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Gadzooks! Jones on the BBC fifty years ago today

on March 08, 2015


“Didn't they teach you to get your hair cut at school?”


Fifty years ago today, publicity of the rumpus caused by the length of 18-year-old Davy Jones' hair culminated with a live performance on BBC 2.

You’re possibly familiar with the story of The Manish Boys' public quarrel with Barry Langford, producer of Gadzooks! It's All Happening.

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BBC Radio 6 Music’s Matt Everitt reports from Paris

on March 07, 2015


“You drive like a demon from station to station”


Champion of all things Bowie, Matt Everitt from BBC Radio 6 Music, kindly offered to send us a few words regarding the Paris version of David Bowie Is, on account of him being invited to the opening gala.

However, on the day, his check-in time came and went and though we knew he wasn’t one for sleeping In (he’s a regular co-presenter for the 6 Music Breakfast Show), he is allegedly a bit of a daydreamer.

We worried he was going to miss the stardust and glamour of the gala opening, and, being brave, we decided to give him a call.


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Bowie’s unexpected appearance in '71

on March 07, 2015


“I recall how we lived on the corner of a bed”


The music of David Bowie has been utilised to great effect in recent motion pictures such as Foxcatcher (Fame) and Guardians of the Galaxy (Moonage Daydream), not to mention TV shows such as American Horror Story: Freak Show which had Jessica Lange performing Life On Mars? for the premiere and "Heroes" for the finale.

We also had the trailer for the upcoming Game Of Thrones season 5, which featured TV On The Radio’s version of "Heroes", along with various adverts (2015 Cadillac Escalade Evolution of Indulgence (Fame)) and a couple of console

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Young Americans album is 40 today

on March 07, 2015


“All right, you want the young American”


David Bowie’s ninth studio album, the Bowie/Visconti/Maslin produced Young Americans, was released in the UK on this day in 1975.

A top ten album in both the US (#9) and the UK (#2) it also furnished Bowie with his first ever #1 single in the shape of the Bowie/Lennon/Alomar composition, Fame.

Young Americans still sounds a remarkable work today and that’s not just because it was written and sung by a 27-year-old white man, it’s a true classic however you look at it.

But don't take our word for it, if you've not listened in a while, check it out

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The Prettiest Star and The World Of David Bowie are 45

on March 06, 2015


“It can all but break your heart, in pieces”


March 6th 1970 saw the release of both an album and a single for David Bowie in the shape of the Mercury 45, The Prettiest Star/Conversation Piece, and the Decca album, The World Of David Bowie.

The Prettiest Star was the beautifully melodic and worthy follow-up to Space Oddity and yet another label change for Bowie. Mercury was the sixth label that David had released UK singles on.

However, it looked like the label’s faith was well-placed with the signs looking good for another top ten UK hit, as suggested by an NME review of the single.