The David Bowie is God Thread

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29 Jul 2020, 3:04pm
Tonight is definitely the worst, but in almost Cut the Crap-ish ways where the struggle for relevancy meshes up with a bizarre ineptitude that make it more interesting to listen to than, say, Hours. To extend the metaphor a bit, Hours is more like Megatop Phoenix, technically not the worst Clash-related product but pondering and tedious.
Wow! Megatop Phoenix is neither pondering or tedious. It's an album that's just gets better with each new listen. It's brave and adventurous.
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Marky Dread wrote:
30 Jul 2020, 9:25am
Flex wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 3:04pm
Tonight is definitely the worst, but in almost Cut the Crap-ish ways where the struggle for relevancy meshes up with a bizarre ineptitude that make it more interesting to listen to than, say, Hours. To extend the metaphor a bit, Hours is more like Megatop Phoenix, technically not the worst Clash-related product but pondering and tedious.
Wow! Megatop Phoenix is neither pondering or tedious. It's an album that's just gets better with each new listen. It's brave and adventurous.
Totally agree. I would only mark it down for too many repeated choruses at the end of a few songs.
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WestwayKid wrote:
30 Jul 2020, 8:15am
Wolter wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 8:35pm
gkbill wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 7:25pm
Flex wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 3:04pm
Tonight is definitely the worst, but in almost Cut the Crap-ish ways where the struggle for relevancy meshes up with a bizarre ineptitude that make it more interesting to listen to than, say, Hours. To extend the metaphor a bit, Hours is more like Megatop Phoenix, technically not the worst Clash-related product but pondering and tedious.
Hello,

Cut the Crap doesn't have a Blue Jean.
Or even a Loving the Alien.

Though I would say that at least CTC is infuriating. Aside from those tracks, Tonight slides out of my mind in a sea of tired covers and cod reggae.
He apparently had more songs co-written with Iggy that he didn't finish for whatever reason. I have to imagine it would have been a better album if some of those songs had been included versus the covers that were.
One weird truism of mid-80s Bowie: most of his more fun/interesting work was movie soundtracks and outtakes.
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Wolter wrote:
30 Jul 2020, 1:39pm
WestwayKid wrote:
30 Jul 2020, 8:15am
Wolter wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 8:35pm
gkbill wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 7:25pm
Flex wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 3:04pm
Tonight is definitely the worst, but in almost Cut the Crap-ish ways where the struggle for relevancy meshes up with a bizarre ineptitude that make it more interesting to listen to than, say, Hours. To extend the metaphor a bit, Hours is more like Megatop Phoenix, technically not the worst Clash-related product but pondering and tedious.
Hello,

Cut the Crap doesn't have a Blue Jean.
Or even a Loving the Alien.

Though I would say that at least CTC is infuriating. Aside from those tracks, Tonight slides out of my mind in a sea of tired covers and cod reggae.
He apparently had more songs co-written with Iggy that he didn't finish for whatever reason. I have to imagine it would have been a better album if some of those songs had been included versus the covers that were.
One weird truism of mid-80s Bowie: most of his more fun/interesting work was movie soundtracks and outtakes.
Yeah I'm down with this point of view.
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Wolter wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 5:34pm
Kory wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 3:21pm
I can't add much to this since it's all true, but I'm surprised nobody has mentioned NLMD, which also is pretty down there. More than Hours, I think.
I kind of like NLMD in a weird clumsy way. It’s not good, but I can find joy. The new re-recording if it is...interesting?

Hours is definitely worse than NLMD because other than a few tracks that are ok in an adult contemporary sense, it’s a total retreat from the interesting things he had done under the radar for much of the 90s.
I enjoy it. Definitely better than the original, but then again it must be noted that it was done without Bowie's input. He did apparently handpick the musicians, but he was dead before they started the work. I appreciate the fact that a lot of the gloppy synths were taken out and replaced by actual instruments and I've always liked Reeves' guitar playing.
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WestwayKid wrote:
30 Jul 2020, 3:44pm
Wolter wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 5:34pm
Kory wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 3:21pm
I can't add much to this since it's all true, but I'm surprised nobody has mentioned NLMD, which also is pretty down there. More than Hours, I think.
I kind of like NLMD in a weird clumsy way. It’s not good, but I can find joy. The new re-recording if it is...interesting?

Hours is definitely worse than NLMD because other than a few tracks that are ok in an adult contemporary sense, it’s a total retreat from the interesting things he had done under the radar for much of the 90s.
I enjoy it. Definitely better than the original, but then again it must be noted that it was done without Bowie's input. He did apparently handpick the musicians, but he was dead before they started the work. I appreciate the fact that a lot of the gloppy synths were taken out and replaced by actual instruments and I've always liked Reeves' guitar playing.
Now there's a similarity to Cut the Crap. ;)
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