I knew nothing about David Bowie or his music a month ago, but now, after being enthralled by his 1972 TOTP performance of "Starman", I felt I had to have a listen to the rest of his music, right from the beginning. (Well, from 1969).
October 2012http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/76179644/Space+Oddity+HQ+PNG.pngSpace Oddity
- I've used the US title here so that Last.fm doesn't get confused.
Going back to this album after listening to TMWSTW and Hunky Dory, it struck me again just how fantastic the majority of it is. It might be full of young hopes and dreams and is a bit (okay, very) hippieish, but there's a tang of anger and bitterness present, especially in Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed, and the whole of Memory of a Free Festival seems like Bowie's singing with tongue firmly in cheek. And then there's the story of the Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud, a song like something out of a musical (in a good way!)…