From about 1978 to 1993 I’d acquired or listened to numerous Elvis Presley items. Some of those items included: 1. An Elvis movie soundtrack compiliation. 2. A video titled “This is Elvis“ . 3. A cassette tape titled “The Great Performances of ELVIS”. 4. A book titled ”Elvis and Me” and 5. A video titled “ELVIS 68′ comeback Special”.
When I was a kid, my parents used to own a record, which I can’t recall the title of!! This record contained songs from the movies Elvis had starred and sung in. The songs which I used to really enjoy listening to were “King Creole”, “G.I. Blues”, “Rock-A-Hula Baby”, “Follow That Dream”. I used to enjoy listening to them as they’d make me feel great and were really boppy.
In about 1989, I video tapped an Elvis movie/documentary on TV which was titled “This is Elvis” (1981). What I remember and which still stands out for me about the documentary is that 1. It contained real footage of Elvis’s first singing performances on TV in the 1950’s. Those are where he is singing the songs such as “Hound Dog” & “Don’t be cruel”. 2. It had footage of after Elvis’s divorce and where he is singing the song “You were always on my mind” in a music studio. 3. Scenes where Elvis is carrying out Karate moves in the early 1970’s. 4. However, the memory about this video which still sticks in my mind is a part where Elvis is singing live on stage to a big audience near the end of his life. He is up on stage where he is very overweight, is sweating and then he sings some wrong words to the song “Love me Tender”. In a part of the song he sings “And I am standing there… without any hair!” Then he mumbles some incomprehensible words. Back when I first tapped the documentary, I was a bit appalled by his weight but now I find it interesting watching him there on stage in the video.
Youtube video of "Love Me Tender" (1977)
In the early 1990’s, my brother bought me an Elvis cassette tape for Christmas. This tape was titled “The Great Performances of ELVIS”. The tape mostly has songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s. However, it has a few songs from the early 1970’s.
Cover picture of "The Great Performances of ELVIS" tape
Some of the songs on the tape include:
- My happiness
- That’s all right
- Shack, rattle & roll/flip flop & fly
- Heartbreak Hotel,
- Jailhouse rock
- King Creole
- Return to Sender
- Always on my mind
- American Trilogy
The songs I like most from this tape and which I still own are “Always on my mind”, “American Trilogy” and “Memories”. Those songs are from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and I just like them the most because they are just awesome and they make me feel good!
Youtube video of "Always on my mind"
In about 1989 or 1990, I bought a book titled “Elvis and Me”. This book is an autobiography by Elvis’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley about her life with Elvis.
Similar book cover to the "Elvis and Me" book which I once owned
I can’t remember much about the book but I do remember that in the past I had read it several times. Obviously, I did that because I found she had led a very interesting life with Elvis! However, I do remember a few things from the book. Firstly, is that Priscilla met Elvis in Germany, while Elvis was stationed there in the armed forces. Secondly, that Priscilla was given permission by her parents when she was fourteen to stay at Gracelands with Elvis’s parents, while she was doing her schooling nearby. I thought that was pretty cool and would have been very fun. Thirdly, I remember that Priscilla states in the book she had a lot of drugs either to keep her awake or to make her sleep. She was given these pills from Elvis so that she could keep up with a hectic life with him. Such as staying up all night, and then so she would be able to get up in the morning to go to school etc. Lastly I remembers that Priscilla states in the book that she was suspicious of Elvis having an affair with Ann-Margret before they were married in 1967.
I also recall that the book contained some very interesting photos of Elvis, Priscilla and their daughter Lisa-Marie. One of the great photos in it is of Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding in 1967 and Priscilla looks quite stunning with her black, long hair and gorgeous wedding dress.
Other photos I like in the book is a family photo of Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie. Priscilla looks so beautiful in this photo with her long brown hair!. Lisa-Marie looks very cute too.
Also in the book, there is also a photo of some horses at Gracelands with Lisa-Marie and Priscilla in the background.
Photos from Elvis and Me
In about 1993, I received a video titled “ELVIS 68 comeback Special” for Christmas. This video contains Elvis and his band playing songs live to a studio audience.
The back of the video states “June 27 & 28, 1968, NBC TV Studios, Burbank California. Elvis is about to revitalise and reorientate his extraordinary career with his first appearance before a live audience since March 1961 and his first television appearance since March, 1960”.
Cover picture of "ELVIS 68 comeback Special" video
Personally, from watching this video, Elvis looks fabulous in his black leather clothes and black hair.
The set up of the concert also looks great with Elvis and his band sitting down on chairs and playing musical instruments. Elvis’s band does a superb job in the video playing their instruments and singing with Elvis. They sing well and help him along whenever he needed it.
Also, in the video the audience is mostly woman. The woman are ogling over Elvis and just can’t get enough of him. In one spot of the video, Elvis wipes some sweat off his head with a tissue and a bit of tissue is left on his face. Then a member of his band gives the tissue bit to one of the women in the audience and she just goes ballistic with excitement and puts it in her purse!!
Another area of the video, which shows just how much the women adored Elvis is where he sits down on some steps near his band and sings “Memories”. Then these women move up close to him and look up to him lovingly while he is singing the song. Man some women. Also girls are still like that today with rock stars. One rock star of such is Justin Beuber.
Youtube video of "Memories" (1968)
Then at the end of the live concert Elvis is singing and acting with people in a studio. Also coming with that are different scenes with various different backgrounds, props and items around. I didn’t find this part of the video very interesting. In my opinion it was quite boring as I didn’t like the whole set up of it and the way the girls were dressed etc.
I have not acquired any other items regarding Elvis since about 1993, as I became a huge fan of David Bowie from 1995 onwards and focused on him for years. Due to that, I will end it here.
Bye for now.
For my birthday last year, which was 2012, I received two music gift vouchers for a local music store. I received these gift vouchers from my brother and one of my lovely friends. I wanted to go out and buy some new music in DVD or CD form. However, I found it extremely difficult to find any music which I liked by any new or young band etc. I’d looked on youtube and a music store’s website, which contains previews of the top 40 singles or albums. I just found most of the music very teeny bopperish and boring.
I also tried to buy a Small Faces or Humble Pie DVD, however the store didn’t sell any, which I found very frustrating. So after about 7 weeks of looking for a music DVD or CD I decided to buy three Janis Joplin CDs. I can’t remember why I went and bought her CDs. I ended up getting her Pearl and a double CD set titled “The Essential JANIS JOPLIN”.
Cover photos of Janis Joplin's CD "The Essential JANIS JOPLIN" and the album "Pearl".
I haven’t listened to Pearl much since getting it as the double CD set of Janis’s “The Essential JANIS JOPLIN” includes all of the her music from Pearl. Since buying Janis’s double CD set I can’t stop listening to the music. I’m either always listening to it in my home or in my car. I find the music very inspirational as I can kind of relate to it. For example she had a hard time growing up at home and at school. I can relate to being bullied all the time by different people at school. It didn’t do much for my confidence or to make me just love people!! Also it appears as though she had tons of bad luck and sorrows with men, which at one stage I had. But now I have learnt my lessons!!
It appears to me as though Janis went through a lot of heartache with men which is portrayed through a lot of her music. I can see why she would have been attracted to The Blues music. Some of her songs regarding her heartache I think are portrayed through the songs: “Ball and Chain”, “Cry Baby” & “A Woman Left Lonely”. I just love the song “Ball and Chain” which Janis sings live in Germany back in 1969, her voice and persona is just terrific in the clip.
Ball & Chain
I love this live song with Janis titled “Cry Baby” as it just goes to show a woman who is there giving too much to a man who does what they want.
I also read on the Internet that she had a lot of trouble with the people who she went to High School and University with, but she was a very smart lady who did well academically and with her art.
I like how from her songs she sung from the heart and how she felt about life at the time. I see that portrayed from many of her songs. I like how she wasn’t afriaid to let her emotions out in music. Some of those songs to name a few are: “Little Girl Blue”, “Tell Mama” & “Try”.
It was very sad for me personally that she died so young at the age of 27, as I feel she had much more singing and personal talent to show to the world.
The Rose movie and album (1979)
For about four years my mum has owned the album titled “The Rose”. Music contained from this album is from the movie of the same title. The movie is centred around Janis’s life and is played by Bette Midler. I have listened to the album serveral times and find the music very good and entertaining.
Cover photo of "The Rose" album
A part of a reason why I like the album is because it details entertaining words from Bette Middler where she has been signing live on stage. In a part of the album she states how when if your man comes home late one night and you can smell booze and a woman on him. What do you do? Do you open your legs and say……..or do you say pack your bags and get out of here?
I tried to hire “The Rose” movie DVD from my local video store but they don’t rent it out anymore. I find this really frustrating that music and video stores don’t seem to want to keep interesting DVDs or music from the 1960’s to 1980’s anymore. According to wikipdia on the Internet the movie “The Rose” is a “1979 American musical drama film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock star who struggles to cope with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager”.
That’s all from me today folks and I’ll add some more information to this post at a later date.
In 1990, I bought a record by the Small Faces called “Small Faces, Greatest Hits”. I can’t remember why I bought it! At the time I was 17 and was living in a caravan in my parent’s backyard. In the caravan I had an old record player and used to play that Small Faces record on it. Some of the songs on the record are: “The Universal”, “Song of a Baker”, “Here Comes the Nice”, “Red Balloon”, “Itchycoo Park”, “After Glow” and “All Or Nothing”. In my opinion, all of the songs on this record are superb and I still never get bored listening to it.
Small Faces – Greatest Hits Album Cover Picture
From about 2003 to 2009, I didn’t own a record/stereo player because my last player broke. At the end of 2009, my mum gave me her old record player, which came from the early 1980’s. So due to getting this, I got out all of my old records and cleaned them. One of the records I played again was my Small Faces album. I was and still am very much fond of this album. Such great songs!
In early 2010 I was watching a show on TV called “British Invasion: Small Faces”. On this show, I saw all of these archival music videos of the Small Faces, which I hadn’t seen before. Boy was I very impressed with them. I especially liked the videos: “Happydaystoytown”, “Song of a Baker”, “Tin Soldier”, an instrumental song called “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake” and “Here Comes the Nice”.
I was really impressed with each of these Small Faces videos because of Steve Marriott who was the lead singer/guitarist in the band. In all of these video clips Steve Marriott sings really well, is very talented at playing the guitar, is very good looking and wears trendy/hip clothes. I really love the video clip called “Happydaystoystown” because of the clothes Steve Marriott wears, the fab singing and the enigmatic moves of Steve Marriott and the rest of the band in the clip.
Small Faces – Happydaystoystown Video
I really love and enjoy the “Song of a Baker” video clip because Steve Marriott of the Small Faces in the clip does some excellent and awe inspiring guitar playing and singing. I also adore the clothes Steve Marriott wears in the Song of a Baker video.
Small Faces – Song Of A Baker Video- 1968
I adore the song and video called “Here comes the Nice” because the Small Faces dared to sing about something so controversial at the time, that being drugs. The song details the bands experiences with drugs in about 1967. From reading about the Steve Marriott from the Small Faces in Wikipedia on the Internet, I read that in the late 1960’s, Steve Marriott had taken the drugs Cannabis, speed and LSD.
Small Faces – Here Come The Nice Video
From my own point of view, I find the later Small Faces video clips ie 1967 – 1969 much more exciting and interesting than the earlier Small Faces clips ie 1965 – 1966. This is because in the later video clips 1967-1969 the band are wearing more interesting/hip clothes (ie not suits), they are not just playing to people in a small club, and lastly because they move around more and more enigmatically around the stage. In addition, the band members have longer hair, which I just love.
As I was so ecstatic about the Small Faces who I saw on TV in early 2010, I wanted to go and buy a Small Faces DVD at a music shop. Therefore, I went to a popular music shop about two days after seeing the Small Faces show on TV. Much to my dismay a shop assistant at this popular music store I went to told me that all of their Small Faces, Steve Marriott and Humble Pie DVD’s had been deleted both in Australia and overseas (Steve Marriott had also been the lead singer/ guitarist in Humble Pie). I was so disappointed in this! I was much excited about eventually having my own Small Faces, Steve Marriott or Humble Pie DVD.
In late 2012, I went to different music shops and they still didn’t sell Small Faces or Humble pie DVDs. If find this very sad as I think that these bands were in brilliant video clips back in the 1960’s & 1970’s.
I have been reading about Steve Marriott of the Small Faces on wikipedia on the Internet. He imo lead quite an interesting life when he was alive. (He died in 1991 when a part of a 16th century house, which he lived in and was in at the time burnt down. He died of smoke inhalation).
The reason why I think this is because he was married three times, had three children from three different women and tried all of these different drugs in his life. This may not appeal to some but it seems interesting and exciting to me.
I have been told that the Steve Marriott of the Small Faces is an underrated singer/guitar player and I believe this too. This is because I don’t hear about them in the media, but I do hear and read about bands such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. These bands who in my opinion are much less talented than what the Small Faces or what Steve Marriott was!
As I wasn’t able to buy a Humble Pie or Small Faces DVD I went and bought a double Small Faces CD set in early 2010 titled “Small Faces, Ultimate Collection”.
Since buying this double Small Faces CD set, I have listeneded to them numerous times. The singing on all of the songs is very impressive. Also the music and lyrics are very exciting, talented and upbeat.
I love most of the songs on this double CD set. N.b what also makes this Ultimate Collection so good is also due to some of the instrumental songs on the CD’s. One song is called “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake”. This song is psychedelic and groovy.
Ogdens Nut Gone Flake Video Picture
Ogdens Nut Gone Flake Video
Lastly before I end, in the last year I came to know that Keith Moon of the Who’s ex wife Kim Moon married Ian Maclagan of the Small Faces in 1978. In addition, Kim Moon was dating Rod Stewart in the early 1960’s at the same time she was dating Keith Moon.
Another fact I discovered about the Small Faces is that Steve Marriott of the Small Faces married Jenny Rylance in 1968. Jenny Rylance an ex model also dated Rod Stewart in the 1960’s like ex-model Kim Moon dated Rod Stewart in the 1960’s! Interesting new information, I must say!
Well I think I have said enough about the Small Faces! Bye from me.
I have liked Blondie’s music since I was four years old, which is the age where I received a Blondie cassette tape for my fourth birthday. I used to listen to that tape on a portable tape player, which was also given to me on my birthday. I remember taking that tape recorder/player with me everywhere from the ages of four to seven years. I used to also really enjoy that Blondie tape and had played it numerous times. Sorry, I can’t remember what the tape was called!! hehe and the tape had a photo on the cover with Debbie Harry’s hair in a bun. The songs I used to really like on the tape were “I’m a Gonna Love you to”, “Denis”, “I Know but I Don’t Know” and “Heart of Glass”. Also from the ages of 4-7 when I used to go to The Coast with my family and my parents would drive there, I’d listen to my Blondie and Abba cassette tapes. I also used to constantly listen to my Abba tape when I was a kid.
Photo of a portable tape recorder, similar to the one I had years ago.
I re-started listening to Blondie’s music when I was in Year 10. In about 1993 I bought the Best of Blondie CD. Some of the songs on that CD are: “The Tide is High”, “In the Flesh”, “Sunday Girl”, “Picture This” and “Rip Her to Shreds”. What I also like about the CD is the cover as it shows Debbie Harry in a really nice white dress and there are great buildings in New York shown behind the band’s photo.
Cover Photo of The Best of Blondie
In about 202, I bought Blondie’s 1978 CD called Parallel lines. I bought it because it’s got some really great songs such as “Hanging on the Telephone”, “Sunday Girl”, “One Way or Another”, “11.59” and “I Know But I Don’t Know” etc.
Cover Photo of Parallel Lines
I also like a few of Blondie’s videos, which I have seen on Youtube and on a late night music show I used to watch called Rage. These videos are “Rapture” and “Heart of Glass”.
Youtube Video of Rapture
In 1998 Blondie reformed as a group and released a new album called “No Exit”. In the same year I bought a CD single from that album which is called “Maria”.
Cover Photos of "No Exit" and the CD Single "Maria"
In about 2004, I rented a DVD movie which starred Deborah Harry and was titled Life Without Me (2003). In the movie Deborah Harry acts as the mother of a lady who is dying of cancer. The reason why I hired this movie is because Scott Speedman was in it and I was/ am a fan of this very attractive American actor.
Photo of Scott Speedman
Photo of Deborah Harry in Life Without Me.
That’s it for today folks.
I remember that my Grandma and Pop bought The Beatle’s “red and blue” double albums for my parents back in Christmas 1978. The red album contains The Beatles greatest hits from 1962-1966 and the blue album contains The Beatle’s greatest hits from 1967-1970. For me 1978 and 1979 were the years in which I really enjoyed listening to those records. I remember really liking the song from the blue album titled “Here comes the Sun” (1969). At the ages of four and five I used to get my mum to play that song often and would listen to the song whenever I was outside in the backyard. Also when I was four and five I used to enjoy wearing long pretty dresses.
Cover photo of The Beatles Red Album
Cover photo of The Beatles blue album
I re-started my love of The Beatle’s music when I was in Year 10, which was in 1989. I remember in Year 11 that my brother bought me a cassette by The Beatles titled “The Beatles Remastered”, which contains The Beatles re-makes of songs by other artists. Some of the songs included on the cassette were called? I used to play that cassette on my stereo system when I was living in a caravan in my parents’ backyard. The songs I really dug from that cassette were “Long Tall Sally” and “Twist and Shout”!! I used to feel good and like dancing around to those songs. I also used to constantly listen to The Beatles, red and blue albums when I was living in the caravan. (Today those records are a bit scratched) oops.
Also in 1990 I bought a poster book of The Beatles. Back from 1990-1995, I had some of The Beatles posters hung up on the walls in my caravan. These posters were of The Beatles from the years 1963-1965. Here are few photos of The Beatles from 1963 to 1965.
The Beatles in 1963
The Beatles in 1964
The Beatles in 1965
When music CDs came out I bought the following Beatles CDs: “Rubber Soul” (1965), “Beatles for Sale” (1964), “Help” (1965), Revolver” (1966), “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts club Band” (1967), and “Abbey Road” (1969).
What I like about The Beatles records is their change in music style throughout the years and the way they used to dress and style their hair. This meaning from the years 1964 – 1970. In my opinion their radical change and altering of music styles is what made them so appealing. Just from 1964 -1967, their change from straight to psychedelic. They changed the face of music and the way people write music. The Beatles made musicians want to and feel more comfortable about veering away from writing and performing conservatively.
The Beatles in 1963 vs The Beatles in 1967
Well if you would like to comment about my The Beatles blog feel free to do so. That’s all from me today. 23/10/2007
Last night, which was the 3rd of March 2013, I saw Paul McCartney and U2 playing live in concert on TV. The show came up unexpectedly during an ad break of a movie I’d been watching. According to Youtube the concert occurred on July 2 & 6, 2005. In addition, The live event was aired from London and was being performed as a Live 8 event. The money raised from the concert was to be given to the poor and suffering living in the world and half of the money was to go to Africa.
The song titled “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was sung by both Paul McCartney and Bono. I can say that Paul McCartney did a fine job with his great singing and dyed brown hair. Also on stage were some men dressed up in the 1960’s Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band regalia and they were playing mouth instruments! It was very exciting to watch.
There was a large audience watching the show in an outside arena and I saw a lady who I guess to be in her 60’s or 70’s at the front of the audience and there was also a young girl wearing a bikini with the British flag, standing next the elderly lady.
Youtube video of last night's performance!
I really hated all of my High School years (1986-1989) and that made me get turned off the current music at the time. (I went to a Catholic High School). My turning off the music began in 1989. Also in 1989, I remember that my sister or brother bought a record called “Who’s Better, Who’s Best” by The Who. I’d listened to this record and was really impressed by the music in it. Later on The Who’s music made me feel good and made me think less about how much I hated everyone and everything about my High School. So I finally started to feel better about life! Also with listening to The Who I used to wear a 60’s psychedelic dress, which is way too small for me now!
Photo of a 1960's Psychedelic dress
I really loved that record “Who’s Better, Who’s Best”! Not long after that I bought a video of the same title of the record. They have some great music clips in that video. My favourite music clips are “Who’s Better, Who’s Best” are: My Generation (1966), The Kids are Alright (1966), Happy Jack (1967), Pictures of Lily (1967), and Magic Bus (1968).
Cover photo of The Who's record: "Who's Better, Who's Best"
Video clip taken from "Who's Better, Who's Best" video titled "My Generation" (1967).
On TV back in 1989 or 1990 they aired a couple of old school rock festivals, which I had tapped. These were Woodstock (1969) and Monterey International Pop Festival (16th – 18th January 1967). In these festivals The Who play numerous of their hit songs. Those being “Summertime Blues”, “See Me, Feel Me” and “My Generation”. Back in 1989 and the early 1990’s I watched those tappings many times. Keith Moon was The Who’s drummer from 1963 – 1978 and from watching those tapped rock festivals, in my opinion his drumming was absolutely fantastic.
THE WHO at WOODSTOCK "SUMMERTIME BLUES" 1969
From all of these The Who music clips which I watched I thought that Keith Moon just rocked. His carefree, rebelious attitude and great drumming in them were a real turn on for me! My utter obsession for this man went for about five years! By the way, Keith Moon died in September 1978 from a overdose on alcohol prescribed drugs.
Photos of Keith Moon
Keith Moon smashing up a hotel room in the late 1970's
Also in about 1990, I bought a video called “The Kids Are Alright”. The Kids Are Alright is a rocumentary film, which includes live performances, promotional films, and interviews from 1965 to 1978. This film is widely hailed as one of the best rockumentaries ever created.
Photo of an interview segment with The Who taken from the video The Kids are Alright. (1974 or 73)
Also for my 16th birthday, I received the records “Sell Out” and “A Quick One” from my parents. I can honestly say that their music videos and live performance footage are much better than their records! Oh an exception is the record I have which I bought in about 1990, which is called “Live at Leads” (1970). That record has some really superb drumming and guitar playing in it.
Record cover of Live At Leads
Video footage of the song Young Man Blues from Isle of Wright Festival
I really enjoy old 1964-1978 live video footage of The Who. This is mainly because of Keith Moon’s presence on the drums in them. He had a captivating and wild behaviour whilst playing those drums in most of the music clips. He was also extremely good at playing the drums. In addition, Keith Moon was acknowledged as being one of the best drummers in the world during the 1960’s and 70’s. I also really like the clothes he used to wear in the old live video clips.
Photos of The Who playing live in concert during the 1960's and 70's.
I also bought the record, called “Tommy” in either 1990 or 1991. Tommy surrounds the story of a handicapped child who is abused by family members and others and goes on to become a spiritual leader. Its story covers murder, trauma, bullying, child molestation, sex, drugs, illusion, delusion, altered consciousness, spiritual awakening, religion, charlatanism, success, super-stardom, faith, betrayal, rejection and pinball. The album chronicles the story of a boy who becomes deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing the murder of his father. Through his mastery of pinball, he is cured, elevated to prophet status and then turned on by his followers. Without his major senses, Tommy is left to feel everything through rhythms and vibrations. In later years I bought the movie Tommy.
The rock opera record was made into a movie In 1975. The director of the movie was Ken Russell and he released his film version of Tommy, starring the Who, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, and Jack Nicholson. The film also featured appearances by Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Elton John. The following is a scene from the Movie Tommy.
Then in Christmas 1990 I received a cassette tape from my brother of The Who’s called “Who’s Next” (1972). I really like the songs Behind Blue Eyes and Baba Oriely in this tape.
Photo of The Who in 1972 or 1973
Also back in 1989, 1990 and 1992 I bought different books and poster books about The Who. I used to live in a caravan in my parents back yard and had my Who posters stuck up on the walls there. I mainly had posters of Keith Moon stuck up. He was so cute!! Well, my utter obsession kind of ended in 1995 when I found another rock star to idolize about. That person is David Bowie!! I hope you have found my entry on The Who entertaining. Well I must go now. Bye for now Frances.
As an end note in 2007 Mike Myers was supposed to be staring in a movie about the life of Keith Moon. The movie is long overdue.
I first became really inspired and hooked on David Bowie’s music when I was driving through Sydney one night in July 1995. That was the night when I heard Changes on the radio. Woe when I heard that song on my car radio I really liked it. Sure I had heard that song before, but for real that song damn well impressed me that night.
Not long after that night in Sydney I bought the CDs: Best of David Bowie one and two. I can tell you I have listened to those CDs over and over again many times! Then later on I bought the CDs: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), Pin Ups (1973), Diamond Dogs (1974), Low (77), Hours (1999), Heathen (2002) etc.
Cover photo of Diamond Dogs
I also have the David Bowie records which my mum bought me for Christmas 1996: David Live (1974) and Let’s Dance (1983). Here is a photo from the David Bowie Live era. (1974).
Also in 1995 I bought the David Bowie video called: David Bowie: The Video Collection. Now that is a video, which I have probably watched over a thousand times. This video contains all of David Bowies video hits starting with Space Oddity (1972) to the re-make song of Fame, which was made into a video in 1990.
I really love David Bowie videos as they are just so way out there and different from your average music video. I love the weirdness of his videos. I can’t get enough of them. The videos I especially like are Space Oddity. In this video the lighting is in different read and green colours and then the camera goes around showing the studio, where the video was filmed. The video also pans around the studio and shows the switchboard controls. It also shows David Bowie playing the guitar whilst sitting down. The way they made the video is just so impressive.
Photo taken from Space Oddity video!
YouTube video of Space Oddity
Another video of David Bowies which I really like is Boys Keep Swinging (1979). In this video David Bowie is dressed up as x 3 different women doing backup vocals on a brightly lit up stage. David Bowie is also the lead male singer dressed up in a suit and then near the end of the video David Bowie dressed up as one of the back up singers walks down the catwalk which is situated in the middle of the stage and then takes off his wig and smears his makeup up on his cheek. The second dressed up lady, which is David Bowie in disguise does the same thing as what the first did. Then at the very end of the video David Bowie dressed up as an old lady character walks down the stage catwalk with her walking cane and waves. That video is so originally and cleverly made. Very impressive!
Video of Boys Keep Swinging
Next video I like is Look Back in Anger (1979). This video has David Bowie painting an angel in a small apartment. Then later on he looks in the mirror and his face increasingly gets more and more blotches on it. Then David Bowie ends up painting the mirror then his face. At the end of the video David Bowie hides under his bed. Love that video! Just love the weirdness of it, which I can’t get enough of.
Youtube video of Look Back in Anger
Last video I really like is Day in Day out (1987). This one shows a couple stealing books from a outside store in New York. Then another part shows the lady prostituting herself on the streets and then the police arrest her. Another part of the video the lady, her partner and their child are eating on the outside table of a diner and listening to a radio. Last part of video their house gets bulldozed and the police raid their house.
Youtube video of "Day in Day Out"
On my birthday in 2003, I received from my Auntie and Uncle a double DVD set of David Bowie’s music videos. These videos in the DVD are his video hits from 1972 – 2002. This DVD is really good as it includes extra video footage which I don’t have in my Video, David Bowie: The video Collection. The videos include 1970’s live on stage, concert footage ie Young Americans, Ziggy Stardust. Also there is videos from his Outside and Earthling CD’s.
Photo of David Bowie and Mick Ronson on Top of The Pops in 1972. Song being sung was Starman.
Video of song Starman from Top of The Pops in 1972
Also in 1995 and in later years I have managed to buy, watch or been given several in concert movies, and documentaries featuring David Bowie. The David Bowie movies are: Just a Giggolo, Ricochet (doc, music 1984), The Man Who fell to Earth (movie, 1975), Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture (1973).
Video cover of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
David Bowie videos which I enjoy the most is Richochet. This documentary, music video is set in Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong, which is in South-East Asia. The video includes his travel experiences, DB in concert footage and a small story surrounding different Asians.
Another favourite DB movie video of mine is: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1975). It was David’s first major motion picture role. He stars as a visitor from space. His name in the movie is Thomas Jerome Newton and is an alien from a planet that is dying from a lack of water.
Photo of one of the main characters in the movie whose name is Mary Lou.
Youtube video snippet from The Man Who Fell to Earth
I went and saw David Bowie Live in concert in Sydney in 2004 with my sister. In order to see this concert my sisters boyfriend drove my sister and I to Sydney.
That concert was the best. He sung a lot of his newer music and I was thoroughly entertained with both his band, his singing and the stage set up. Here is one of the songs which I really got into at the concert. The name of the song is Slip Away.
Oh well, I think I have added a lot of information for all you to read and I will end now. Bye for now. Frances.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT DAVID BOWIE David Bowie – Tonight (Cassette tape)
On Christmas 1998, I received a cassette music tape titled “David Bowie – Tonight” from my brother. This tape was released in 1984 and contains some awesome music. Some of the songs on the tape include:
1.”Loving the Alien” (David Bowie) – 7:11
2.”Don’t Look Down” (Iggy Pop, James Williamson) – 4:11
3.”God Only Knows” (Brian Wilson, Tony Asher) – 3:08
4.”Tonight” (Bowie, Pop) (performed by David Bowie and Tina Turner) – 3:46
1.”Neighborhood Threat” (Bowie, Pop, Ricky Gardiner) – 3:12
2.”Blue Jean” (Bowie) – 3:11
3.”Tumble and Twirl” (Bowie, Pop) – 5:00
4.”I Keep Forgettin'” (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 2:34
5.”Dancing with the Big Boys” (Bowie, Pop, Carlos Alomar) (performed by David Bowie and Iggy Pop) 3:34
Cover photo of "Tonight"
The songs which I really like are “Loving the Alien” and “Blue Jean”. Loving the Alien is such a great song and in my opinion the video clip to go with it is very radical and interesting to listen to.
With the song “Blue Jean” I specifically remember taping it on a cassette tape player back in 1985. Also I would play it all the time and it was one of my favourite songs of that year. “Blue Jean” and the band “Duran Duran” used to really get me going!
"Serious Moonlight Tour ’83" booklet.
On my birthday in 1999, I received a second hand long and thin, soft covered booklet titled “Serious Moonlight Tour ’83”. First of all this booklet contains a vast range of information and photos to keep a Bowie fan entertained! Also all the information in the booklet is translated and shown in French and German.
Cover photo of "Serious Moonlight Tour ’83" booklet.
Firstly, the booklet contains highly favourable reviews on David Bowie’s acting career in both film and theatre, spanning from 1975 – 1983. Then there’s photos of the different movies and theatre shows David Bowie starred in to compliment the reviews. Some of the photos were taken from “Elephant Man” and “The Hunger”.
Secondly, there’s a review giving a descriptive and interesting account of how David’s music concert’s had progressed spanning the years 1972 – 1983. Then the review goes on to ad what he did to choreograph such spectacular stage shows. There is also a range of different photos of David in concert in 1973, 1974 & 1976.
Thirdly, the booklet contains information on how David’s music and style had changed from album to album. I.e. 1973-1983. Then with the review, there are photos of his different album covers form the 1970’s to the early 1980’s.
This booklet also contains a whole heap of information and photos regarding David’s “Let’s Dance” album and subsequent tour.
"Let’s Dance” album cover
Firstly, the author of the book gives a highly favourable review about the album. Then there are numerous photos taken from the album.
Secondly, there are some lyrics of songs from the album. These songs include “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance”. Also displayed near the lyrics of each of these songs are some interesting photos taken from the music videos.
A large section of the booklet contains photos of the 1983 Serious Moonlight tour of Australia and New Zealand. These photos are of:
- David Bowie on stage performing on the tour and during rehearsals.
- Photos of David Bowie’s band members playing on stage during the tour.
- Photos of the band members in sitting poses and their credential information next to their photos.
So if you’re a person who enjoys reading, looking at photos or who is a big fan of David Bowie then I would recommend this booklet.
"The Linguini Incident" – Video (1991)
Sometime in 1999, my mum gave me the video titled “The Linguini Incident”. This movie was released in 1991 and is basically about two woman by the names of Vivian (Rosanna Arquette) and Lucy ( Eszter Balint) and a man whose name is Monte (David Bowie) who all plan to rob a restaurant which they work in. Monte also wants to marry one of the women (Vivian) so that he can get his Green Card to stay in the United States.
Cover photo of "The Linguini Incident"
I won’t state anymore about the Linguini Incident just in case a person reading his blog decides to go and watch the movie.
In my opinion, it’s a very good movie with some great scenes and acting in it by Rosanne, Eszter and David. However, a downside to the movie are two gay men who star in the movie. I find there put on humour and jokes really irritating and the way they treat the waitresses in the movie is really demeaning and annoying!
"Bowie A Reality Tour" DVD
On my birthday in 2004, I received the DVD titled “Bowie A Reality Tour”. This DVD contains concert footage of David Bowie’s 2003 Reality Tour, which was filmed in Dublin, Ireland. (November, 2003).
Cover photo of DVD "Bowie A Reality Tour".
What I noticed first when I started to watch the concert DVD is that it had amazing and different coloured animated graphics of the band playing situated on stage, before the band actually went on stage.
Another great aspect of the concert is that it had really effective different coloured lights and spotlights, which were shone on both the audience and stage. I thought this gave the concert a spectacular look and feel about it.
I found it an effective tool that there was a big screen situated at the back of the stage, which displayed either coloured patterns, video footage or the band playing.
Photo taken from "The Reality tour"
Throughout the concert, the audience was very jumpy and happy, which I found to be a bit annoying at times. They all seemed to worship the ground David Bowie walked on. For example they’d cheer and carry on during and after each song he sang. Even the crap ones!
In addition, in my opinion David Bowie has an atrocious hairstyle in the concert as his fringe constantly covers one of his eyes, which I would find really irritating if it was me with that hairstyle.
I found the band members to be really groovy and radical and most of them were from a range of different nationalities. I also liked the way some of them dressed very radically. In addition, I was impressed that a few of the band members were bald. Those members included the drummer (Sterling Campbell), bass (GailAnn Dorsey) and keyboard players (Mike Garson)
Photos of "The Reality Tour" bald band members!
During the concert, David sings both his old and newer songs. I definitely liked two of the newer songs which he sang which were “Afraid” and “Hello Spaceboy”. I thought he did a spectacular and creative job at singing “Hello Spaceboy”. With the song “Afraid” I found the lyrics to be very interesting and he sang them very well! The following are the lyrics to this song:
I wish I was smarter
I got so lost on the shore
I wish I was taller
Things really matter to me
But I put my face in tomorrow
I believe we’re not alone
I believe in Beatles
I believe my little soul has grown
And I’m still so afraid
Yes, I’m still so afraid
Yea, I’m still so afraid on my own
On my own
What made my life so wonderful?
What made me feel so bad?
I used to wake up the ocean
I used to walk on clouds
If I put faith in medication
If I can smile a crooked smile
If I can talk on television
If I can walk an empty mile
Then I won’t feel afraid
No, I won’t feel afraid
I won’t be Be afraid
However, I found that most of the newer songs David sang to be very boring, slow and dreary. A song I disliked the most was where David sings a new version of the 1984 song “Loving the Alien”. David states before he sings the song. “Maybe this is the version it should of always been.” I thought is he kidding? I found the version annoyingly boring and slow.
As a summing up I found half of this DVD to be very entertaining and the other half to be very boring. Due to that, whenever I watch this DVD, I skip over half the songs as I don’t want to listen to them.
But I think that the good songs in the DVD make up for me wanting to actually go out and play it!
Glass Spider tour DVD
In 2012 my sister gave me the DVD titled “David Bowie – Glass Spider”. This DVD contains video footage of a concert which David Bowie sang and performed in, in the year 1987. The concert was tapped as part of a tour which David partook in which was called “The Glass Spider tour”. Also he embarked on the tour after he released the album “Never Let Me Down” and one of the songs on the album was titled “Glass Spider”. In addition, the concert was filmed at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on November 7 & 9, 1987.
On stage at the concert there is an extremely huge and tall glass spider which has very long, skinny legs. The whole spider is lit up with multicoloured lights. It also has flashing green long legs, a hot pink and red body, blue eyes and long golden fangs. Throughout the concert the spider keeps on changing the colour of its legs, body, eyes and fangs to any of the colours I’ve mentioned.
Photo of "The Glass Spider"
The stage is also fantastically set up with lights which keep on changing their colour to red, blue or green.
At the concert there are some amazing dancers dressed up in different costumes. Some are strangely dressed and others are dressed normally. Throughout the concert the male and female dancers either perform awesome dances, mimes or acting pieces.
Weirdly dressed male dancers in the DVD
Normally dressed female dancers in the DVD
At the beginning of the concert David Bowie slowly comes down and out of the mouth of the spider, which is very high up on the stage. He ends up coming down from a chair and is talking on a very old phone.
On about the second song David and one of the female dancers do a superb and very interesting acting/dance act to the song “Bang Bang”. That part of the concert really stood out for me as I found the woman to be a very good dancer. David also did a great job!
Youtube video of "Bang, Bang"
The Dancers also do fabulous dance moves to “Fame” and “Let’s Dance”.
There is a very impressive part in the concert where two female and male dancers do a great miming act to David singing “Loving the Alien”. Below is a YouTube video clip to the song which I am talking about.
YouTube video of Loving the Alien
While David is singing the song “Heroes” as some old historic Asian video footage is being played on a huge white screen at the back of the stage. I think this would have been a unique thing to of seen at a rock concert in 1987!
Near the end of the DVD, Charlie Saxton sings and plays the guitar with David who also plays the guitar and sings to the songs “I wanna be your dog” and “White Light, White Heat”. I found these performances to be not very exciting. Charlie and David singing the songs weren’t my favourite part of the DVD.
Overall I found I found this DVD to be very entertaining as I found the dancers and David Bowie to be very thrilling to watch.
4 March 2013
About seven weeks ago, which was in early January 2013 I stayed with my mum for two weeks. It was while I was staying with her that she was telling me she had recently seen David Bowie on the news and that he had just released a new single. So about three weeks ago, I eventually got around to seeing if David’s new single was on youtube. Then I finally got to find and listen to his song and I can tell you it’s not bad. It’s pretty interesting and the video’s alright too. The song is called “Where are we now”.
Where are we now
I also got to find out how the new single is doing in the charts. Well I read on the Internet three weeks ago that the single had made it into the top 10 in UK’s iTunes when it was first released, which was in early January 2013. Also, it reached the UK’s top ten singles chart in its first week of release. In addition, its the first time in over two decades that David’s music has made it into the charts. So David is doing quite well. Lastly, information I gathered from the Internet states that his new album will be released on March 8 in Australia.
That’s all from me today. Frances