This is a post by Ray North which was originally posted on 10 January 2013 but which was lost from the site during our recent difficulties. It is not clear whether the post is complete and unfortunately all comments on the post and any graphics originally posted have been lost.
I couldn’t resist picking this new David Bowie song.
David Bowie remains one of the coolest men on the planet, he looks cool, he sounds cool, he has a cool wife, he lives in a special cool world, and yesterday’s out of the blue release of his first single in ten years was just, well, it was bloody cool.
But what’s more, it’s a really great song. It is rare that aged rock stars do anything that is remotely interesting, after all, rock music by its very nature is an artform that lends itself to the intellectual and physical energy and enthusiasm of youth – but occasionally, mature rock stars are able to capture the beauty and poignancy that comes with age and reflection (I’m thinking Johnny Cash’s Hurt) – and David Bowie’s song about his days with Iggy back in Berlin in the 1970′s does this perfectly.
It is a deeply and profoundly melancholic song – even Bowie’s voice has a gentle pathos about it as he considers what has passed and what was when he was in his roaring glam rock pomp. Marvellous.
I have to say that if someone had suggested that our first 2013 song would be a David Bowie number, I would have thought that they were mad, but this song is an unexpected treat.