To catch a fallen Blackstar. David Bowie (Blackstar 2016) To catch a fallen Blackstar. David Bowie (Blackstar 2016)
        David Bowie has been resurrected many time throughout his music career and despite his very unfortunate demise, he still lives... To catch a fallen Blackstar. David Bowie (Blackstar 2016)

 

 

 

 

David Bowie has been resurrected many time throughout his music career and despite his very unfortunate demise, he still lives on! And should you doubt his never ending legacy, just give David Bowie’s final album Blackstar a listen and you’ll exactly know why. Blackstar is a Mindfuck for two reasons-Bowie’s posthumous 25th album and the fact that said album was dropped on his 69th Birthday and two days prior to his death.

 

Upon receiving the horrible diagnosis of Liver Cancer and with only 18 Months left, Bowie decided to leave a parting gift to all his fans via a culmination of songs which comprise of Avant-garde Jazz fused with Art Rock. And the results are nothing short of brilliance! To be honest, I can’t find any track that disappointed me  and here’s why;

 

 

 

The Girl loves me

 

Here’s a gem that proves is much fun as it is eccentric but hey, most of Bowie’s material is!

“Cheena so sound, so titi up this malcheck, say

Party up moodge, nanti vellocet round on Tuesday

Real bad dizzy snatch making all the omeys mad – Thursday

Popo blind to the polly in the hole by Friday

Where the fuck did Monday go?

I’m cold to this pig and pug show

I’m sittin’ in the chestnut tree

Who the fuck’s gonna mess with me”?

 

Dollar Days

Calm, soothing but with a multi-leveled theme about his pending demise and that he personally, will never receive any of the royalties from his last album and how the whorish Music Industry will benefit after his death. According to this song, Bowie also realizes that he may not see Heaven. Sad, indeed.

 

“Survival sex honor stretching tails to necks

I’m falling down

It’s nothing to me

It’s nothing to see

If I never see the English evergreens I’m running to

It’s nothing to me

It’s nothing to see”

 

 

Blackstar

This is the first song on the namesake’s album that is akin to some Cosmic Opera. After seeing the music video, I now know what became of “Major Tom”. Simply amazing even if it ran over 10 minutes!

 

Lazarus

During the day of his confirmed demise, my wife played the video of this song via smartphone and this was very sobering to say in the least as we see Bowie coming to terms with his mortality while he extends his arms in a crucifixion pose as if he has come to grip with the final stage of death which is acceptance. Prior to that the singer muses about all the money he has spent looking to be “carried over” after days of nothingness The “Bluebird” reference is quite obvious. He’s finally free. Based on his off Broadway play and the Saxophone help to bring about a serious gut punch!

“By the time I got to New York

I was living like a king

Then I used up all my money

I was looking for your ass

This way or no way

You know, I’ll be free

Just like that bluebird

Now ain’t that just like me?

Oh I’ll be free

Just like that bluebird

Oh I’ll be free

Ain’t that just like me?”

 

 

Tis a Pity She Was a Whore

“Black struck the kiss, she kept my cock
Smote the mistress, drifting on
‘Tis a pity she was a whore
She stole my purse, with rattling speed
That was patrol
This is the war
‘Tis a pity she was a whore”

Ah, Dave I miss you already! XD

 

Sue (Or in a season of crime)

This track has to be heard to be believed! I wasn’t aware that it debut in 2014, but having it re-released on Bowie’s final album adds more to the melancholy madness.

Bowie delivers a menacing narrative about an ill-fated relationship about the song’s titular character with themes of virginity, hope and betrayal. To an extent, “Sue” could have been utilized for an action suspense film or TV series due to its fast paced percussions especially when the song rips into overdrive after Bowie’s third verse. It makes me wonder what would come out of a 007 intro song had Mr. Bowie been chosen to perform one.

“Sue, the clinic called

The x-ray’s fine

I brought you home

I just said home”!

 

 

I can’t give everything away

“I know something is very wrong

The post returns for prodigal songs

The blackout harks with flowered muse

With skull designs upon my shoes”

 

This number which is the final song on the album, is the curtain on Bowie’s act it’s a nice harmonic beat accompanied by Bowie’s nihilist lyrics of total hopelessness. And understandably so as the legendary singer is nearing his final days.  Blackstar is highly recommended and with its availability to listen to all 7 tracks on Amazon Music (Especially if you have a Prime subscription.) is an absolute must!

Like the passing of so many great recording artists, David Bowie will forever live on in the hearts and minds of so many of us.  The Man who fell to Earth has been called home back to the stars.

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  • Kylo Ronin

    Fantastic stuff, man.

  • KilliK

    well done

  • The video for Blackstar is a work of art.

  • Tarmac492.1

    great article dude. bowie transcended art. a true genius that we were blessed to witness!!

  • KilliK

    BTW, Duncan Jones directed his Lazarus/Blackstar. I cant even fathom how it must have for someone to direct his father in what is essentially his epitaph.

  • KilliK

    his son directed it.

  • Stalkeye

    It had to be extremely difficult but these videos were a work of genius!
    Now I’m even more tempted to watch Moon.

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks, Tar! (Good to see you back BTW.)
    No doubt that Bowie transcended art and the avant-garde. He took many chances throughout his career and for the most part it paid off. He also was an innovator who inspired the Punk movement whether its fashion statements, art or expression Bowie was more influential than a shitload of recording artists.

  • Dee

    Great work, Stalks!

  • Stalkeye

    Danke! I nay have one more tribute in the works, you have been warned! (;’

  • That explains it.

  • Stalkeye

  • The Doctor (6th)

    Just to add a another point to this story…
    The album “Blackstar” is the number one album on the American Billboard charts this week. It’s the first time he’s garnered a number one album in the states.
    It’s a shame he had to get his first number one album posthumously.

    Full story on CBS News:

    “David Bowie’s “Blackstar” debuts at No. 1, first U.S. chart-topper”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/david-bowies-blackstar-debuts-at-no-1-first-u-s-chart-topper/

  • Stalkeye

    Well part of it is due to the morbid curiosity, the same reason why many had flocked to see The Crow because of Brandon’s untimely death. The Film was still very good however. I Bowie’s case, the videos Lazarus and Blackstar helped to further promote the album and its a damn good one. Bowie left of top!!