Sunday, 17 January 2016

David Bowie's problems were more interesting than your problems

Pause for a moment in your daily routine and ponder upon the high concepts and accompanying dilemmas that lie scattered hither and thither throughout the varied lyrical canon of David Bowie. Then contrast these with the prosaic concerns that one finds cluttering the lumpen majority of contemporary pop music:

(1) A mother is no longer certain whether the child she has raised is a boy or a girl (Rebel Rebel)

(2) There's this alien who wants to visit earth. However he is convinced that merely by standing in our presence he will cause our minds to short circuit. The best that he can do is to offer words of encouragement from a safe distance, while strongly advising that we allow our children to boogie (Starman)

(3) Bowie attempts to explain to a friend that the return ticket from Suffragette City lies beyond their financial means (Suffragette City)

(4) Bowie has been made aware of a brand new dance but doesn't know what it's called (Fashion)

(5) Bowie gets his facts from a Benetton Ad, which is probably worse than relying on Wikipedia. (Black Tie White Noise)

(6) Bowie's girl was born in a UFO, but he was born under a stone. How will the pair bridge the gap between their disparate cultures, one terrestrial and the other extraterrestrial? (Born In A UFO)

(7) Bowie highlights the enduring social problem of homeless cacti (Eight Line Poem)

(8) Bowie's attempt to rid himself of a gnomic stalker by putting him on the train to Eastbourne backfires when the gnome returns with his cousin, Fred, and takes up residence in the chimney (The Laughing Gnome)

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