Sunday, 29 June 2008

Life in a List

From yesterday's Mail Online, Bowie provides a personal playlist of 12 favourite songs from his back catalogue, and talks about writing and recording them. A great article and an absolute must read:

Read it Here

And here's some rare footage of Bowie performing the song Teenage Wildlife (one of the list) on his 1995 tour.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Five Years with the Arcade Fire

Bowie guests with Arcade Fire at Fashion Rocks in 2005. Performances of Five Years from the Ziggy Stardust album, and Wake Up from Arcade Fire's album Funeral.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Bitch at the Beeb

Bowie performs Queen Bitch live in the studio for the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1972

Friday, 30 May 2008

Changing Changes

Bowie and band muck about a bit on the song Changes during rehearsals for a 1976 show in Vancouver.

Thursday, 8 May 2008


Okay, so this idea didn't totally work, mainly because there really isn't enough going on in Bowieworld, and I got bored of writing pretty trite stuff. So I'm going to give it another go, but this time I'm just going to post a bunch of cool Bowie stuff for no other reason than it's cool. That okay with everyone?

Fine. Here's some very shaky footage of the holy one performing Battle for Britain (The Letter), and clearly enjoying himself immensely, at the Olympia in Dublin in 1997.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Bowie Film 101

The latest program at the College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee, commenced today taught by John Michael McCarthy. The six week course, titled "The Film Class That Fell To Earth," was inspired by a visit to the college by David Bowie 35 years ago in February 1973.

The night before, Bowie had played at the city's Ellis Auditorium on the Ziggy Stardust tour, playing two sold out shows at 7 and 10 pm. The next day he toured the college at the invite of teacher Dolph Smith. Accompanied by Mick Ronson, Woody Woodmansey and rock photographer and Andy Warhol cohort Cherry Vanilla, who was working as his publicist at the time, Bowie spent a couple of hours looking around the campus. McCarthy saw a photo of the visit, taken by Vanilla, when he was a student at the college in the eighties, and was inspired by it to start the course.

This being Memphis, he was particularly taken by the idea of basing the course around Bowie because of parallels he saw with the city's most famous former resident, Elvis Presley. Bowie and Presley share a birthday, January 8th, and both recorded for RCA. Other connections include the fact that Elvis began his concerts with the Strauss music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and that he felt that the glam rock movement that Bowie spearheaded in the seventies was very much inspired by the flashy stage outfits Elvis was using at the time.

Students on the course will learn to make a short, 15 minute rock and roll film using Bowie as a metaphor. McCarthy said "in a figurative sense, I want the students to cut their hair and dye it orange." At the conclusion of the course, the films will all be aired at a public showing.

Here's the man himself on that famous 1973 tour.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Ground Control to Major Sam?

At the risk of turning into a "movie news" site, we have more... well... movie news today.

"Moon" is a new project in production, the first full length movie from director Duncan Jones, better known for directing advertisments, particularly a well recieved French Connection campaign, and music videos. The film is set to star Sam Rockwell as an astronaut who becomes stranded on the moon and has to survive there for three years before a rescue can be attempted.

Of course, readers to this site are interested in this because Duncan Jones is more familiar to them under another name, his full name being Duncan Zowie Heywood Jones, or Zowie Bowie as he is better remembered. Bowie's son by first wife Angie, he is also of course the subject of the song Kooks on the Hunky Dory album.

The script is by Nathan Parker, and doesn't the plot sound a bit like it might have been inspired by this?

Monday, 4 February 2008

Back to High School?

As Bowie's new film debuts at Sundance, Variety is reporting that he is in talks to take on his next movie project. And one can only hope it is a better move than it sounds.

Will is a musical comedy/drama very much in the style (and possibly image) of the excrable High School Musical series of films, and even starring one of it's leading actresses, Vanessa Hudgens. The movie will be directed by Todd Graff and revolves around a group of high school misfits who decide to form a musical group to perform in a Battle of the Bands competition. Aside from Mr Bowie, the only good news here is that the mother of one of the girls will be played by the wonderful Lisa Kudrow.

No news is forthcoming on what role the the great man might play in the film, but one can only hope it isn't too cringeworthy. In the meantime, I really should be posting up an image or a video that relates to this story in some way or other. But I just can't bring myself to do it. So instead, here he is performing Heroes on the 1977 Bing Crosby Special.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Helping A Country Decide

Not much news on the Bowie front right now. But nobody keeping an eye on the newspapers could fail to be assailed with news of the US Presidential primaries.

Who to pick, that's the question? Barack or Hillary? McCain or Huckerbee? It's all so confusing. But not to worry, because David is on hand to help you decide. Watch the video, and all will soon be clear.

Monday, 14 January 2008

China Girl Has Stars In Her Eyes

The hit BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing has been exported all around the world, with many English speaking countries choosing to name the program Dancing With The Stars. New Zealand is the lastest to succumb to the charm of watching professional dancers team up with named celebrities. And going into its second series, among the contestants who will be taking part in the Kiwi version of the show is former model Geeling Ng

Ms Ng has, of late, mainly been busying herself growing orchids and running a successful restaurant, as well as presenting a cooking segment on the Asia Down Under television show. But as well as modelling she also, in former years, made a name for herself as an actress, doing bits of TV work and appearing in the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

But of course, what she is best known for, is her appearance in the controvertial Bowie video for the song China Girl.

The series will be showing from late February on the TV One channel.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

New Bowie Movie at Sundance

August, a new movie from director August Chick, stars Josh Hartnett and Naomie Harris, and follows the life of a dotcom entrepreneur in New York in the last month before the 9/11 attacks. Bowie plays a British businessman by the name of Ogilvie, described as "a bit of a hardman who eats newcomers for breakfast." On his official website he has this to say:

"My bit was filmed last year not that far from where I live so it felt a little like wandering down the road for a morning paper, dropping into a quiet building and making a quick cameo appearance in a movie and continuing on home to read. Nice."

Initially slated for release in 2009, it will be getting its first showings at the Sundance Film Festival at the end of this month. Screening times as follows:

Tue. January 22, 5:30pm, Library Center Theatre, Park City
Wed. January 23, 2:30pm, Library Center Theatre, Park City
Thu. January 24, 9:45pm, Broadway Centre Cinemas V, SLC
Sat. January 26, 11:30am, Library Center Theatre, Park City

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Happy Birthday Uncle Dave!

And a Very Merry Bowiemas to you all!

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Party On Dudes!

If you happen to be in Sheffield tonight and feel like celebrating the great man's birthday a couple of days early, get down to West Street Live (which is in West Street if you can't figure it out) for BOWIEFEST IV. Now an annual event, entry is free and it all kicks off at 7.00pm. Live entertainment is presented by The Repomen, Anna Hague, Scott Pilkington (The Candy Gods), Pisco Sour Hour, Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and culminating in a performance (apparently their last ever) by tribute act The Bowie Contingent

For those who won't be there, here's a montage of photos from BOWIEFEST 2006.

Friday, 4 January 2008

Bowie News of the Day 04/01/2008

In an article on the recently released David Bowie Box five album set, Mike Schiller muses on the PopMatters site that the cycle of albums issued in the set constitutes essentially a "mid-life crisis" reinvention for Bowie, as a conscious effort to get away from the "mature artist" comfort zone he had occupied for much of the eighties.

It’s hard to ignore the timing of the transformation coinciding with the tremendous popularity of one Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails. Perhaps Reznor’s success was the reason he couldn’t put off this persona he’d been toying with for so long. Perhaps, rather than inspiration, Reznor provided context, a way that Bowie could finally step into the new character(s) that had been nagging at him for years previous. It was a way out of the rut he had dug for himself.

Read the whole of the article here

Meanwhile, here's the two men together on one stage in 1995, performing the Nine Inch Nails classic "Hurt"

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Bowie News of the Day 03/01/2008

Afro-German singer Ayo has begun to make waves with her fusion of reggae, soul and folk music. Already a hit in Europe she has begun to make inroads on the US music scene. In a recent interview for MSNBC she had this to say:

"One thing that I’m really getting into is David Bowie. I mean, I knew David Bowie, but I never listened to the entire records. But now they’re on my iPod, I started listening to them, and I’ve fallen in love with them. The song 'Andy Warhol' is incredible. That’s what I’m listening to right now."
Welcome to the Church of Bowie. Here we will gather together to worship.