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Old 02-05-2016, 07:08 PM   #751
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Yes. Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers will be featured in a Bowie tribute on the Grammys.


I'm really looking forward to finally catching Nile live a few times later this year at the Duran Duran shows.
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okay i just finally listened to blackstar for the first time.

i am not fucking at all coping. I've been pacing the house in fucking tears for the last 15 minutes
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the album is fucking incredible, even if I put my gigantic bias aside, it is a genuinely fuckingly phenomenally good album.

maybe in about a month i'll be able to articulate some thoughts on it without drowning in my emotions. fucking hell. god i love you david bowie.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:34 AM   #754
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It's gotta be rough to hear that album for the first time with a ton of baggage attached. All first time listeners from 1/10/16 on will only know it as the incredible album that announced Bowie's death.

For those of us that had heard it beforehand, the first posthumous listen was mindblowing. So many difficult truths were right there in front of our faces, waiting to be confronted. All I could think of after my first listen was how excited I was for Bowie's future. I'll never listen to Blackstar the same way again.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:00 AM   #755
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So many difficult truths were right there in front of our faces, waiting to be confronted. All I could think of after my first listen was how excited I was for Bowie's future. I'll never listen to Blackstar the same way again.
Yeah it's amazing in retrospect how no one really connected the dots with a song like Lazarus. I heard it on the radio the other day and was floored at how much it immersed me in emotion. "Look at me, I'm in danger; I've got scars no one can see." Jesus.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:46 AM   #756
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Not only that song, but the final one:

I know something is very wrong
The pulse returns for prodigal sons
The blackout's hearts with flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes

Seeing more and feeling less
Saying no but meaning yes
This is all I ever meant
That's the message that I sent



If that's not a summation and farewell, I don't know what is. Perhaps he was consciously planning on releasing more music, but subconsciously, he knew this was the end.
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I don't think so: his treatment was going well during the recording, and by the time they were finishing it up he was in remission. It was only in November that the cancer was found to be back, and to be terminal. When Blackstar was written and recorded he didn't know he was going to die. He'd made a career writing about death and dying. He was very sick though, and he told Visconti to not be excited by the remission, so he may have thought death was likely, or possible. But the album isn't a deathbed goodbye. Though there are goodbyes there...it's complicated, as it always is with Bowie. I still can't believe he's gone.

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Hence why I said "subconsciously".


And he may have written about death before, but never so prominently across an entire album.
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It was very difficult to listen to. I can't recall ever having such a strong emotional reaction to hearing an album for the first time. The lyrics are so visceral, it did feel like a gut punch at times. "Something happened on the day he died..." "Somebody else took his place..." and the way he was singing those lines compared with the rest of the song. All of Lazarus. The drums on one of the songs that sounded almost exactly like the way Tony Visconti produced the drums on Low. James Murphy's drumming on his two tracks. The combination of the very jazzy sound with electronic elements and how good he sounded vocally; those two things had me devastated because I just couldn't help but be excited by the form he was in and what he'd do next. "Fool them again and again..." "I'm trying to, I'm dying to..." The pictures of Bowie seemingly in heaven in the liner notes for the last song.



I was very emotional throughout but after the first verse of I Can't Give Everything Away I completely lost it. His last song calling back to my favourite Bowie song was just too much for me.
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Saw a Bowie cover band last night. Really fun. Everyone singing along and dancing. Excellent band. Almost bailed because I'm old, but glad I got my ass off the couch and went.
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I was very emotional throughout but after the first verse of I Can't Give Everything Away I completely lost it. His last song calling back to my favourite Bowie song was just too much for me.
What's the callback?
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David Bowie: The next thread and the next thread...

New Career in a New Town, the harmonica.
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I absolutely adore that callback. It fits so well.
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If you'd asked me how I wanted David Bowie to go out, I wouldn't have said with a cryptic goodbye song that calls back to my favourite David Bowie song, one that is extremely evocative and full of hope, yet also about moving on. I wouldn't have said that because it would have been ridiculously far-fetched. I was so happy, although I wish I hadn't seen any posts about it beforehand, because I did somewhat know it was coming.
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You were warned:

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