David Robert Jones
AKA: David Bowie
AKA: Ziggy Stardust
January 8, 1947
Brixton, London, England
“I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image.”
You don’t have to wait until March 12 to find out whether David Bowie’s first album in a decade is like Bowie’s ex says; the long-awaited The Next Day is already available, The Next Day for a limited period pre-release.
Bowie’s Ex, No L Word Here
David Bowie’s ex-Wife, Angela Bowie, mother of Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, doesn’t care for her ex-husbands new music release.
In an article for the Sunday Britain’s Mail newspaper, she writes, “As I listen to his new single Where Are We Now? I can’t help but wonder what happened to the musical innovator. I’m not trying to be unkind, but I can’t escape the feeling that the retro-introspective mood of the song has one message — ‘I’m not going to be here much longer, let’s talk about the past…’
“There’s nothing about the sound that’s new, either. The subject matter is tired — it’s a nostalgic look back to the last time he was at the forefront of pop music.”
The Bowie’s were married in 1971 and divorced in 980.
You can listen to the sound track below. Do you agree with Angela Bowie?
What’s Next? The Next Day
Bowie at 66-years-old releases his 30th album, The Next Day, on March 12, 2013. It is a full album with 17 songs he wrote while in New York. The first album in almost a decade, it’s great to know his creative juices are still flowing.
His label, Columbia Records, said, “Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130m, not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration, and social commentary.”
The release came as a complete surprise to the music industry and to Bowie fans because not one word of the two-year endeavor was whispered to anyone anywhere. It goes to show Bowie’s ability to focus and play it low-key. Plus, a talent and penchant of keeping trustworthy people close in his longstanding, tight-knit working relationships. Kudos to Bowie.
You can pre-order Bowie’s The Next Day at Amazon and you can hear and watch Where are We Now? written by David Bowie, produced by Tony Visconti, directed by New York artist Tony Oursler below on HD video. You can also purchase Where are We Now?
The Next Day Soundtrack
1. The Next Day
2. Dirty Boys
3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
4. Love is Lost
5. Where Are We Now?
6. Valentine’s Day
7. If You Can See Me
8. I’d Rather Be High
9. Boss of Me
10. Dancing Out in Space
11. How Does the Grass Grow?
12. (You Will) Set the World on Fire
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
15. So She
16. I’ll Take You There
Not only do we have The Next Day to look forward to, perhaps next year as Bowie wrote 29 songs for this album. Producer Visconti said they were going to use them for the next album. The music Gods’ are smiling down at us and sprinkling their magic startdust upon us.
One thing it looks like Bowie and Stephen Morrissey have in common is they both wanted to have Bowie on the cover of their new releases. Bet it is safe to say during Bowie’s two year hiatus in writing and creating this work of art it never occurred to him to include artwork of Stephen Morrissy.
David Bowie and Stephen Morrissey No L Word Here, either
February is often called the month of love with Valentine’s Day right in the center of the month. It is the month of many new partnerships being forged and the hope of longevity in those partnerships anticipated.
This month, as if in honor of an anti-Valentine’s day celebration, there is no love lost between David Bowie and Steven Morrissey the former frontman for the alternative rock band The Smiths, now simply as Morrissey in his break-out solo career.
According to Morrissey’s official fan club, True To You: “David Bowie has ordered EMI UK not to run the proposed artwork for Morrissey’s April 8, 2013 issue of the re-mastered The Last of the Famous International Playboys single and CD. The sleeve featured a previously unseen private photograph of Bowie and Morrissey taken by Linder Sterling in New York in 1992.” The fan club is said to be used as a mouthpiece for Morrissey.
Pitchforkreports the single will not feature the new cover artwork that it was intended to feature. Apparently Bowie’s clout at EMI carries a lot of weight.
Bowie invited Morrissey to join him for The Outside Tour 1995; Morrissey accepted as the opening show on the tour. Two weeks later he left the tour. Reports say he wasn’t happy as the opening act, other reports say Morrissey was suffering with severe depression.
One thing is sure, Morrissey doesn’t miss an opportunity to diss Bowie. It may be why Bowie dislikes the idea for the photograph of the two in New York being used as cover art for Morrissey’s 24-year-old release.
Could it Be Morrissey’s Digs Regarding Bowie?
“He’s (Bowie’s) a business, you know. He’s not really a person. I could tell you stories… and you’d never listen to Let’s Dance again.” Morrissey said May 14, 2004 on Friday Night with Jonathon Ross. During the same TV interview Morrissey also said Bowie is ‘Showie’ and the public only fell in love with Ziggy Stardustt, and the visuals for Ziggy were dreamt up by someone else.
“(He is) not the person he was. He is no longer David Bowie at all. Now he gives people what he thinks will make them happy, and they’re yawning their heads off. And by doing that, he is not relevant. He was only relevant by accident,” said Morrissey in NME magazine.
“None of David’s $20,000-a-day US guitarists had a single grain of Mick’s natural style, and even Eno only worked with David for 14 days,” said Morrissey in an interview with Uncut magazine for their February 2013 issue.
Oh, and there’s more, but you get the idea–seems Morrissey likes to diss Bowie publicly every chance he gets. It makes one wonder, not why did Bowie request for the image of the two of them not be used; instead, why would Morrissey think this was a good idea for his cover art?
Written by David Bowie and produced by Tony Visconti is an early release from the album The Next Day.
Enjoy the HD video of Where are We Now?
Do you agree with Angela Bowie?
“As I listen to his new single Where Are We Now? I can’t help but wonder what happened to the musical innovator. I’m not trying to be unkind, but I can’t escape the feeling that the retro-introspective mood of the song has one message — ‘I’m not going to be here much longer, let’s talk about the past…’
“There’s nothing about the sound that’s new, either. The subject matter is tired — it’s a nostalgic look back to the last time he was at the forefront of pop music,” writes Angela Bowie in Mail newspaper.
If yes, why? If no, why not? What do you think of David Bowie’s newest release?
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