Respectful Insolence

A David Bowie Saturday

Why? Because I feel like it. For example, there are times I’ve felt like this:

Except that maybe I should sing a version called “I’m Afraid of Antivaccinationists.” Nahhh. Instead let’s go back. Way back:

Comments

  1. #1 BowieFan
    February 28, 2009

    David Bowie FTW!
    You should see the version of Life on Mars by the Ukulele Ochestra of Great Britain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxCj2MO02AE

  2. #2 Jen
    February 28, 2009

    It’s rarely a bad time for Bowie. My favourite performance is still Bowie and Annie Lennox in rehearsal for the Freddie Mercury tribute concert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLS-P9m0BM). He’s just so damned cool- I’ve never been able to watch Labyrinth without wondering why the hell Jennifer Connolly thinks that being kidnapped by him would be a bad thing.

  3. #3 charles
    February 28, 2009

    Wow, I never noticed that David Bowie’s pupil’s were differently dilated. What’s up with that? Doesn’t he get headaches?

  4. #4 Orac
    February 28, 2009

    I don’t remember the details but it was some sort of childhood injury (in a fight, if I remember correctly) that left one of his pupils permanently dilated.

  5. #5 Kathleen Seidel
    February 28, 2009

    Last time we saw Bowie was en famille, at the Verizon Arena in Manchester. I’d bought cheap seats not knowing the Verizon, and not thinking that at some venues, the path to the “nosebleed” seats is a steep one, indeed. After we arrived at our destination, and after a couple of minutes of collective dismay, we ventured down to the ticket booth and upgraded to “whatever you have left, just as long as it’s closer to the ground.” They put us in the handicapped section, which turned out to have the best seats in the house, right next to the sound board, with a great view of the behind-the-tech-scene, and plenty of room to rock. There was one slip where we realized that Bowie was doing a little lip-synching on the high notes, but I can forgive him — I’ve been loving him too long not to.

  6. #6 Kathleen Seidel
    February 28, 2009

    PS, one thing I share with Bowie is the weird eye thing, though with him, paralysis of the pupil is the result of an injury; with me, it’s the result of a coloboma.

  7. #7 Kevin
    February 28, 2009

    Back in the nineties, I saw Bowie with NIN at the Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus Ohio. They both put on outstanding performances. Rather that taking an intermission between bands, the two groups swapped players one at a time until NIN had been replaced by Bowie’s touring band. Bowie and Reznor did a couple of songs together. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps is the one I remember best.

  8. #8 BGT
    February 28, 2009

    in re Charles, yes it was a fight in Bowie’s younger days that caused his pupil to freeze. It is sort of a “creepy” feature, which adds to his presence. Watch “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, it makes much of his “different” appearance.

    To Orac: “I’m Afraid of Americans” is good new Bowie, but he still hasn’t topped his days before and including Diamond Dogs…..

    Loves me some old Bowie…lots of room for imagination in his older stuff….

  9. #9 Dave
    March 4, 2009

    Life on Mars – always makes me especially sad these days, since watching the brilliant series of the same name (the original, John Simm version, not the dire remake).

    Although my very favourite David Bowie moment is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv6mEv_rDdE

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