posted on September 17, 2011 at 9:32 am

absurdist reduction

the first time i heard bowie it was starman on the radio

instantly sucked in

i was down the record shop and soon had ziggy stardust lp

at first i wanted to resist bowie because i felt he might unseat bolan

of course he did that and much more

that ziggy record to me was irresistible

its been spoken of much by everyone

you dont need my 10 cents worth

except to say it floored me and blew my tiny little mind, ok…?

from then on in i was there at the record shop when the latest bowie arrived

aladdin sane

well i loved this one too

it was like a more sophisticated ziggy  but without any theme

and it had mike garsons tantalising baroque piano all over it

somehow tho it wasnt as satisfying as ziggy

tho still a very very top notch record

i also acquired some old bowie records that had been rereleased

space oddity

this had some great stuff like wild eyed boy from free cloud

and letter to hermione

man who sold the world

strangely enough this was my least favourite

tho of course i still adored it

width of a circle was kinda tedious

but i loved supermen and after all

his impression of  bolan on black country rock is a must-hear

hunky dory

wow i hadnt been expecting that…

what a lovely record

a true songwriters record

life on mars is a huge song

he outdoes rodgers and hammerstein at their own game

bowie has learnt to do whatever he wants to here

in a way ziggy would be a slight devolvement ….


yeah i liked the yardbird number and the who songs

i mean it was bowie record

we all loved it….

i guess that was the end of the spiders….

diamond dogs

this got some bad reviews at the time

but sweet thing/candidate remains a fave of mine

bowie playing everything but drums and bass

garson still on piano tho

weird showbiz brilliant piano totally unique

bowie on guitar and keyboards is a revelation

why he ever needed some of the rotten guitarists hes had….

its beyond me…..




ive got the flu again and cant write

will post more on this when able




37 Responses to “sordid details following (1)”

  1. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 17 September 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Bowie has not put out great music for two decades. His zenith was the 70’s and a few good CDs in the 1980’s. His vocal range is amazing and that’s why there’s a chance he’ll be great again.

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      Anonymous | 28 September 2011 at 4:29 pm #

      You should really listen to Heathen.

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    monksphere | 17 September 2011 at 10:18 am #

    That sucks about the flu. I have some penicillin for my tooth infection, would you like some? Penicillin that is. Dunno if it’ll help with those damn flu viruses, it’s out of my scope of practice. Hope you’re not out for too long.

    Get well soon, Ant.

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    ed | 17 September 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I recently stumbled across a website “pushing ahead of the dame” which analyses every Bowie song and it inspired me to drag out a few old discs and have some youtube time. Must have done too much ziggy/alladin/dogs era Bowie back in the day because I been listening to a lot of young americans, station to station and low. Call those records “the coke years” (anyone spot the metaphor in “thin white duke”?) if you like but any 70s Bowie record is unique and brilliant in its own way.

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    Anonymous | 17 September 2011 at 10:32 am #

    so sorry; feel better soon.

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    get well | 17 September 2011 at 11:18 am #

    some time ago, I traded bowies heroes lp at a second hand lp store, the girl behind the counter grabbed the new treasure, threw it on the store turntable, and began to dance, oops.

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    . | 17 September 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    i never really followed the young bowie
    although i’ve seen his old videos and read some stories
    i was introduced to his popular music during the 1980s
    china girl, let’s dance, you know, the over-played, but goodies
    he always struck me as confident, a player with sensibilities
    ahead of the musical curve, yet easily adept to mainstream
    sounds, coupled with a unique flair for fame and noteriety
    perhaps i shall give him a new listen since you mentioned it

    and since you have the flu, be sure to get plenty of rest
    drink plenty of liquids, have a nice cup of ginger tea

  7. avatar
    Mallory Weiss | 17 September 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Yer immune system needs: –Zinc gluconate ASAP (if longer than 72 hrs since onset of symptoms then don’t bother) as much as you can stand it -as sublingual lozenges cos liver decimates PO forms — complete proteins so you can make flu antibodies — yer usual vits —- the rest of you needs to – drink fluids other than ETOH to the point that yer pee is colorless like water — tell evryone to fuck off — sleep snuggled in our undying love
    sweet dreams

  8. avatar
    matthew | 17 September 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    I’m still blown away with every listen by the unhinged piano solo in ‘Time’. Incredible, unique playing.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 September 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    For me, it all began with 3 classics albums by 3 quite different, yet incredibly unique legendary bands. I had 2 older brothers ( 3 and 6 years older) who I raided their albums and came away with ‘ the 3’ as I have told myself. Dark Side Of The Moon, The Lamb Lies Down…, and Fragile. They were the catalysts of what made me today a lover of ‘original’ prog rock, or whatever the description people want to use, its just adjectives to me.
    It was the structure of these 3 albums that shaped my thought process as a musician ‘in the making’. Three incredibly talented guitarists in bands that we’re not as different as one might say. Incredible vocals, rhythm patterns, the power in the albums to transport a young impressionable mind to listen beyond what was coming out from the record player and bestowed the ‘magic’ of music which still beats within my heart this very moment. Sure, I have replaced those original ‘3’ with other bands a astonishing works of art. P=A still sits at the head of the table since its inception into my life in 1992 and will forever stay the course of what, for me, anything and everything will be compared and judged against. Guitarists were the stars in the evening skies of my life, even till this day. I enjoy many styles, signatures, and techniques but only marvel upon the music and legend of one, Mr. Alan Holdsworth. In my opinion, the greatest ever – living or otherwise. I always stayed original in designing my own style of play, but I owe my love and admiration of music to ‘3’ masterpiece albums. A Hall Of Fame quartet from Australia, and a guitarist who lives, breathes, and has created (in my humble opinion ) with no equal. And I will always stay true to my originality because of all mentioned above.

    I wish you a speedy recovery from your ailments. I know of no cure except rest and love, I hope you understand the places you fill in our lives, that’s where the admiration and love comes from. Godspeed on better days for you to enjoy and be weary of such illnesses for they can become serious if gone unchecked or treated. So many on this blog will offer up remedies, I only believe in rest, fluids, and love (positive energy).


    Darrin K.

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      Boriah | 18 September 2011 at 3:32 am #

      I love “Metal fatigue” and “Secrets”, and the first UK album. Yes, he´s a great guit player but I think his music demands a lot from the listener.

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 19 September 2011 at 1:03 pm #

        I very much agree with you. I love music that challenges the listeners. The Church, in my personal opinion, have always challenged the listener. Early in the 80’s , they entranced the listener to piece together in your mind the layers upon layers of professional rhythm patterns that were intricate and when compared to their peers of that era, they simply outsmarted and outplayed them all. The 90’s , I felt as if I was ‘let in’ on the magic as they became more complex and Steve’s abilities flourished thru the decade. And for the last 10-15 years, not only have they perfected their craft, but they continued to challenge themselves in their songwriting capabilities and progressed into the realm of ‘perfectionists’. Than as a listener, I am blessed to be able to play U23 alongside. Uninvited … and marvel at what will come next. So, I have always.believed that SK and the Church still have the ability to ‘create’ another masterpiece that will challenge the masses to question…”How in the hell can they do it, yet again”? Yes, we live in treasured times knowing that the four of them can and will ‘do’ it all over again…to the point of intellectual perfection. Mr. Holdsworth has and will always be able to challenge the listener, with the simple statement or question if said in this way “How can he (or they)amaze me with musical structures that continue to perfect their craft, like no other band or in Holdsworth’s case, play the guitar as if it was and is an extension of his mind, body, and soul. With no disrespect to the genius of Peter and Marty, but Alan is otherworldly- again, it is my opinion , he is and will remain unmatched to anyone who I ever was blessed to witness performing live many times.

        Darrin K.

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    captain mission | 17 September 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    ah, you know i’m a bowie nut. mike garson has been with bowie for ages, still plays, i love his flourishes.
    i must say he did record some duds in the eighties. let’s dance’ and ‘tonight’ and ‘never let me down’ pretty average, but it’s worth checking out the amazing soundtrack, ‘buddah of surburbia’ which is quite a work of genius in song writing and musicianship.
    ‘sweet thing / candidate’ really are the stand out tracks in his career and ‘low’ and ‘heroes’ are the best albums for me as they redinined the parameters of what pop / rock music could be, heavily influenced by the iggy albums he played upon and produced, the germanic bands, neu, can and kraftwork and the city of berlin. i still think low is a unique piece of innovation, responsible for millions of clones yet it holds its own today. ‘subterraneans’ is almost a hymn, something holy about it and very sad, always moves me.
    sorry to hear you have the flu, me to, rehydrate the body with honey lemon ginger in hot water. sleep. best wishes. see you tomorrow.

  11. avatar
    Sharon | 17 September 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Early Bowie the best and bits of the 80s, after that not too sure. This is way weird, got some music on and all of a sudden it’s The Cure covering Bowies Young Americans! Hope you get better soon, lots of rest, fluids- as well as water I find Green Tea works wonders and plenty of fresh air. Rest up and take care.

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    matthew | 17 September 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    SORRY – the piano solo’s in ‘Aladdin Sane’, just realized my gaffe… ‘Time’ has the nice squealy wah guitar

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    Boriah | 17 September 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    “Rotten guitarists”??? I hope you dont mean Reeves Gabrels, Mick Ronson, Frippo or Carlos Alomar, because they´re the shit!

    For the flu, one of the best remedies is to stay in bed listening to Lodger or Low in loop.

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    Richard | 17 September 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    what Bowie did longer than just about anyone
    was to keep on pumping out extraordinary mixtures of art and pop
    that would change the way music sounded afterwards

    bloody rare for someone to do both (no-one for so long)
    beach boys maybe
    pixies maybe
    radiohead maybe
    new order maybe
    sigur ros maybe

    (you blokes in a just and parallel universe)

    fucking good company

    • avatar
      Kristina | 19 September 2011 at 11:22 am #

      Always thought that Bryan Ferry/early Roxy Music were hugely innovative and inspirational as well.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 19 September 2011 at 1:07 pm #

      Great comparisons Richard…spot on comment.


  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I’ve had a touch of man ‘flu myself.
    Ziggy was the first album I purchased with my own pocket money, 1972.

  16. avatar
    davem | 17 September 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    I keep forgetting to log-in before posting. Ziggy was Mullards first purchase.

  17. avatar
    Narelle | 18 September 2011 at 12:00 am #

    Hunky Dory is a goodie
    Sorry you feel so awful…the flu does require rest

  18. avatar
    Steven Krut | 18 September 2011 at 12:54 am #

    Bowie had a real mystique in the ’70s. I really, truly thought he was an extraterrestrial. Then when he got that role in The Man Who Fell to Earth, it was kind of like he was playing himself.

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    Anonymous | 18 September 2011 at 1:09 am #

    okay — facts are facts. Ronno. The guy from the North, he was the gender bender that couldn’t be bent, but he looked more beautiful in makeup than Bowie at the time (or even Marc), and the girls! — without him, the onset popularity of the movement would not have been so powerful – I know, I’m one of them; they were in love with Mick — and any Youtube of one of his solos and/or not just the albums of Bowie, but also his own and with Hunter and so many great artists of the time – puts him up there in the four greatest guitar players ever — for me. For those of us who couldn’t identify with Hendrix, it was Mick Ronson… that lead us further up the road to the Church… I don’t know anybody from the 80s when you guys came on the radar, that didn’t start with TRex, Ziggy and the Spiders From Mars (and Pink Floyd).

    He wasn’t a great writer — my favorite song of his was written by an Italian poet, translated by Bowie (for him)… but his arrangements and musical abilities (and maybe because of his classical training, it kept him from being able to conjure up other than arrangements; so be it — he was still great and always will be) — and the passion heard… he loved every single note of that song. A girlfriend from highschool and I hitch-hiked to LA once (successfully) to see them — it was Ronno — though it was Bowie too.

    And Tin Machine (with Reeves Gabriel) – wow!

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      thetimebeing | 19 September 2011 at 10:24 am #

      i love ronno
      i fucking love him man
      i hate reeves gabrels…i hate that kind of playing
      what a waste of time
      and what a stupid looking geeza as well….

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        Anonymous | 19 September 2011 at 11:53 pm #

        good. then it’s okay I butchered his name. when I first heard Tin Machine, I didn’t really like it much — too different from Bowie’s other stuff (too different!) – shock! like he was just out there experimenting and put it on albums, but now when I listen, I like… and used to see RG in Nashville… The Bluebird… and The Lovelace Cafe when I’d go with friends… coffee only please… even the biscuits and jars of apricot jam were made from fat. The culture dictates, I guess and sometimes it’s really loud. Maybe, that’s why that type of playing… don’t know? But for the type rock [they] were collaborating on at the time, it fit perfect for Bowie.

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    Boriah | 18 September 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Kilber, how´s the fever going? Dropping?
    Listen to TIN MACHINE, for a change.

    Praying at the bus stop..allelujahhhhh!!!!!

  21. avatar
    veleska1970 | 18 September 2011 at 11:57 am #

    bummer about the flu. get well, friend.

    lotza love…..

  22. avatar
    Cocoamo | 18 September 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Showing great ignorance – must admit we’ve never heard Bowie (must seem impossible to you!), but sounds like a nice treat ahead.

    We usually feel like we’re going to die when flu strikes. Our sympathies! And it’s probably rotten cold still in Australia? Ugh.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

  23. avatar
    Finn | 18 September 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Nice breakdown of Bowie. I’m a big fan of both Young Americans and Scary Monsters which you don’t mention here (and of course Station To Station). Ziggy and Hunky Dory are the true stars in his repertoire I think though.

  24. avatar
    Adam | 18 September 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    “Scary Monsters” is one of my favs…at one moment teetering on anarchy (title track), and the next you get Ashes to Ashes. This comeback never sounded better!

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    Adam | 18 September 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    And by the way, Steve, please feel better – that’s an order:)

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 19 September 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    How are you feeling? Any improvement? Is it settling in your chest? I hope not- that can be awful to shake out from under. As you already know, we love ya and are always concerned for you, hell …this community shows compassion and concern for complete strangers, that’s your doing my friend. And when you are ill, we ALL become aware and worried because…your a family member to us. So, let us know how u are doing and please get as much rest as you can.

    Hope you feel better,
    Darrin K.

  27. avatar
    ASSMIDGET | 19 September 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    sick of being sick!

  28. avatar
    hellbound heart | 19 September 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    my older brother and his mates listened to bowie when I was a wee thing, remember being mesmerized by the exotic album covers and entranced by the music coming out of the speakers of our crappy stereo…..still gotta lotta love for this guy…..
    love always……

  29. avatar
    nexus | 19 September 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    here’s some weird info on bowie

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