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marksyzm
(mortal with potential)
09/24/03 07:56 AM
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The Meaning Behind Some Of His Work? new  

I've been wondering about things like this for some time about how interesting some his work has been, and who or what some of it was about.

An example of one of his pieces was the story behind the track 'Ziggy Stardust'. A friend of mine informed me that if you look into the lyrics behind this tune, you may find it seems to refer to Jimi Hendrix, ie. he played it left hand, and made it too far..., screwed up eyes and screwed down hair do..., Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we were voodoo...

My friend was convinced that this was what the song is about, and I have to admit there are a few good references.

I'm well aware that not all his tunes were of meaning towards society, but I would look forward to some views from people to whether they know of interesting or subliminal references in songs, or if they think that my mate is talking a load of cobblers. Which I also thought.



zigbot
(kook)
09/25/03 02:49 AM
Re: The Meaning Behind Some Of His Work? new [re: marksyzm]  

The Jimi Hendrix connection makes some sense, I guess. Others also think that the reference to "Jimmy's guitar" on the song Scary Monsters is also a reference to Jimmy Hendrix. But I prefer to think of Iggy Pop (nee Jim Osterberg) whenever I hear Bowie talk about a "Jimmy."

Zigbot

marksyzm
(mortal with potential)
09/25/03 10:36 AM
Re: The Meaning Behind Some Of His Work? new [re: zigbot]  

Although its a simple interpretation, I have noticed that there have been only strong referrals in most of his songs to 'current goings on' in society.

For example, there was a referral to either one of lennon's songs (or just his popularity) in the song 'Life on mars?'. The line goes 'All the workers were struck for fame, 'cos lennon's on sale again'. This is a pretty good referral to Lennon's 'Working Class Hero'.

What this line means though (It's on Amerika's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow), i haven't a clue.
Possible reference to Goofy's creature identification perhaps?

Who knows?

He's Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature

Cucumber
(electric tomato)
09/25/03 05:17 PM
Who is the man who sold the world? new [re: marksyzm]  

Who knows? Not me.

...the reason of the unreason with which my reason is afflicted so weakens my reason that with reason I murmur at your beauty;..

kwicksandIV
(absolute beginner )
09/28/03 10:33 AM
Re: Who is the man who sold the world? new [re: Cucumber]  

I'm sinking in the quicksands of my thoughts...and I ain't got the power anymore!



ladystardust1989
(mortal with potential)
09/28/03 10:59 AM
Re: Who is the man who sold the world? new [re: kwicksandIV]  

hey i've just been reading a book on bowie (Bowie-in his own words)
he metioned in there that even he didnt know who the man who sold the world is.
laura



marksyzm
(mortal with potential)
09/28/03 07:16 PM
Re: Who is the man who sold the world? new [re: ladystardust1989]  

Recently I've been lookin up on the psychology of David Bowie in comparison to Jim Morrison, and how they compare.

My friend is a big fan of Jim's and we argued about both of their principles in their representation of their music.

A point we got to was that Bowie in his early days seems to resemble a character that is unaware that his thoughts and feelings are being portrayed in his music, ie. his wildness, his glamour and his outgoing persona, whereas the strength of Jim Morrison lay in some terms in his ability to determine what he had been thinking about over periods of time. Jim's track, 'the end', resembles the quality that he just wanted to get something out of his system.

This may conclude that Bowie's inability to resemble what his work was about may possible be in direct or indirect connection to his personality, how he wishes to present hisself (we know that bit) and what he is thinking.

You've been a good help in this discussion, laura.

He's Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature

BaldAssassin
(kook)
10/01/03 06:56 AM
Re: Who is the man who sold the world? new [re: ladystardust1989]  

I actually sold the world this morning, for the princely sum of 16p.



BaldAssassin
(kook)
10/02/03 03:50 AM
Re: Who is the man who sold the world? new [re: BaldAssassin]  

I probably could have got more for it if I'd held out for a bit longer, but I needed the money for a cup of tea.



marksyzm
(mortal with potential)
10/02/03 11:05 AM
The Meaning Behind Some Of His Work? new [re: BaldAssassin]  

I think we're losing the point here ie. the header for this thread?

Have you got any ideas for possible subliminal ideas in his songs or any good examples in comparison to what I mentioned earlier?

He's Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature


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