Song of the Day #5,224: ‘Blackout’ – David Bowie

‘Blackout’ is the last song on the first side of David Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, the second album in his Berlin trilogy and the only one recorded entirely in Berlin.

Those Berlin albums (the others are 1977’s Low and 1979’s Lodger) are well regarded by critics and serious Bowie fans, but I found them a bit of a slog. The records blend electronica songs and ambient soundscapes — two things for which I don’t have a lot of patience.

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Song of the Day #5,153: ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ – David Bowie

‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ is a deep cut on David Bowie’s ninth studio album, 1975’s Young Americans. This song, which took its title from the 1956 Paul Newman movie, takes aim at a villainous television celebrity.

Young Americans found Bowie in his “plastic soul” period, moving away from glam rock and toward R&B and soul. This detour would last about an album and a half.

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Song of the Day #4,872: ‘Life On Mars? (Alternate Version)’ – David Bowie

Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest film, Licorice Pizza, is due out later this month, at least in limited release. It might be December before it makes it to my multiplex.

The film is a coming-of-age romantic dramedy starring two first-time actors in Cooper Hoffman (son of Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alana Haim (of the band Haim). Rounding out the cast are much bigger names, including Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper, Tom Waits and Maya Rudolph. Cooper has a small but flashy role as Jon Peters, producer of A Star is Born and one-time paramour of Barbra Streisand. Beyond that, not much is known about the plot.

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Song of the Day #4,807: ‘Diamond Dogs’ – David Bowie

I haven’t done a full-career deep dive of David Bowie, but I did spend three weeks in 2016 exploring his catalog following his death.

Among the albums I featured was 1974’s Diamond Dogs, an ambitious record that paired Bowie’s glam rock style with a grungier aesthetic inspired by the Rolling Stones. Best known for ‘Rebel Rebel’ and the title track, the album sold well despite mixed reviews.

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Song of the Day #4,790: ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me’ – David Bowie

One of the most rewarding deep dives I’ve done on the blog was of David Bowie, back in 2016 a few months after his death. I didn’t cover all 25 of his studio albums, but I did get to the 15 with the most acclaim and/or notoriety.

Because I hadn’t yet joined the streaming revolution at the time, I wound up buying the Bowie albums I didn’t already own, and as a result they now form a decent sized chunk of my increasingly outdated iTunes collection.

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