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In my mind, a "hit" should get some sort of radio play outside the promotional cycle of the single.
Here, I think, is the problem - how is the term "hit" being defined? I'm beginning to think that its use is rather misleading, as it's not getting the point across that there are very few surprise songs being played. Here's the way I'd break down the setlist:
From previous two albums (i.e. being used for promotional purposes, therefore to be excluded):
New Killer Star, Cactus, Sunday, Reality, Afraid, The Loneliest Guy, Never Get Old, Heathen (The Rays), Bring Me The Disco King, Fall Dog Bombs The Moon, Slip Away, Days, 5:15 The Angels Have Gone, She'll Drive The Big Car, Pablo Picasso, I've Been Waiting For You, Looking For Water, Try Some, Buy Some
Top Ten Singles:
Under Pressure, Ashes To Ashes, Ziggy Stardust (B side of The Jean Genie), China Girl, Fame, Rebel Rebel, Suffragette City (B side of Starman), Life On Mars?, Fashion, Let's Dance, Fantastic Voyage (B side of Boys Keep Swinging and Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy), The Jean Genie, Sound And Vision, A New Career In A New Town (B side of Sound And Vision), Blue Jean, Starman, Modern Love
Honourable Mentions: Hallo Spaceboy (number 12 on UK charts), I'm Afraid Of Americans (number 14 on Canadian charts, with mixed results elsewhere)
"Heroes" (reached 24 and very well-known anyway), The Man Who Sold The Wolrd (Nirvana - arguably better known than the original), Changes (a true classic), Loving The Alien (reached 19), All The Young Dudes (Mott The Hoople), White Light/White Heat, Be My Wife, Breaking Glass, Panic In Detroit (B side of Rock 'n' Roll With Me)
Hang On To Yourself - live classic, from a classic album
Five Years - ditto
The Motel - a truly obscure song by any definition
Battle For Britain (The Letter) - ditto
Sister Midnight - in either form, definitely unusual
Always Crashing In The Same Car - a fan favourite, perhaps, but probably not well-known by the casual listener
So, the way I see it, there are really only four songs that wouldn't be widely-known amongst casual fans, which is what was being got at with the "hit" comment.
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Night after night after night? Because it's boring.
Most of the audience would only be seeing one show, a snapshot to remember for the rest of their lives.
Would you really deprive them hearing the odd hit because it's boring to the hardcore fan who would be going to multiple concerts. Up until the mid nineties Biwies' set list was pretty static, with just maybe the odd song being dropped or added , nothing like the set lists on this tour which are different in content and length depending on how he feels basically. I think he is trying to balance this tour so, the masses, the fans and himself get something out of it, maybe this is a first for him. As when he tries to please the masses both his fans and Bowie are not happy, when he tries to please his fans, the masses are not happy and when he tries to please himself, the majority of people are confused.
Put a Bullet in my brain and it makes all the papers