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So, to much fanfare, David Bowie released his first new album in years and years in 2013. The aptly titled, The Next Day, received widespread critical acclaim with many critics saying that not only was it a return to form for Bowie but simply one of his best albums ever. I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet (and I highly doubt it can be half as good as Low), but if one of the two lead-off singles, “The Stars Are Out Tonight,” is any indication, that hyperbole may be well deserved. It simultaneously has a classic 1980s David Bowie feel (the influence of say, The Smiths or The Cure on this song is huge) while also placing it firmly in the sphere of modern indie rock sonic ambition (though to be fair, all of those indie rock bands owe a huge thanks to Bowie’s work so maybe things are just coming full circle now). Anyways, it’s a fantastic song with a truly superb video. All Bowie fans owe it to themselves to check it out.

 

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I reviewed The Perks of Being a Wallflower earlier today (although I’m so much sinus and cold medication today that it feels like that happened weeks ago) and as I mentioned in my review, that movie makes possibly the greatest use of a David Bowie song in a movie soundtrack ever. There is a scene where David Bowie’s underrated classic “Heroes” is playing while Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller are driving Miller’s truck through the tunnel into Pittsburgh proper. They don’t know the name of the song (though all of the true Bowie fanatics in the audience do), but they love it. Logan Lerman is stoned and Emma Watson climbs out through the backwindow of the truck to stand up in the tunnel. And there was just something so iconic and triumphant about the scene that more than almost any other moment from the film, it just stuck with me. In a film full to the brim of moments that rang true, it’s sincerity and charm was almost overwhelming. So, I leave you with David Bowie’s “Heroes.” Enjoy. (Aside: this version of the song is about half as long as the studio version.)

I don’t have very many steadfast rules in life that people have to pass in order to be my friend. The list is about as short as 1) Don’t be racist or homophobic. 2) You have to love Annie Hall. and 3) you’d better fucking appreciate David Bowie. There are bands/artists that I think are better (Dylan, Radiohead, the Beatles) but they’re so popular and hyped that I can at least understand not getting the hype. David Bowie is just the most under-appreciated performer of all time. He charted the course of so many different genres of music and outside of serious music fan circles, he never gets the credit he deserves. On Low, he was at the forefront of electronic and ambient music as well as the burgeoning ideas of “noise” rock. Not to mention that he had about a million superb classic rock hits that still get play today. However, most of these songs have a subversive and experimental bent, and let’s face it, he was the first Lady Gaga (but way more talented. although I do love me some Gaga). Today’s song is the title track off his Young Americans album which is Bowie (a Brit) exploring American R&B and soul. Of course, it’s a success. Enjoy.