We could be heroes, just for Sunday...
Tomorrow's Sunday Herald in Scotland will be carrying a few Bowie-related pieces which are already online. First up is a piece entitled "Star Fan", written by the rather delicate BBC 6 music presenter,
I met the man (whom as a kid I was sure I would never meet) for the umpteenth time a couple of weeks ago, to talk to him about the forthcoming Bowieday on 6 Music. Casually dressed in T-shirt and jeans, Bowie was his usual self: playful, charming, engaging and occasionally perplexing. When he tells you a fantastic tale it could quite easily be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth ? or it could be one of his stream-of-consciousness flights of fancy! If you attempt to steer him in a direction he doesn?t want to follow, he?ll lead you a merry dance and eventually come to rest in a place a million miles away from where you wanted to be ? and that?s what makes Bowie such an interesting and compulsive character, even after a career lasting some 40 years.
You can read the whole thing
Elsewhere there is an excellent piece entitled "We could do heroes" - Explained thus: "He?s one of the most influential artists of all time ? so what David Bowie tracks would bands at T in the Park like to cover?" The article goes on to list contributions from ten musicians playing at the popular Scottish festival, including this from Paul Thompson of Franz Ferdinand:
We got an e-mail from [Bowie producer] Tony Visconti recently, saying he and David had been listening to our album loads, and that they were real fans, which was pretty surreal; they asked if we wanted to meet up, so maybe we?ll see him at T in the Park.
Some of us used to play in The Yummy Fur, and we did this awful version of Always Crashing In The Same Car, so maybe we could have another stab at that. Either that or Be My Wife ? those big piano chords in the chorus are great. Basically, anything from the first side of Low.
I have a copy of that Yummy Fur version of Always Crashing In The Same Car... It has a nice cover. You can read all ten contributions
Finally, the paper has an interview with "Terry Wogan?s favourite balladeer", hugely successful new girl, Katie Melua. Here's the relevant excerpt:
Beneath it all, Melua is simply a massive music fan. She talks at length about her live band as well as the music she listens to ? everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Led Zeppelin. And when I ask who she?s looking forward to seeing at T in the Park, she exposes the giggling teenage music fan within.
?I?m such a big David Bowie fan,? she says. ?I?m hoping to meet him, but I?ll just be so completely excited about it I?ll not know what to say. I?ll be a complete nervous blabbering wreck.?
There ya go... you can read the whole of Katie's interview