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    David Bowie: The Jean Genie

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGQo6zpVzt8

    This morning I am 14 again listening to this on the bus to school. RIP
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    Yes very sad. It was quite the surprise to see the announcement this morning. My anxiety song, when I am freaking out is Under pressure, with Bowie and Queen, listen to it a lot.

    I am a simple girl and the song I chose to listen to when I heard about his death was Space Oddity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP6xBFyA_aw
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    So long, Ziggy.

    http://youtu.be/VpdHMaccjw4

    ^not his biggest, or his best, but I dig it. Those first few haunting lines in that unique, deep, baritone voice of his get me every time.
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    Sorry prendlemick, didn't notice this thread when I posted mine. I can still hear him - Jean Genie - "as he falls wanking to the floor." Part of the soundtrack of my youth. The iconic image of the Aladdin Sane album cover is indelibly fixed in my memory.

    Edit: Oops, how fallible is memory... it was "Time" that fell into onanism and it is on the b side of Aladdin Sane, which is why it came to mind, perhaps. I really need to disinter my album collection; give it an airing...

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    R.I.P. David. You are one of the greats!

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    I must admit, I'm one of those (it would seem few) people who has never understood the appeal of David Bowie. For whatever reason, I just can't find his music attractive or interesting, and the man himself struck me with an overwhelming sense of indifference. Weirdly, I was even talking about it with my family over dinner yesterday evening - they didn't much care for Bowie either.

    That being said, just because I don't find him or his music profound it doesn't mean that others do not. The outpouring of grief on my Facebook feed feels sincere in the extreme. Evidently, he touched a great many lives in a meaningful way, and for that reason at least, I am sorry that he has died. I'm sure it is some comfort to his fans to know that he was musically active right up to the end - I understand that he released a new album only a few days ago.
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokasenna View Post
    I understand that he released a new album only a few days ago.
    His official goodbye album, it turns out.

    For anyone who hasn't seen it, Bowie's single, Lazarus, says it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-JqH1M4Ya8

    Like everything else he ever did, he does death in style.
    Go to work, get married, have some kids, pay your taxes, pay your bills, watch your tv, follow fashion, act normal, obey the law and repeat after me: "I am free."

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    I loved his 70s stuff up to about Ashes are Ashes. I did not like Let's Dance from the 80s so much, even though it was very popular. There was something nasal about his singing voice I did not quite like, and sometimes I wished his lyrics were a little bit better. He would write a great line, than a line that was either inexplicable in its profundity or else a bit random. Still, he was truly original and wrote lots of great tunes. People used to deride his acting, but I admired his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ when I had not recognized it was him, as he had dyed his hair black.
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    That Lazarus stuff is pretty moving. An artist right till the end. Reminded me of Freddie Mercury. Nice to cry with a grateful smile. Thanks for the gift David.
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    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/...never_put.html

    and this:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/...-club-20160112

    Under Pressure and Young Americans are perennial favorites of mine. I liked David Bowie, although I never went deep into his oeuvre. I have this to say about Under Pressure (I also love Queen): I think it has the most beautiful and haunting of lyrics and its perfectly set against one of my favorite film scenes in one of my favorite movies.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWyuAq5Yq34
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    He did so much for so long, everyone has a personal memory related to a piece of Bowie music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prendrelemick View Post
    He did so much for so long, everyone has a personal memory related to a piece of Bowie music.
    I'm recalling my brother blasting out "Golden Years" followed by the barely audible shouts from my father to turn that crap down!

    A particular favorite of mine; Oh You Pretty Things
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgQHZjAafo4
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