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filthilyderanged
(kook)
01/20/04 01:06 PM
Hunky Dorry Under-rated  

It has come to my attention lately that Hunky Dory is greatly underappreciated. It is a great album and though its not "glam rock" it truly is something special and something to be looked at. A 30th anniversary edition should of cvame out and it seem Bowie himself finds the album great because on pin sets and etc he always has hunky dory with them. Is it only because the album is pre-Ziggy that it is underrated?

Hunky Dorry
1971

Changes
OK I'll admit that this is not my favorite Bowie songin the world but it is a glimps into the almost manifesto like thoughts of David. It is a classic song and the chorus is memorable. While it at first didn't swell up the charts, one must admit it is ahead of it time. To me it doesn't seem to fit the album that well in view of the other songs.
Over all this song gets a [9/10] due to its lyrics not nessiscarily its sound.

Oh! You Pretty Things
I don't care what anyone says this is really Bowie's song no matter who he wrote it for. The lyrics begin to show the randomness and education bowie had as well as his talent to make musci The chous is the highlight of this song. It's just so great and happy. The lyrics are amazing - they are a cross between 60s liberation and 70s experimentation. [10/10]

Eight Line Poem
I don't really like this song. It's boring to me and while the lyrics are alright the song just really goes no where. It is. however, a great segue between the two songs. [6/10]

Life On Mars?
When I first heard this song I wanted to die, cry, explode - I don't know. I also don't know why this song wasn't a single or at least on the radio at the time the album was out. This song is something else. It is amazing. They lyrics, music, violins, everthing. One of Bowie's finest. I find it amazing he wrote such a composition before he was famous. This song means so much to so many people and it deserves a 200000002 out of 10. [10/10]

Kooks
A lovely little melody. Has a nice beat and brings Bowie back into the albums happy moments. He seems to have one happy song for every depressed song. This song was written for his son but it has many references to European psychology and is really a dark song if one observes the lyrics well enough. Thsi song reminds me of Bowie, Zowie and angie running through a park with a rainbow in the background. I don't know why - it jsut does. [10/10]

Quicksand
Yeh- I'll admit it. I didn't like the song when I first heard it only because I listened to the first five seconds. Little did I know at the time what the song meant or evolves into. Almost a social life on mars with lyrics and musical style. With climatic sequences and violins, this song is powerful. Bowie confronts insantiy, hitler, himler and geobels as heores or villans - i am not sure. Winston Churchill seems not well liked either though. Perhaps this is antoher manifest for bowie. All I know is that the song is thrilling and meaningfull. [10/10]

Fill Your Heart
Eh Ė another one of those ďhappyĒ songs. Itís alright. I like the lyrics but I donít really like the song itself. I do like how it segues into the next song though. [6/10]

Andy Warhol
This song is a masterpiece of its own. I donít know why Andy Warhol hated it so but what didnít he hate? The song is experimental. And the beginning is funny because it shows Bowie as an everyman just laughing along really, with hi sophistication of course. The song is dark and the acoustic guitars make it work. The lyrics provoke thought Ė as do the other songs, and itís a great tribute to a great artist. I love this song. I donít really know what to say about it. [10/10]

Song For Bob Dylan
Itís alright. Sung in the style of Bob Dylan and written and sounds like Bob Dylan Ė but the song doesnít do it for me. I donít know why. Itís just mediocre. Nothing really special. But it does its job I suppose [7/10]

Queen Bitch
Velvet Underground-is. Itís a great little rocker and though it lyrics portray something bad the song makes me happy. I feel like jumping up and down when I hear this. The electric guitar is great in this. It is written well and had potential to be really great. David even laughs throughout the song. It is a joy to listen to it. [10/10]

The Bewlay Brother
Starts off rather slow and melancholy but the last song is a great ender Ė a great climax and a foreshadower of what is to come. The lyrics are heart-renching Ė especially at the end. The song is another tear- jerker. It provokes thought. It goes from lows to highs musically and the ending is just spectacular. He sounds almost alien. The lyrics are sad and the music reflects it. I love David Bowie. I love Hunky Dorry! [10/10]


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pablopicasso
(wild eyed peoploid)
01/20/04 05:33 PM
Re: Hunky Dorry Under-rated new [re: filthilyderanged]  

The first Bowie record I ever owned, in sept '83.
21 years on it still is very special to me.
Thats all I need to say.

She's so swishy in her satin and tat,
and her frock coat and bippety boppety hat

Remade/Remodeled
(stardust savant)
01/20/04 08:59 PM
Stinking, steaming pile of shite new [re: filthilyderanged]  

I particularly like The Bewlay Brothers and Life on Mars?.

Aside from that, the world would be far better off without these songs, especially as they already had one Elton John on the scene thus making the prettier, more talented one that Hunky Dory would have us believe Bowie was un-neccessary.

If I saw some kind of personification of Kooks in real life I would stab it repeatedly till I was dragged away, kicking and screaming, then I'd break free and start stabbing again.

Why exactly is this in Interpretation?

But seriously, folks...

poorsoul
(acolyte)
01/20/04 11:31 PM
That's For You To Decide new [re: Remade/Remodeled]  

In reply to:

Why exactly is this in Interpretation?



I think it represents his internal frustration with the modern day mechanisms of posting in predetermined, parochial patterns.

Visitors From Alternate Universes Are People, Too

Remade/Remodeled
(stardust savant)
01/20/04 11:38 PM
Fuck the Brady Bill new [re: poorsoul]  

Ah... it's all anarchy then, innit?

But seriously, folks...

AlysonSane
(electric tomato)
01/21/04 01:40 AM
Re: Hunky Dorry Under-rated new [re: filthilyderanged]  

I couldn't agree with you more, honestly. Hunky Dory is definitely one of my favourite albums of Bowie's career. I mean, who doesn't love Changes and Life on Mars? Oh! You Pretty Things has always rocked my socks. I don't understand why people don't like Kooks, though, I do prefer his performance on Bowie at the Beeb over this recording. And you have Andy Warhol which I have yet to discover the logic behind my liking, but logic or no, I do like the song. Heck AND THEN he throws in Queen Bitch - I mean, come on. FANTASTIC ALBUM. I say two thumbs up.

I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think the problem may have been . . . that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed . . . by a dwarf.

Si_rocks
(kook)
01/21/04 08:31 AM
Re: Hunky Dorry Under-rated new [re: AlysonSane]  

Hunky Dory is without doubt a wonderful album, but I would argue that it's probably not underrated. Even Q Magazine cite it in their top 50 albums, StationToStation, TMWSTW and Diamond Dogs are far more underrated.

Who needs talent these days if you make out with your friend on stage? - Rabbitfighter

diamondogz74
(electric tomato)
01/21/04 08:51 AM
Re: Hunky Dorry Under-rated new [re: filthilyderanged]  

Life on Mars?,Was indeed a single in the UK,It had a picture cover,Kinda Bowie in Ziggy mode(?).The song and the album are very special to me also.I have never thought the album to be underated???,It could very well be by younger fans?.
The newly arranged version of Life On Mars?,With Garsons brilliant almost semi-classical piano playing is just so soul searching,It truely is a Timeless Bowie song.
I read an article once in which Bowie explained that his version of My Way (made famous by Sinatra) was not liked,So he decided to record his own My Way and Life On Mars? was indeed that.

London Bye Ta-Ta...

pablopicasso
(wild eyed peoploid)
01/21/04 09:01 AM
Re: Hunky Dorry Under-rated new [re: diamondogz74]  

It was a single, but only in 73, I think they meant it should've been a single at the time Hunky Dory was out.
RE. My Way, hence the "Inspired by Frankie" legend beside it on the back of the album.

She's so swishy in her satin and tat,
and her frock coat and bippety boppety hat

sherrah85
(mortal with potential)
01/28/04 00:00 AM
Re: Hunky Dorry Under-rated new [re: filthilyderanged]  

Hunky Dory rocks if only for Queen Bitch. I love the whole damn thing. I first bought it on vinyl for a dollar...it was the best dollar I've ever spent.

Give me lust, baby. *FLASH*
Give me malice. *FLASH*
Give me detached existentialist ennui. *FLASH*
Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. *FLASH*


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