This is my favourite of Bowie’s covers. Originally recorded by the Pixies in 1988. The song appeared on his 2002 album Heather. I was lucky enough to see him perform this live on his A Reality Tour and Heathen Tour. On the original, the Pixies spell out P-I-X-I-E-S and on Bowie’s version you can hear D-A-V-I-D. I’m embarrassed to say it wasn’t until only a couple of years ago that I realised they were spelling out him name in the backing vocals.
Favourite Line: So spill your breakfast, and drip your wine. Just wear that dress when you dine
Whether its the standard version or the jazzy/ RnB versions, this song captures his love of the weird and wonderful. Written in New York, the city he fell in love with and eventually moved to, it describes two kooky people who live in the city. Another song that, if you close your eyes and listen closely, conjures psychedelic dreams.
A classic Bowie song with the video shot in part outside the Mars Hotel, produced some great iconic images.
The line “He’s so simple minded, he can’t drive his module.” is thought to have inspired the name of the group Simple Minds.
“Starting out as a lightweight riff thing I had written one evening in NY for Cyrinda’s enjoyment, I developed the lyric to the otherwise wordless pumper and it ultimately turned into a bit of a smorgasbord of imagined Americana … based on an Iggy-type persona … The title, of course, was a clumsy pun upon Jean Genet” David Bowie 2005
Favourite Line – Sits like a man, but he smiles like a reptile
A bright red box speckled by the morning drizzle greeted me when I opened my front door. A heavy heart stifled any excitement or surprise at the mysterious package; the one-year anniversary of my sister’s disappearance saw to that.
An image of the final glimpse of her bright pink sweater through the crowd throbbed in my head.
In a trance I opened the box. My heart jolted painfully.
Folded neatly inside, nestled a pink sweater. I buried my face in its softness, breathing in her perfume. Was she sending a message?
Something dropped to the ground—a neatly severed finger.
For my first Bowie Song of the week I’ve chosen an old favourite of mine Drive-in Saturday – from Aladdin Sane (1973). The beautiful lyrics conjure up many weird images of a sad futuristic world but the contradictory 50s sound with its ‘Dom do ah’ roots it in the past – perhaps a couple in a lonely dome watching black and white movie trying to recreate a happier time. The magic of all his songs is the ability for the listener to fit their own moods and ideas into the abstact lyrics…and I love the saxophone part.
Favourite Line – Don’t forget to turn on the light, Don’t laugh Babe, it’ll be alright.
This is the cover art for the single Drive-In Saturday by the artist David Bowie. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, RCA Records /, or the graphic artist(s).
It was only after Helena was mugged by a Boris Becker lookalike below a billboard for Lufthansa Airlines that she began seeing the signs – a German couple chatting behind her in the queue; the local beer festival to ‘rival Oktoberfest’; BMWs on every road and the special offer on frankfurters in the supermarket. When a bus paused outside her office window advertising a show about Einstein, Helena decided fate was telling her to go to Germany.
When the bus smashed into her as she crossed the road outside Munich Airport, her final thought was, ‘Perhaps I read the signs wrong.’
Just been going over my new book cover with the designer. Really happy with the results but got me thinking – how important is the cover? Would you ever not buy a book because you didn’t like its cover?