Archives for the month of: July, 2012

”Life On Mars?”

It’s a God awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling “no”
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks
through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she’s hooked to the silver screen.
But the film is a saddening bore
For she’s lived it
ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

(chorus)
Sailors! Fighting in the dance hall
Oh man,
Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show.
Take a look at the lawman
beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
he’s in the best selling show.
Is there life on Mars?

It’s on America’s tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse
has grown up a cow.
Now the workers
have struck for fame
‘Cause Lennon’s on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother: my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
’cause I wrote it
ten times or more
It’s about to be writ again
as I ask you to focus on
(chorus)
(sound of phone ringing)
Mind the phone.

Rock & Roll suicide

Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth

You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette
The wall-to-wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget
Ohhh oh oh oh, you’re a rock n roll suicide

Youre too old to lose it, too young to choose it
And the clocks waits so patiently on your song
You walk past a cafe but you don’t eat when you’ve lived too long
Oh, no, no, no, you’re a rock n roll suicide

Chev brakes are snarling as you stumble across the road
But the day breaks instead so you hurry home
Don’t let the sun blast your shadow
Don’t let the milk float ride your mind
They’re so natural – religiously unkind

Oh no love! you’re not alone
Youre watching yourself but you’re too unfair
You got your head all tangled up but if I could only
Make you care
Oh no love! you’re not alone
No matter what or who youve been
No matter when or where youve seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
Ive had my share, I’ll help you with the pain
Youre not alone

Just turn on with me and you’re not alone
Lets turn on with me and you’re not alone (wonderful)
Lets turn on and be not alone (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you’re wonderful (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you’re wonderful (wonderful)
Oh gimme your hands./

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David Bowie’s career strongly influences me. This contains only portions of his portfolio and a couple of highlights of his influence on me.

-His mug shot. (1976 marijuana possession). A year later, released the album “Low”. Art even at what may have been his lowest point.

In a 90s era video, he says that an integral part of his presentations is to leave room for the audience to interpret what they hear and see, so I’ll annotate very little.

Background for the unfamiliar: David Robert Haywood Duncan Jones, b 1947. Jones is still his family name.

His best known early production was a concept album and tour where he wrote and sung of a rock star, who rose to fame and died young in a world on the verge of apocalypse.  When he’s got the red spiky hair and novel costumes, he’s in character.  The LP was “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”.  He tried to remain in character during interviews and off-stage, but eventually, around ’74, he says the drugs took their hold and the line blurred between reality and character.

Changes

Recent past:

Click to see above appearance if there’s a problem with embedded video above. 

Distant past:

Is there Life on Mars?

This one brought tears to my eyes hearing it live and thereafter. In a 90’s interview he says it’s the song he had continued to try to write ever since. Since he wrote it in ’71, his explanation helps me understand why I similarly love “Because You’re Young” from Scary Monsters and Super Creeps.

David Bowie rarely hands us insight or interpretation. When he provides background, his fans and critics highly prize the information.

 “Life On Mars?” (lyrics)

1980 as introduced by Johnny Carson. Sings the above song and Ashes to Ashes which is a sequel to one he wrote 1970, “Space Oddity”. “Ashes to Ashes” includes a line that replays in my head when I’m at a standstill. “I’ve never done good things. I’ve never done bad things. I’ve never did anything out of the blue”.

The most stunning version, in my opinion,  is the original video from ~71  -years before MTV, so I don’t know if anyone but Britons saw it.  

Soundtrack for the suicidal

Rock & Roll Suicide (lyrics)

An excellent rendition. Performed in Tokyo

And life moved on.

Wedding to Iman

Their daughter is Alexandria “Lexi” and his son from his first marriage is

Duncan Jones,  an award-winning independent film director. Here are father and son at Tribeca:

Duncan and David Jones.

And I’ve figured out why I’ve been a bit out of touch with David Bowie for some time. He has performed primarily at individual appearances since I saw him last, in the 90s.

David Bowie now lives in New York raising his daughter and dabbling in the visual arts.

I thought I had read he’d retired and did ongoing charity work with his wife, but those appear to be rather vague generalizations. Although they do charity work, he has performed. He made big splashes in single performances for 1985 Live Aid, at 2005 FashionRocks, 2010 Live at the Beeb.

And the 2005 FashionRocks got so much attention, I thought it was his foundation! But no, he received so much press because it was his return from illness. David Bowie had an emergency angioplasty the prior year, at the age of 57.  He turned 65 this January and got a bit of teasing from the press at being an official OAP (old-age pensioner).  He has released a studio album in 2011, although word of a tour may just be a rumor.

“I’m stuck with a valuable friend” – D. Bowie “Ashes to Ashes”