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David Bowie Blackstar

Now the whole damn world and his attic-dwelling, serial-killing second cousin will be Bowie fans and will be jumping on a bandwagon they hardly spared a thought about before, oh, January 11th. The same old record plays on and on. Tiresome, inevitable, perfectly normal. Accept it, ignore it, deplore it; but it’s part of the cycle. Those of us who care want(ed) Bowie to be the biggest deal around on his own considerable merits.

For in truth, it’s the beginning of an end. And nothing has changed.

Everything has changed.


(I hadn’t even had the time to write all about the new album, Blackstar, since getting it last Friday, which incidentally I both adore and will probably be unable to listen to for a while. What a wonderful way to start 2016. Really fucking wonderful.)

Bowie Stuff Jan 2016

6 thoughts on “David”

  1. I am finding it hard to take off my turntable. 20 minute blasts inbetween trying to live life normally. Obviously the whole album has now taken on new meaning, reading things into every word, every image.
    I can’t fault the way he exited, just wish he could have stayed.

    1. Interviewed on Channel 4 News just now, Lazarus director Ivo van Hove compared Bowie to Dennis Potter, creating new work until the very end. I value the fact that we had three days to contemplate Blackstar on its own merits, before being overshadowed by sadder events.

  2. As you yourself observed only this weekend, I rarely – if ever – play albums several times in a row, but Blackstar was an exception. And yes, the poignancy of those lyrics, written when he was clearly aware his time was limited, means they’re too painful to listen to right now.

    Not a problem the news media seems to have, of course: the opening lines of ‘Lazarus’ are literally “Heaven”-sent for lazy journalists seeking an opening hook for their coverage. And I share your suspicion that Blackstar will hurtle up the charts, fuelled by Johnny-come-lately monkeys who’ll download it purely because he’s trending on Facebook and Twitter.

  3. Quite understand your pain Chrissie and I know how important Bowie was for you. Don’t let a lot of bandwagon jumpers stand between you and an album with which you have a very personal intimacy though. Ignore the plaintive laments of the outside world and lose yourself in your own relationship with Bowie’s last work.

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