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PrairieFlower
(wild eyed peoploid)
12/05/00 11:45 PM
Dead Man Walking  

I just heard this song for the first time and I fell in love with it. It just seems like one of those songs where the music and the singing come together perfectly, but what is it about?

I don't mind, I think they're crazy...

Einar
(crash course raver)
12/05/00 11:58 PM
Wiser than dreams new [re: PrairieFlower]  

I'm not going to interpret this, 'cause I rarely find interpretations interesting. I'm just going to comment that this is one of my favourite songs Bowie's made in the nineties. "Now I'm wiser than dreams". That's just beautiful. Of course, I don't care too much for the Earthling version, 'cause I think all its charm is killed by computers. But I have a couple of acoustic versions in my collection, and they are absolutely wonderful. Bowie should play more acoustic stuff. He's an old man. He shouldn't do rock & roll or drum & bass or stuff like that. I love his voice on the acoustic versions of such songs as "Quicksand", "Seven Years in Tibet", "Life on Mars?", "Aladdin Sane", "«Heroes»" and "Dead Man Walking". He sounds like a tired old man, not a jolly old fool singing songs of another generation.

Einar
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bowiefanpeter
(cracked actor)
12/06/00 03:45 AM
Re: Wiser than dreams new [re: Einar]  

i agree, the conan version has plenty the studio version doesn't...

i read that db wrote this after the bridge school benifit which would've been oct of 1996. He wrote this, i think, after watching neil young jump around on stage like a maniac when david didn't expect that at all.

some find that, cudja?

bfp



Eddie Stardance
(wild eyed peoploid)
12/06/00 10:26 AM
Re: Dead Man Walking new [re: PrairieFlower]  

I realize that this may sound like not much of an interpretation, but could it be that the song is about nothing? The title is borrowed and, while I ought not to have any authority on the topic of songwriting, I find it plausible that he could have decided to write the song after admiring the title.

I don't mean to say that the song is pointless, since it's indeed about a "dead man walking." His imagery, though, suggests to me that it was chosen because he liked it, or at least he liked the way it sounded when sung, not because he's describing anything specific. The last four lines of the second verse, for instance, sound pretty free. Most of the words, though, please the ears, and since I have to ask what it's about, I'd guess that it's of the words-words-words school.

Am I the only one who thinks a 3:30 edit would have made a better first single than Little Wanda?

that's not Marc Bolan, that's Mark Volman

Dara
(crash course raver)
12/06/00 10:34 AM
Re: Dead Man Walking new [re: Eddie Stardance]  

In reply to:

Am I the only one who thinks a 3:30 edit would have made a better first single than Little Wanda?


I thought so too (at the time Earthling was released), but I think now I was wrong. Fact is Little Wonder did very decent business by Bowie standards as a leadoff single (decent hit in most European countries, big hit in Japan), whereas DMW did pretty poorly in those countries where it was released as the second single. With the benefit of hindsight, I think LW worked because it had a very fresh sound (even if it's a Prodigyesque one), which meant it attracted radio, whereas DMW sounded too old school (one DJ I know refused to play it on the basis that "it sounds too 70s disco"), so radio pretty much ignored it.

Slan libh,

Dara.

"There's no point transcending the intellect if you haven't developed one worth transcending"

NoGame
(electric tomato)
12/06/00 11:51 AM
Re: Wiser than dreams new [re: Einar]  

In reply to:

I love his voice on the acoustic versions of such songs as "Quicksand", "Seven Years in Tibet", "Life on Mars?", "Aladdin Sane", "«Heroes»" and "Dead Man Walking".


I very much agree, and I must add "Always crashing in the same car" to this list. I find the acoustic version of this song the best among all those others.

I read somewhere Bowie didn't want to do a MTV Unplugged, but I really think he should. There's a problem though: do you need to play hits on such a MTV gig???

NoGame - It's only love and that is all

Einar
(crash course raver)
12/06/00 12:03 PM
MTV Unplugged new [re: NoGame]  

I've read a couple of places that Bowie was asked to do an unplugged show for MTV, but it was during his Outside phase, and he was very anti-old hits back then. MTV didn't want him to play just new material, so nothing came out of it. These days he doesn't seem to have a problem playing greatest hits shows, so maybe MTV oughta contact him again. Do they still make those Unplugged shows?

Einar
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shambuei
(wild eyed peoploid)
12/06/00 04:02 PM
Re: Dead Man Walking new [re: PrairieFlower]  

it's one of my bowie--favourites ever. it has so much in its lyrics. i hate thinking of interpretations, just draw in your mind what you hear about and that's it.

/it smells dust during the days and i'm scared. now it smells oil and i'm not scared at all./

CRYstaleye
(kook)
12/06/00 10:23 PM
always crashing in the same car new [re: NoGame]  

eno's ambient is what makes always... so unique. when bowie strips it to acoustic version it's just a skeleton of a long-dead corpse.

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http://www.crystaleye.org

eraserhead
(wild eyed peoploid)
12/07/00 04:46 AM
raw power new [re: CRYstaleye]  

"eno's ambient is what makes always... so unique. when bowie strips it to acoustic version it's just a skeleton of a long-dead corpse"

I think I agree. And, also, I think the acoustic version of "I Can't Read" is really boring. I prefer the Tin Machine version.
And I also prefer the Earthling version of "Dead Man Walking". The acoustic version is OK but... I'm glad he never
released that acoustic album (which was to come out in 1997
or 1998, right?)

David is at his best when he rocks out. Like he did on that Loreley festival. 'Look Back In Anger' and 'The Voyeur' sound
so great.





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