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Old 01-18-2016, 05:25 PM   #646
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Glenn Frey dead at 67


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Old 01-18-2016, 05:47 PM   #647
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If only there was a thread devoted to this news...
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I don't think the length of the songs on Side 1 is the problem so much as the problem is that Breaking Glass and What in the World aren't very good. I still love Low, though.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:35 PM   #649
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There is literally nothing wrong with Low, what the fuck
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:43 PM   #650
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^ yeah. fuck outta here with that bullshit. (I mean there's a couple of tracks I'd rate less than a 10, but it's an astonishing album.)

Breaking Glass is fucking dope as hell, that distant, angular guitar, THE FUCKING DRUMS, the razor synths, the insane lyrics. And then it leads straight into What in the World which is heaps of fun.

also, re the whole racism/fascism thing... Cori posted a great article a few pages back about it from a black writer that is really worth a read. But I always thought that he simply had a fascination with Nazi paraphernalia, not that he sympathised with the actual ideology. There's a difference. But maybe I'm being sycophantic.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:44 PM   #651
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Breaking Glass and What in the World aren't very good.
Oh man, it hurts me even to see Breaking Glass mentioned with anything but enthusiasm. Everything about that song is gold - the wonky guitar, the absurdist lyrics, the frantic vocals, the piercing snyths...just brilliant all around.

As for Low generally, it's the way it engages you that is really the key to its excellence. The songs on side 1 are weird in a captivated way that might become grating if they were any longer, and the soundscapes on side 2 are almost necessary to calm you back down from whatever the hell coke high Bowie was on during the first half. It's a masterwork of balance.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:46 PM   #652
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Oh man, it hurts me even to see Breaking Glass mentioned with anything but enthusiasm. Everything about that song is gold - the wonky guitar, the absurdist lyrics, the frantic vocals, the piercing snyths...just brilliant all around.

As for Low generally, it's the way it engages you that is really the key to its excellence. The songs on side 1 are weird in a captivated way that might become grating if they were any longer, and the soundscapes on side 2 are almost necessary to calm you back down from whatever the hell coke high Bowie was on during the first half. It's a masterwork of balance.
Great minds

I'd like to see some love for Subterraneans - I like that song more than Warszawa, Art Decade or Weeping Wall.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:53 PM   #653
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"Such a wonderful person/but you've got problems" is one of Bowie's best lines.
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I don't dislike those songs, and I'm probably being harder on What in the World than I should be because of its placement in the tracklisting. And I like the lyrics to Breaking Glass, but I've always found that particular song overrated.
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This is that article again, if anyone missed it and was curious/interested:

On Race, David Bowie Delved Deep into the Darkness and Came Back Human - The Daily Beast
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I'd like to see some love for Subterraneans

No one cares about you "down under" bogans.
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Subterraneans is without a doubt my favourite Bowie song. Station to Station and "Heroes" complete the top 3.
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I love "Subterraneans". Definitely top 5 Bowie song for me.


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It's probably in my top 15, at the very least. Such a wonderful song.
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:43 AM   #660
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David Bowie Turned Down a Coldplay Collaboration, Saying "It's Not a Very Good Song" | News | Pitchfork

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In a new interview with NME, Coldplay's Will Champion said the late David Bowie once turned down their request for a collaboration. The band had written a song with a multi-part harmony, and envisioned Bowie as one of the voices. When Chris Martin wrote Bowie a letter asking him to participate, the response was definitive: "It's not a very good song, is it?"

"He was very discerning," Champion added. "He wouldn't just put his name to anything. I'll give him credit for that."
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