There Was A Starman

Yes, before anyone asks, this is an addition to the normal piece, which I only wish I didnt have to write.

The first time I really came across David Bowie, was as a 14 year old, watching Top Of The Pops, on the TV. This came on, and changed my whole look at music dramatically,

Yes, probably less dramatic now, but at the start of the 70’s, it did, if not quite literally, blow your mind. Not sure if that was the start of my love of all things glam rock, but it probably played a part! The thing was, unlike most groups of that glam rock era, he changed his look, and music. But then, in 1980, in a last look back, out came ‘Ashes To Ashes’, and that famous video. Sorry, go find it, one in a blog is enough lol!

Then the next thing we know, a total change of look, and style, as ‘Lets Dance’ came out. By the mid 80’s, things started to calm down, output wise, but still he tinkered, and changed things for several years. Then, until the last couple of years, things went quiet, and then out of nowhere, a final pair of albums, the last one released on his birthday, on Friday, seemingly he knew full well by then, that was going to be it. Then a mere matter of days later, before we can rave (or otherwise) about his new album, he’s gone!

Fine, it makes me think of a lot of things, including how fickle, and short life is, and also the fact that I have to face, I’m getting older, and how much more time I’ve got, well who knows?

But today, one of the legends of pop music, of my teenage years left this planet. Fine, he hasnt in a strictly physical sense, but get the feeling his soul, and spirit is up there with Major Tom, and the Starman.

RIP, David Bowie, thanks for so much.

Inspiring fashion – a robot?

This article is actually a couple of years old, but someone posted a link to it on Facebook today, and it was certainly the first time I’d seen it, so…it might amuse some, especially me!

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/fashion-blog/2012/feb/27/metropolis-inspires-the-fashion-world

And no, I know I dont live in one of the fashion centres of the world, but I havent seen any ladies walking down the street dressed like that! Hey, if I had, I would have been extremely jealous! In all truth, I suspect any outfits that got beyond the drawing board (or the fashion shows, where some love to shock) were very tame compared to that lol!

But hey, if any of those designers want to create an outfit just like that, and they want someone to wear it, I would most definitely volunteer! And no, sitting me in a chair, encircling me in high voltage electric rings is purely optional, though I wouldnt say no in the slightest. Hey, if you really want, you can wire me up like in that chair, but…might be a shade dangerous lol! Twist my arm though…

Hey, at my age, wearing a suit like that might be a good (or only) way for me to break into movies!

OK, fine, I’d still rather wear ‘that dress’ from Dinner At Eight, but this would seriously run it a very close second.

But yes, young ladies, out in the street, in a full robot suit, I cant see it happening just yet…sadly.

The video, well, a fairly obvious Bowie one, under the circumstances

What name on the coffee? Jean Harlow?

OK, fine, I’ll pass on the news, I didnt get the job. As seems popular at the moment, I was the bridesmaid, but would have been nice to be the bride. Still, I know the ‘old girl’ still has it in her, or almost does, anyway.

So no, sadly, back to economy class for the flight to Hollywood. Ah well, it would have been fun flying in luxury, maybe one day…?

But fine, the amusing moment, or should I say 2 amusing moments both occurred in a Starbucks, one at Leeds station, the other, by the hotel where I was being interviewed at Paddington.

If these places are busy (and both were), they ask you for a name to write on the throwaway cup, not that they check these things, but anyway… Let me add, the amount of times I buy a coffee when travelling like that is rare, because most of the time, I’m on my way to work, where I can get a free coffee so…

I know, its childish, maybe, but I’ve always wanted to do it. So when asked my name, for the guy to scribble on the cup, I said ‘Harlow’. Coolly, I would have fluttered my long eyelashes, had I got any! No, he didnt ask a first name, but I would definitely have said ‘Jean’ in that mood.

So fine, when I got to Paddington, close to where the interview was being held, I did the same thing.

I’m sure, somewhere in heaven, Jean was roaring with laughter at the time. But yes, if I get the chance again, and its somewhere they’re not doing identity checks, I will definitely do it again.

So yes, when it comes to coffee buying at least, Jean Harlow lives lol!

The video, well, its a tenuous thing. But it is Bowie, and Ronson at their best, so forgive me

Happy Birthday, David Bowie

Well alright, I’m not that big a Bowie fan that I realised that today was his 66th Birthday. I did love a lot of his 70’s and 80’s stuff, but that is a while ago now, and he hasnt been too active in recent times. Well, until today he hadnt been! I thought the idea was that you gave presents to the person whose birthday it was, but in typically Bowie style, he has to do something different lol! Yes, I switched on the computer this morning, and there was MSN homepage telling me about a new Bowie single, the first for many years.

Its not your average piece of pop, but then again, when did Bowie ever do average? Alright, if you want to be picky, Tin Machine was pretty average, but…I’m sure the new single will soon be up in full, but all I could find at the moment is part of it, so I havent posted that.

Instead, I’ve picked one of his absolute 80’s classics, as I’ve already used Starman in the past on here. Happy Birthday, Bowie, its good to have you back.

PS I apologise for the lack of recent postings on here, a combination of work, and a bit of ill health inflicting me at present, but hopefully normal service will be resumed soon, especially as I’m on holiday next week! Thats also why this is so short, will be collapsing to bed very soon.

Songs that change music

Yes, I’m sure everyone could name at least several records that have done that for them, one of the obvious ones for my generation being Queen, and Bohemian Rhapsody. A sound that was not only very different, but singles just werent this long back in the days when you had to cram it all on to one side of a 45 rpm record! Yes, American Pie (Don McClean) was longer, but that took up both sides of the single!

Nowadays, with CD’s and the like, the whole length thing is irrelevant, but back then…

Me, I came through, and loved the whole flower power music scene, though I certainly wasnt into the sex and drugs of that era, I was far too young for that! For me, it was just about the music. To be honest, the first time that image, and look came into it for me, was the early seventies, as I started to enter my teen years, and yes, I guess puberty played a part. What coincided with that time was the start of something called glam rock. For my younger readers, try wikipedia for more details, something you couldnt do back then lol!

I’m not certain how big a Bowie fan I was, say compared to Sweet, Mud and Slade, but yes, his music was a definite influence. But for me, there will always be one song that launched the whole glam rock scene for me, and thats the video delight I have for you tonight. And yes, you see the blonde guy, by the name of Mick Ronson? Well he played a bigger part in all of this than he ever got credited for. Bit like Pironi with Adam Ant, I would say.

But this is just one of those songs that just appeared on Top of the Pops, and everyone went wow, and was talking about it the next day. It might not have changed music, but changed my musical perception, that is for sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvnoRTC7JQ4