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My favourite Bowie song is probably Heroes. Life on Mars, Space Oddity and Five Years aren't far behind though. 

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I prefer the Live Aid version of heroes though. Such a great performance. 

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Flyingbrians said
My favourite Bowie song is probably Heroes. Life on Mars, Space Oddity and Five Years aren't far behind though.   

That's cool, another Five Years lover! Some less known gems of Bowie, I love: Beauty And The Beast, Black Out, Warszawa, Win, and Stay.

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Not once does the diversity seem forced -- the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian "When I'm 64" seems like a logical extension of "Within You Without You" and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of "Lovely Rita. - Stephen T. Erlewine on Sgt Pepper's

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Quicksand is a brilliant song. And all of Blackstar is fantastic. 

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Chronological progress report: I've gotten up to Hunky Dory. It's been good.

I think my current favourite song is '"Heroes"'. I've heard it a couple times before, but I never really liked it until I was hearing Stevie Riks's cover the other day, and for some reason it just clicked all of a sudden how great the song is. I guess the wall of sound with the subdued (at first) vocal in front kind of turned me off at first, but I've come to realise that it actually works, in a strange way. It's a song full of beautiful contrasts and contradictions.

But we'll see what tomorrow brings! I've a long way till I can actually start picking favourites -- I have to hear everything at least twice.

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Heroes is one of the few songs that really gives me goosebumps. Especially on the "and we kissed, as though nothing could fall" bit. 

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Flyingbrians said
Heroes is one of the few songs that really gives me goosebumps. Especially on the 'and we kissed, as though nothing could fall' bit.   

YES ! This is exactly the part that always  gets me too! 

I have to admit though, that Rock'n'Roll suicide gives me even more goosebumps with 'you're wonderful' being repeated over and over again. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Ziggy Stardust @Silly Girl! And on Aladin Sane! a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Um, don't hit me, I did a parody of Five Years for my friends on another forum who are following the drawn-out saga of Star Citizen. The words won't mean much as they're a bit specific to the game and the forum, but I'm happy with the production and 4-part harmony. I used a softsynth piano/drums/parps and my trusty bass, ukulele and bass station II. It's one of my favourite Bowie songs, it's brilliantly written, and fortunately transposed quite well to C from G.

One of the cleverest things Bowie does is do songs in time signatures in such a way you don't notice, this song is in 3/4 waltz time but it fools you!

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So this surfaced a few years ago, and I must say I have no idea why I didn't know they were heavily into Gibson guitars (Ronson on the Les Paul and Bolder on the EB-3), but it's a cracking version. Listen for the cheeky Beatles reference!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEmGQYCuc6M

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Vika Yermolyeva (vkgoeswild) is a YouTube musician who is a remarkably talented pianist who usually plays hard rock and heavy metal songs (with exceptions).  She posted this cover of Life On Mars? yesterday.  I thought that @Joe and others might get a kick out of it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAl1pbOEX_4

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Necko said
Vika Yermolyeva (vkgoeswild) is a YouTube musician who is a remarkably talented pianist who usually plays hard rock and heavy metal songs (with exceptions).  She posted this cover of Life On Mars? yesterday.  I thought that @Joe and others might get a kick out of it.

 

Nice idea to put the melody line on the left hand. That's a hard song to cover.

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Necko said
Vika Yermolyeva (vkgoeswild) is a YouTube musician who is a remarkably talented pianist who usually plays hard rock and heavy metal songs (with exceptions).  She posted this cover of Life On Mars? yesterday.  I thought that @Joe and others might get a kick out of it.

I got that in my subscription feed but I haven't gotten around to watching it yet... I'll Be Back.

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Some of my favourite Bowie songs are:

Station To Station - So groovy and funky in the middle section and the guitar solo is amazing.

Starman - Need I say more? Love the guitar break after the first chorus.

Quicksand - The historical references in the lyrics are quite unnervingly brilliant.

Changes & Oh You Pretty Things - Both of these are very very catchy.

Time - Love the piano and 80s style guitar.

Fame - Really funky and the backing vocals ain't bad either.a-hard-days-night-george-10

Sound Of Vision - Low is a hard album to get into but when you do it's fantastic.

Lady Grinning Soul -The piano is absolutely stunning.

Rebel Rebel - The riff is very catchy.

Rock N Roll Suicide - Bowie goes all out vocally here to great effect.

Space Oddity - His best song IMO. Blows Bohemian Rhapsody out of the water.

Anybody got any great Bowie deep cuts they'd like to recommend? I've heard most of the hits and more well known album tracks but aside from that I'm very much inexperienced in my Bowie.

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I was obsessed with Bowie almost as much as the Beatles growing up...

I used to listen to The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, and Ziggy Stardust endlessly and would recommend them to anyone just getting started with Bowie. But...there is good stuff on almost all of his albums.

Personal favorites:

"The Width Of A Circle" - the way the instruments all seem vaguely out of sync before coming together brilliantly.

"Oh! You Pretty Things" - just one of the many amazing songs on Hunky Dory.

"Moonage Daydream" - in reality there's not a bad track on Ziggy, but this one is a favorite.

"Panic In Detroit" - awesome guitar riff.

"TVC15" - that Professor Longhair piano riff.

"It's No Game (Part 1)" - great guitar work and vocals.

"Breaking Glass" - one of the cooler fragments from side one of Low.

The man had a real knack for writing hooks and for spotting trends... He was also a pioneer in manipulating his own image for artistic ends.

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The Man Who Sold The World is one of my favorite Bowie tracks, and the songs on that album are generally underrated.  Other great deep or not deep cuts that I dont see on your list:

Kooks (Hunky Dory)

Queen Bitch (Hunky Dory)

Moonage Daydream (The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust)

Suffragette City (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust)

Hang On To Yourself (TR&FoZS)

Aladdin Sane 

Lets Spend The Night Together (Aladdin Sane)

Young Americans

Can You Hear Me (Young Americans)

 

The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Young Americans and Station To Station are all pure gold. 

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Thanks guys, I know most of these but I'll be sure to check out the others.

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I'm not really good at telling the well-known apart from the deep cuts but here are some I love and that are not too well known, I think. Apologies, if you know them all anyway:

All the Madmen (The Man Who Sold The World) - a haunting mixture of madness, creepiness, and longing

EVERYTHING from Alladin Sane, really, that album is his absolute best imo 

Win (Young Americans) - Bowie in his best singing range

Word On A Wing (Station To Station) - This song is crazy but it somehow works really awesomely

Warszawa (Low) - One of the best electronic instrumentals I know

Beauty and the Beast, Joe the Lion, Blackout (Heroes) - Bowie bursting of energy in those tracks

Look Back In Anger ( Lodger) - some more energy and a great restless percussion

Up The Hill Backwards (Scary Monsters And Super Creeps) - weirdness mixed up with typical 80s vocals - very cool!

The pretty things are going to Hell (Hours) - one of the few Bowie songs between let's dance and the next day, I actually really love

Pablo Picasso (Reality) - interesting song with many things to discover and a nice Spanish touch

Lazarus (Blackstar) - I Can't Listen to it without tearing up but every time is worth it!

By the way, I put two videos in spoilers, they are guides to Bowie which mentioned quite a lot of deep cuts, especially from the later albums. The channel in which the videos appeared is coincidentally also called 'deep_cuts'

Enjoy your Bowie journey, I hope this helped a bit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6jo-LRnnWE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7uIzljh00Y

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My favorites from what I've heard so far:

'Space Oddity' and 'An Occasional Dream' from Bowie's 1969 album
'The Width Of A Circle' (reminiscent of Led Zepp to me for some reason) and 'All The Madmen' (VERY Syd Barrett-esque) from The Man Who Sold The World
'Kooks' from Hunky Dory
'Starman' and 'Ziggy Stardust' from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
'Heroes' from the album of the same title

I haven't listened to very much and not in depth either. I still have lots to get through. ahdn_paul_01

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^^That's pretty cool! It took me far longer to learn to love the album The Man Who Sold The World (but now I love it). Have you already listened to Alladin Sane (sorry that I go on about this album all the time, I just think you'd like it)?

On a different note, I've listened to Scary Monsters And Super Creeps properly today for the first time in ages. I didn't dare to do so for a long time because memories of an unpleasant time are attached to it but it was actually relieving to listen to it. Only Ashes To Ashes was a bit of an intense listen for my taste (the way he sings 'hitting an all-time low' with a finality that takes away every hope one had inside oneself is still giving me chills).

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I'm listening to Station To Station for the fourth time. It's so addictive, and I love how it goes from the slow, eerie, ice funk of the first five minutes to the energetic second section. Only now am I getting on to the rest of the tracks.

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