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David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Following the hippie-folk of Space Oddity, Bowie made another of his early genre shifts, deciding to explore the “heavy metal” sound emerging out of the north of England, to which Bowie would acknowledge his debt fairly directly on the album with the song “Black Country Rock.” This adoption of a new musical genre was as much driven by Bowie’s short artistic attention span as it was by an overwhelming determination to achieve the kind of success “Space Oddity” had been intended to provide. Bowie has had, throughout his career, an uncanny knack for sniffing out emerging musical styles, and then capitalizing upon their future success. In the case of Bowie’s “heavy metal” period, this attempt was not as fruitful as it would be in the future, but the album is nevertheless the start of Bowie’s prolific and consistently stellar output of the 1970s.
The album art is an early foray by Bowie into the realm of an androgynous aesthetic, with the cover (which was not used for the album’s US release) featuring an elegantly reclining Bowie bedecked in a slinky pink and blue “man’s dress.” The beautiful creature on the album cover is seemingly at odds with the largely hard edge of the music on the album itself, although there is a sense of the lushness and mystery of the image in the album’s title track. The use of purposefully chosen visuals to create a challenging and dynamic tension with the sound of the music reveals the young Bowie’s understanding of a theme which would carry on throughout the rest of his career: the power of aesthetics to communicate a further outlook, context, or development of the ideas present in the music itself. Even more importantly, this image of an androgynous David Bowie reflects his ability to sense, beyond shifting musical currents, the emergence of certain cultural changes which would become particularly important in the new decade of the 1970s, specifically the challenging of societal norms of gender and sexuality. David Bowie both recognized this and used it to his advantage, particularly in his Ziggy Stardust persona.
I always think of nirvana when I hear this song as my main hearings of it are from the MTV unplugged nirvana album. However although my main musical knowledge of this song is the nirvana version (which Kruger acoustically made his own) hearing this original version I
Like the differences.
As it says about that heavier metal edge as such I like those elements in this song.
This is clearly a man who cares about music and it’s history, not just the tune but the actual record itself
We waited so long for our chips that day our human heads retreated back into the caverns of our chests (yes we do have hearts) to nap while our natural swan faces stepped in. Might have to do the same waiting for this album to come out. It’s still just over a week!!!…time is going soooooooo slowly.
BUT!! - but but BUTT……
apparently there will be some exclusive streaming of the whole thing from Monday!!!…eeeeeeyaaaayyyyysquawk squawk and other noises! :D so you can have a lil taster before it comes out eh? like poppadoms and chutney.. or some bread and olives. ooh that’d be nice.. (thieving ducks always get the bread first)
anyway. in the meantime have some random lyrics as chosen by our friends at skingasm records :)