David Bowie is a musical genius, in my opinion. But there are some who think that Bowie is only as good as who he collaborates with. I don’t think that’s a fair criticism, but it’s understandable why someone may think that. Say what you will about Bowie, but the man does have excellent taste and has always been on the cutting edge. For all of the phases of his career, here’s the short list of his collaborators: Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Mott the Hoople, Brian Eno, Nile Rogers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and, in the 1990s Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.
“I’m Afraid of Americans” was Bowie’s collaboration with Nine Inch Nails from 1997 or so and the marriage is a damn good one.
From Ken Russell’s wonderfully bats–t crazy and psychedelic visualization of The Who’s rock opera “Tommy,” is Tina Turner’s wild version of “Acid Queen.” Even wilder was that both David Bowie and Lou Reed were considered for the part eventually played by Turner. Due to heavy drug and sex references, not safe for work. However, I should note that this was a PG-rated film back in 1975. My how things have changed.
Hello everyone! Dave’s Strange World will return in full effect for 2013. In the meantime, check out this recent beyond awesome cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Hope everyone is having a great holiday!!
This soulful, raw piano acoustic demo is probably my favorite Bowie recording of all time. Thankfully, it was included as a bonus track on one of the more recent rereleases of “Ziggy Stardust.”
A great song by Nine Inch Nails that was in heavy rotation for about 6 months back in 1999 and then disappeared. I always loved the wall of noise on this song and this video (directed by Mark Pellington). A completely stunning track that was allegedly inspired by David Bowie’s “Heroes.”
In my earlier tribute to Tony Scott, I forgot to mention his stunning first film as a director, “The Hunger.” I remember seeing this on HBO late one Saturday night around 1984 or so and this opening sequence was so mind-blowing, I remember running into people at my junior high who saw the same thing (“My God, did you see that weird vampire movie on HBO?”) and were as flabbergasted as I was. So flabbergasting, that when I heard he was directing “Top Gun,” a needle went off the record in my mind. Well, he definitely found his commercial niche and while Scott made some wildly entertaining and commercial films (“Last Boy Scout,” “Crimson Tide,” “True Romance,” “Domino”), it would have been interesting to see if he had continued in this artier, less commercial mode. This isn’t the full sequence that features the seduction / sex / murder sequence afterwards, but you can find the longer version on YouTube if you so desire. You can see a lot of influence on Gaspar Noe in this clip. Highly recommended.
Another trailer I saw when I was 6 or 7 that seriously freaked me out. This played before a Disney (?!?) film of all things. The scene where the family wearing the white space suits vanishes gave me nightmares. I also thought it was odd that the actor they kept referring to as “David” (David Bowie) looked like a woman. I think that’s William Shatner narrating the trailer.
A cover of David Bowie’s best song, performed by a band Bowie handpicked to record the song for the War Child benefit album “Heroes” from 2009. War Child is a non-governmental organization founded in the UK 1993, which focuses on providing assistance to children in areas of conflict and post-conflict. So, if you’re looking to do something good and want some really killer music at the same time, purchasing the “Heroes” album provides a nice way to do this.
The theme song for Paul Schrader’s underrated and wonderfully bats–t crazy Freudian horror film from 1982, in its better original version recorded for the film. (There’s a remake on Bowie’s gazillion-selling 1983 album “Let’s Dance,” which is decent, but not as good as this one). Quentin Tarantino had the good taste to include this on the soundtrack for “Inglorious Basterds” during the scene where Shoshanna gets ready for a night of revenge.
More great pseudo-Bowie from Love and Rockets, circa 1987. It does sound a little overproduced (as most music does from the 1980s) but it also sounds great under headphones. From the stellar “Earth, Sun, Moon” album.