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Old 01-27-2016, 02:01 PM   #706
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Just listened to Rick Wakemans instrumental version of Life On Mars, which he'll be releasing as a tribute/charity single along with Space Oddity next month, absolutley brilliant, also heard Guy Garvey's accoustic version of Let's Dance on the Chris Evans breakfast show, again absolute class from the Elbow frontman, both among the superior tributes we're likely to hear in the coming weeks, apparentlt there's going to be a tribute at the Brits next month, if rumours are to be belived a so called "supergroup" will perform some of David's songs, just hope they don't butcher them.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:11 PM   #707
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Lovely tribute there from Bono, very eloquently put, then again I wouldn't expect anything less from the man.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:54 PM   #708
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That was a good piece. That's also the second article I read from an artist that mentioned Bowie being critical of their work. Interesting.


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Old 01-27-2016, 06:07 PM   #709
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In U2 by U2 they said Bowie told them they needed to re-do The Fly.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:28 PM   #710
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Well he had just released Tin Machine II, so he wasn't in his best state of mind.

There are so many interesting tidbits in that interview. That he sent him a Leunig poem; Leunig is a beloved Australian cartoonist, I had no idea Bono even knew who he was. I also find myself getting annoyed at his comments about Blackstar, because if U2 had the balls like Bowie did they'd be releasing better music.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:10 PM   #711
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Since even their adult contemporary move with Every Breaking Wave failed to make much of a commotion (10 years ago maybe it would have won a Grammy), I wonder if Blackstar might actually have a positive impact on the band's work-in-progress There's nothing for them to lose at this point, and their attempts to work with the hot pop producers didn't yield radio or relevance. Bowie was rarely "relevant" because he was so out in front doing his own thing. And now, in retrospect, his career is all the more impressive for it.

Hoping they just chase the muse a little longer and down some darker alleys, and to hear a near-70-year-olds release something like Blackstar has to light a certain kind of competitive creative fire. They've already mentioned "Zooropa" in connection with Songs of Experience so they may as well just go all-in, or at least get into that tug of war Bono was talking about.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:23 PM   #712
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I don't know. Bono basically says "I like Blackstar despite itself." It doesn't seem like a direction he's interested in at all.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:39 PM   #713
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^exactly. And then he says he liked Bowie best when he was being populist as well as arty. So that whole thing seems to suggest it will be business as usual, perhaps even more commercial.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:41 PM   #714
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"It's more 'art,' so I shouldn't like it."

Oh, fuck you Bono. Go cure AIDS and let Edge write the next album.
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There are so many interesting tidbits in that interview. That he sent him a Leunig poem; Leunig is a beloved Australian cartoonist, I had no idea Bono even knew who he was. I also find myself getting annoyed at his comments about Blackstar, because if U2 had the balls like Bowie did they'd be releasing better music.
Bono name drops so many people that I've never heard of, I'm no longer surprised by anything he mentions being interested in.

Which is why I don't understand the "art" comment, except maybe he's saying people might not expect him to like something more artistic, since U2's a pretty mainstream rock band.

Whatever the reason, there's never been any indication, ever, that Bono doesn't like "artsy" music, so I don't buy it that that's what he meant.

And to ignore the rest of a truly beautiful and moving article to focus on that one word is a very Interference thing to do .

EDIT: Reread the line again. He's talking about Bowie's music, not music in general. That makes a little more sense.
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Bono name drops so many people that I've never heard of, I'm no longer surprised by anything he mentions being interested in.

Which is why I don't understand the "art" comment, except maybe he's saying people might not expect him to like something more artistic, since U2's a pretty mainstream rock band.

Whatever the reason, there's never been any indication, ever, that Bono doesn't like "artsy" music, so I don't buy it that that's what he meant.

And to ignore the rest of a truly beautiful and moving article to focus on that one word is a very Interference thing to do .

EDIT: Reread the line again. He's talking about Bowie's music, not music in general. That makes a little more sense.

Yeah, Bono and the band admit that he's the more "arty" one when it comes to recording. So I don't think anyone should get bent out of shape at such a quip...


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They got into Eno (that dude sure makes music for the masses!) through Bowie, they went to Hansa because of "Heroes," one of Bowie's "artiest" records. Bono saying he doesn't like arty Bowie as much as populist Bowie is bizarre. Would he really take 80s Bowie over the "Berlin" trilogy? ...Hours over Heathen? Black Tie White Noise over Outside? Probably what he means is that his favorites are Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory though.

It makes sense that a guy who prefers melodic Bowie would love Blackstar. Bowie's melodies haven't been this strong since Station to Station, and he hasn't made an album with so many hooks since then too. Blackstar is just a great album. Bono seems too smart to divide music into "arty vs. not arty." He should leave that shit to philistines and dullards with poor vocabularies.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:07 PM   #718
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My Blackstar LP finally arrived - thank God I ordered it before he left - and it sounds as good as a record can sound. The artwork is beautiful too. It's worth buying a turntable for.
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They got into Eno (that dude sure makes music for the masses!) through Bowie, they went to Hansa because of "Heroes," one of Bowie's "artiest" records. Bono saying he doesn't like arty Bowie as much as populist Bowie is bizarre. Would he really take 80s Bowie over the "Berlin" trilogy? ...Hours over Heathen? Black Tie White Noise over Outside? Probably what he means is that his favorites are Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory though.

It makes sense that a guy who prefers melodic Bowie would love Blackstar. Bowie's melodies haven't been this strong since Station to Station, and he hasn't made an album with so many hooks since then too. Blackstar is just a great album. Bono seems too smart to divide music into "arty vs. not arty." He should leave that shit to philistines and dullards with poor vocabularies.

Well if you actually read the piece you'd know that Bono said he prefers Bowie in the middle of the tug of war between art and pop. Not one side or the other. If you going to criticize that compromise, so be it, but don't misrepresent his words.

Once again:

I like Bowie when he’s evenly pulled in the direction of being a pop star and Picasso, where he’s right down the middle. That’s usually my favorite, when the songwriting is disciplined but the recording is not. I love when he’s pulled equally in the directions of art and populism. Blackstar is much more art, so I shouldn’t like it as much as I do. But I really loved it.
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Bono: I like Bowie when he’s evenly pulled in the direction of being a pop star and Picasso, where he’s right down the middle. That’s usually my favorite, when the songwriting is disciplined but the recording is not. I love when he’s pulled equally in the directions of art and populism. Blackstar is much more art, so I shouldn’t like it as much as I do. But I really loved it.
What albums is he even referring to with this, though? Maybe Heroes? It's odd because Blackstar sounds to me exactly what he's talking about: catchy songs within a larger artistic framework.
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