[/tvshowbiz/david_bowie/index.html David Bowie] Mother/Tryin' To Get To Heaven Out Friday
‘Five years,' David Bowie sang at the start of Ziggy Stardust.
‘What a surprise.' Next week marks five years since his death, which is only half-surprising. He remains ever-present, commemorated in every medium from musical theatre to museums, biopics to children's books.
Someone, tour sapa somewhere, is surely writing Bowie: The Ballet.
Every January his backing musicians take his hits on tour sapa; this year, undaunted, they're doing a global live stream (next Sunday, at [ Next week marks five years since David Bowie's death, which is only half-surprising. He remains ever-present, commemorated in every medium from musical theatre to museums
Meanwhile, Bowie keeps on releasing records. We've had 18 posthumous albums, including seven box sets, and here comes a new single, marking both the anniversary of his death and what would have been his 74th birthday.
God only knows what his executors are saving up for his 75th.
To be fair, they're good at quality control - arguably better than Bowie himself, who tended to feel that consistency was overrated.
Bowie keeps on releasing records. We've had 18 posthumous albums, including seven box sets, and here comes a new single, marking the anniversary of his death and his 74th birthday
This single, limited to 8,147 copies, is intriguing. It's a double A-side, a phrase to make listeners of a certain age swoon. Both songs are covers, hitherto unreleased and recorded in 1997-98, when Bowie was a bit lost, en route from his flirtation with drum'n'bass on Earthling to the soft-rock mellowness of Hours.
Both songs are written by giants. Mother (1970) is John Lennon at his most Lennonish - turning his back on The Beatles, undergoing primal-scream therapy, making music of blazing starkness.
For Bowie, who preferred to be more artful, it's a characteristically bold choice.]