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Discussion: Ashes to ashes,

in: Swampfox; Swampfox > 2016-01-11

Jan 11, 2016 9:41 AM # 
funk to funky
Jan 11, 2016 12:24 PM # 
Fame, what you get is no tomorrow.
Jan 11, 2016 4:19 PM # 
I just heard a radio report a couple of days ago where the guest argued that Bowie was the most influential living musician.

It's not my line, but:

The stars look very different today.
Jan 11, 2016 5:40 PM # 
Lots of fans are not feeling so hunky dory today.

I guess Bowie's most commercially successful album was Let's Dance. Many people will no longer remember or never knew (or perhaps even care) that Bowie brought in a largely unknown and unheralded guitarist from the Texas blues scene to do much of the guitar work for the album. It was an odd, highly unlikely pairing of musical styles, and, to judge by the results, it was genius. I loved the album from the start (and still do!) but never thought about the individual musicians at the time. I had no idea who SRV was then and wouldn't catch on for a good number of years yet.

The album opens with some percussive hits on the guitar strings. It's unmistakably SRV. The closing solo to "Let's Dance" is classic SRV soloing using lots of smeared bends in the style of Albert King (whom SRV admired greatly.) It was a big, big break for SRV at the time.

With the first three songs on the album alone ("Modern Love", "China Girl", "Let's Dance"), Bowie found a vein of gold and mined it well. I'd say he knew what he was doing.
Jan 11, 2016 8:24 PM # 
"I'd say he knew what he was doing."

Yes, totally agree, from changing his name onwards, he was someone in control of both his music and his persona and knew what he was doing.
Jan 11, 2016 8:41 PM # 
"Ashes to Ashes" is one of my favorite songs. Not just of David Bowie, but an all-time favorite from the entire universe of songs. It's wonderfully evocative...
Jan 12, 2016 12:15 AM # 
I think the major motivation for changing his name came from the fact that another David Jones had just made the transition from Artful Dodger to Monkee, and had dibs.

Bowie is somebody I didn't appreciate as much when I was younger as I do now. There's quite a bit of his catalog that I don't care for so much, but it's varied enough that there may be something for almost anyone. Definitely innovative.

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