“Is it nice in your snowstorm? Three’s in your brain…”
Here’s a bit of seasonal fun to wave off 2013 with.
When Bowie fan numerologists (yes, there are many of them) saw that the release date for David Bowie’s The Next Day was the third month of 2013, they knew the signs looked promising.
As we’ve mentioned previously, years with a three in them have been good for David Bowie releases in the UK.
He has had #1 albums (vinyl versions of which play at 33 1/3) in every year with a three in it since he started releasing long players, except for 2003 when Reality reached…you guessed it, #3.
Here’s the breakdown from his first #1 album in 1973 to his most recent in 2013...
1973 – Aladdin Sane #1 and Pin Ups #1
1983 – Let’s Dance #1
1993 – Black Tie White Noise #1
2003 – Reality #3
2013 – The Next Day #1
It follows that singles released in those years might fare well too and certainly his most successful years for UK single sales were 1973 and 1983, scoring three top fives in each year.
In 1973, Bowie had three top five singles that all reached #3. They were: Drive-In Saturday (his third UK top five hit and the third track on Aladdin Sane), Life On Mars? and Sorrow.
In the third month of 1983 he had his third solo UK #1 with Let’s Dance, which was the third track from the album of the same name. Let’s Dance was the first of three top five singles that year, China Girl and Modern Love both reached #2.
And if you’re wondering if anything of note happened in the previous years with threes in that Bowie lived through...
in 1953 Robert A. Heinlein published his science fiction novel, Starman Jones, about a boy who wants to go to the stars. Eleven years later in 1964 the young David Jones himself released his first single, Liza Jane. Coincidentally, Heinlein published a book the previous year (1952) titled The Rolling Stones. Eleven years later The Rolling Stones released their first single, Come On.
For the record, Bowie was born in 1947. 1 + 9 + 4 + 7 = 21 and 2 + 1 = 3.
2013 is his 66th year. 6 + 6 = 12 and 1 + 2 = 3.
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To celebrate that first #1 album in 1973, we’re going to be running a contest to win a very special collectable marking the last date of the Aladdin Sane UK tour, which took place on July 3rd, 1973.
We’ll be setting three questions over three days starting on January 3rd.