Remembering #DavidBowie, 5 Years Later
The Song of the Day is: David Bowie - “Five Years”(1972)
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Remembering David Bowie 5 Years Later
The Song of the Day is:
David Bowie – “Five Years”
From the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars (1972)
And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor
And I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there
Your face, your race, the way that you talk
I kiss you, you’re beautiful, I want you to walk
We’ve got five years, stuck…
Aladdin Sane ⚡️
glam rock fans: 😍🥰🤩hes so cute!!!! 🥰
girl he’s just a blur
David Bowie at Union Station, Los Angeles, California. March (1973)
Today would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday 👑
David Bowie: I so pale
Ronno, stifling laughter: We’re on air.
David: … A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city
DAVID BOWIE AND MICK RONSON
Ziggy and the Spiders
The American leg of the 1973 tour
mick. ronson. 💜
David Bowie and Mick Ronson as women ✨😌💞
I did two different versions just to see how well the app I used to make these turned out. Wot do you guys think?
Mott the Hoople: Mott (1973)
The follow-up to 1972’s career-saving All the Young Dudes, ‘73’s stubbornly, simply named, Mott, in many ways proved that, although Mott the Hoople weren’t too proud to partake of glam rock fashion, both musical and visual (as well as David Bowie’s kind assistance), they were ultimately gonna be themselves.
Take them or leave them.
Alas, staying true to themselves meant saying goodbye to the uppermost reaches of the U.K. charts, and everything that came with it (better drugs, groupies, etc.), but it conversely saw this album becoming the group’s best-seller in America.
And with good reason, because I think it’s their best.
Oh, and the U.S. edition’s cover portrait – on which guitarist Mick Ralphs, bassist Pete ‘Overend’ Watts and drummer Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin’ basically look like non-identical triplets, as frontman Ian Hunter glowers, clad head-to-toe in leather – is just SO much more appealing than the bland U.K. cover art.
Anyway, first tune “All the Way from Memphis” quickly set the tone with a perfect slice of Mott-dom: recounting the (possibly, maybe) true story of a misplaced guitar, while knowingly poking fun at fame’s double-edged sword: “Well, you look like a star, but you’re still on the dole.”
The loss of Ralphs’ guitar, along with the entire band’s last remaining vestiges of naiveté about the rock’n’ roll circus, is revisited later on in the “Ballad of Mott the Hoople (26th March 1972, Zürich),” where Hunter insists on name-checking everyone and the price they paid:
“Buffin lost his child-like dreams, and Mick lost his guitar;
“Verden grew a line or two, and Overend’s just a rock ‘n’ roll star.”
In between, the boys insist on wallowing in their “good fortune” with the same wry, dry, self-effacing disillusionment that kept their fans close, crucially in on the joke; whether via clever, riff-crunching highlights like “Whizz Kid” and “Drivin’ Sister,” the violin-streaked proto-punk disgust of “Violence,” the mournful requiem “Hymn for the Dudes,” or the intentionally fluffy and nonsensical glam rocker, “Honaloochie Boogie.”
And for their twin parting shots, Mott indulged in the era’s medley trend (everyone from Nazareth to Brownsville Station was doing it) with “I’m a Cadillac / El Comino Dolo Roso,” before Hunter delivered another classic, incisive character sketch on “I Wish I Was Your Mother,” moaning:
“I scream at you for sharing, and I curse you just for caring;
I hate the clothes you’re wearing … they’re so pretty.
And I tell you not to see me; And I tell you not to feel me;
And I make your life a drag, it’s such a pity.”
In sum: if I were to summarize this wonderful album’s central theme, it would be “don’t believe the hype,” because Mott the Hoople certainly weren’t buying it; they’d known failure and rejection for far too long before they “made it” to believe anything, ever again.
That, my friends, is why they call it “entertainment.”
David Bowie & Mick Ronson- Space Oddity Live
The lost TOTP performance of ‘Jean Genie’
Photo credit: Watal Asanuma
David Bowie performing ‘The Jean Genie’ on BBC TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’, London, 1973 | Photos: Watal Asanuma/Shinko Music/Getty Images
David Bowie and Mick Ronson, 1971.
im a simple person. I like when electric guitar go brrrbrrrbrrr