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Musical David Bowie MetroCards Go On Sale In New York City

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There are no photos of David Bowie riding the New York City subway to and from his home near to SoHo’s Broadway/Lafayette, not far from CBGB. Undeterred by evidence – the lack of it – the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is selling a David Bowie-themed MetroCard for $1 a pop. It’s part of a deal Spotify to create 5 limited edition MetroCards, most with a scannable Spotify code which triggers a sound file.

 

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Finally, here’s Bow in the Tube in…Japan:

 

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Close enough…

Spotter: Open Culture, Flashbak

Posted: 23rd, April 2018 | In: Celebrities, Money, News | Comment


Mick Jagger and David Bowie perform Dancing In The Street without music

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Happy birthday, Mick Jagger, born on this day 1943. Here is the Rolling Stones singer performing Dancing in The Street with David Bowie.

Posted: 26th, July 2016 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment


Listen to Rick Wakeman’s wonderful piano version of David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’

 

Rick Wakeman played on David Bowie‘s Life on Mars. On January 10 2015, Wakeman played a piano version on BBC Radio 2. It’s lovely. Truly. Wakeman has since recorded a new version of the song along with a version of Space Oddity. All monies raised from the songs go to the excellent Macmillan Cancer Support.

Download it: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Google Play and iTunes.

Posted: 30th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Music, TV & Radio | Comment


Listen to David Bowie imitate Springsteen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan and more in a 1985 studio tape

NEW YORK - JANUARY 19: Lou Reed (L) and David Bowie (R) attend the opening of Lou Reed NY photography exhibit at the Gallery at Hermes on January 19, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – JANUARY 19: Lou Reed (L) and David Bowie (R) attend the opening of Lou Reed NY photography exhibit at the Gallery at Hermes on January 19, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

 

Flashbak has spotted this David Bowie gem, in which the changes singer imitates Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, Tom Waits and whoever else at a London recording session in 1985. Marc Saunders was there. He’s uploaded the recording on YouTube.

He writes:

The impersonations on this YouTube posting were recorded in August ’85, when Bowie came in to do the lead vocal. At the end of the session, he broke into the impersonations and I realized that these might get erased at some point, so I quickly put a cassette in and hit “record.” I wish we could hear the other side of the dialogue between Bowie and Clive and Alan, but unfortunately that wasn’t being recorded.

Read more on Flashbak.

 

Posted: 21st, January 2016 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Norway clocktower chimes Lemmy and David Bowie songs every day

To Oslo, where the 49 bells in the clocktower on City Hall  play Changes by David Bowie and Electricity by Lemmy Kilmister’s Motörhead at 6pm and 7pm respectively. This will continue until May 31st.

 

Spotter: Metal Hammer

Posted: 18th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Reviews | Comment


Kanye West: ‘David Bowie’s torch has been passed to me’

kanye west bowieKanye West is working on a David Bowie tribute album, says the Daily Star in “Kanye turning all Ziggy”. West will record his own version of – get this – Rebel Rebel and Changes.

Nothing says rebellion like copying someone else.

Even better than that, Kanye is the subject of a ‘source’ who suggests West sees Bowie as a kind of Dr Who figure, an entertainer to be regenerated in any form you like. “He is determined to carry on David’s work as a musical innovator,” says this source. “He says that the torch has been passed to him.”

The one difference is that Bowie would have seen that torch and grasped hold of the hot end.

Posted: 18th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities | Comments (4)


Madonna’s beyond parody David Bowie tribute

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Madonna sang Rebel Rebel in tribute to David Bowie at one of her shows.

Do we all agree in the right to be different, she asked the crowd? Yeah, we all agree, Madge, they yelled back. Let’s be different!

Rebel! Rebel!

 

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“It would be my guess that Madonna is not a very happy woman. From my own experience, having gone through persona changes like that, that kind of clawing need to be the center of attention is not a pleasant place to be” – David Bowie

 

Spotter: Victor Olliver

Posted: 16th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities | Comment (1)


David Bowie: the most ludicrous tribute of them all

This might be the most trite David Bowie tribute of the lot. In New Zealand one local paper asks ‘whose shirt are you wearing?’ ‪#‎davidbowie‬

 

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Next week: which tin can is your favourite?

Posted: 14th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Reviews | Comment


David Bowie is cremated ‘in secret’: how dignified

David Bowie has been cremated. No pomp. No public show. No national day of mourning. No State funeral. No support of whatever cause has latched onto his life, mutating his daring talent to their own ends and agenda. No educating of morals and mores.

He was cremated in private.

How dignified.

 

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Posted: 14th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Daily Mail and Jan Moir say David Bowie ‘can expect some big ch-ch-changes’

David Bowie died at the wrong time for the dead-tree Press. The New York Times told us it was a good time to be Bowie. The Daily Mail went for a hatchet job, penned by Jan Moir.

 

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Even the advert is wrong:

 

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Posted: 12th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment


New York Times RIP: ‘It’s a good time to be David Bowie’

The British dead tree Press utterly missed David Bowie’s death. The USA had a few hours more to digest news of the Thin White Duke’ passing. And it still managed to balls it up:

 

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Spotter: @brianstetler

Posted: 11th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Reviews | Comment


Me and David Bowie: journalists crank up the grief

David Bowie has died. You might have hard the sad news. He was brilliant. All day long the BBC has been paying tribute to the great entertainer who was “edgy”, ” cutting edge”, challenging and so on and on and on. That’s the BBC that has a deep history of banning the edgy, challenging, cutting edge, etc. It really is such utter balls from the State censor.

But if you want toe-curling tribute to David Bowie you can compare and contrast the reaction of the man’s own son, Duncan Jones, to that of Times columnist Caitlin Moran:

 

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More tributes to the singer everyone loved, admired, adored and never thought odd or a bit right-wing to follow.

Spotter: Brendan O’Neill

 

Posted: 11th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities | Comment


David Cameron has died: newsreader mistakes PM for David Bowie

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David Cameron has died. Well, so says Fiona Winchester, a newsreader for Heart FM.

Whoops! Her mistake.

That’s David Bowie who died. Spot the difference?

 

Posted: 11th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment


Vocals Only: David Bowie and Freddie Mercury sing Under Pressure

Vocals Only: David Bowie and Freddie Mercury sing Under Pressure:

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9th July 1973:  Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie.  (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)

9th July 1973: Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie. (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)

David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig.   (Photo by Steve Wood/Getty Images)

David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig. (Photo by Steve Wood/Getty Images)

Make-up artist Pierre La Roche prepares English singer David Bowie for a performance as Aladdin Sane, 1973. Bowie is wearing a costume by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Make-up artist Pierre La Roche prepares English singer David Bowie for a performance as Aladdin Sane, 1973. Bowie is wearing a costume by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British rock singer David Bowie performs with an acoustic guitar on stage, in costume as 'Ziggy Stardust,' circa 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British rock singer David Bowie performs with an acoustic guitar on stage, in costume as ‘Ziggy Stardust,’ circa 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

3rd March 1965:  British pop star Davy Jones before he changed his name to Bowie following the success of the Monkees and their lead singer Davy Jones.  (Photo by Potter/Express/Getty Images)

3rd March 1965: British pop star Davy Jones before he changed his name to Bowie following the success of the Monkees and their lead singer Davy Jones. (Photo by Potter/Express/Getty Images)

Posted: 11th, January 2016 | In: Music | Comment (1)


Watch a great video history of David Bowie getting annoyed

David Bowie has been in a many interviews. YouTuber Bodacea1 has compiled the parts of each where Bowie gets shirty.

Posted: 6th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment


Objects of desire: David Bowie mug-shot shower curtain

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The David Bowie shower curtain.

Buy yours at Fine Art America

 

Posted: 4th, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment


The many faces of David Bowie in one epic Gif

The many faces of David Bowie by Helen Green:

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Ch-ch-changes…

Posted: 23rd, October 2015 | In: Celebrities, Fashion, Gifs, Key Posts, Music | Comment


The Lifesize David Bowie Pillow Doll

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Who doesn’t awant a full-size David Bowie pillow doll? Proxy Shop on Etsy is offering them for $400a pop.

The Lifesize David Bowie Pillow stands 66” tall and is the ultimate gift for a David Bowie fan’s home decor.

Sit this Bowie doll onto a daybed or sofa, against a wall as a soft sculpture artwork or on the floor as a makeshift chair.

Handcrafted from high quality printed fabric that is silky soft to the touch and backed with sturdy broadcloth, this tribute to David Bowie’s famous Ziggy Stardust costume design is an utterly unique addition to any Bowie fan’s home.

These life-size decorative pillows are all handcrafted and made to order.

 

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Spotter: DM

Posted: 1st, September 2015 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Professor will live as David Bowie for a year (Mick Jagger not in on the plan)

3rd July 1973:  Adoring fans reaching out to touch the hand of the English pop star, David Bowie, during the concert at the Hammersmith Odeon where Bowie announced that he was retiring his alter-ego 'Ziggy Stardust'.  (Photo by Steve Wood/Express/Getty Images)

3rd July 1973: Adoring fans reaching out to touch the hand of the English pop star, David Bowie, during the concert at the Hammersmith Odeon where Bowie announced that he was retiring his alter-ego ‘Ziggy Stardust’. (Photo by Steve Wood/Express/Getty Images)

 

Will Brooker, a professor at Kingston University in London, has a new experiment: he will live as David Bowie for a year. He will do some “method acting” as Ziggy Stardust, dress up in the garb of Bowie’s various other incarnations (Bowie, of course is the alter ego of the private David Jones), immerse himself in mid-1970s culture to enter Bowie’s mindset, do his best not to confuse and worry Iman, Bowie’s wife, not use her persona to attract groupies, and partake of the singer’s milk and red peppers diet, omitting the cocaine.

Says Brooker:

“His mansion in Beckenham has been demolished, for instance, and I’m unlikely to have a fling with Mick Jagger.”

Although a few Jagger tribute acts might be up for it.

“However it is possible to engage with and get a feel for his experiences without immersing oneself to a dangerous extent.”

Mr Brooker, we salute you, but not like Bowie’s alleged 1976 Nazi salute.

Posted: 19th, August 2015 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Dad handmakes a David Bowie doll to surprise his 7-year-old daughter

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We love dolls, or action figures (as you macho lads call them). We’ve seen the weirdest celebrity dolls of all time. We’ve seen dead dolls. And we’ve spliced and diced more Barbies then you can shake a nagging finger at.

On Imgur, Uh Jess shows has been makin his own dolls. He’s taken Barbie (always Barbie gets it) and turning them into David Bowie, as seen in the 1986 film Labyrinth.

 

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Posted: 6th, February 2015 | In: Film, The Consumer | Comment


Your chance to own David Bowie’s teeth (with in-depth analysis)

Dental artist Jessine Hein has created dentures of David Bowie’s old teeth from acrylics, plaster and acrylic paint. The toothless can now what it feel like to hold, lick and suck on David Bowie’s teeth. This is great news for Bowie’s American fans who can experience the naturalistic thrill of crooked, English teeth.

 

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Now with added tooth analysis:

 

Spotter: The World’s Best Ever, DM

 

 

Posted: 6th, January 2015 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1)


Listen To David Bowie’s Isolated Vocals for Ziggy Stardust

 

WHO wants to hear David Bowie’s isolated vocals for Ziggy Stardust?  We do. And you should, too. 

 

 

Spotter: Brain Pickings

Posted: 17th, July 2014 | In: Music | Comment


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