Thursday, October 14, 2004

A Reality Tour DVD!

David Bowie's A Reality Tour DVD is finally going to be released next week. If you were lucky enough to see a show on this tour, then you'll definitely want this DVD. And if you didn't see the show, here's a great chance to catch up on what you missed!

I just pre-ordered my copy from Amazon.com for only $10.49! I haven't seen a better price anywhere.

The stellar set list for this DVD is as follows:

  • "Rebel Rebel"
  • "New Killer Star"
  • "Reality"
  • "Fame"
  • "Cactus"
  • "Sister Midnight"
  • "Afraid"
  • "All The Young Dudes"
  • "Be My Wife"
  • "The Loneliest Guy"
  • "The Man Who Sold The World"
  • "Fantastic Voyage"
  • "Hallo Spaceboy"
  • "Sunday"
  • "Under Pressure"
  • "Life On Mars?"
  • "Battle For Britain"
  • "Ashes To Ashes"
  • "The Motel"
  • "Loving The Alien"
  • "Never Get Old"
  • "Changes"
  • "I'm Afraid Of Americans"
  • "Heroes"
  • "Bring Me The Disco King"
  • "Slip Away"
  • "Heathen"
  • "Five Years"
  • "Hang On To Yourself"
  • "Ziggy Stardust"

Tonight - Underated?

On a whim, I threw the Tonight cd into my player this morning. It's not ususally in my "heavy rotation" list. In any event, the version I'm listening to is the Virgin re-release with three bonus tracks (This Is Not America, As The World Falls Down, and Absolute Beginners). I've forgotten what an enjoyable listen this disc can be. I dare say most Bowie fans have also forgotten or at least overlooked this album. If you already have this CD, dust it off and pop it in soon. If you don't, I think you can find a cheap copy on eBay. I stronly suggest finding the version with the bonus tracks.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Time is waiting in the wings...

Due to severe time constraints recently, I have been neglecting this blog. Rest assured, I'll get back to frequent posting soon (probably the week of October 4th)!

Thanks!

Friday, September 17, 2004

Bowie is Badd!

As you may already know, Bowie is a supporter of BADD (Bikers Against Drunk Driving). Right now David is part of a BADD fundraiser where you could win a motocycle autograped by Mr. Bowie. Check out the details here.


Tuesday, September 14, 2004

A Look Back: Tin Machine - Part Three

Finally, here is the track-by-track analysis of the first Tin Machine album. I will review the 14 songs from the original 1989 release (ignoring the "bonus" live country version of Bus Stop that was included on the 1995 CD re-release - it's a humorous listen...at first - It gets old very quickly).

Heaven's In Here (6:01)
Bowie
The album kicks off with a bluesey rocker that is overflowing with sex and heterosexual lust. Just check out the lyrics and read for yourself. Its a theme that crops up several other times on the album; most overtly on Pretty Thing. This song is an amazing stylistic departure from the blandness of the Never Let Me Down album. 8/10

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Tin Machine (3:34)
Bowie/T. Sales/H. Sales/Gabrels
A great song and the inspiration for both the band and album name. It features a great riff from Gabrels and a fine vocal performance from Bowie. I'm not sure what the song is really about, but its such a catchy rocker that the literal meaning of the lyrics doesn't really matter. 8/10

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Prisoner of Love (4:50)
Bowie/T. Sales/H. Sales/Gabrels
The first down-tempo song of the album. It's sung very plaintiffly by Bowie but is still driven along by Hunt's powerful drums and Gabrels melodic guitar. A good song but not one of the best from the set. 7/10

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Crack City (4:36)
Bowie
I absolutely love this song! Without doubt it is my favorite from the album. The lyrics might be seen as a bit preachy by some - it is overtly anti-drug and could have been part of the soundtrack for Nancy Reagan's Just Say No campaign if it wasn't for some vulgar language. Musically, the song borrows directly from The Troggs' Wild Thing guitar riff. Cool guitar solo from Gabrels mid-way through the song. 9.5/10

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I Can't Read (4:54)
Bowie/Gabrels
One of the more popular songs from the album, it was later remade and mellowed for the soundtrack of 1997's The Ice Storm. My favorite line from the song is when Bowie cries out, "Andy, where's my fifteen minutes?" 7/10

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Under the God (4:06)
Bowie
The album's lead-off single. Personally, this song doesn't do that much for me. Its a little too "hard rock" for me with Bowie spending to much time screaming instead of singing. It's a very political song and condems the then-current rise of neo-Nazism. 6.5/10

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Amazing (3:04)
Bowie/Gabrels
A simple and beautiful love song. This is the song that usually sticks in my head after listening to the album. It features a trademark ascending melodic line that is a pleasure to listen to. It should have been a single. I'd love for Bowie to do a new version for an upcoming album. 9/10

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Working Class Hero (4:38)
John Lennon
A remake of the John Lennon song that comes off as overbearing. Unfortunately, it is a pale copy of the original's spite and vitriol. 7/10

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Bus Stop (1:41)
Bowie/Gabrels
Fantastic! Up-beat with great vocal delivery. Even though it is so short, it features some really great lines like "I love you despite your conviction that God never laughs at my jokes." My only complaint is that it should have been longer. 9/10

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Pretty Thing (4:39)
Bowie
Ugh. This song is just driving power for the sake of driving power. It crass and rudely sexual referring constantly to a woman's "pretty thing." Three guesses as to what that really stands for. 5/10

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Video Crime (3:52)
Bowie/T. Sales/H. Sales
Interesting song written with the Sales brothers. I think Gabrels input could have helped because the song just doesn't seem to work. 6/10

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Run (3:20)
Kevin Armstrong/Bowie
An intense song yet one that doesn't seem to be trying too hard. Very nice guitar work and understated singing. 8.5/10

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Sacrifice Yourself (2:08)
Bowie/T. Sales/H. Sales
I dare you to sit still during this song! This time, the heavy metal bluster really works well. 8/10
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Baby Can Dance (4:57)
Bowie
A great Bowie rocker with clever lyrics from Bowie and incredible guitar work from Gabrels (including an almost indescribable "freak-out" near the end of the song). It features the best chorus on the album. 8.5/10

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Overall Rating: 8.5/10 - This is a criminally overlooked album that deserves a second look.

By the way, take a look at the attached graphic. There were similar yet different covers for each of the three album formats (vinyl, cd and cassette). Pretty cool.