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David Bowie
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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)

Alternately (from the same albums):

Oh! You Pretty Things
Fame
Moonage Daydream
The Jean Genie
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Throw in:
Sound and Vision from Low (which sounds odd on that album, I agree)
TVC15 from Station to Station
It's No Game (Part 1) from Scary Monsters

Wildcard: The Man Who Sold The World (from the soundtrack of the movie. A friend of mine got to see it on the big screen recently. It's still very weird apparently!).

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Joe said

@Matt Busby I'd forgotten all about that list. I actually don't listen to Aladdin Sane all that often – I find some of those generic rockers a bit stodgy, but I love the songs with Mike Garson (title track, Time, Lady Grinning Soul). The Prettiest Star is lovely too. I'd probably choose any of those over Panic In Detroit!

I like the Prettiest Star. It's the lyrics of Panic in Detroit that get me the most: "he left me an autograph/let me collect dust/I wish someone would phone."

In the days following his death I caught an excellent documentary called "5 years." It's about 5 critical years in David's career and had a lot of good live clips, interviews, and quotations.

I think I'm going to copy my Bowie collection to my phone and introduce Aimee to more of his work - she's a fan but is mainly familiar with his hits - we mainly listen in the car or in bed 🙂

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I saw "Five Years" too, and it was a good little doc. Lots of great clips.

 

I agree with Joe's "start here" picks, as well as the ones ewe2 added. He's got such a great body of work to pull from!

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Matt Busby said 

  
In the days following his death I caught an excellent documentary called "5 years." It's about 5 critical years in David's career and had a lot of good live clips, interviews, and quotations.
 

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I saw "Five Years" too, and it was a good little doc. Lots of great clips.

Good to know, thanks. I have it saved on my DVR, but haven't watched it yet. The irony of the name of that documentary is that when I heard the news of his death, it made me think of the opening lyrics from the song 'Five Years'.

Pushing through the market square
So many mothers sighing
News had just come over
We had five years left to cry in
News guy wept when he told us
Earth was really dying
Cried so much his face was wet
Then I knew he was not lying

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If you want to get into David Bowie's music, you could always just do what I did and listen to his entire discography from beginning to end. (There are 26 studio albums in total, I think. Or 27. And that's not even counting soundtracks. Or early singles.)

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I am watching this video on repeat and falling in love with David Bowie. 

What remains to be seen is whether I like any of his music besides that song, which I am also falling in love with. We'll see, and I'll be sure to go by the above recommendations. 

While I'm here... I also dreamt a while back that I was talking about him, and saying that he had always put me in mind of how I imagined King Oberon to look; and when I woke up, I realised that it was exactly the case, although I'd never consciously verbalised it. (The first time I saw him was as Jared the Goblin King in The Labyrinth, which may explain all that...) 

So I drew King Oberon as inspired by Mr Bowie, and it came out rather well, if no one minds my putting this here*: 

..I didn't think it actually looked much like him, but my dad said it did. What do you think? 

 

*I hope no one does mind. I could hardly put it in my Beatles art thread, could I? 

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I'm not that much of a fan, but I was a little upset upon hearing his passing. I own a Bowie compilation on CD. My favourite tracks of his are The Man Who Sold The World, Fame (a-hard-days-night-john-6), Golden Years, Sound And Vision and Let's Dance.

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Egroeg Evoli said
If you want to get into David Bowie's music, you could always just do what I did and listen to his entire discography from beginning to end. (There are 26 studio albums in total, I think. Or 27. And that's not even counting soundtracks. Or early singles.)  

I did the same thing twice and it worked well to get me into his music. 

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I was sixteen in the seventies when Aladdine Sane (a lad insane?) came out and it still is my favourite.  I like (liked) 🙁 Bowie.  My ears put him just dancing just on the right side whiny.  British band Squeeze do this as well.  Some of the songs are a bit far out like Bowie always is but the music is great.  In way it's a bit like the Beatles, he can do pretty or rocky with always a healthy dose of weird too.    

It's earlier than Aladdine Sane but I really liked 'The Man Who Sold The World' (we had Lulu's version in our house years ago!) apart from the the overloud raspy instrument that dominates the mix and is a bit irritating it's a kind of spooky and nice song.  I'm sure the raspy thing is a wooden ratchety folky washboard thing I remember from my past.  Alas, I know nothing of Oberon but your drawing looks great as always.  🙂    

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Matt Busby said

It's the lyrics of Panic in Detroit that get me the most: "he left me an autograph/let me collect dust/I wish someone would phone."

"Panic In Detroit" happens to be my favourite Bowie song. Used to hear it frequently on Detroit radio in the mid'80s and was surprised when my cousin informed me who it was...I didn't know much of his music at the time.

RIP Bowie and Busby 🙁

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Kooks off of Hunkey Dory may be my favorite. I love Changes too. 

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I was listening to Funky Drummer today because Clyde Stubblefield had died, and I happened to listen to Hot (I Need To Be Loved Loved Loved) which is Brown's bizarre rip-off of Bowie's Fame. What makes it all the more bizarre is that the riff in the song was written by Carlos Alomar who had been in Brown's band in the 60's. Apparently he was quite upset by the steal, but Bowie suggested waiting to see if it became a hit, which it never did. So a strange Bowie moment today.

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Any pre-1969 Bowie material that could be recommended to me? I thought I remembered hearing he was in a band or two during the mid - late sixties.

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Going back to "Five Years"...

 

Why does this song feel so scarily relevant right now....

 

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I love Bowie and I was so devastated when he passed away.

I have been listening to Blackstar a lot in the last year. That reminds me that I have to purchase the No Plan EP in the near future.

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