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FastChanges
(absolute beginner )
03/08/05 06:05 PM
Buddha of Suburbia riff new  

Has anyone noticed the similarity between the "Space Oddity" riff (heard at 4:07) and the riff at the end of "Buddha of Suburbia" (at 3:23) ?

One is C-F-G-A, the other E-G-A-B (same chords a tone higher, except for the first chord) and the rhythm is the same.

Just after this riff, db starts singing "Ouvre le chien" (open the dog), as in "All the madmen". That's two early songs quoted in just a few seconds.

Has anyone else noticed that ? Would you agree with my interpretation ?

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity

Mxy
(wild eyed peoploid)
03/08/05 08:41 PM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff new [re: FastChanges]  

Yep, there's the Space Oddity riff, "zane, zane, zane, ouvre le chein" from All The Madmen, and possibly something else I can't remember. Another song in that album, Strangers When We Meet, begins with the bassline from Join The Gang from 1967. Not for nothing they call Bowie the big recycler! (well, he does)

By the way, does anyone know what Earthling song uses the Jimmy Page riff from The Supermen? I thought it was Seven Years In Tibet, but I'm have troubles seeing that.

Bring back Bowie's moustache!

guiltpuppy
(electric tomato)
03/08/05 09:27 PM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff [re: Mxy]  

Dead Man Walking uses the riff from The Supermen. It's much more obvious in the live acoustic recordings available, if you can snag one.

The main riff from Move On is the riff from All the Young Dudes, played backwards.

Can you feel it? Can you feel it?

Mxy
(wild eyed peoploid)
03/09/05 11:28 AM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff new [re: guiltpuppy]  

You're right, I can see the Dead Man Walking/The Supermen resemblance now.

Another recycle (one I don't think I've seen pointed out anywhere) is the "Just a little bit louder now..." section from Louie, Louie Go Home (Early On) used in She'll Drive The Big Car (Reality).

Bring back Bowie's moustache!

FastChanges
(absolute beginner )
03/09/05 02:07 PM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff new [re: guiltpuppy]  

I can't hear that, even with the 30th anniversary edition of "Ziggy". Do you mean there's an acoustic version of "Dead man walking" ?

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity

pablopicasso
(acolyte)
03/09/05 02:19 PM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff new [re: FastChanges]  

MXY-

In reply to:

Another recycle (one I don't think I've seen pointed out anywhere) is the "Just a little bit louder now..." section from Louie, Louie Go Home (Early On) used in She'll Drive The Big Car (Reality).


I always wondered where I had heard it before, thanks for clearing that up.
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In reply to:

I can't hear that, even with the 30th anniversary edition of "Ziggy". Do you mean there's an acoustic version of "Dead man walking" ?


In 1997 Bowie was doing a big publicity tour for the Earthling album and on a number of occasions played DMW acoustically with Reeves, it is available on quite a few bootlegs from this period. If you compare it to the version on Ziggy30 or on the Bowie at the beeb cd, you can see the similarity.
On a couple of occasions Bowie and Reeves actually played them both on the same radio show.



Jareth'sGirl, the Goblin Queen.

FastChanges
(mortal with potential)
03/09/05 04:44 PM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff new [re: pablopicasso]  

Thanks, I didn't know about these acoustic gigs.

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity

pablopicasso
(acolyte)
03/09/05 04:52 PM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff new [re: FastChanges]  

It was radio and tv appearances. I'll upload a copy tomorrow.

Jareth'sGirl, the Goblin Queen.

Monkeyboy
(acolyte)
03/12/05 05:41 PM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff new [re: FastChanges]  

I think you're crazy.

"Stay in school." -- Mr. T

FastChanges
(mortal with potential)
03/13/05 07:04 AM
Re: Buddha of Suburbia riff new [re: Monkeyboy]  

Thanks for the compliment, though I know I'm not crazy.

You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else.


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