Tag: David Bowie

Living too late (the death of Mark E. Smith)

The artists who defined my youth all die at a frightening pace. It almost feels like routine. Soon my youth will be erased. Soon I will look at the musical landscape and feel nothing. No joy, no hate, no melancholy, no nausea. Losing my youth also means losing originality, chaos, excitement and unpredictability. What’s the…


Punk and Puberty in three episodes

Scene 1 – Iggy Pop playbacking ‘Lust for Life’ on Toppop. I was 8 years old. Toppop was our primary channel of (new) music in the 1970’s. I didn’t see at the time how drugged up Iggy was, nor did I notice how paper-thin he was or the sloppy make up on his body. I…


Re-make/Re-model

I’m an old soul when it comes to cover versions. I believe musicians should first and foremost be judged on their performance and not on the quality of their songwriting. When Jimi Hendrix covered Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a couple of days after The Beatles released the album with the same title he…


Starman for all misfits

Today David Bowie would have turned 70. Unfortunately he died almost a year ago. The below I wrote in December 2015, in retrospect a month before his death. I didn’t publish it at the time. I didn’t dare to. It made me feel like a vulture. It made me feel like someone writing something for…


Grief in music

Art loves the company of a grieving artist. Nick Cave’s ‘Skeleton Tree’ (2016) made me realise it once again, and as I keep listening it, I also keep thinking about the last line of NME’s review: “Yet this is not an album for the rest of us; it’s a reflex reaction to a torment most…


Rock ‘n Roll Suicide

Like every other kid I had a best friend at primary school. We did everything together until he disappeared one day. Not sure if anyone ever told us why. As far as I remember our teacher just explained in very neutral, meaningless terms. Different stories circulated on the schoolyard. The most popular one was that…


Why I can’t listen to Blackstar

I downloaded Blackstar, David Bowie’s final album, one or two days before its official release on January 9 2016. I was excited, after all the album came relatively unexpected, and seemed to signal the return of the old master.Listening to it made me even more excited. Blackstar was a very good piece of music; experimental,…


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