It’s hard to pick a Bowie be­cause, ob­vi­ous­ly, there were so many Bowies. One time my son and I, he then fif­teen or so, were driv­ing some­where, and he asked me “Dad, who’s David Bowie?” and I said “A mu­si­cian who…” then I was stuck. For me, there are re­al­ly two big Bowie songs, Heroes and Ash­es to Ash­es, and while the for­mer has more emo­tion, I think Ash­es has more mu­si­cal depth. Oh, yes, and This Is Not Amer­i­ca, but that’s a niche taste.

Scary Monsters

I be­lieve the full ti­tle is Scary Mon­sters (And Su­per Creep­s).

I re­mem­ber my then-wife bring­ing home Scary Mon­sters; at the time I was in a jazz&blues phase and would nev­er have bought a Bowie record, deem­ing him too syn­thet­ic. But some­how I find my­self putting on Ash­es to Ash­es over and over again, some­times sit­ting up late af­ter she’d gone to bed.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Spo­ti­fy, Ama­zon, iTunes. Now as for live video, we’re in the pe­ri­od where Bowie was the most beau­ti­ful liv­ing hu­man be­ing, so these are a treat for the eye­s. More fem­i­nine (with bet­ter pho­tog­ra­phy and bass) vs more mas­cu­line (bet­ter dy­nam­ic­s).


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From: Tim Converse (Mar 07 2018, at 21:42)

I couldn't agree more. I've wrestled with "What is my favorite song?" and "What is my favorite Bowie song? and at times both have had the same answer, with caveats.

For me the big Bowie songs are a longer list than Heroes and Ashes to Ashes, and include Young Americans and several songs from ZIggy Stardust.

But Ashes to Ashes often tops the list of Bowie songs, for the same reason that it ends up tied for first on the specialized list of "Long, really complicated great rock songs". The winners on that list are:

1) A Day in the Life (Beatles)

1) Blood on the Tracks (Dylan)

1) Ashes to Ashes (Bowie)

For me, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) marks Bowie's last great album. I'm lost from Let's Dance onward.


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