My friends talk, Of glory, untold dream...
If you've somehow managed to avoid the result of Thursday's UK Music Hall of Fame ceremony and are still blissfully unaware of who won what, and indeed, you are looking forward to tomorrow night's presentation on Channel 4, then don't read on.
But, if you've been awake for the last couple of days, you'll know from my previous posts on this subject, (10.24.2004 REMINDER: VOTE FOR DB IN TONIGHT'S UK MUSIC HALL OF FAME) that the results were no big surprise to me.
As you know, the public has chosen one act to represent each decade since the Fifties as part of the new Channel 4 show. And in their wisdom, they decided that Robbie Williams best represents the 1990's, Michael Jackson the 1980's, Queen the 1970's, The Rolling Stones the 1960's and Sir Cliff Richard has been chosen as the best thing to have happened in the 1950's.
I'm not going to bother expressing my feelings about the results, suffice to say, if the public chose Cliff Richard over Little Richard, then it's no wonder they chose Queen over Bowie. If they don't get it by now, then I guess they never will... Ho hum.
Anyway, for those of you that missed the original 70s programme, David was represented with a convincing enough argument via the enthusiasm of a dozen or so musicians, journalists and associates flying the Bowie flag. They were: David Buckley, Siobahn Fahey, Guy Garvey, Mick Hucknall, Beverley Knight, Mick Rock, Nile Rogers, Paul Rutherford, Charles Shaar Murray, Tony Visconti, Toyah Willcox and Pete Wylie.
BowieNetter Susans has kindly produced a page that collects the quotes from the various pro-Bowie contributors, and it's all good stuff. You can reach the page she made by clicking on the image above.
I'll leave you with a quote from the unlikeliest of Bowie champions, Mick Hucknall: "You can take the image away and there is still a huge amount of substance within the music and that ultimately I think is the biggest complement. It is not style over substance, it is actually the substance over style...and the style was phenomenal. Check that out."
Wise words indeed, Mr Hucknall.