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Rebel Rebel and Alabama Song share a birthday

on February 15, 2016

 

“Hey babe, it's time to say goodbye*”

 

Rebel Rebel and Alabama Song are two Bowie 45s which were originally released on this day in 1974 and 1980 respectively. (February 15th)

The former was a Top 5 single on the UK chart while the latter peaked at #23.

Alabama Song was a fan favourite on the 1978 World Tour, so even though the record buying public may have found the unusual tempo and key changes a challenge, fans were glad that a studio version of the song had finally been made available.

The release was coupled with a new stripped back recording of Space Oddity which Bowie performed on

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Tilda Swinton’s Berlinale Bowie tribute

on February 13, 2016

 

“They watch us from behind their shades”

 

Tilda Swinton paid tribute to her friend David Bowie while introducing The Man To Fell To Earth at a Berlinale Special screening on Friday night.

Swinton (co-star with David Bowie in the video for The Stars (Are Out Tonight)), gave a moving speech, from which, this excerpt...

 

“I have an interesting relationship to this film, I come from a family that has no connection to film at all, and when I was 17 I was ill in bed with glandular fever and I had read every book in the house.

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★ reaches Platinum status in the UK

on February 12, 2016

 

“And 300 thousand peoploids”

 

David Bowie’s ★ has officially reached Platinum status in the UK now that it has passed 300 thousand sales.

Though the album has now dropped to #5, it is still among eleven Bowie albums in the UK Official Albums Chart Top 100.

The full list of eleven Bowie albums in this week’s chart appears below:

 

03 - BEST OF BOWIE - PARLOPHONE

05 - BLACKSTAR - RCA

13 - NOTHING HAS CHANGED - THE VERY BEST OF DAVID BOWIE - PARLOPHONE

25 - HUNKY DORY - PARLOPHONE

31 - THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST - PARLOPHONE

47 - ALADDIN SANE - PARLOPHONE

57 - "HEROES" - PARLOPHONE

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Arcade Fire’s Bowie Tribute Parade video

on February 11, 2016

 

“We could steal time, just for one day”

 

Back on January 12, we told you about an event in New Orleans billed as:  Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band Present "Pretty Things" A Memorial Parade for Bowie.

Here’s an entry from the Arcade Fire FB page on that day:

 

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David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth.

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Duncan and Rodene Jones baby due in June

on February 10, 2016

 

“...like my grandfather Jones...”

 

Congratulations to Duncan and Rodene Jones with the posting of their happy news on Twitter.

Duncan made the moving announcement, which was quickly followed by Rodene’s hilarious response...

 

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Duncan Jones ‏@ManMadeMoon 

1 month since dad died today. Made this card for him at Christmas. Due in June. Circle of life. Love you, granddad.

 

rodene jones @rodeneronquillo

Shame on those of you who just thought I was really fat and didn't say anything. HAHA. ;)

 

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