Monday, January 11, 2016

Top 5: My Top 5 Favorite David Bowie Albums

Woke up this morning to discover that Rock Icon David Bowie recently passed away at the age of 69 after battling cancer.

Damn....hard to realize the Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust, David gone and left us to fend with our own battles with the Spiders from Mars.

He was everything they said he was and more......a true legend and pioneer. He will definitely, definitely be missed.......

                                     R.I.P. David Bowie 


In the spirit of today, rather than being super-sad and somber about it, I figured I'd celebrate what I (and doubtlessly and you all out there) loved about Bowie, in particular his ground-breaking albums that still continue influence countless artists and musicians to today.

5). Pin-Ups (1973)- 

Sure it's really just a big cover album, but where else are you going to find Bowie cover songs like Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play", or "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" by the Kinks?
On this album, that's where. Love that fucking cover too by the way. It's the famous 60's fashion model Twiggy, posing with Bowie in case you were wondering.

4). Diamond Dogs (1974)-

Part Bowie's interpretation of author George Orwell's classic novel about big brother, 1984, and part glam rock swan song, Diamond Dogs is what emerged from the wreckage of Bowie's previous glam albums Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane. With this album, Bowie not only gave us another imaginary world to ponder(a post-apocalyptic glam world) but his final world on all things Glam, before ditching the whole movement for a new sound. Damn, that cover though!!!!!

3). Aladdin Sane (1973)-

Described by Bowie himself as "Ziggy Stardust in America", Aladdin Sane (itself a play on the words A Lad Insane) is the swansong album for Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona. He'd move on officially after this album, but with songs like "Watch That Man", "Time", "The Prettiest Star", "Lady Grinning Soul", and "Jean Genie", he left us with a hell of a parting gift.

2). Hunky Dory (1971)-

Picking up where his previous album, 1970's The Man Who Sold The World", left off as far as Bowie's continued maturation as an artist, Hunky Dory is  where Bowie gathers up most of his pop and folk musical influences, and puts them all out on display for us. It's his way of giving thanks by homaging folk/pop singers of the time like Bob Dylan. This is the album that also introduced us all to one of his immortal and most associated hits, "Changes."

1).  The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)-

This is the album that truly made Bowie a star. Every song on this album is so perfectly-crafted and arranged from "Five Years" to "Rock and Roll Suicide", that it's hard to find an absolute favorite hit on here, as you have two equally powerful and clever songs on each side, all very much worth the price of admission.  If you haven't already, do yourself a massive solid, and check out the movie created to go along with the phenomenon that was this album. You won't regret it.

I also highly recommend listening to his other albums, especially, Low(1977),  The Man Who Sold The World(1970), Young Americans(1975), Scary Monsters and Super Creeps(1980), and The Next Day(2013). He had just released his latest album, Blackstar not too long before his passing, so give it a listen and see what you think.

So what's your favorite David Bowie albums and songs?


Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

Gene Simmons from KISS just had a pretty heart felt interview about Bowie on CNN.

Dale Bagwell said...

Oh yeah? Damn, I gotta' check that out then. Any particular song or two of Bowie's you like?

googum said...

I wasn't exposed to Bowie before college, so I came to him late, so I like the later stuff. Like "Something in the Air."

Dale Bagwell said...

What were the albums of his you collected then? Like how much later?

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