07 Jun

Under Pressure – Vocals Only

It was 1981 when Queen were recording their album ‘Hot Space’ in Switzerland and David Bowie was recording music for the movie Cat People that the great song ‘Under Pressure’ came about. Bowie stopped by to visit Queen with the intention of adding vocals to the song Cool Cat. Freddie Mercury and Bowie were messing around with some songs when Bowie said, let’s just write a song. 24 hours of wine and cocaine brought on these vocals for Under Pressure. The scene is described in the book “Is This the Real Life?”

“We felt our way through a backing track all together as an ensemble,’ recalled Brian May. ‘When the backing track was done, David said, “Okay, let’s each of us go in the vocal booth and sing how we think the melody should go–just off the top of our heads–and we’ll compile a vocal out of that.” And that’s what we did.’ Some of these improvisations, including Mercury’s memorable introductory scatting vocal, would endure on the finished track. Bowie also insisted that he and Mercury shouldn’t hear what the other had sung, swapping verses blind, which helped give the song its cut-and-paste feel.

Here are the amazing vocals!

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08 May

David Bowie New Video

Off his first UK number 1 album in 20 years, David Bowie released the video for the title track of the album called “The Next Day”. The video co-stars Marion Cotillard (French Actress) and one of my favorites, Gary Oldman. Check it out.

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21 Nov

MNTB Classic Pic – David Bowie

Here’s a great pic of David Bowie in 1973 on his Ziggy Stardust tour.  Click for a larger view.

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24 Nov

Bowie is Done!

Reports are that David Bowie has officially retired. The last time Bowie played was about 4 years ago when he did a few songs at the BlackBall charity concert in New York. That was even after he had a heart attack during his 2004 Reality tour.

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09 Jan

Peter Gabriel Orchestral Covers Album

This sounds a little strange but coming from Peter Gabriel, I know it will have an interesting twist.  His new album “Scratch My Back” is due out on February 15th and will have orchestral covers from Neil Young, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, David Bowie and others.  After this album all the artists that he is covering will put out an album covering Gabriels songs on an album titled “I’ll Scratch Yours.”  Check out the track list.

“Heroes” (David Bowie)
“The Boy in the Bubble” (Paul Simon)
“Mirrorball” (Elbow)
“Flume” (Bon Iver)
“Listening Wind” (Talking Heads)
“The Power of the Heart” (Lou Reed)
“My Body Is a Cage” (The Arcade Fire)
“The Book of Love” (The Magnetic Fields)
“I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” (Randy Newman)
“Apres Moi” (Regina Spektor)
“Philadelphia” (Neil Young)
“Street Spirit” (Radiohead)

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20 Oct

Bowie & Lego Rock Band

David Bowie has signed a deal with Lego Rock Band which is designed to appeal to the younger crowd of guitar players.  The game is coming out on November 3rd on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS.  They just released the avitar so check it out.  Notice the different colored eyes.

Bowie-LegoRockBand

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07 Oct

Bowie: A Biography

Oh yaaaaa.  On October 27th “BOWIE:  A Biography” is coming out thats written by Rock N Roll Journalist Marc Spitz.  It’s going to have over 100 original interviews with some of the people that knows Bowie best through all his crazy times.  Uncovering such things as how Bowie likes to speak in riddles or his refusal to use elevators, hiding knives under his bed and other shit.  Check it out.  I’m sure it’s going to be NUTS!!

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