Awesome Music / David Bowie

  • "The Man Who Sold The World" is powerful and sends chills down one's spine (in the best way).
  • "Rock'n'Roll Suicide" is phenomenal even by Bowie's standards.
    • So is this rendition of "Ashes to Ashes". Made even more awesome by a few things: the absolutely bitchin' guitar solo (one guy on rhythm AND bass simultaneously) that dominates the last half of the song. And the fact that, on a call-in/request concert, this was the song requested by a 5-year old boy. Yeah. Get 'em started early.
    • "Lady Grinning Soul". Bowie meets Bond, complete with epic piano solo intro performed by Mike Garson.
  • "Fame". Funk-tacular.
  • Bowie isn't particularly well-known for his love songs...but he has his moments.
  • "Let's Dance". When Bowie gives an order, the world listens. According to the official book chronicling the Serious Moonlight Tour, when the song became a hit women all over Europe bought red shoes, causing shortages in stores, so they could be ready for dancing!
  • Watch this performance of "Modern Love". Bowie's sheer exuberance is electrifying.
  • Much of Bowie's post-Scary Monsters output in The '80s is dismissed, but there's gorgeous stuff there too. In particular, "Blue Jean" and "Underground" can leave you dizzy with delight.
  • The smooth, jazzy sound of "Bring Me The Disco King" is just wonderful.
  • Low has a lot of highlights, but "Subterraneans" and "Warszawa" stand out. Among the vocal pieces, "Sound and Vision" is well loved with good reason.
  • Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is well enough loved that it's become a reviewer cliché to describe Bowie's latest album as "his best since Scary Monsters" (much as Bob Dylan gets the same treatment with Blood on the Tracks). Particular highlights from the album, beyond "Ashes to Ashes", include the Epic Rocking "Teenage Wildlife", the title track, and both parts of "It's No Game", but it's really difficult to go wrong with any of the album's ten cuts.
  • was heavily praised before it was even released. The ten-minute title track is an obvious highlight. So is the album closer "I Can't Give Everything Away", which quotes "A New Career in a New Town" from Low and verges on Tear Jerker territory, especially in light of his death two days after the release of the album. "Lazarus" also gains new meaning in light of his death and stands out as a highlight of the album. "Girl Loves Me" also stands out as one of the most avant-garde pieces Bowie ever recorded, both lyrically and musically. The whole album is both a Moment of Awesome and a beautiful Heartwarming Moment as Bowie put it as his Grand Finale, the last album he'd get to release for the fans, as his final parting gift to all. That alone shows awesomeness and love.
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