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BOWIE OFFICIAL STORE EXCLUSIVE SUPRO DEAL “The bitter comes out better on a Supro guitar...” Save $400 (40%) on Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone Guitar: https://smarturl.it/DualToneBowieStore (Temp link in bio) Supro Pays Tribute to David Bowie with Limited Edition Recreation of his Dual Tone Guitar - Developed by Supro with assistance from the David Bowie Archive, the David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone is based on the main guitar David Bowie played on the Reality album and throughout his final world tour, “A Reality Tour”, in 2003-2004. Although he played a variety of guitars throughout his career, Bowie enjoyed a special relationship with the iconic vintage 60’s Supro Dual Tone he had customized to his specifications. Bowie’s guitarist Earl Slick says, “Of all the electric guitars that David played and owned over the many years that we worked together, he loved the Supro best. He was quite proud of it actually. I’ve never seen him get attached to a guitar, except that one.” #suprobowie #bowiestore
JOHN I'M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) 45 IS 40 TODAY “Boogie down with Daddy now...” Hard to imagine these days just how big a deal the release of John I’m Only Dancing (Again) (JIODA) was to the Bowie faithful in December 1979. Aside from the fact that the record was Bowie’s very first UK 12" 45, JIODA was legendary among fans aware of the song’s existence, but who hadn’t actually heard it until this release. The track evaded bootleggers and this release provided the full length version, (along with an edited version for the 7") not to mention a new mix of the original Ziggy Stardust sessions version of John I’m Only Dancing (JIOD). This 1979 remix of the original 1972 Ziggy version of JIOD created a third version of the track. The first version was released by RCA as a UK 45 on September 1st 1972, there was no US release at this time. This version was superseded by a second version recorded during the Aladdin Sane sessions which eventually came to be known as the Sax Version. It seems the Sax Version was issued without fanfare soon after the release of Aladdin Sane in 1973. Though Bowie's RCA singles remained on catalogue for many years after their release, for a time JIOD was unavailable. It would appear that once JIOD was made available as a back catalogue single once more, it was the Sax Version, and not the Ziggy version, that unsuspecting buyers got. Either way, both had the same RCA 2263 catalogue number. In fact, it wasn’t until one or two thousand (depends where you read it) ‘mispressed’ copies of the 1976 CHANGESONEBOWIE album were released with the Sax Version included that the different versions became known to fans. Indeed, there’s no mention, anywhere, of the Sax Version before the CHANGESONEBOWIE mispress. Therefore, the 1979 remix created a third version, albeit a very slight variation of the original Ziggy version. To confuse matters further, when RCA pressed black label variations of their 45s in the UK (including the Lifetimes
ARE YOU ON THE MAP YET? “Look out world you know I've got mine...” Have you been lucky enough to pick up a silver or gold vinyl copy of Tony Visconti's 2019 Mix of the Space Oddity album? If so, don’t forget to plot your spot on the Space Oddity coloured vinyl map to receive an exclusive David Bowie tote bag. 📍 https://spaceoddity.davidbowie.com/ (Temp link in bio) #spaceoddity50 #dbcp2019 #spaceoddity2019tvmix
BOWIE’S 1999 APPEARANCE ON LATER “Never saw in all my life a more shining Jools...” David Bowie’s 2nd appearance on BBC TWO’s Later... with Jools Holland, was broadcast twenty years ago this evening, 4th December 1999. Recorded a few days earlier on 30th November while DB was in London for his mini tour to promote "hours...", the full performance was never broadcast. Five and a half songs and an interview were taped, with just four songs and part of the interview shown on the night. Ashes To Ashes, Something In The Air, Survive and Cracked Actor were shown, but Changes (partial) and I’m Afraid Of Americans were not. It was a hugely powerful performance by DB and the band, you can view Cracked Actor on the BBC site here: https://smarturl.it/DBonJOOLS1999Cracked (Temp link in bio) #bowielaterjools #bowieatthebbc
NACHO'S 45th ANNIVERSARY RIGHT REDUX “Doing it, doing it right...” As teased by Nacho yesterday, this video is a new edit and sync of 1974 David Bowie rehearsal footage, cut with Right from Bowie’s 1975 album Young Americans. Bowie is featured In the footage with his singers in September '74, rehearsing Right, and other songs at a Los Angeles studio. On 3rd December, 1974, the last recording session for what was to become the Young Americans album commenced. It is thought likely that Bowie's final vocal for Right was recorded at that session. Read Nacho’s superb detective work that he's posted with the complete video, here: https://vimeo.com/372608737 (Temp link on main page) #nachobowie #nachosvideos
THE LAST LONDON BOWIE SHOW OF THE 20TH CENTURY “We played our songs and felt the London sky...” As mentioned in our earlier post, David Bowie was in London twenty years ago today (2nd December 1999), for his last London concert of the 20th century, with the now demolished Astoria as the venue of choice. The show followed a signing session at the Virgin Megastore earlier the same day and the Astoria gig was part of a mini tour to promote "hours...". A powerful 18-song set kicked off with an emotionally charged version of Life On Mars?, performed by David and Mike Garson. Here’s the full setlist: Life On Mars? Word On A Wing Thursday’s Child Ashes To Ashes Survive Can’t Help Thinking About Me China Girl Always Crashing In The Same Car Something In The Air Drive-In Saturday Stay Seven Changes Rebel Rebel Encore: Repetition The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell Cracked Actor I'm Afraid Of Americans The musicians for the mini tour were alphabetically: David Bowie (vocals, 12-string guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), Gail Ann Dorsey (bass guitar), Mike Garson (keyboards), Emm Gryner (backing vocals), Page Hamilton (lead guitar), Holly Palmer (backing vocals) and Mark Plati (guitar, bass guitar). Though filmed for Japanese TV, to the best of our knowledge the show was never broadcast. However, it’s not hard to find a 90-minute time-coded version of the film online. Were you there on the night? What do you remember of the evening twenty years later? If you look closely, you can see occasional snapper Mark Adams (Total Blam Blam) stumbling around the pit getting in the way of the professionals, to bring you some pix of Mr Bowie’s colourful shenanigans. View a few of them by swiping left. #randombowie #bowiebyblam
Twenty years ago today, David Bowie arrived for a signing session at the Virgin Megastore on the corner of Oxford Street/Tottenham Court Road, ahead of his gig later that same day at The Astoria. He was there to promote both his latest album, "hours...", and The Nomad Soul, a PC adventure game developed by Quantic Dream and published by Eidos Interactive. Mark Adams (Total Blam Blam) was at both events to take a few snaps and be a fan. The gig venue was a few yards down the road, more of which later. Were you at either? See more pictures from the signing on the official Bowie Instagram page: https://smarturl.it/InstaBowie #randombowie #bowiebyblam
BOWIE AT THE PALLADIUM FIFTY YEARS AGO TONIGHT “And the magic in the stare, Of the Wild Eyed Boy” On 30th November, 1969, David Bowie performed solo versions of Space Oddity and Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud at the ‘Save Rave ‘69’ charity concert at the London Palladium. Performing in front of a backdrop featuring a NASA astronaut, David agreed to the appearance which was a benefit concert for the Invalid Children’s Aid Association. The president of the association was lucky enough to meet the young new chart star afterwards (see inset pic), and coincidentally, David had already met the president’s sister, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a young boy...but that’s a whole other story. Others in the line-up with David presented to Princess Margaret included Dusty Springfield (whose rehearsal for the event had apparently impressed DB greatly), and Tiny Tim who seemed to be struggling to present something to Margaret from a carrier bag. Tiny Tim had recorded the Williams/Rose composition, Fill Your Heart, on the B-side of his Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me 45 in 1968. Bowie would later release his own version of the song on Hunky Dory in 1971. FOOTNOTE: Apologies to whoever took the pictures in today's montage. Ray Stevenson did take the superb shots used for the recent Space Oddity double 45 box, but not sure any of these are his. #spaceoddity50 #dbcp2019
SURVIVE VIDEO SHOT TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY “And I’m floating in a most peculiar way…” Twenty years ago today (26th November 1999), the second and final day of filming for the Survive video at Tower Bridge Studio in London, wrapped. Survive was the follow up single to Thursday's Child and the videos for both were directed by Walter Stern. Both tracks were taken from the 'hours...' album, though the video here features an edit of the Marius de Vries Mix of Survive. For twenty years, the mystery of how David Bowie managed his remarkable feat of levitation in the video has left (some) viewers scratching their heads. SPOILER ALERT: It's all done with wires, as you can see from the montage in the comments section. If you’re a member of the BOWIE KOOKS Facebook page, you can view a few more behind-the-scenes snaps by @BlamSnap here: https://smarturl.it/SurviveVidBlamKooks (Temp link in bio) #bowiehours
We posted about the sad passing of photographer Michael Putland in the BOWIE KOOKS FB group last week and thought it would be a nice tribute to make a handful of his pictures the subject of the latest Random Bowie post. Hope you enjoy these shots as much as we have since Michael’s pictures of David first appeared in 1972. #randombowie #bowieputland #michaelputland
JOIN THE SILVER AND GOLD SPACE ODDITY WORLD MAP “Mustn't grumble at silver and gold...” Have you been lucky enough to pick up a silver or gold vinyl copy of Tony Visconti's 2019 Mix of the Space Oddity album? If so, you might want to declare your treasure on the specially created Space Oddity 2019 World Map and win yourself a tote bag while you're about it. Take a picture of yourself holding your copy and go here to join in: https://smarturl.it/SO19SilverGoldMap (Temp link in bio) All should be clear once you've watched the short How It Works video. #spaceoddity50 #dbcp2019 #spaceoddity2019tvmix