Sad Clown doing Space Oddity

When my favorite seven foot clown vocalist does my favorite musician:

Brussels

Possibly my favorite song by David Bowie is Heroes.  A big part of the reason are, per the norm for Bowie, the lyrics.  It packs a punch.  Because of the theme of two ordinary people being heroes by loving in the face of all levels of resistance, it resonates, especially in the face of oppression.  In my lifetime, nothing has been more oppressive than Islam.   People are scared to death in the US to be labeled “Islamophobes”, but Islam has no problem blowing those people up equally with those that do recognize Islam for what it is, a bully based religion that rewards the bully at the expense of the victims.  The bully gets 72 virgins, the victim a life in hell. That’s the “religion of peace”.

On October 20, 2001, Bowie performed Heroes for the firefighters and emergency responders who had worked tirelessly, some having sacrificed their lives, to deal with the aftermath of a Muslim attack on New York City. It was one of Bowie’s greatest moments:


NYC – heroes by MoonageWebdream

In 2015, the French version of Heroes was used to memorialize the victims of another Muslim attack, this time in Paris, France. The video created for the Charlie Hebdo victims was beautiful:

And now, one year later, we’re enduring another massacre by Muslims in Brussels.

I don’t need another re-imaging of Heroes. I just wish people would wake up to what’s going on. The Islamophobes have one thousand years of terrorism supporting their argument. The people pointing fingers only have their opinions.  And, their opinions are costing innocent people their lives.

David Bowie’s Time

This post is mainly testing to see how my new post to Twitter plugin works. It’s OK I suppose. But, this gives me reason to post probably my favorite memory of Bowie.

The first time I saw Bowie that I remember, was probably on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert around 1975. 1975 was a period of transition in music. You had the aging and fading hippies, the onset of disco, and probably the peak of glam. Most of the tv broadcasts focused on the aging stars. This show was noted as the last public performance of the Byrds. Boring. Boring. Boring. Then, stuck in the middle of a bunch of tie-dyed hippies was this:

David Bowie’s Time by MoonageWebdream

I was hooked by that ONE song. So, a couple of days after the show, I marched to my local head shop in pursuit of that ONE song. The stoner running it knew who Bowie was, and that was about it. So, I bought the first two albums he suggested, Young Americans and Changesonebowie. That ONE song wasn’t on either album. So I went back and got Station to Station and Hunky Dory. Still no luck. Went back again and got Pin Ups and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Still no luck. Finally went back and got Space Oddity and Aladdin Sane.

By that point, whether I liked it or not, I was the biggest Bowie fan in seven states. It was worth it tho. To this day Time is probably my second favorite Bowie song.

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Space Oddity, the original motion picture

Most people consider the RCA/Mick Rock video of a shock-red-haired androgynous Bowie as the original Space Oddity video. A lot of sources will cite it as such. However, about three years before that, while he was still David Jones, he actually prepared a demo for Space Oddity that is a hoot to me to this day. This is a very young Bowie showing some of the almost child-like imagination that seemed prevalent through his early years. I actually like it more than the glitzier RCA version of 1972. If anyone has better information on this video, I’d love to have it here. Here it goes: