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Monday, 11 January 2016


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Well, I see Ziggy Stardust has died. I knew he was sick but not how bad. David you really must make an effort to be more trendy, at least in a retro sort of way. Glam rock hardest hit.

Zounds Sir! You curmodgeonly old so and so. Bowie differed from most in that he was a real talent

Now he is dead his name will be better known as I understand he still has cash. Let open season on his memory begin. Be a few days before the first one remembers being abused back in 1975.

Well, a popular entertainer has died. May he rest in peace. Now, what's the rest of the news?

Didn't he invent a knife, or was that somebody else?

Perhaps the acerbic Julie Birchill sums it up best:

"By 9am this morning, I’d turned down two offers from two newspapers to write about the freshly-dead David Bowie. I told both plainly what I felt: ‘I haven’t been a fan since I was a teenager, when I worshipped him, and I don’t want to add to the chorus of people with nothing to say, but who’ll say it anyway, for a fee.’"

I do like some of his music. Whatever else he was he was a true original. RIP


You will have to make a late New Year resolution to take in more modern culture. David Bowie was nothing less than a Mozart of the contemporary music scene. He was completely unique and his music will still be listened to and played many hundred years from hence. I can give him no higher praise than that. A world class talent is no longer with us.

But an original what, exactly, Timbo?

And Richard, I worry about you - "a Mozart" - have you been on the vodka or something?!

Still poking the turd, eh Duffers!

I would say he was a perfect example of an English eccentric in that he lived on the outer edges of the bell curve in the arty farty things he did really well.

(I think you're just being hyper grumpy because of the Lurge.)

True, Timbo, it doesn't improve my temper!

If Byron had written music he would have been a better comparison - "Mad, bad and dangerous to know." Bowie was also the kind of person I would have travelled a long distance to avoid meeting, but his artistic legacy is huge and will last a very long time.

Mr. Bowie was widely known...

Sorry, Richard, but anyone who has to keep dressing up as a different sort of clown each decade is covering up inadequacies. Why couldn't he just sing like Frankie did? Well, mostly because he couldn't sing like Frankie did and nor could he write songs good enough to enter the Great American Songbook. Still, it's not for me to opine given that I have never heard the man sing until today!

Yes, Whiters, I read Malcolm's paean but then he knew the man personally and perhaps that swung it.

I did like his music and have his greatest hits LP in the loft along with many others. Need to buy a turntable to play them all again some time. He was a supporter of the Union and not a narrow minded numptie.

This just about sums it up: "He had a couple of songs I liked, but I wouldn't consider myself a fan. He was a landmark, but on a route I never took."
I stole it from a commenter on another blog.

"A different sort of clown each decade"

Now now, David. Knowing what I know about the RSS costume department, surely the same remark could be directed at both our good selves!

"his music will still be listened to and played many hundred years from hence"

Somehow I don't think so.

Bach and Beethoven, maybe; transient popular music stars less so.

Let's get a sense of proportion, shall we?

Richard, I trust you are not referring to my definitive performance as 'Launcelot Gobbo'!

Alas, Andrew, we're not very good at 'a sense of proportion' here!

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