History Music / DavidBowie

29th Oct '17 1:53:28 PM bowserbros
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* 1973 - ''Pin Ups''

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* 1973 - ''Pin Ups''Ups'' [[note]] CoverAlbum consisting of songs that Bowie considered major influences for him at the time [[/note]]
7th Oct '17 3:56:52 PM nombretomado
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** His Christmas duet with BingCrosby, "Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy." Different than anything else he ever recorded, this ballad of peace, love and hope was initially recorded in 1977 for what would become Bing's last Chrsitmas special, as Crosby died just weeks after finishing taping of the show. However, the song never became the iconic holiday song it would until 1982, five years after Crosby's death and the song unexpectedly became a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom; the song never charted in the United States, but was heavily played for the first time for the Christmas 1982 season.

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** His Christmas duet with BingCrosby, Music/BingCrosby, "Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy." Different than anything else he ever recorded, this ballad of peace, love and hope was initially recorded in 1977 for what would become Bing's last Chrsitmas special, as Crosby died just weeks after finishing taping of the show. However, the song never became the iconic holiday song it would until 1982, five years after Crosby's death and the song unexpectedly became a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom; the song never charted in the United States, but was heavily played for the first time for the Christmas 1982 season.
6th Sep '17 2:48:14 PM Peteman
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* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Lived this trope ''hard'' in TheSeventies, as did his stage personas of Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, etc. Songs on the subject include "Ziggy Stardust" and "Ashes to Ashes" (the latter of which looks back on this period).

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* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Lived this trope ''hard'' in TheSeventies, as did his stage personas of Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, etc. Songs on the subject include "Ziggy Stardust" and "Ashes to Ashes" (the latter of which looks back on this period).
1st Sep '17 11:10:25 AM tiiger
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* 2017 - ''Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles '74)''
15th Aug '17 2:16:22 PM MarkLungo
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* CoverAlbum: ''Pin Ups''. Bowie wanted to release a new album, but not to include new material because of a dispute with his publisher. His solution? Record an album of songs from UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion that had influenced him.



* CoverAlbum: ''Pin Ups''. Bowie wanted to release a new album, but not to include new material because of a dispute with his publisher. His solution? Record an album of songs from UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion that had influenced him.
6th Aug '17 1:57:18 AM bt8257
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[[caption-width-right:350: Bowie at his ''most'' normal, [[GoOutWithASmile just the way he wanted.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Bowie David at his ''most'' normal, [[GoOutWithASmile just the way he wanted.]]]]



-->-- '''Music/FlightOfTheConchords,''' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4zV4pJ8MwM Bowie.]]"

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-->-- '''Music/FlightOfTheConchords,''' '''Music/FlightOfTheConchords''', "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4zV4pJ8MwM Bowie.]]"
Bowie]]".



Although his recording career began in [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion 1964]] -- he released numerous singles (which are collected on the 1991 compilation ''Early On'') and an album during the middle years of TheSixties -- David Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in the autumn of 1969, when his space-age mini-melodrama "Space Oddity" (from ''David Bowie'' -- now better known as ''Music/SpaceOddity'') reached the top five of the UK singles chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era as the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars''. The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona (about eighteen months) epitomised a career often marked by musical innovation, re-invention and striking visual presentation. He also produced Music/LouReed's album ''Music/{{Transformer}}'' around the same time.

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Although his recording career began in [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion 1964]] -- he released numerous singles (which are collected on the 1991 compilation ''Early On'') and an album during the middle years of TheSixties -- David Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in the autumn of 1969, when his space-age mini-melodrama "Space Oddity" (from ''David Bowie'' -- now better known as ''Music/SpaceOddity'') reached the top five of the UK singles chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era as the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars''. The [[BrieferThanTheyThink relatively short-lived short-lived]] Ziggy persona (about eighteen 18 months) epitomised a career often marked by musical innovation, re-invention and striking visual presentation. He also produced Music/LouReed's album ''Music/{{Transformer}}'' around the same time.



Not entirely sure what to do next, he spent about a year continuing his funk-influenced act (while, at the same time, starting to show some influences from [[{{Krautrock}} German bands]] like Music/{{Kraftwerk}} and Music/{{Neu}}) with his last "character", The Thin White Duke (showcased on his critically and commercially successful album ''Music/StationToStation''), a bizarre, thin, well-dressed European aristocrat who -- [[CreatorBreakdown much as Bowie himself did at this point]] -- survived primarily on "red peppers, cocaine, and milk." He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum'' in 1977 -- the first of three collaborations with Music/BrianEno and Tony Visconti over the next two years. (The other two being ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'' later in '77 and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' in 1979.) Arguably his most experimental works (until his last album, anyway), the so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums (named for his place of residence during this period as he pulled himself out of addiction, although significant portions of ''Low'' and ''Lodger'' were actually recorded elsewhere) all reached the UK Top Five, though their overall critical and commercial success was uneven (''"Heroes"'' was well-regarded by critics at the time; the other two were not). The albums have since become VindicatedByHistory and are regarded as some of Bowie's strongest works. Around the same time he also produced Music/TheStooges' ''Music/RawPower'' from 1973 and Music/IggyPop's solo albums ''Music/TheIdiot'' and ''Music/LustForLife'', both from 1977, all of which have been canonised as classics.

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Not entirely sure what to do next, he spent about a year continuing his funk-influenced act (while, at the same time, starting to show some influences from [[{{Krautrock}} German bands]] like Music/{{Kraftwerk}} and Music/{{Neu}}) with his last "character", The Thin White Duke (showcased on his critically and commercially successful album ''Music/StationToStation''), a bizarre, thin, well-dressed European aristocrat who -- [[CreatorBreakdown much as Bowie himself did at this point]] -- survived primarily on "red peppers, cocaine, and milk." He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum'' in 1977 -- the first of three collaborations with Music/BrianEno and Tony Visconti over the next two years. (The other two being ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'' later in '77 and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' in 1979.) Arguably his most experimental works (until his last album, anyway), the so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums (named for his place of residence during this period as he pulled himself out of addiction, although significant portions of ''Low'' and ''Lodger'' were actually recorded elsewhere) all reached the UK Top Five, though their overall critical and commercial success was uneven (''"Heroes"'' was well-regarded by critics at the time; the other two were not). The albums weren't). They have since become VindicatedByHistory and are regarded as some of Bowie's strongest his best works. Around the same time he also produced Music/TheStooges' ''Music/RawPower'' from 1973 and Music/IggyPop's solo albums ''Music/TheIdiot'' and ''Music/LustForLife'', both from 1977, all of which have been canonised as classics.



* FakeBand: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

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* FakeBand: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From from Mars.



* IconicOutfit

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* IconicOutfitIconicOutfit:



* LargeHam: Yes, he's capable of subtlety and delicacy as both a singer and an actor, but he has rarely (if ever) passed up an opportunity to be hammy if that's what's called for. Two of his videos from ''Lodger'' are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgPUxjQOk-w&ob=av2el good]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMhFyWEMlD4&NR=1 examples]], as is the original soundtrack version of "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (which is -- more or less -- the lament of a lovelorn ReluctantMonster).

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* LargeHam: Yes, he's capable of subtlety and delicacy as both a singer and an actor, but he has rarely (if ever) passed up an opportunity to be hammy if that's what's called for. Two of his videos from ''Lodger'' are [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgPUxjQOk-w&ob=av2el good]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMhFyWEMlD4&NR=1 examples]], as is the original soundtrack version of "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (which is -- more or less -- the lament of a lovelorn ReluctantMonster).



* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Several of his albums have received this treatment, but none more so than ''Music/StationToStation'' in 2010 -- the Special Edition included an additional two discs containing his much-bootlegged Nassau Coliseum concert from '76. The ''Deluxe'' Edition...[[http://www.amazon.com/Station-Deluxe-5CD-DVD-3LP/dp/B003UTUQ3O/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1292665767&sr=1-1 oh my]]...all for an album that has a less-than-40-minute runtime and six songs.

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* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Several of his albums have received this treatment, but none more so than ''Music/StationToStation'' in 2010 -- the Special Edition included an additional two discs containing his much-bootlegged Nassau Coliseum concert from '76. The ''Deluxe'' Edition...[[http://www.amazon.com/Station-Deluxe-5CD-DVD-3LP/dp/B003UTUQ3O/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1292665767&sr=1-1 oh my]]...all for an album that has a less-than-40-minute runtime less than 40-minute run-time and six songs.



* ALoadOfBull: One of the [[MadArtist mad artists]] in ''1. Outside'', pictured in the booklet, is known only as "The Minotaur" and conceals his face beneath an elaborate bull head mask. Bowie wears a similar mask in the video for the album's first single, "The Heart's Filthy Lesson", in which a cabal of other bizarre artists create a minotaur of their own (as Bowie explained in an interview. He's also a painter in RealLife and has created several works featuring minotaurs).

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* ALoadOfBull: One of the [[MadArtist mad artists]] {{mad artist}}s in ''1. Outside'', pictured in the booklet, is known only as "The Minotaur" and conceals his face beneath an elaborate bull head mask. Bowie wears a similar mask in the video for the album's first single, "The Heart's Filthy Lesson", in which a cabal of other bizarre artists create a minotaur Minotaur of their own (as Bowie explained in an interview. He's also a painter in RealLife and has created several works featuring minotaurs).



** "Width of a Circle" (''The Man Who Sold the World'')

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** "Width of a Circle" (''The Man Who Sold the World'')(''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld'')



* MoodWhiplash

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* MoodWhiplashMoodWhiplash:



* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Perhaps not ''just'' three chords, but many of his songs are built around fairly simple chord progressions (""Heroes"", for example).

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* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Perhaps not ''just'' three chords, but many of his songs are built around fairly simple chord progressions (""Heroes"", ("'Heroes'", for example).



* TropeOverdosed: There are more than ''350'' references to him on ''TV Tropes.'' Might be due to his constant ch-ch-ch-ch-changes?
* TruckDriversGearChange: Occurs in "This is not America".

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* TropeOverdosed: There are more than ''350'' references to him on ''TV Tropes.'' Might Tropes''. Could it be due to his constant ch-ch-ch-ch-changes?
* TruckDriversGearChange: Occurs in "This is not Is Not America".



* {{Ubermensch}}: A recurring theme in several early songs, including "The Supermen," "Quicksand," and "Oh! You Pretty Things" from ''Music/HunkyDory.''

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* {{Ubermensch}}: A recurring theme in several early songs, including "The Supermen," "Quicksand," and "Oh! You Pretty Things" from ''Music/HunkyDory.''''Music/HunkyDory''.
6th Aug '17 1:47:03 AM bt8257
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* MusicIsPolitics: Faced this issue more than once with managerial and money problems in the mid-1970s and record labels wanting an old sound rather than a new one in the '70s ([=RCA=] wanted him to do more blue-eyed soul as opposed to ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'') and the turn of TheNineties (he left [=EMI=] over their reservations about a second Tin Machine album).

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* MusicIsPolitics: Faced this issue more than once with managerial and money problems in the mid-1970s and record labels wanting an old sound rather than a new one in the '70s ([=RCA=] wanted him to do more blue-eyed soul as opposed to ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'') ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum'') and the turn of TheNineties (he left [=EMI=] over their reservations about a second Tin Machine album).



** {{Krautrock}} and post-punk with ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]''

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** {{Krautrock}} and post-punk PostPunk with ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]''''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum''



* RadioFriendliness: Suffered in the U.S. thanks to this trope -- once he abandoned his ''Let's Dance''-era sound, that was pretty much the end of radio support for his work there. Before that, ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'' and ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'' were radio-unfriendly everywhere, only yielding three singles between them.

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* RadioFriendliness: Suffered in the U.S. thanks to this trope -- once he abandoned his ''Let's Dance''-era sound, that was pretty much the end of radio support for his work there. Before that, ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'' ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum'' and ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'' were radio-unfriendly everywhere, only yielding three singles between them.



* RefrainFromAssuming: It's called "Space Oddity," not "Major Tom". Although there is a song called "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling that is about the same character.

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* RefrainFromAssuming: It's called "Space Oddity," Oddity", not "Major Tom". Although there is a song called "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling that is about the same character.



* SanitySlippageSong: "Breaking Glass" from ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'', which came at a point when Bowie's sanity had indeed slipped.

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* SanitySlippageSong: "Breaking Glass" from ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'', ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum'', which came at a point when Bowie's sanity had indeed slipped.
6th Aug '17 1:43:02 AM bt8257
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* 1977 - ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]''

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* 1977 - ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'' ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum''
5th Aug '17 10:45:25 PM bt8257
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Not entirely sure what to do next, he spent about a year continuing his funk-influenced act (while, at the same time, starting to show some influences from [[{{Krautrock}} German bands]] like Music/{{Kraftwerk}} and Music/{{Neu}}) with his last "character", The Thin White Duke (showcased on his critically and commercially successful album ''Music/StationToStation''), a bizarre, thin, well-dressed European aristocrat who -- [[CreatorBreakdown much as Bowie himself did at this point]] -- survived primarily on "red peppers, cocaine, and milk." He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'' in 1977 -- the first of three collaborations with Music/BrianEno and Tony Visconti over the next two years. (The other two being ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'' later in '77 and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' in 1979.) Arguably his most experimental works (until his last album, anyway), the so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums (named for his place of residence during this period as he pulled himself out of addiction, although significant portions of ''Low'' and ''Lodger'' were actually recorded elsewhere) all reached the UK Top Five, though their overall critical and commercial success was uneven (''"Heroes"'' was well-regarded by critics at the time; the other two were not). The albums have since become VindicatedByHistory and are regarded as some of Bowie's strongest works. Around the same time he also produced Music/TheStooges' ''Music/RawPower'' from 1973 and Music/IggyPop's solo albums ''Music/TheIdiot'' and ''Music/LustForLife'', both from 1977, all of which have been canonised as classics.

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Not entirely sure what to do next, he spent about a year continuing his funk-influenced act (while, at the same time, starting to show some influences from [[{{Krautrock}} German bands]] like Music/{{Kraftwerk}} and Music/{{Neu}}) with his last "character", The Thin White Duke (showcased on his critically and commercially successful album ''Music/StationToStation''), a bizarre, thin, well-dressed European aristocrat who -- [[CreatorBreakdown much as Bowie himself did at this point]] -- survived primarily on "red peppers, cocaine, and milk." He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'' ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum'' in 1977 -- the first of three collaborations with Music/BrianEno and Tony Visconti over the next two years. (The other two being ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'' later in '77 and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' in 1979.) Arguably his most experimental works (until his last album, anyway), the so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums (named for his place of residence during this period as he pulled himself out of addiction, although significant portions of ''Low'' and ''Lodger'' were actually recorded elsewhere) all reached the UK Top Five, though their overall critical and commercial success was uneven (''"Heroes"'' was well-regarded by critics at the time; the other two were not). The albums have since become VindicatedByHistory and are regarded as some of Bowie's strongest works. Around the same time he also produced Music/TheStooges' ''Music/RawPower'' from 1973 and Music/IggyPop's solo albums ''Music/TheIdiot'' and ''Music/LustForLife'', both from 1977, all of which have been canonised as classics.
5th Aug '17 12:24:09 AM MarkLungo
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* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: The title track of ''Tonight'' is a cover of an Iggy Pop number he co-wrote... Minus the opening that establishes that the sweetheart the singer is addressing is dying of a drug overdose, turning it from a {{teenage death song|s}} into a straightforward, optimistic love song (and duet with Music/TinaTurner).
* CoverAlbum: ''Pin Ups''.

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* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: The title track of ''Tonight'' is a cover of an Iggy Pop Music/IggyPop number he co-wrote... Minus the opening that establishes that the sweetheart the singer is addressing is dying of a drug overdose, turning it from a {{teenage death song|s}} into a straightforward, optimistic love song (and duet with Music/TinaTurner).
* CoverAlbum: ''Pin Ups''. Bowie wanted to release a new album, but not to include new material because of a dispute with his publisher. His solution? Record an album of songs from UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion that had influenced him.



** ''Pin-Ups'' -- A full album of covers, including "Anywhere Anyway Anyhow", "I Can't Explain" (both Music/TheWho), "Shapes of Things", "I Wish You Would" (both Music/TheYardbirds), "See Emily Play" (Music/PinkFloyd), "Here Comes the Night" (first performed by Lulu, but associated with [[Music/VanMorrison Them]]), "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" (Music/TheKinks).

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** ''Pin-Ups'' -- A full album of covers, including "Anywhere Anyway Anyhow", "I Can't Explain" (both Music/TheWho), "Rosalyn", "Don't Bring Me Down" (both Music/ThePrettyThings), "Shapes of Things", Things" (Music/TheYardbirds), "I Wish You Would" (both (originally by {{Blues}} singer Billy Boy Arnold, popularized by Music/TheYardbirds), "See Emily Play" (Music/PinkFloyd), "Here Comes the Night" (first performed by Lulu, but associated with [[Music/VanMorrison Them]]), "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" (Music/TheKinks).(Music/TheKinks), "Friday on My Mind" (The Easybeats), "Everything's All Right" (The Mojos), and the album's hit "Sorrow" (first recorded by The [=McCoys=], popularized by The Merseys).



** ''Black Tie White Noise'' -- "I Feel Free" (Music/{{Cream}}), "Don't Let Me Down and Down" (Tarha), "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" (Morrissey) [[note]] Bowie noticed the song's similarities with ''Ziggy Stardust'''s "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide" and decided it would be fun to perform the song as he would have back in the '70s [[/note]], "Nite Flights" (Scott Walker)

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** ''Black Tie White Noise'' -- "I Feel Free" (Music/{{Cream}}), "Don't Let Me Down and Down" (Tarha), "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" (Morrissey) (Music/{{Morrissey}}) [[note]] Bowie noticed the song's similarities with ''Ziggy Stardust'''s "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide" and decided it would be fun to perform the song as he would have back in the '70s [[/note]], "Nite Flights" (Scott Walker)
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