Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday On The Turntable: David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

For those of you that follow my blog on Facebook, you'll recall that each Friday I post a featured record that I'm currently enjoying. Starting today, I decided to step it up a bit and start filming short videos to talk about each album. I've also started a youtube channel for Life On This Planet, so be sure to subscribe!

Let's kick things off with one of my favorite albums of all time - David Bowie's Diamond Dogs. Please enjoy and feel free to leave me your thoughts on this record. Cheers!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Bret

    I love DD, my favourite being the 'Sweet thing/Candidate/reprise' suite.
    I remember back when i was 12 years old and my sisters first husband had the original gate-fold sleeves of Bowie's DD and AS. I 'Borrowed' them.
    The art work was just wonderful, that big slavering dog that bowie was nonchalantly holding onto. Then of course there was the picture within the gate-fold ... Bowie as Halloween Jack turning into a man/dog hybrid. Loved the dark carmine colour of his hair if i remember rightly.
    Then of course there came the music ... being only 12 i had never heard an intro like that before, this spoken word set-up for the album.. it was so atmospheric.
    The guitar riffs were Rolling stone Inspired, with bowie playing the guitars, though i now wonder what they would've sounded like if Mick Ronson were still playing for him.
    Do you have the anniversary two disc edition ? Its brill, it gives a flavour of Bowie's original desire for its sound... which is more musical check-out the different versions of candidate and 1984.
    One of the things that us devoted bowie fans have always wanted is for DB is release on DVD the DD tour (Before it became the Philly dogs tour, when he started writing Young Americans) and also to release more of the different versions of DD that's hiding in his vaults.
    Also love the story of the mistake at the end of Big Brother when, i think an engineer, accidentally stuck the tape in a loop and Bowie kept it in.
    Bowie wanted to write about Orwell's 1984 but Orwell's widow didn't allow it. Burt also there were a couple of books that owie was reading the 'Clockwork Orange' being one which he rtaled abo9ut a lot. though i think an American SI-Fi writer Samuel R Delany had released a novel called Dhalgren, which heavily influenced Bowie's lyrics.
    I think the Album also has some of Bowie's most underrated songs in 'We are the dead' and 'Rock'n'roll with me'
    Glad you like this album, i know Bowie has some hard core fans in the US, i've met some from the Reality tour, so its nice to see he still has and influence and a cool fanbase.
    yours tvf