The music is outside. It's happening, now..
As we reported recently, (03/08/02 SNIPPET: BOWIEPHILES) , David is the subject of one of the episodes of a new TV show, exclusive to Play UK, 'For Your Ears Only'. Each week, a celebrity guest makes a compilation tape for someone they care about and for this episode, Radio 1 DJ, Emma B compiles a tape for David Bowie.
Emma is interviewed by Scott Mills for the half hour show, and what is evident from the outset is the thought and care which has gone into the selections she makes. She mentions her interview with David at NetAid, and describes how thrilled and awed she felt.
Here are some quotes from the show:-
SM - "We are choosing records today for Mr David Bowie. Why?"
EB - "... He's so very eclectic. He's been through so many different periods in his life. He'd have such a great tape... So many different types of music on there."
SM - "How did you choose the records for David and why are they so recent - current even?"
EB - "He's made an effort all his life to be a very contemporary person, drawing from influences around (him) all the time. You have to keep up with the times if you are going to be musically relevant. Like he still is today. He's still musically competitive and musically relevant."
Emma gave her reasons for the selection of each track, and had this to say about Ash. "That's what I think David Bowie is all about. This whole idea that pop doesn't have to be about Britney Spears. Pop is about choruses, and anthems and melody and beats and all about hooks."
Referring to the Robbie Williams track she said, " There were times when David Bowie played live when he did have five costume changes, because it was all part of the whole David Bowie experience. It wasn't just the songs that David Bowie delivered, it was a David Bowie experience."
She chose the Madonna track because she felt David would enjoy the video, the work of director Chris Cunningham, and the Pulp track because they worked with Scott Walker on this album, and she knew that David admired him.
In the summation, she said, " David Bowie is a complete hero. He looks fantastic." Scott Mills asked her to send a personal message to David, and she looked to camera and said, " I really hope you like it. I'm going to make a copy at home. Maybe you could come round and (we could) play it together? "
To echo a recent comment from our European Correspondent, "A girl can dream, can't she?"