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04-04-2009, 12:46 PM

Let's make'em Proud.

I say -

1) Off of Station to station - "wild is the wind". this cut can be heard in a couple of motion pictures. I forget which motion pictures (sorry). You gotta love this song , as with all bowie material (most all) IT's TIMELESS.

Facts -

"Wild Is the Wind" is a song written by Dimitri Tiompkin and Ned Washington. The track was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1956 film Wild Is the Wind, and later covered by Nina Simone on the album Wild Is The Wind (1966).

David Bowie recorded a version of it in 1976 for his album Station to Station. Bowie was an admirer of Simone's style, and after meeting her in Los Angeles was inspired to record the song for Station to Station.

In 1981, an edited version was issued as a single by RCA to promote the compilation ChangesTwoBowie. Despite relations with RCA being at an all-time low (he would only record the Baal EP for the label before signing with EMI in 1983), Bowie consented to appear in a video. This was a simple affair, featuring Bowie and the musicians performing the track in a circle, filmed in monochrome by David Mallet. The single reached #24 in the UK, and Bowie would perform the track on his Serious Moonlight and 2000 tours.


2) Off of Hunky Dory - "Oh you pretty things".

Been a favorite of mine for a very long time. I had tried to draw the closeness of this song and Paul's "Martha my dear" but found overwhelming evidence that it was no coincidence.

"Oh! You Pretty Things" is a song written by David Bowie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie) in 1971 for the album Hunky Dory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunky_Dory). It is a pop tune opening with only Rick Wakeman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Wakeman)'s piano and Bowie's vocal, before entering the catchy refrain. The simple piano style is often compared to Paul McCartney (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_McCartney)'s "Martha My Dear (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_My_Dear)".[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh%21_You_Pretty_Things#cite_note-Strange_Fascination-0)[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh%21_You_Pretty_Things#cite_note-Bowie:_An_Illustrated_Record-1) Thematically, the song has been seen as reflecting the influence of occultist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occult) Aleister Crowley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley) and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche),[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh%21_You_Pretty_Things#cite_note-Strange_Fascination-0)[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh%21_You_Pretty_Things#cite_note-2) and heralding "the impending obsolescence of the human race in favour of an alliance between arriving aliens and the youth of the present society".[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh%21_You_Pretty_Things#cite_note-Bowie:_An_Illustrated_Record-1)


3) Released as a b-side to "hang on to yourself" From Ziggy Stardust - John , I'm only Dancing.

"John, I’m Only Dancing" is a single by David Bowie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie), released in September 1972. The song was widely believed to be concerned with a homosexual (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual) relationship, the narrator informing his boyfriend not to worry about the girl he's with because he's "only dancing" with her.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John,_I%E2%80%99m_Only_Dancing#cite_note-Strange_Fascination-0)[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John,_I%E2%80%99m_Only_Dancing#cite_note-Bowie:_An_Illustrated_Record-1) Bowie had been 'out (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_closet)' since an interview with Melody Maker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melody_Maker) in January 1972, and the subject matter did not affect the single's radio airplay in the UK, where it became his first back-to-back hit, following "Starman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starman_%28song%29)" earlier in the year. However, the original video directed by Mick Rock (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Rock), featuring androgynous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgyny) dancers from Lindsay Kemp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsay_Kemp)'s mime (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mime_artist) troupe, was banned by Top of the Pops (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_of_the_Pops).[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John,_I%E2%80%99m_Only_Dancing#cite_note-Strange_Fascination-0)
The single was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCA_Records)[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John,_I%E2%80%99m_Only_Dancing#cite_note-The_Complete_David_Bowie-2) (though according to NME (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NME) critics Roy Carr (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Carr) and Charles Shaar Murray (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Shaar_Murray), "it did just great on import in Memphis, Tennessee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis,_Tennessee)")[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John,_I%E2%80%99m_Only_Dancing#cite_note-Bowie:_An_Illustrated_Record-1) and did not officially appear stateside until it was finally issued on the compilation ChangesOneBowie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChangesOneBowie) in 1976. While the hook ("John, I'm only dancing / She turns me on / But I'm only dancing") has long been considered a gay tease, author Nicholas Pegg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Pegg) points out that the song's narrator "could just as easily be a straight man reassuring the girl's lover".[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John,_I%E2%80%99m_Only_Dancing#cite_note-The_Complete_David_Bowie-2)

ihKvWaVK-_I (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John,_I%E2%80%99m_Only_Dancing#cite_note-The_Complete_David_Bowie-2)

4) Staying with Ziggy Stardust we got "Star" at number four.

Its so STRAIGHT FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!


5) Off of The Man who sold the world - "Black Country Rock".

Although the title track is what drew me to this album , once I found it I could not stop bumping this track over the title track.

"Black Country Rock" is a song written by David Bowie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie) in 1970 for the album The Man Who Sold the World (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Sold_the_World_%28album%29), released in November 1970 in the U.S. and April 1971 in the UK. An upbeat blues-rock (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blues-rock) number, it has been described as a "respite" from the musical and thematical heaviness of the remainder of the album.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Country_Rock#cite_note-0) Its style has been compared to Marc Bolan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Bolan)'s contemporary Tyrannosaurus Rex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._Rex_%28band%29), down to Bowie's imitative vibrato (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibrato) in the final verse.[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Country_Rock#cite_note-1) According to producer Tony Visconti (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Visconti), Bowie had the music ready by the start of the sessions but the words were a last-minute addition in the studio, the singer doing his Bolan impression "spontaneously ... because he ran out of lyrics ... we all thought it was cool, so it stayed."[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Country_Rock#cite_note-The_Complete_David_Bowie-2)


Thats 5 , stay tuned for the next 5 to complete the top ten Bowie Cuts of all time.



04-04-2009, 02:13 PM
u r the fucking man...

im not postin vids, but i might give a bit of insight on why i chose certain songs..also, sorry, no order

1) Look Back In Anger
2) Always Crashing in The Same Car
3) Heroes
4) Station to Station
5) Life on Mars?
6) Rock N Roll Suicide
7) Moonage Daydream
8) Queen Bitch
9) Suffragette City
10) Changes

ok i think these should all be pretty self explanatory, he is a genius, and i think these songs show that the most effectively.

Dr. Simon Hurt
04-04-2009, 02:14 PM
these are some cuts i like, there's tons more of course,bowie's great

sound and vision
ashes to ashes


fame and golden years on soul train

dusk, that's a seriously good list

04-04-2009, 02:16 PM
ya Sound and Vision rules, so does Speed of Life. Low is a good album

04-04-2009, 02:18 PM
damn i left out alot of good songs...hard thing to do, he is one of my favorite artists period.

04-04-2009, 02:22 PM
Sound and Vision is Def in my other 5. but which version????

04-04-2009, 02:25 PM
btw...this is interesting


skip to 6:20

eloels. idk y this never occured to me.

Dr. Simon Hurt
04-04-2009, 02:25 PM
^^^^ya there's to many i just randomly dropped a few that popped into my head or else it would take hours

all of the stuff he did with brian eno is brilliant and thefunky stuff he did prior to that

Dr. Simon Hurt
04-04-2009, 02:27 PM
have any of you seen the man to fell to earth? brilliant movie

04-04-2009, 09:23 PM

04-04-2009, 10:34 PM
the man who fell to earth is excellent. The first few times I caught it , I must admit that I fell asleep before the middle of it. But the last time I caught it I seen the whole thing and kicked myself in the ass for every time I fell out on it.

04-05-2009, 12:04 AM
i liked him in the last temptation too.

04-20-2009, 08:34 PM
why was this thread abandoned?

04-20-2009, 09:35 PM
my bad , been busy? I looked at it one night and only had 3 of the last 5 so...... i wasnt ready.

ill get back on it tho

01-20-2012, 05:47 PM
no order:

beauty and the beast
lets dance (probably most bowie fans hate it but fuck them)
crashing in the same car
station to station
golden years
andy warhol
man who sold the world
panic in detroit
time, nigga

01-21-2012, 03:24 AM
that crashing in the same car is wild!!!

Dr. Simon Hurt
01-21-2012, 04:43 AM



01-21-2012, 11:28 AM
Sosa and Panda...good lists..


01-21-2012, 07:55 PM
^^^ scary monsters has some great album tracks, although not one of my favorite bowie albums as a whole.

bowie is a genius. i recently read an interesting article on him, i'll post it if i remember where i read it. basically he was saying that none of his cocaine use was recreational! lmao he basically used it like red bull to stay wired in the studio and theres whole albums he doesn't remember much about recording.

shame he retired


01-22-2012, 05:21 AM
its no game pt 1 is amazing vocal performance. I like how Bowie has a Wide range of note bending in his vocal style but to hear it ruff like in its no game pt 1 is cool (it had to of came from some type of sleepless drug stooper lol)






nice mix of this gem here


spammy sosa
04-04-2012, 07:14 PM










Dr. Simon Hurt
04-05-2012, 12:01 AM