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TVC 15 45 is 38 today

on April 30, 2014


“One of these nights I may just, Jump down that rainbow way…”


Released on April 30th 1976 as the follow-up to worldwide smash, Golden Years, TVC 15 was the second single from Station To Station, albeit in a severely edited form at two minutes shorter than the album version.

Apparently inspired by a hallucinatory episode during which Iggy Pop believed the television set was swallowing his girlfriend, TVC 15 was one of the lighter songs on Station To Station becoming a live favourite during the attendant 1976 Isolar tour.

Unusually for the UK, there was no RCA press advert for the single,

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Five Years wins again at 2014 Focal International Awards

on April 30, 2014


“Got to keep searching and searching”


Hot on the heels of the BAFTA won last week, further congratulations are due to director Francis Whately and Archive Researcher Miriam Walsh for their work on the remarkably good BBC 2 documentary, David Bowie - Five Years: The Making Of An Icon.

The film won the Award for Best Use of Music Performance Footage at a ceremony this evening.


Award for Best Use of Music Performance Footage


David Bowie - Five Years

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• Producer/Director: Francis Whately

• Footage Archive Researcher(s): Miriam Walsh

• Top 5 Source(s) of

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Last chance to win 40th Anniversary starter pack

on April 28, 2014


“If we can sparkle he may land tonight”


If you’ve not already seen it, there are only a few hours left for your chance to win three David Bowie 40th Anniversary picture discs, courtesy of Parlophone Records.

The records up for grabs are: John, I’m Only Dancing, Drive-In Saturday and Life On Mars? That’s a third of the discs so far released to help you get started.

The contest ends at midnight UK time today (appropriately enough, the 42nd birthday of the original Starman 45 in the UK) and you can enter here right now.

In case you can’t read it in our montage, the text in the 1972 US “David

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BBC2’s Five Years doc wins BAFTA for sound

on April 27, 2014


“Just about the best you can hear”


Congratulations are due to Rowan Jennings, Karl Mainzer and Adam Scourfield on receiving a BAFTA this evening.

The much deserved award is for their sound work (pun intended) on Francis Whately’s superb David Bowie - Five Years: The Making Of An Icon documentary, which aired on BBC2 back in May of 2013.


Television Craft | Sound - Factual in 2014



David Bowie – Five Years

Rowan Jennings

Karl Mainzer

Adam Scourfield

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Bowie’s message to Rob Stringer at MW Awards

on April 24, 2014


“Now hear this Rob Stringer”


The Music Week Awards 2014 took place in London tonight. Columbia US chairman Rob Stringer picked up the prestigious Strat Award at the ceremony, and was congratulated by artists and executives from across the industry, including David Bowie who sent the following message.


When I first knocked on the door of his office at Sony, New York, you can imagine my surprise when a member of Daft Punk opened it.