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Confessions of a Bowie fan

For the last hour, I've been trying to upload a picture of -well, me; I wanted to see if I could get this image load function of lj to work-, but I just cannot do it. Whatever I try, it just doesn't display.

So, if I want any pictures in my lj today, I'm just going to have to go with what I can get on the Internet! Which is fine by me, as long as they are as pretty as this one:

David Bowie
You are David Bowie, the most widely renowned star
of the glam rock era. Bowie shined on such
songs as: "Space Oddity," "Rock
n Roll Suicide," and "Letter to
Hermione." He went on to produce records
for Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.


What Glam Rock icon are you?
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Ah! David Bowie! The man who helped shape my teenage years and musical taste. Of course, I grew up in a household where the lady of the house, i.e. my Mum, was forever playing c&w...and it didn't take me long to grow heartily sick of it. My Dad rarely put any music on, but when he did, it was jazz, which was far more to my liking.

Although my parents were fairly young in the sixties (they were 30 somethings then), neither one of them took much interest in The Beatles or The Doors or any of those bands, but my Mum did know how to appreciate The Rolling Stones. She even went to one of their gigs in Scheveningen, which was unfortunately cancelled by the police when the audience started tearing down the place after the band had played maybe two or three notes. This was in 1964. But other than that, my parents were not really with the times.

I don't remember many songs from the 60s - of course, these days I know songs from the 60s, but I have no personal memory of them. But by the middle of the 70s, I was old enough to take an interest in radio. And I remember vividly, how one night in 1974 we were driving back from a visit to my grandparents, and 'Fame' came on over the car radio. I was 11 or 12 years old, and I was completely gobsmacked. It was so different from all the other shite I had been used to hearing. From that moment on, I was a Bowie-fan (and shortly afterwards, with 'Killer Queen', a Queen-fan as well; and about a year later, I re-discovered The Stones for myself, with their Black and Blue-album which the critics weren't too thrilled about but which I still enjoy listening to, so there!) and at one point, I had all his records, even the ones with such quaint songs as 'The Laughing Gnome' and 'Please Mr. Gravedigger'.
Before punk came along, whenever my Mum used to send me to the hairdresser's, I would ask them to cut my hair like Bowie's, or as close to it as they could get. And in 1983, I saw him live for the first time, give one of the best concerts I've ever been at.

These days, I don't think of myself as specifically a Bowie (or anyone else's) fan anymore. I no longer have this compulsion to buy all his albums or listen to all his songs, or go to every gig I can get tickets to. I thought Tin Man were crap; and even though I liked Earthling and Heathen, I haven't added them to my collection yet, and I'm not sure that I ever will. My favourite Bowie album is, and probably always will be, Low. As long as I have that, I really don't need any other.

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xionin
Aug. 29th, 2003 07:36 am (UTC)
personally, i coudn't live without heathen, low or aladdin sane
gamiila
Aug. 29th, 2003 07:53 am (UTC)
Aladdin Sane's a good choice, but I think that if I had to pick 3 Bowie albums to bring to my desert island with me, I'd go for Low (obviously), Station to Station and then there'd be a toss-up between Aladdin Sane, Hunky Dory and Let's Dance...that last one may seem a bit weird, but I've got good memories of that record! ;-)
xionin
Aug. 29th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
let's dance has a soft spot in my heart too.
have you seen him in concert recently? he does an amazing version of the title track with gail.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2003 05:38 am (UTC)
No, unfortunately I haven't had much of a chance to see him live in the last couple of years. Seen TV registrations, though - not the same, I grant you, but at least it's allowed me to keep abreast of what he's doing. And then, there's his website, of course...

Hmmm, I really ought to make more of an effort and be sure to get tickets next time he's anywhere near my neck of the woods...
xionin
Aug. 31st, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
you should, especially if he is playing a smaller venue
db2305
Aug. 29th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
I was pretty happy to recognize a few names of bands - yay me, I've heard of Bowie and the Rolling Stones. But now Xionin has named many names I don't recognize...I confess to not knowing a thing about pop music.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2003 05:42 am (UTC)
That's alright dutchbuffy, we won't hold it against you. We can't all be walking pop encyclopedias!
julchek
Sep. 2nd, 2003 06:37 am (UTC)
Well, I can't say that I am really all that up on David Bowie. I do remember dancing to "Rebel Rebel" and "Suffragette City" at college in 1975. I still like blasting "Suffragette City" at a loud volume when I play it (although not around Eric, because I don't want to explain "Wham bam, thank you, ma'am to him yet lol!)

And "Space Oddity" has always been fun.

So you're a Queen fan too, G? Excellent. I love "Night at the Opera" - Bohemian Rhapsody was popular, again, while I was at college, and Ron's theme has been "any way the wind blows, nothing really matters to me".
gamiila
Sep. 2nd, 2003 07:09 am (UTC)
So you're a Queen fan too, G?

Well, I used to be. Card carrying member of the Official International Queen Fan Club from 1976/7-1980 even. Saw them in concert more than any other band either before or since. And went through a phase where I called Freddie Mercury up at his home address every single day to ask him truly assenine questions that he nevertheless took pains to answer (bless him) -- I'd gotten the number off a mate of mine who temped at Directory Enquiries for a while.
Was a huge fan (still am) of their first 5 albums, but felt they'd started to lose the plot by News of the World, and I switched off completely when they released The Game.

Besides, by then I had already heavily been influenced by the punk rock movement and become enamoured of the new indie bands, such as The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Echo & The Bunnymen.

And btw, can I just say that this is so wrong, there are no words?

I am 39% Punk Rock

Well, I may know what punk is, but... Okay maybe some people think I am punk, but is that enough? Nope.

Take the Punk Rock Test at fuali.com

Since when were The Ramones a punk rock band? And who the heck are Korn and Blink182? Punk, that's The Sex Pistols, Generation X, The Clash, Joy Division - not The Ramones.

Edited at 2010-03-30 03:28 pm (UTC)
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