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Tribute to David Bowie, whose music I didn't much like. / 12 January 2016

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Ziggy-zaggy self portrait. 2016 Digital image.

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David Bowie has died age 69. He had cancer. And by all accounts he stayed strong and cheerful to the end. For this he deserves credit and respect.

I didn't rate his stuff much. His voice never appealed to me.

I thought I liked Rebel Rebel till I checked the lyrics, now I'm not so sure. I can't relate to them. But what fun we had dancing to it in the seventies.

Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo

I also enjoyed Starman at the time; the tune is good but the lyrics ...

Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

My brother (younger than me) said Bowie was a genius, the icon of his era. He must be right, though I don't see it.

Nor did I go for all that skin-tight dressing-up and luminous face-painting typical in his Ziggy Stardust phase. And Bowie's smile always seemed to me to be a bit tight and slightly scary.

The Man who Sold the World is a catchy number, though it doesn't seem to say anything profound. Not that this matters of course.

Oh no, not me, 
I never lost control 
You're face to face 
With the man who sold the world.

I do like Nivarna's acoustic version on their album Unplugged in New York, the soundtrack of the show made by MTV in 1993, which I watched on my portable Sony Trinitron.

Bowie sang on Queen's Under Pressure, the one with the memorable bass rif. An A-capella vocals-only recording is currently doing the rounds.

'Cause love's such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure

A good note to end on.