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Old 01-11-2016, 12:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bowie dead at 69 from 18 month long battle with cancer, confirmed by Hollywood Reporter by his publicist.
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Absolutely crushed. The new album takes on a whole new meaning when you realise it was largely about his cancer and impending death. One of my biggest inspirations ever. What a hero.

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Old 01-11-2016, 04:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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"His death was no different from his life: a work of art" --- Tony Visconti

Maybe we need something like this, rather than RIP threads, which are fine and appropriate but a thread that allows us to share our fondest memories of the man with whose music we all grew up and who was a giant in the music world.

Talk about your favourite albums, gigs, songs, experiences. Review albums if you want. Share what his music meant to you, any who were lucky enough to meet him, whatever you want. I'll be back once I've got these tears under control.
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One of my earliest ever memories is seeing Bowie and Mark Ronson on an old Top of the Pops episode performing Starman. Bowie was there in a one piece red and blue Lycra suit with his shock of ginger hair, talking about a space alien and "hazy cosmic jive". At 5 years old I didn't really know what I was seeing but I knew even then that is was very cool and very special, and I basically owe my first musical experience to Bowie.
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I think my first memory was hearing "Life on Mars?" blasting from my elder sister's room (she was the only one with a record player) and arguing over whether he was called Bowie as in crossbow or Bowie as in take a bow. I of course then saw him on TOTP and he was certainly someone who stood out. Later when I started work my boss was a huge Bowie fan and tried to get me into him. Sad to say, he didn't really succeed (I was more into prog and metal at the time, and not ready to give an album a chance --- unlike now ) and since then I've caught up with him over the years when he released singles, bought some albums of his but sad to say never really got that much into his discography, something I will address now in my journal obviously.

Albums of his I've heard/owned:
Ziggy Stardust
Heroes
Low
The Next Day

Never Let Me Down (it did)
Let's Dance
Heathen
Diamond Dogs


I feel like I knew him, but never really got to know him. Like everyone here, this will become something of a priority now.
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I think my first memory was hearing "Life on Mars?" blasting from my elder sister's room (she was the only one with a record player) and arguing over whether he was called Bowie as in crossbow or Bowie as in take a bow. I of course then saw him on TOTP and he was certainly someone who stood out. Later when I started work my boss was a huge Bowie fan and tried to get me into him. Sad to say, he didn't really succeed (I was more into prog and metal at the time, and not ready to give an album a chance --- unlike now ) and since then I've caught up with him over the years when he released singles, bought some albums of his but sad to say never really got that much into his discography, something I will address now in my journal obviously.

Albums of his I've heard/owned:
Ziggy Stardust
Heroes
Low
The Next Day

Never Let Me Down (it did)
Let's Dance
Heathen
Diamond Dogs


I feel like I knew him, but never really got to know him. Like everyone here, this will become something of a priority now.
Get Station to Station listened to! And Scary Monsters. And Blackstar! The whole album is incredibly chilling in the wake of his death.

Edit: Weirdly I was making some custom album covers for a few of his albums yesterday. If anyone is interested lemme know, got alternatives for The Man Who Sold the World, Ziggy, Station to Station, Outside, Earthling, and Reality. Here's one for Earthling, which I think is a really good album with a sucky cover:

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My dad is a massive Bowie fan, he was the one who got me into him. He and my mom went on a date together to his Glass Spider tour in 1987 at Wembley I think it was. Still got the tickets somewhere.

I had heard the classic singles for years but in 2012 I remember I decided to delve into his discography and go through his albums one by one. I think for a year straight I didn't listen to anyone else. Had bought many of his albums on CD then one day I'm clearing out the loft with my dad and there's a box full of vinyls, all his studio albums from Space Oddity to the early 80s stuff. I just stared at them and was like "dad you didn't tell me you had these? WTF WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?!" Was like all my Christmases had come early. I got a record player and I absolutely hammered those vinyls.

I am not really arsed about celebrity deaths that much but I was genuinely gutted seeing the news this morning.

Legend.
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Get Station to Station listened to! And Scary Monsters. And Blackstar! The whole album is incredibly chilling in the wake of his death.
I'm going to be doing his full discography now in my Great Discography Project. Oh and I think I forgot I heard Scary Monsters. Grief, ya know? But I will listen to Blackstar obviously. Just need a box of tissues handy. Shut up, Batty, you know what I mean.
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Let's not forget he could also act, and act well...
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I think my first memory was hearing "Life on Mars?" blasting from my elder sister's room (she was the only one with a record player) and arguing over whether he was called Bowie as in crossbow or Bowie as in take a bow. I of course then saw him on TOTP and he was certainly someone who stood out. Later when I started work my boss was a huge Bowie fan and tried to get me into him. Sad to say, he didn't really succeed (I was more into prog and metal at the time, and not ready to give an album a chance --- unlike now ) and since then I've caught up with him over the years when he released singles, bought some albums of his but sad to say never really got that much into his discography, something I will address now in my journal obviously.

Albums of his I've heard/owned:
Ziggy Stardust
Heroes
Low
The Next Day

Never Let Me Down (it did)
Let's Dance
Heathen
Diamond Dogs


I feel like I knew him, but never really got to know him. Like everyone here, this will become something of a priority now.
You'll probably like Station to Station. The title track is positively proggy!

Aladdin Sane doesn't get as much attention as his other albums, but it's always been top 4 for me - I love the energy and theatrics. On that note, I might listen to Lady Grinning Soul and try to refrain from crying. Today is one shitty shitty day
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