- Jun 21, 2006
Basically the idea was for Bowie to reignite his creative spark and pull himself out of the godawful mess he'd made of his career, post Let's Dance, with the Tonight and Never Let Me Down albums and Glass Spider Tour.Just completed my third listen. I still kinda feel how I did on my second listen. It has the potential to really grab me, but we're not quite there yet.
I still love the opener. It reminds me of Waterfront by Simple Minds. Am sure that's just coincidental.
Different songs remind me of different things, actually, some of which I can't fully place. Crack City had to have been ripped off by Oasis at some point. The start of Tin Machine reminds me of Safety Dance.
I still think it's too long too. This was released on the cusp of CDs becoming mainstream, right? I wonder if that explains the length.
I also never fully got why Bowie did this. I would have been young enough at the time, but I was fairly aware of Bowie. And I had trouble telling between what he was producing under his own name, and what came out under Tin Machine. For example, for years I was convinced 'Time Will Crawl' was Tin Machine. Turns out it's not. It's from that album that spawned the 'Glass Spider' tour, which even as a 13-year old, I knew was shite.
The Working Class Hero is really good I think. Nice and angry. He does it justice.
Dunno what else. I'm largely with Anthony on his thoughts, though not sure what a Zavid is, either. Some of this is quality Bowie. Other bits, nonsense. But lots of Bowie from that time was nonsense too.
Not so sure I'll revisit this much in the future. Prisoner of Love might make it onto a playlist or 2, otherwise I'm probably done with it. Glad to have had the excuse to listen though.
When David Bowie's half-brother, Terry Burns, committed suicide in 1985, the note attached to the roses that Bowie (a fan of Blade Runner) sent to his funeral read "You've seen more things than we can imagine, but all these moments will be lost, like tears washed away by the rain. God bless you. —David."
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