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David Bowie

The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an all-around music-hall entertainer, Bowie reinvented himself as a hippie singer/songwriter. Prior to his breakthrough in 1972, he recorded a proto-metal record and a pop/rock album, eventually redefining glam rock with his ambiguously sexy Ziggy Stardust persona. Ziggy made Bowie an international star, yet he wasn't content to continue to churn out glitter rock. By the mid-'70s, he developed an effete, sophisticated version of Philly soul that he dubbed "plastic soul," which eventually morphed into the eerie avant-pop of 1976's Station to Station. Shortly afterward, he relocated to Berlin, where he recorded three experimental electronic albums with Brian Eno. At the dawn of the '80s, Bowie was still at the height of his powers, yet following his blockbuster dance-pop album Let's Dance in 1983, he slowly sank into mediocrity before salvaging his career in the early '90s. Even when he was out of fashion in the '80s and '90s, it was clear that Bowie was one of the most influential musicians in rock, for better and for worse. Each one of his phases in the '70s sparked a number of subgenres, including punk, new wave, goth rock, the new romantics, and electronica. Few rockers ever had such lasting impact.

David Jones began performing music when he was 13 years old, learning the saxophone while he was at Bromley Technical High School; another pivotal event happened at the school, when his left pupil became permanently dilated in a schoolyard fight. Following his graduation at 16, he worked as a commercial artist while playing saxophone in a number of mod bands, including the King Bees, the Manish Boys (which also featured Jimmy Page as a session man), and Davey Jones & the Lower Third. All three of those bands released singles, which were generally ignored, yet he continued performing, changing his name to David Bowie in 1966 after the Monkees' Davy Jones became an international star. Over the course of 1966, he released three mod singles on Pye Records, which were all ignored. The following year, he signed with Deram, releasing the music hall, Anthony Newley-styled David Bowie that year. Upon completing the record, he spent several weeks in a Scottish Buddhist monastery. Once he left the monastery, he studied with Lindsay Kemp's mime troupe, forming his own mime company, the Feathers, in 1969. The Feathers were short-lived, and he formed the experimental art group Beckenham Arts Lab in 1969.

Bowie needed to finance the Arts Lab, so he signed with Mercury Records that year and released Man of Words, Man of Music, a trippy singer/songwriter album featuring "Space Oddity." The song was released as a single and became a major hit in the U.K., convincing Bowie to concentrate on music. Hooking up with his old friend Marc Bolan, he began miming at some of Bolan's T. Rex concerts, eventually touring with Bolan, bassist/producer Tony Visconti, guitarist Mick Ronson, and drummer Cambridge as Hype. The band quickly fell apart, yet Bowie and Ronson remained close, working on the material that formed Bowie's next album, The Man Who Sold the World, as well as recruiting Michael "Woody" Woodmansey as their drummer. Produced by Tony Visconti, who also played bass, The Man Who Sold the World was a heavy guitar rock album that failed to gain much attention. Bowie followed the album in late 1971 with the pop/rock Hunky Dory, an album that featured Ronson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

Following its release, Bowie began to develop his most famous incarnation, Ziggy Stardust: an androgynous, bisexual rock star from another planet. Before he unveiled Ziggy, Bowie claimed in a January 1972 interview with Melody Maker that he was gay, helping to stir interest in his forthcoming album. Taking cues from Bolan's stylish glam rock, Bowie dyed his hair orange and began wearing women's clothing. He began calling himself Ziggy Stardust, and his backing band -- Ronson, Woodmansey, and bassist Trevor Bolder -- were the Spiders from Mars. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was released with much fanfare in England in late 1972. The album and its lavish, theatrical concerts became a sensation throughout England, and it helped him become the only glam rocker to carve out a niche in America. Ziggy Stardust became a word-of-mouth hit in the U.S., and the re-released "Space Oddity" -- which was now also the title of the re-released Man of Words, Man of Music -- reached the American Top 20. Bowie quickly followed Ziggy with Aladdin Sane later in 1973. Not only did he record a new album that year, but he also produced Lou Reed's Transformer, the Stooges' Raw Power, and Mott the Hoople's comeback All the Young Dudes, for which he also wrote the title track.

Given the amount of work Bowie packed into 1972 and 1973, it wasn't surprising that his relentless schedule began to catch up with him. After recording the all-covers Pin-Ups with the Spiders from Mars, he unexpectedly announced the band's breakup, as well as his retirement from live performances, during the group's final show that year. He retreated from the spotlight to work on a musical adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, but once he was denied the rights to the novel, he transformed the work into Diamond Dogs. The album was released to generally poor reviews in 1974, yet it generated the hit single "Rebel Rebel," and he supported the album with an elaborate and expensive American tour. As the tour progressed, Bowie became fascinated with soul music, eventually redesigning the entire show to reflect his new "plastic soul." Hiring guitarist Carlos Alomar as the band's leader, Bowie refashioned his group into a Philly soul band and recostumed himself in sophisticated, stylish fashions. The change took fans by surprise, as did the double-album David Live, which featured material recorded on the 1974 tour.

Young Americans, released in 1975, was the culmination of Bowie's soul obsession, and it became his first major crossover hit, peaking in the American Top Ten and generating his first U.S. number one hit in "Fame," a song he co-wrote with John Lennon and Alomar. Bowie relocated to Los Angeles, where he earned his first movie role in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). While in L.A., he recorded Station to Station, which took the plastic soul of Young Americans into darker, avant-garde-tinged directions yet was also a huge hit, generating the Top Ten single "Golden Years." The album inaugurated Bowie's persona of the elegant "Thin White Duke," and it reflected Bowie's growing cocaine-fueled paranoia. Soon, he decided Los Angeles was too boring and returned to England; shortly after arriving back in London, he gave the awaiting crowd a Nazi salute, a signal of his growing, drug-addled detachment from reality. The incident caused enormous controversy, and Bowie left the country to settle in Berlin, where he lived and worked with Brian Eno.

Once in Berlin, Bowie sobered up and began painting, as well as studying art. He also developed a fascination with German electronic music, which Eno helped him fulfill on their first album together, Low. Released early in 1977, Low was a startling mixture of electronics, pop, and avant-garde technique. While it was greeted with mixed reviews at the time, it proved to be one of the most influential albums of the late '70s, as did its follow-up, Heroes, which followed that year. Not only did Bowie record two solo albums in 1977, but he also helmed Iggy Pop's comeback records The Idiot and Lust for Life, and toured anonymously as Pop's keyboardist. He resumed his acting career in 1977, appearing in Just a Gigolo with Marlene Dietrich and Kim Novak, as well as narrating Eugene Ormandy's version of Peter and the Wolf. Bowie returned to the stage in 1978, launching an international tour that was captured on the double-album Stage. During 1979, Bowie and Eno recorded Lodger in New York, Switzerland, and Berlin, releasing the album at the end of the year. Lodger was supported with several innovative videos, as was 1980's Scary Monsters, and these videos -- "DJ," "Fashion," "Ashes to Ashes" -- became staples on early MTV.

Scary Monsters was Bowie's last album for RCA, and it wrapped up his most innovative, productive period. Later in 1980, he performed the title role in stage production of The Elephant Man, including several shows on Broadway. Over the next two years, he took an extended break from recording, appearing in Christiane F (1981) and the vampire movie The Hunger (1982), returning to the studio only for his 1981 collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure," and the theme for Paul Schrader's remake of Cat People. In 1983, he signed an expensive contract with EMI Records and released Let's Dance. Bowie had recruited Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers to produce the album, giving the record a sleek, funky foundation, and hired the unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan as lead guitarist. Let's Dance became his most successful record, thanks to stylish, innovative videos for "Let's Dance" and "China Girl," which turned both songs into Top Ten hits. Bowie supported the record with the sold-out arena tour Serious Moonlight.

Greeted with massive success for the first time, Bowie wasn't quite sure how to react, and he eventually decided to replicate Let's Dance with 1984's Tonight. While the album sold well, producing the Top Ten hit "Blue Jean," it received poor reviews and was ultimately a commercial disappointment. He stalled in 1985, recording a duet of Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" with Mick Jagger for Live Aid. He also spent more time jet-setting, appearing at celebrity events across the globe, and appeared in several movies -- Into the Night (1985), Absolute Beginners (1986), Labyrinth (1986) -- that turned out to be bombs. Bowie returned to recording in 1987 with the widely panned Never Let Me Down, supporting the album with the Glass Spider tour, which also received poor reviews. In 1989, he remastered his RCA catalog with Rykodisc for CD release, kicking off the series with the three-disc box Sound + Vision. Bowie supported the discs with an accompanying tour of the same name, claming that he was retiring all of his older characters from performance following the tour. Sound + Vision was successful, and Ziggy Stardust re-charted amidst the hoopla.

Sound + Vision may have been a success, but Bowie's next project was perhaps his most unsuccessful. Picking up on the abrasive, dissonant rock of Sonic Youth and the Pixies, Bowie formed his own guitar rock combo, Tin Machine, with guitarist Reeves Gabrels, bassist Hunt Sales, and his drummer brother Tony, who had previously worked on Iggy Pop's Lust for Life with Bowie. Tin Machine released an eponymous album to poor reviews that summer and supported it with a club tour, which was only moderately successful. Despite the poor reviews, Tin Machine released a second album, the appropriately titled Tin Machine II, in 1991, and it was completely ignored.

Bowie returned to a solo career in 1993 with the sophisticated, soulful Black Tie White Noise, recording the album with Nile Rodgers and his now-permanent collaborator, Reeves Gabrels. The album was released on Savage, a subsidiary of RCA, and received positive reviews, but his new label went bankrupt shortly after its release, and the album disappeared. Black Tie White Noise was the first indication that Bowie was trying hard to resuscitate his career, as was the largely instrumental 1994 soundtrack The Buddha of Suburbia. In 1995, he reunited with Brian Eno for the wildly hyped, industrial rock-tinged Outside. Several critics hailed the album as a comeback, and Bowie supported it with a co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails in order to snag a younger, alternative audience, but his gambit failed; audiences left before Bowie's performance and Outside disappeared. He quickly returned to the studio in 1996, recording Earthling, an album heavily influenced by techno and drum'n'bass. Upon its early 1997 release, Earthling received generally positive reviews, yet the album failed to gain an audience, and many techno purists criticized Bowie for allegedly exploiting their subculture. hours... followed in 1999. In 2002, Bowie reunited with producer Toni Visconti and released Heathen to very positive reviews. He continued on with Visconti for Reality in 2003, which was once again warmly received.

Bowie supported Reality with a lengthy tour but it came to a halt in the summer of 2004 when he received an emergency angioplasty while in Hamburg, Germany. Following this health scare, Bowie quietly retreated from the public eye. Over the next few years, he popped up at the occasional charity concert or gala event and he sometimes sang in the studio for other artists (notably he appeared on Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits tribute Anywhere I Lay My Head in 2008). Archival releases appeared but no new recordings did until he suddenly ended his unofficial retirement on his 66th birthday on January 8, 2013, releasing a new single called "Where Are We Now?" and announcing the arrival of a new album. Entitled The Next Day and once again produced by Visconti, the album was released in March of 2013. Greeted with generally positive reviews, The Next Day debuted at either number one or two throughout the world, earning gold certifications in many countries. The following year, Bowie released a new compilation called Nothing Has Changed, which featured the new song "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore (Single)


Track List: Bowie At The Beeb: The Best Of The BBC Radio Sessions 68-72

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Track List: David Bowie (Deluxe Edition)

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Track List: Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix By James Murphy For The DFA) (Single)


Track List: Sound And Vision (2013)


Track List: Where Are We Now? (Single)


4a new twist on your day David B is the 1 u just gotta play . . . rock on we pray 4 many mo days David B u got such chill& groove, so simply u have your own way . . . May God Bless your every day!
I love her she awsome ������������
Love Bowie in all his changes, twist and turns. Thank you for coming back to music each time I feared I'd never hear you again. Umm it's 2015. I'm waiting with open ears for what's next. Hint, hint :)
No one really quite Bowie. True artist.
A true icon and pioneer of rock! *Bows*
No one listens to good music if they have never heard of the Bowie.
My Bowie albums are Pin Ups and Diamond Dogs.... Best Bowie ever! I was just a teen back then......
tobiasetienn e
Best rock star ever!!!!!! :))))))))):) ) ) ) ) )
dannywilliam s 5 3 2
Dredged red wine or any of the new one of a. Clear
tobiasetienn e
Fehnsheeeney j w y b w y b h h w t h y b t w f h rhnegje eg egmenyenwfng s n g e b w g n e j r h m e y j
fkadbradfor: I stand corrected. Must have been the Davey reference that threw me.Thanx for the input.
RIP Mick Ronson... Favorite Bowie was with his accompanimen t .
@sdolson62: David Bowie's birth name was Jones. He changed it to avoid confusion with said Monkey.
In response to Angelina
H's comment; David Bowie was indeed a major character in The Labyrinth and for several decades always seemed to be one step ahead of the next big thing musically. Davey Jones, however, was a member of The Monkeys, who had their own merits, but nothing to do with David Bowie. I share your love of Bowie and I'm old enough to appreciate The Monkeys for what they were, but they couldn't hold a candle to Bowie's originality. Rock on!
I first fell in love with Davey Jones aka David Bowie in the movie, "The Labyrinth", since then I have deeply fell in love with all of his music. He is a legend and a leader for almost all genres of music. Love him!
Omg people
Bought the Ziggy Stardust album used and still listen to it. I must admit though , it is nice to hear the clear recording on Pandora.
I agree not sure who writes this crap. Will post this to almost every review ive read. Its someone who makes 2 dollars to write music blogs
pizzuttithre e
Who is writing this stuff? Clearly not someone that is a Bowie fan. Some of the facts are right, but the essence is lost. Try to get a job at the NY Times where you are only obligated to post history and facts. Music has more passion. BTW ... Happy Birthday David
Happy bday Bowie. Celebrate with a fat c**k. It's your special day. The day your whore mother birthed a flaming penis hungry musician. Chomp on a nut. Don't let a drop of jizz go to waste: there are starving homos in Africa who go to bed without an anus to rim or buttcheeks to penetrate.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bowie!!! Love to you and your gorgeous family! Your music has seriously changed my life- thank you!
Happy birthday Bowster!?
Happy Birthday David ��
193 thousand people went through the David Bowie is exhibit that was in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Chicago was the only stop in the US now the exhibit is moving on to Paris. I went over the holidays with my family. It was amazing.
Bowie is awesome and I hope I meet him someday.
fallon.luckl e s s
David Bowie has never, ever been mediocre. Who writes this garbage?
Ouch! Knosh on balls, power bottoms? Can't I just love the music and respect the man for his obvious genius (while passing - so to speak - on man f*rts?).
You re not gay ? But you d have sex with a man. What's your definition of gay, pray tell?? You love to knosh on balls, you suck on wieners , sloppy slobby knob jobs, booty bumping. The smell if a man's anus arouses you. You call man f*rts perfume. You re a power bottom , is that it??? Face it you re a huge flaming gay homo.
Yer not gay...yer partner is
what ever happened to the spiders?
and im not gay
id f**k bowie
I think bowie's cool
I like pie also, & only .some shaved. Maybe a little wipe cream. lol
I like pie.....
David Bowie is rad.
DB was a huge f*g. Mick Jagger, always the trend slut, thought it was the new cultural phenom, and jumped into bed with DB, lest he be thought of as behind the curve, and out of touch. What some people will do for notoriety ie sucking on peepees. Where do we draw the line, if not at blowing dudes???
That's cool that you can sing
Don't read this cuz it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday possible by the one you love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. However if you will die now that you started reading this you can't stop. This is scary. Post this on five songs in 134 minutes. When done press 6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary cuz it actually works
Diamond dogs & everything he did. Trend setter for sure
hey edschneider9 - why don't you buy a dictionary. THey were trend setters.
One of my favs from him. Love that Choppy guitar playing!
Five years!?
Who were the real spiders from Mars? Just riding what was currently in fashion, or were they trend setters in what became fashionable? Wasn't Bowie called Renasance man? I still enjoy his coupling for a Christmas album with an unlikely duet partner as Bing Crosby.
Brilliant Magical Masterful Extra terrestrial UN Bridaled GEIOUS
Great singer!
1. Don't post chain comments
2. If you do you are gullible
3. No your crush will not ask you out
4. Real comments should be posted
one of his 1st westside cocerts at the civic auditorium in the 70's he was there right across my high school SAMO in the 80's. 1st time i saw a picture of him was in a basement downstairs Sears store in the music area in the 70's..I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM....
Not the biggest fan but I'll f**ks with some Bowie every once in a while..
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