We have a guest blog from a good friend of mine. Matt knows his stuff when it comes to music history and he sent me a write up of a legend in the history of music:
A Brief Intro to David Bowie by Matthew Piccirillo
I love David Bowie. Anyone who knows me knows at least that one fact. Imagine how thrilled I was to hear that we’ll be getting a new release in January of next year.
Now, lot of you probably only know David Bowie as the guy who wrote Space Oddity (“…ground control to Major Tom…”), or for his duet with Freddie Mercury on Queen’s Under Pressure, or, somewhat regrettably, the guy from the film Labyrinth. What you may not know is that David Bowie has been at the forefront of rock music since the late sixties.
David Bowie has a style that’s hard to pin down. Over the years he’s anticipated the trends to come and created more than a few trends of his own. At times taking influence from folk musicians like Bob Dylan, or German minimalists like Kraftwerk, or even the industrial music of Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie has always been able to blend new sounds with his own style. No matter what, his sound is always his own and always unmistakable. In addition to his collaborations with Queen and the Muppets, Bowie has worked with such artists such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Giorgio Moroder, Arcade Fire and a list of countless well and lesser know artists. This is in addition to his long standing working relationships with legends in their own rights such as Iggy Pop, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno.
In anticipation of the upcoming release of his twenty-fifth studio album, I’ve put together a short ten piece play list of some of my favorite Bowie tracks on Spotify. Of course, this just the tip of the iceberg. I resisted including the hits here, in favor of selections with more interesting sonic textures. Use this as a jumping off point take some time to explore this man’s extensive catalogue. Be on the listen for Blackstar on January 8th, and be sure to check back here for an in depth review.
Here’s your ten track Intro to Bowie (plus the new single):
The Man Who Sold the World (The Man Who Sold the World 1970)
Life on Mars (Hunky Dory 1971)
Andy Warhol (Live in Santa Monica ’72 1972/2008)
Five Years (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 1972)
TVC 15 (Station to Station 1976)
Always Crashing in the Same Car (Low 1976)
Secret Life of Arabia (“Heroes” 1977)
Boys Keep Swinging (Lodger 1979)
Ashes to Ashes (Scary Monsters (Scary Monsters and Super Creeps) 1980)
Cat People (Putting out the Fire) (Cat People Soundtrack 1982)
Blackstar (Blackstar 2015/2016)