Friday, 19 October 2018

The Problem With Listening To David Bowie Albums


On this morning's walk I decided to put on David Bowie's "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps". I am still taken in by the dirty production sound on the music, but was almost shocked at the consistency of the songs on itl Almost every song is top notch, with the slightest of dips for "Scream Like A Baby" which would be a standout song on almost any other album.

Starting with "It's No Game #1" which is an amazing opener, into "Up The Hill Backwards" with it's mutant "Not Fade Away" intro riff, then the triumvirate of singles, the title track , "Ashes To Ashes" and "Fashion",, the "Teenage Wildlife" doesn't let up. "ScreamLike A Baby" is the slightest of lulls before we are hit with "Kingdom Come" (a Tom Verlaine song) and the closing reprise of "It's No Game #2". Absolutely stunning.

ANd here comes the problem with listening to David Bowie albums, and it is not actually a problem. My friend John Scott posted on Facebook here  his 10 favourite Bowie albums and asked for people's favourite three Bowie albums. I listed my three with the caveat that it would change tomorrow. Usually I say "Station To Station" or "The Man Who Sold The World" but you know my opinion on "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps".

Basically whichever Bowie album you are listening to is your favourite Bowie album. You don't skip songs on a Bowie album, you discover things you haven't heard before, which is a great situation to be in for any artist.

As well as that it's Friday so enjoy.

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