The Twisted Name On Garbo’s Eyes: LGM on Bowie’s Hunky Dory

Records as opening point. As gateway; the route straight through. Beneath mould-coloured skies and the bricolage of teenhood, back when no-one cared for vinyl and Camus was read in his native tongue – each word understood, the sentiment less so. The devils were busy downgrading to compact disc, their LPs dumped like never-loved puppies; these … Continue reading The Twisted Name On Garbo’s Eyes: LGM on Bowie’s Hunky Dory

Gigawatts And Fuzzy Logic: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part One

Should any Significant Albums series be looking at the 1970’s, Bowie’s constantly-shifting silhouette would be tagged across the walls of that decade as if the ubiquitous spray-painted logo of a particularly hip and pernicious underground movement. As it is, anything post-1980’s Scary Monsters has to be questioned against a whole range of musical and thematic criteria – from fandom’s … Continue reading Gigawatts And Fuzzy Logic: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part One

From Moscow To Pared-Back, Retro-Futurism: The Most Significant Albums Of 1980

1980, and I wasn’t buying records. Sure, there would be the occasional, possibly vociferous, predominately unsuccessful cooing and cajoling noises thrown in parental directions, as if they genuinely knew their way around a record store (one day I’ll forgive them for not furnishing me with that ‘Wuthering Heights’ 7”, whose importance at the time was … Continue reading From Moscow To Pared-Back, Retro-Futurism: The Most Significant Albums Of 1980

Bowie Weekender

Notes on Bowie. As a musical constituency, it’s difficult subject to tackle without breeching some 10,000 word barrier. Mass is a factor – the significantly weighty impact of both quantity and quality – but it goes beyond even that; Bowie has always been a moving target – a Spring-Heeled Jack, fleet of foot and fast … Continue reading Bowie Weekender