syd and The Floyd, the creators of See Emily Play. Syd Barrett’s original chorus lyric: There is no other day Let’s try it another way You’ll lose your mind and play Free games for May See Emily play For those not familiar with it, David Bowie himself made a rather good fist of See Emily Play for his 1973 Pin Ups album. #BowieCGD
David Bowie Feb 16, 2019
BOWIE TALKS GLASS SPIDER TOUR ON BOWIE TV “But the Glass Spider would have long gone...” Have you been keeping an eye on the YouTube Bowie TV channel (https://lnk.to/WatchBowieTVFA)? In the latest instalment (Episode 17), David Bowie talks about preparations for the 1987 Glass Spider World Tour and its demands on the performers. He also highlights the superb setlist, which you can judge for yourself by listening to the Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) in the David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set. #BowieTV #GlassSpider #LTABox
David Bowie Feb 15, 2019
REBEL REBEL 45 IS FORTY FIVE TODAY “Hot tramp, I love you so…” Though the press adverts proclaimed that it was a Valentine's Day release, Rebel Rebel was actually issued forty five years ago today on the 15th of February, 1974. The release, which had already been put back two weeks (original printed release date on demo label is Feb 1st), was an edited version of the song and a first taste from the upcoming Diamond Dogs LP, though it was considered a bit of a curveball compared to much of the music on that album. The single was backed with Queen Bitch. It was the first release since the dissolution of The Spiders From Mars, though stylistically it may have been more at home on Aladdin Sane, with its up-tempo, Stonesy feel and with an unmistakable and instantly recognisable riff played by Bowie. A riff that he was more than grateful to have conjured up, later saying of it: “It's a fabulous riff! Just fabulous! When I stumbled onto it, it was 'Oh, thank you!'”. The track reached #5 on the UK singles chart (Bowie's sixth Top Five single in the UK), and even managed a placing in the US Billboard Hot 100, no doubt helped by the exclusive New York Mix, which was almost a minute and a half shorter than the regular single mix. The New York Mix was released in North America and Mexico in May 1974 backed with Lady Grinning Soul. This second version was more urgent than the original, with a backward echo effect on the new la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la backing vocals, castanets and more general excitement all round...more akin to the live version that would be performed shortly on the US Diamond Dogs tour. The main images in our montage show the music press adverts from the UK (left) and the Netherlands (on the right), where David’s performance of the song on the Dutch TV show, Top Pop, was broadcast on the 18th. Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/RebelTopPopYT #BowieRebelRebel
David Bowie Feb 15, 2019
LOVING THE ALIEN BREAK-OUTS OUT NOW “Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight...” The five selected stand-alone albums from last year’s David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set are released today (15th February) by Parlophone. The break-outs include the three studio albums, Let’s Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down on vinyl LP, CD and various digital formats, plus the two live albums: Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) on CD and digital formats. In addition, the compilation album, Dance (which features twelve remixes), will be available on standard digital. If you haven’t already, you can order here: https://lnk.to/LTABO and go here for the full breakdown: http://smarturl.it/LTAbreakoutsBNet #LTABox
David Bowie Feb 15, 2019
BOYS KEEP SWINGING 40TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE DISC “Boys always work it out...” 2019 is the 40th anniversary of Lodger and 17th May sees the release of the latest limited 7" picture disc from Parlophone, Boys Keep Swinging. While originally recording the song, Bowie had hoped to capture a garage band feel with the musicians swapping instruments after a deck of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards had suggested ‘reverse roles’. So guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass. The version featured on the A side is the 2017 mix by Tony Visconti from Lodger, undertaken for the A New Career In A New Town box set, as both Tony and Bowie felt they never had the opportunity to give Lodger the mix it deserved in 1979, due to time and studio constraints. The AA side features I Pray, Ole which was apparently recorded during the Lodger sessions, but remained unreleased until mixed by David and David Richards for inclusion as an extra track on the 1991 reissue of the Lodger album. The track has been commercially unavailable since then. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE - BOYS KEEP SWINGING LIMITED EDITION 40th ANNIVERSARY 7" PICTURE DISC Side A Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti mix) (David Bowie, Brian Eno) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, NYC, 2017 Side AA I Pray, Ole (David Bowie) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed by David Bowie & David Richards, 1991 + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Boys Keep Swinging limited 40th anniversary 7" picture disc is released by Parlophone on 17th May. #DBBKS40 #BowieVinyl
David Bowie Feb 14, 2019
BOWIE COLLECTS EDISON AWARD IN AMSTERDAM 45 YEARS AGO “It’s made out of old fisherman...” On this day in 1974 (13th February), David Bowie attended a press reception at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, where Ad Visser (host of Dutch music show Top Pop), presented him with the Edison Award and a certificate for the Most Popular Male Vocalist, with particular recognition given to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Recalling an earlier trip to London to visit David, Visser poured two glasses of an “old fisherman drink”, Schelvispekel*, to toast David’s win. Check out a brief excerpt from the conference on YouTube to make sense of today’s ‘lyric quotation’: http://smarturl.it/DBinAmsterdam74 * Schelvispekel is a spicy Dutch liqueur produced using brandy and a secret blend of spices. The name translates as 'haddock brine', not a nod to the ingredients, rather that the drink is reminiscent of one early-20th century haddock fishermen would drink to keep them warm on their days at sea. FOOTNOTE: The Edison Award is an annual Dutch music prize awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry. It is one of the oldest music awards in the world, having been presented since 1960. #DavidBowieNL
David Bowie Feb 13, 2019
CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS BOX DUE “I recall how we lived, On the corner of a bed...” DAVID BOWIE - CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS 3 x 7" VINYL SINGLES BOX SET FEATURING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DAVID BOWIE RECORDINGS Following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole announcement, Parlophone is set to further commemorate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, with a 7" vinyl singles box set of six home demos, four of which are previously unreleased recordings. This set further documents the earliest stages of David’s journey and development as an artist and songwriter. Recorded early in 1969 in David’s flat in Clareville Grove, London, this live to tape demo session features David performing as a duo with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson following the end of the Feathers trio, which featured David’s then girlfriend Hermione Farthingale. The photography featured on the box front and the print inside, is by Bowie’s then manager, Ken Pitt, and was taken in the Clareville Grove flat that David shared with Hermione. His military haircut was due to the very brief appearance he had in the movie The Virgin Soldiers. As with the Spying Through A Keyhole vinyl singles box set, the design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm. CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS (3 X 7” SINGLE BOX SET) DAVID BOWIE (WITH JOHN ‘HUTCH’ HUTCHINSON) 3 x 7" SET TRACKLISTING Single 1 Side A Space Oddity Now featuring the final lyrics, this version of the demo first appeared on the long deleted Space Oddity 40th Anniversary 2 CD release, and is now making its debut on vinyl. It predates the 2nd February Morgan Studios recording that featured in the Love You Till Tuesday television film. Side B Lover To The Dawn This song aimed at a former lover would eventually morph into Cygnet Committee recorded for the David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album later in the year. Single 2 Side A Ching-a-Ling Previously recorded in October 1968 by the trio Turquoise featuring David, Hermione and Tony Hill (who became Feathers when Hutch replaced Hill). David and Hutch continued to perform the song as a duo following Hermione’s departure. Side B An Occasional Dream Slightly different lyrically to the later album version, this version of the demo also first appeared on the deleted Space Oddity 40th Anniversary release. Single 3 Side A Let Me Sleep Beside You A studio version was first recorded in September 1967 but remained unreleased until The World Of David Bowie album in 1970. The song was later recorded in session for the BBC in October 1969 and was a song David clearly believed in, recording it once more for the unreleased Toy album 30 years later. That version finally saw the light of day on the Nothing Has Changed 3 CD set in 2014. Side B Life Is A Circus A cover of an obscure song written by Roger Bunn recorded by vocal/instrumental quartet Djinn. Vocals are shared Simon and Garfunkel style by David and Hutch. Musicians David Bowie – vocals, guitar and Stylophone John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – vocals and guitar Photography by Ken Pitt © Ken Pitt Further details and release date to follow. #BowieCGD
David Bowie Feb 11, 2019
PIN UPS PICTURE DISC FOR RSD 2019 “Singing old songs he loved...” Parlophone will be issuing David Bowie’s 1973 album of cover versions as a picture disc for Record Store Day 2019 on Saturday, 13th April. When originally released, the David Bowie/Ken Scott produced album was preceded by the only single from Pin Ups, Sorrow, which reached #3 on the UK chart. Pin Ups itself entered the UK album chart at #1 on the strength of pre-orders alone. Joining Bowie on the sleeve for Justin de Villeneuve’s extraordinary photograph with Bowie is Twiggy, name-checked earlier the same year on Aladdin Sane for Drive-In Saturday: “She’d sigh like Twig the Wonder Kid”. The photo session was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie's request was used for the album instead. This same image is used for Side 1 of the picture disc. Originally, the back cover and insert featured Mick Rock photographs and Side 2 of the picture disc uses one of his artworks which utilised images from that session. The picture disc includes a reproduction of the insert, and the back cover is as the original with the following note from Bowie: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + These songs are among my favourites from the '64–67' period of London. Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Tick (was it a 'y' or an 'i'?) - Scene club circuit (Marquee, eel pie island la-la) Some are still with us. Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd's Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, Kinks. Love-on ya! Bowie x + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + David Bowie Pin Ups RSD 2019 picture disc Released via Parlophone on 13th April. Cat #: DB69736P UPC: 0190295511289 Side 1 01 - Rosalyn (Duncan/Farley) 02 - Here Comes the Night (Berns) 03 - I Wish You Would (Arnold) 04 - See Emily Play (Barrett) 05 - Everything's Alright (Crouch/Konrad/Stavely/Stuart) 06 - I Can't Explain (Townshend) Side 2 01 - Friday On My Mind (Young/Vanda) 02 - Sorrow (Feldman/Goldstein/Gottehrer) 03 - Don't Bring Me Down (Dee) 04 - Shapes of Things (Samwell-Smith/McCarty/Relf) 05 - Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Daltrey/Townshend) 06 - Where Have All the Good Times Gone? (Davies) Originally released on RCA on 19th October 1973 Produced by David Bowie and Ken Scott Musicians: David Bowie – vocals, guitar, tenor and alto saxophone, harmonica, arrangements, backing vocals, Moog synthesiser Mick Ronson – guitar, piano, vocals, arrangements Trevor Bolder – bass guitar Aynsley Dunbar – drums Mike Garson – piano, organ, harpsichord, electric piano Ken Fordham – baritone saxophone G.A. MacCormack – backing vocals Original Pin Ups Design: Justin de Villeneuve - front cover photograph Twiggy - Twig the Wonderkid on front cover Pierre Laroche - front cover makeup masks for Twig and Bowie Mick Rock - back cover photography/design Ray Campbell - front cover lettering #BowieRSD #RSD2019 #BowieVinyl #BowiePinUps
David Bowie Feb 08, 2019
BOWIE ESSENTIALS PLAYLIST ON APPLE MUSIC “You’ve really made the grade...” In the year that sees the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, revisit all of his best songs Apple Music's ESSENTIALS playlist. Listen here now: http://smarturl.it/DBonAppleMusic #BowieAppleMusic
David Bowie Feb 07, 2019
SPACE ODDITY FILMED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY “You’ve really made the grade...” On Sunday, 2nd February 1969, David Bowie entered Morgan Studios in London’s Willesden to record the soundtrack version of Space Oddity for the proposed television special and promotional vehicle, Love You Till Tuesday. Four days later and fifty years ago today, the Space Oddity segment was filmed for the special and it was clear from this first ‘public’ outing of the song that David Bowie had composed something extraordinary. Here’s Ken Pitt (David’s manager at the time), from his book Bowie The Pitt Report: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The next day, February 6, proved to be an important landmark in David’s career for it was then that he was filmed performing the new song Space Oddity. That this was an unusually clever song was apparent from the first hearing, but it was only during the course of the day’s shooting that its wide appeal became evident. During the break for lunch, freed from the silence imposed on them on the set, people were laughing, chattering and singing about the unconventional hero Major Tom. When David came through a doorway someone said “Well, if it isn’t Major Tom.“ After lunch he walked onto the set and rehearsed the final scene where the astronaut, resigned to his chosen fate, is caressed by two seductive sirens, played by Samantha Bond and the production assistant Suzanne Mercer. Admiration was now coupled with envy, perhaps two important ingredients for the hit that had so long eluded us. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The Love You Till Tuesday film was not broadcast at the time and the Space Oddity segment didn’t surface for another six years, when the BBC showed it on TOTPs to accompany the reissue of the song that topped the charts in 1975. But that’s a whole other story. The original Love You Till Tuesday film was finally released on video in 1984 and on DVD in 2005. Watch the original Space Oddity segment here: http://smarturl.it/SpaceOddityLYTT50YT #SpaceOddity50
David Bowie Feb 01, 2019
DAVID BOWIE: FINDING FAME SPOILERS “Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare…” Having had the pleasure of viewing Francis Whately’s David Bowie: Finding Fame at a private preview on Wednesday evening, we thought we’d highlight a few of the things that might interest you. But, for those of you who would rather wait until the broadcast proper on Saturday, 9th February, at 21:00 on BBC TWO, beware, this item does include spoilers. The preview (in London’s Fitzrovia), was attended by pretty well all of the main contributors, including (alphabetically): Kristina Amadeus, Hermione Farthingale, Dana Gillespie, Phil Lancaster, Geoff MacCormack, George Underwood and Woody Woodmansey. Following the screening, Adam Buxton hosted a Q&A with Francis himself. Aside from emotional (and sometimes hilarious), tributes from those and other contributors, David Bowie: Finding Fame boasts a fair few scoops, including excerpts from the following, in no particular order… Cut scenes from backstage at Hammersmith Odeon, 1973 Audio from Glastonbury, 1971 The Hype at The Roundhouse, 1970 My Death on Russell Harty Plus Pop, 1973 Plus lots of audio teaser snippets of various demos and unreleased tracks. Sadly, the previously mentioned television debut of Starman on Lift Off with Ayshea in 1972, didn’t materialise in time for Wednesday’s screening. It was pointed out that the low quality, black and white footage might not even make the final cut. But, no matter, there’s more than enough here to sate even the hungriest of rare Bowie seeker appetites. But, don’t take our word for it, here’s a line from the just published five-star review by James Hall in The Telegraph: “Above all else, this documentary is about an individual’s relentless impulse to create. It’s about never giving up. And in this sense I’d argue that it is the most fascinating of the three films.” David Bowie: Finding Fame is on BBC TWO on Saturday, 9th February, at 21:00. (http://smarturl.it/FindingFameBBC2) #BowieTheFirstFiveYears #DavidBowieFindingFame