My Moonage Daydream

Just toying with a new plugin to see how it works.  Looks like it might do the trick.  Test run here.

I grew up slightly hearing impaired and got lots and lots of lyrics wrong.  Sometimes vastly improving on the originals.  So, occasionally I’m going to toss some karaoke at you all with the “improved” lyrics.  This is my own personal remix of Moonage Daydream.  Please sing along loudly, especially if you’re at work as I am.

I’m an alligator, I’m your mama-papa calling for you
I’m a spaced invader, I’ll be a rock ‘n’ rollin’ bitch for you
Keep your mouth shut, you’re squawking like a pink monkey bird
And I’m busting up my brains for the words
Keep your ‘lectric eye on me babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream oh yeah
Don’t fake it baby, lay the real thing on me
The church of man, love, is such a holy place to be
Make me baby, make me know you really care
Make me jump into the air
Keep your ‘lectric eye on me babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream oh yeah
Keep your ‘lectric eye on me babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream oh yeah
Keep your ‘lectric eye on me babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream oh yeah
Freak out, far out, in out, check it out

Riot! Riot! Riot!

Possibly my favorite Bowie fan-vid. The video fits the mood of the song perfectly. Especially the transition at the end when it echoes “riot” to the end.

What’s especially fun is the fact Bowie doesn’t say “riot”. It’s “bruh”. As in “brother”. Everyone says that today. No one said it in 1974. The dude was always ahead of his time. And Diamonds Dogs is still one of the five must-have David Bowie albums to fully appreciate the experience of this genius.

9/11 Memorial

We recently visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.  I didn’t really expect much.  I expected it to be impactful, but simple.

I was wrong.  Way, way, wrong.  It goes on and on and on.  Entire fire trucks and ambulances and twisted metal and tributes to every single victim.  It is quite frankly, overwhelming.  Everyone needs to visit this at least once in their life.  Everyone.  It will make you uncomfortable.  And you should be.  This is barbarism.  This is what happens when people can only think one way.

I watched the second plane hit the second Tower.  I watched the buildings collapse.  I experienced the total helplessness of watching thousands of people die.  Children, women, innocent people just living their lives killed in business buildings for no other reason than they were not the right kind of Muslim to suit their attackers.

Before the toxic dust had even settled, a group of musicians started putting together a show to give tribute to the city, and especially its heroes, that had given them so much.  One of which was my personal idol, David Bowie.  Now at this time he wasn’t really doing stuff I cared a whole lot for.  He was however, David Bowie, so doing different things I expected.  I was just sitting out this period for the most part.  I was going to watch the show.  But to say my expectations were subtle is an overstatement.

In the most usual way, he proved me way, way, way, wrong.  To this day, this is still either my favorite, or second favorite Bowie performance.  For whatever reason it keeps getting banned on Youtube.  I think it’s actually owned by the 9/11 Foundation at this point.  But, I’ve always felt pushing something to obscurity does nothing to enhance it’s value.  So, here it is from Dailymotion.  For whatever reason they seem to have no problem with it.  If you want to contribute to the Memorial, purchase the video or donate directly.

Sad Clown doing Space Oddity

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

My Science Fiction Tunes

Just for chucks and giggles, I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite science fiction songs that I’ve redone. As usual, there’s no vocals.  You have to sing them yourself.  See how many you can actually remember ( or ever even knew ) the words to:

Ziggy Stardust – Alien “Invasion”

The Man Who Sold the World – Afterlife

Starman – Aliens

Space Oddity – Space Travel

Science Fiction, Double Feature – A song about sci-fi. Duh.

Saviour Machine – Artificial Intelligence

Rocket Man – Space Travel

Oh! You Pretty Things – Making movies about science fiction

Moonage Daydream – Possibly android sexual gratification

Memory of a Free Festival – Alien contact

Me, I disconnect from you – Androids

Little Neutrino – Physics

Life on Mars! – A song about a movie about going to Mars.

Down in the Park – Future visions

Cat People – Eternal Life

Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafy – Alien Contact

Ashes to Ashes – Space Travel

Are Friends Electric? – Androids

Also Spach Zarathustra – AKA, theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Joy – Used extensively during the Apollo missions

Enjoy.  And don’t forget, I only do these for fun.

Get the much better, sometimes much different, originals here:

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.