Now THAT Is A Tribute

In case when reading this, you conclude that I am one of those dudes that just hates covers and people messing with ‘the original’, thought I would share this you all. Well worth a listen.

Amanda’s interpretations delivered here, because I read about it on Maria Popover’s Brain Pickings. Click through for a great interview with Amanda. And Maria’s own article separates out all of the tribute tracks.



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Not a big fan of the Grammies – but unfortunately caught the highlights on this mornings news. This was one.

lady gaga

My friend David wrote to me this morning ….

Well that was incredibly painful watching Lady Ga Ga butcher David Bowie’s material in rapid fire fashion. Thanks so much girl for making me have to wash my ears out and try to forget it ever happened!

Of course – I know it won’t stop. This was announced within a week of Bowie’s passing.

The line-up for the tribute is expted to include Adele, Coldplay and former Britpop rivals Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn.

Seriously ?

Note the date – Feb 24th, 2016. Keep the TV off.

P.S. It isn’t all bad news.

Bowie Turned Down Coldplay

“It’s not a very good song, is it?”

David Bowie to Chris Martin
… on being asked if he would like to collaborate.

To me Coldplay is singularly the most over rated talentless act that I can think of. I know that flys in the face of their millions of fans, but popularity alone was never a measure of greatness was it ? Quite apart that Bowie just didn’t do anything – we knew that, but that he also said ‘no’ to what would likely have been a big selling single is yet another testament to his greatness.

[ Source : The Guardian ]


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Bowie, Wilson

Why this article is headlined Four Albums Worth A Listen is beyond me, given how Darin slams Blackstar, and how Hinds is highlighted. Personally, never heard of them, so checked them out here. I did – it isn’t worth a listen. And then finally, The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of The Hateful Eight. Really ? That is one of the 4 worth a listen albums of 2016 so far. Heavens.

My take on Blackstar – before I heard of his death, recorded here for posterity.

But. I am glad that he called out 4 1/2. I  have just counted over 50 albums in my collection that are by – or heavily influenced by – Steven Wilson, so you could count me in as a fan and am eagerly waiting for 4 1’2 which is due next week.

Update Jan 20th : A Review From ‘Something Else Reviews’

Also interesting to note that Mr Wilson was heavily influenced by Mr. Bowie and his entourage … this is his post on Bowie’s passing.

I spent this morning listening to Bowie’s fantastic …

Personally I would pay a lot more attention to Steven than Darin.