Just one living chance
Starman : TOTP2 (UK) : 04/02/02
The UK TV show, Top of the Pops 2, celebrates its 250th show next week, with 20 all time favourite performances as voted for on the TOTP website by viewers of the programme. The show will include, in 12th place, that historic rendition of Starman, cited (and often quoted in our BowieNet news pages) as a life-changing moment by a large number of famous artists and music fans alike. Showing on BBC2 in the UK on Tuesday 2nd April, at 7.05PM, and also on various BBC digital channels as listed in our calendar.
Lyricist : New York Times : 03/10/02
Billy Joel was interviewed in the New York Times recently, and had this to say about lyric writing:-
"I always wanted to be a better lyric writer than I was. I wanted to write surrealistic lyrics like David Bowie or abstract lyrics like Dylan or philosophical lyrics like Leonard Cohen. Lyrics that weren't so bloody literal."
Thin White Duke : Guardian : 03/24/02
In a Guardian profile of Lenny Kravitz, we are given a brief glimpse of his early inspirations:-
"Kravitz's musical career began in the mid-Eighties when he left home and lived in a Ford Escort, hired for $5 a day. Inspired by Bowie and the New Romantics, he called himself Romeo Blue, dyed his hair and wore blue contact lenses. 'I wasn't the thin white duke,' he once said. 'I was the thin brown duke.'"
Starman : 'Ted and Alice' : 04/04/02
A new romantic comedy series starts on BBC1 in the UK on Thursday 4th April at 9.00PM and the trailer, currently airing, uses Starman as theme music. "Ted is an alien, an outcast on his own planet where he is a rare single-sex being condemned to a life in search of a mate. Alice's life seems set to change when Ted, who is not only looking for love but also a place to hide his spaceship, appears on her doorstep." ( blammo)
Space Oddity : NME : 03/27/02
Space Oddity, from The Langley Schools Music Project (11/09/01 SNIPPET: BOWIEPHILES), makes the Top Ten list of NME Stereo "Turn Ons" this week. The album 'Innocence And Despair', from which the track is taken, is released in the UK on Basta, on April 29th. There is also a story about this album, from the Telegraph, here.
(contributors : blammo, spaceface)