Feel So Lonely You Could Die
By David Bowie (2013)
No-one ever saw you
Moving through the dark
Leaving slips of paper
Somewhere in the park
Hidden from your friends
Stealing all they knew
Love is thrown in airless rooms
Then vile rewards for you
But I'm gonna tell
Yes I've gotta tell
Gotta tell the things you've said
When you're talking in the dark
And I'm gonna tell the things you've done
When you're walking through the park
Some night on a thriller’s street will come a silent gun
You've got a dangerous heart
You stole their trust, their moon, their sun
There'll come assassin’s needle on a crowded train
I bet you'll feel so lonely you could die
Buildings crammed with people
Landscapes filled with wrath
Grey concrete city
Rain has wet the street
I want to see you clearly
Before you close the door
A room of bloody history
You made sure of that
Bowie followed with with the Backstar album, which was release on this day (his birthday) in 2016. He passed away two days later at the age of 69. The record was crafted as his sawn song, and except for a few collaborators, he had kept the seriousness of his illness (liver cancer) a secret. And mid-celebration of the new work, that skinny Mod kid -who had dreamed as a kid of becoming Little Richard's sax player only to become the king/queen of glam, experimental oracle, actor, artist, designer, and cutting-edge pop star- was no more. No one could deny the message of his farewell video, Lazerus, in which he sang of mortality, and donning one of his old costumes, climbed into a coffin-like wardrobe and disappeared. He said goodbye to the persona of David Bowie, which he had created for his theatrical endeavors. And now David Jones was gone. I feel lucky to have seen him perform a number of times between the 1980s and the 2000s. I still can't quite understand a world without him, but I know his creative spirit lives on in his work. When Tilda spoke about him at the V&A, she talked about how he had been a kind catalyst for so many people to embrace their alternative identities and basically let their freak flags fly. I like to think his own courage and individual nature will continue to inspire young people to follow their own vision, whether it be about personal identity or about creative projects. In that spirit, maybe we really can be heroes.
For Spy Vibers who have never explored the fascinating career of David Bowie, you have a lot to look forward to! Although it is difficult to choose a short list of his work, here is my essential Bowie. If you are a fan of the more cabaret theatrics of Bowie's music, check out the remastered edition of his original Deram album from the mid-1960s and the Baal album.
Movies: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), The Hunger (1983), Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983), Labyrinth (1986), Basquait (1996), The Hunger (tv/1999-2000).
Concerts/Videos/Docs: The Best of Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Ricochet, Reality Tour, Storytellers, Under Review 1976-1979 The Berlin Trilogy.
Albums: Space Oddity (1969), The Man Who Sold the World (1970), Hunky Dory (1971), Ziggy Stardust (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), Pin Ups (1973), Station to Station (1976), Low (1977), Heroes (1977), Lodger (1979), Scary Monsters (1980), Baal (1981), Outside (1995), Earthling (1997), VH1 Storytellers (2001), Heathen (2002), The Next Day (2013).
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