Two days ago I reviewed David Bowie's new album, Blackstar - that was Saturday and today,
Where the fuck did Monday go? Bowie asks on one of the songs on
his new album, which seems to be a seven track meditation on mortality.
It's an amazingly good album, but very bleak, black even and no doubt,
Bowie, knowing the end was close, designed it to be his last word.
Something happened on the day he died, spirits rose a meter and stepped aside - Blackstar
Look up here, I'm in heaven
I've got scars that can't be seen
I've got drama, can't be stolen
Everybody knows me now - Lazarus, the second track on the new album.
Bowie was, without any doubt, one of the most influential artists of the
rock era. He is truly immortal like only a select few - John lennon,
Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presely all come to
mind and Bowie's name will take rightful place besides these true icons,
for each of them have left an imprint on music that has become a part
of rock's DNA and not just in musical terms but in their very persona.
There was something about these people that made them stand out, made
them truly great. And Bowie was definitely a great.
Bowie lived the rock and roll lifestyle to the full - drink, drugs,
bisexuality all played a large part in his life. It can be argued that
the 1970's was his most creative decade with albums like Low, Ziggy
Stardust, Station to Station, Hunky Dory and Diamond Dogs all cementing
his position as rock's greatest innovator but albums that came after his
golden decade were pretty damn good, in fact for Bowie it seemed as if
his golden years never really ended. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
kicked off Bowie's 1980's and although he entered a fallow period
following this record, his 1983 album, Let's Dance was his most
commercially successful - Let's Dance, to my mind, was too poppy and had
none of the brilliance of his 1970's work, but it did yield several
hugely successful singles in Let's Dance, China Girl and Modern Love.
In the early 1990's Bowie seemed to turn his back on his solo career and
instead became a member of Tin Machine, but although he intended the
band to be a democracy it was the Bowie name that dominated. Bowie
constantly shifted styles in the following years, scoring many successes
but to my mind his next truly great album was 2002's Heathen, which was
followed a year later by the even better (to my mind) Reality. One
track on the album, Never Get Old just rocks as Bowie screams out, 'never gonna be enough money, never gonna be enough sex, never gonna be enough drugs.Never ever gonna get old.' But you know what - Bowie had gotten old and it suited him.
Then Bowie seemed to fade away and official word was that he had
retired, while rumours did the rounds that he was seriously ill, dying
even - He surprised fans in 2013 when he released a new album, the Next
Day which sounded both fresh and at the same time a rollback to Ziggy
era Bowie. His final album, Blackstar came out last weekend, released on
Bowie's 69th birthday, and then he once again took fans by surprise by
dying after secretly battling cancer for more than 18 months. NO doubt
Bowie had planned for the last album to be released on his 69th
birthday, all too aware that his own end was imminent. Bowie, it seemed,
had died the way he had lived...on his own terms.
Bless you sir...you gave so much and we carry you in our hearts.