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17 May 2011
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The last song played throught the PA system before U2's concert is David Bowie's Space Oddity. It was a fantastic intro and now that I've listened to the song in youtube, I love it. 

 

So I wonder, can you recommend me 5 songs to get into Bowie? (Yeah I know... shame on me a-hard-days-night-paul-1)

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
17 May 2011
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Five Years, Word on a Wing, Quicksand, Life on Mars, Heroes and Sound and Vision.

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17 May 2011
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DoctorRobert's suggestions are good too, Sound and Vision is stunning. Bowie also does a good line in covers- check out his versions of Waterloo Sunset and Imagine.

 

Edit: Hmm, seems my videos aren't showing. They were 1984/Dodo, the extended version of Heroes, Life On Mars, Lady Stardust and Ashes to Ashes.

If you're thinking of buying an album, go for The Singles Collection- I know you're not supposed to say that, but it's the only one that really gives you a sense of his career as a whole. Beyond that, look at The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust etc., Diamond Dogs and Heroes. Ziggy Stardust is probably the best introduction to Bowie. If you like Heroes, move onto the rest of his Berlin stuff (especially Low), otherwise look at Alladin Sane and Scary Monsters.

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17 May 2011
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I'm not a big Bowie fan, but I love Ground Control to Major Tom.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
17 May 2011
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Thanks for your recommendations. I still have some credit in iTunes so I think I'll purchase Singles collection.

 

And Sun King, do you mean this song? The name is Space Oddity stuart-sutcliffe

 

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17 May 2011
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That's the one Mith. It feels like it should be called Ground Control To Major Tom. But I don't like Bowie.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
17 May 2011
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Bowie is a genius. He is the only artist that comes close to being as good as the Beatles.

Diamond Dogs, Low, Hunky Dory and Station to Station are the four Bowie albums that you have to listen to.

And tracks-wise, I forgot Something in the Air, though I probably have a soft spot for that because of Memento.

You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Titch and I would like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two.
17 May 2011
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Bowie? Hmmmmmm...  Seems like I heard of one his songs...  Ah yes. Now I remember.

Ziggy Stardust.

Some very strange outfits/poses displayed by Mr. Jones in this video.

I know I'm biased, but I would stack the last 4 songs of that album up against any other 4 songs on any other album by any other artist anywhere any time.

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17 May 2011
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LOL!! I didn't remember when I posted the message that you are a huge Bowie fan Zig!! a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6

 

Thanks for the recommendations guys.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
17 May 2011
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Well, it is possible I have no clue what I'm talking about. I'm listening to Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust now. On Soul Love.

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17 May 2011
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I stand as another David Bowie fan.

Five songs: Heroes, Ziggy Stardust, Rebel Rebel, Fame (John Lennon on backup vocals), Suffragette City

 

I adore this man. He's one of those artists who can successfully change his image and sound without losing himself. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is a great album.

 

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18 May 2011
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Golden Years!  That song is so funky!

18 May 2011
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Oh and you gotta listen to Rock 'n' Roll Suicide, Jean Genie, Young Americans, Lets Dance, and Lady Grinning Soul.

Yeah, The Singles Collection is a good place to start (I just looked at the tracklist)

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18 May 2011
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Very innovative artist. Pushed the boundaries as I recall in the 1970's. Favorite album is 'The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust'

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18 May 2011
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I'm envious of anyone who's discovering Bowie for the first time.

Any best-of is a good place to start, but here are five songs that I recommend to begin with:

Life On Mars (Hunky Dory)
Young Americans (Young Americans)
Rock And Roll Suicide (Ziggy Stardust)
Drive-In Saturday (Aladdin Sane)
Boys Keep Swinging (Lodger)

Once you've fallen in love with Bowie:

Quicksand (Hunky Dory)
Sons Of The Silent Age ("Heroes")
Scary Monsters (Scary Monsters)
Time (Aladdin Sane)
Station To Station (Station To Station)

I don't normally bother with anything he's done since Scary Monsters. Heathen was OK but not a patch on his 1970s work (which is peerless IMO). Get everything from The Man Who Sold The World to Scary Monsters and you'll open up a whole new world of wonder.

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18 May 2011
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I'll give it a try. Thanks for the review Joe.

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18 May 2011
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Zig said:

Bowie? Hmmmmmm...  Seems like I heard of one his songs...  Ah yes. Now I remember.

Ziggy Stardust.

Some very strange outfits/poses displayed by Mr. Jones in this video.

I know I'm biased, but I would stack the last 4 songs of that album up against any other 4 songs on any other album by any other artist anywhere any time.

I'm not keen on Hang Onto Yourself (relative to the rest of the album) but I agree about the closing three, even if Suffargette City is blatantly shoehorned in and Ziggy's suicide is consequently a bit sudden. Only Dylan, the Beatles, Floyd and Queen could claim to have three better songs on an album (maybe John and George as well), and then there's Starman, Five Years, Lady Stardust...

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18 May 2011
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Wow guys I'm getting definetly sooo into Bowie.

 

I decided to add Space Oddity to the U2 setlist from the concert I went in my mp3 player and this morning while going to work I listened paying attention to the lyrics.

 

Holy Cow!!!

 

When I heard "And the stars look very different today", bam! I was blown away. Now I get why Bowie fans are so into Bowie. That's not a song, that's a freaking poem!!! And it's about a freaking astronant lost in space!! And the music playing the space ship lauching…. and the sadness at the end… man that's art. It reminds me of course why I love Paperback Writer, a very unlikely topic for an amazing song. For doing that it takes talent and guts.

 

Bravo Mr. Bowie. You got a new fan on me.  I'm getting all your recommendations. stuart-sutcliffe

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My late contribution, top 5 Bowie albums:

 

  • Scary Monsters
  • Low
  • Station to Station
  • Heroes
  • Let's Dance

 

..although tbh I'm not familiar with early 70s stuff like Ziggy, Hunky Dory....I still have them to "discover".

Don't forget he wrote Fame  for Young Americans with Lennon and there's a cover of Across The Universe on there too .. mmmm must check that one out myself.a-hard-days-night-paul-1

19 May 2011
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Young Americans is actually one of my least favourite 70s Bowie albums. Too much plastic soul. I don't like Across The Universe at all, but Fame (also featuring Lennon) is OK. The title track is wonderful though (and includes a nod to A Day In The Life).

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