Monday, 11 January 2016
The media are in overdrive this morning at the death of David Bowie.
I am unmoved.
I bought his album 'The Man Who Sold the World' when it first came out and considered it far ahead of its time. He was booked to play in Edinburgh that night but I managed to avoid him, I suspect the £1:50 entrance fee put me off. His next, 'Ziggy Stardust,' was OK but not as powerful as 'The Man...' at its launch. Both were enjoyed at the time and Bowie was among the top stars of his day but then he trailed off somewhat. Always a wee bit not right in the head he ended the 'Ziggy' period and went off the rails as far as I can remember. Listening again to 'The Man Who Sold the World' I find I cannot recollect any of the songs bar the signature one and while this album appeared so far ahead of its time now appears dead and lifeless, indeed somewhat dated. This reaction has not happened for me with the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Cream or many others I wonder if that is Bowie or just me?
Most lost interest when his 'gay' life appeared at the beginning of the 'Glam Rock' period and then his music took on the 80's empty sham style that pervaded the era. Fancy hairstyles and absurd fashion dominated while music was all show and shallowness which fitted the decade.
Music has got worse since!
Bowie took to acting and various other activities while I was too busy having a life and working for to keep a roof over my head. His life no longer interested and his music when it appeared was dire. He always struck me as someone not quite all there possibly chasing something that he could never find. People tend to call this 'inventive' but all too often it was desperation it seems to me.
Now he has died after suffering from a horrible disease and the media who have ignored him now lather themselves in a frenzy! Hour after hour his music, mostly the dreadful 80's stuff, has been played at each and every opportunity. Let me remind folks he was not as important as they make him out to be.