Remembering David Bowie

Sound Opinions remembers pioneering music icon David Bowie. The pop chameleon died of cancer on January 10, 2016. Hosts Jim and Greg also review the singer's new album Blackstar, which came out on his 69th birthday, only two days prior to his death.

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Remembering David Bowie


Although passing away at the age of 69 seems early by today's standards, it's what music innovator David Bowie did with those 69 years that is significant. Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer on January 10th. He was responsible for creating magical personas, from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke. Bowie released more than two-dozen albums exploring the genres of glam rock, dance, electronic and even jazz. Along with many of his solo hits, he participated in many memorable duets alongside artists like Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and Queen. He earned a considerable amount of success in the art world and as an actor in films like Labyrinth and The Prestige. His freedom of expression in his music, art and sexuality opened people's minds and inspired countless artists. David left behind a son (filmmaker Duncan Jones), his wife of 24 years (the supermodel Iman) and their daughter Alexandria. In this show, Jim and Greg discuss David Bowie's legacy and offer highlights from his long career. Producers and long time Bowie collaborators Brian Eno and Tony Visconti also share their memories of the pop chameleon.

If you're still missing David Bowie, take a listen to our Spotify playlist, Sound Opinions' Salute to David Bowie.

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David Bowie Blackstar

When music icon David Bowie released the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday, only he and a handful of others knew it would be his last. With his passing, the dark and dramatic album took on new meaning. Jim applauds Bowie for taking risks and trying new things at this point in his career. However, he thinks the album is too much of a downer and at times moves a little too slowly. That being said, Jim has great respect and gratitude for Bowie, and gives this album a Try It. Greg also enjoyed that Bowie took risks and conveyed his own ideas until the day he died. He overall enjoyed the record more than Jim, really cherishing this final album and its added significance. Plus, Greg still maintains his opinion that David Bowie is a true innovator. He gives Blackstar a Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. David Bowie, Lazarus, Blackstar, Sony, 2016
  2. David Bowie, Come and Buy My Toys, David Bowie, Deram, 1967
  3. David Bowie, Space Oddity, Space Oddity, Mercury, 1969
  4. Claude François, Comme D'Habitude, …en vrai, Tréma, 1968
  5. David Bowie, Life on Mars, Hunky Dory, RCA, 1971
  6. David Bowie, A New Career in a New Town, Low, RCA, 1977
  7. David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, RCA Victor, 1972
  8. David Bowie, Five Years, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, RCA Victor, 1972
  9. David Bowie, Young Americans, Young Americans, RCA, 1975
  10. David Bowie, Heroes, "Heroes, " RCA, 1977
  11. David Bowie, Ashes to Ashes, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), RCA, 1980
  12. David Bowie feat. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Let's Dance, Let's Dance, EMI America, 1983
  13. David Bowie & Bing Crosby, Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy, Single, RCA, 1982
  14. David Bowie, Heathen (The Rays), Heathen, Columbia, 2002
  15. David Bowie, Where Are We Now?, The Next Day, Columbia, 2013
  16. David Bowie, Blackstar, Blackstar, Sony, 2016
  17. David Bowie, Dollar Days, Blackstar, Sony, 2016
  18. David Bowie, Queen Bitch, Hunky Dory, RCA, 1971
  19. Jim Croce, Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels), You Don't Mess Around with Jim, ABC, 1972
  20. The Promise Ring, Make Me a Mixtape, Electric Pink, Jade Tree, 2000
  21. The Who, Behind Blue Eyes, Who's Next, Decca, 1971
  22. Joan Armatrading, Love & Affection, Joan Armatrading, A&M, 1976
  23. Flight of the Conchords, Bowie, Flight of the Conchords, Sub Pop, 2008

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