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LadyGravedigger
(kook)
08/01/04 10:55 AM
Oh, really?  

"It's very hard to sing Rebel Rebel with any conviction when you're 45 years old." That's what Bowie's said in an interview in a magazine in 1992.

So, how does it feel to sing Rebel Rebel at the age of 57? Of course he's allowed to change his mind, but I still found this kind of amusing, when I just read the interview. Anyway, I think he still makes the song sound pretty convincing

Nothing more about that, really. Just felt like sharing my amusement with someone...

Hello humans can you feel me thinking

BigFatDog
(wild eyed peoploid)
08/01/04 02:12 PM
Yes really new [re: LadyGravedigger]  

If I'm honest I've heard numerous interviews where Rebel Rebel is mentioned ,and usually ended up with the conclusion that he's slightly embarrassed by it.

When questioned about "hot tramp...I love you so!" he cringed and said "Oh dont ask! It's so flippant" or something along those lines.

I think he was embarrassed by it then, ecspecially when he was trying to get "serious" again with 1.Outside in the pipline, and has learnt to cope with it by modifying it slightly, as is the case with the 2003 version.



LadyGravedigger
(kook)
08/02/04 11:33 AM
Re: Yes really new [re: BigFatDog]  

In reply to:

usually ended up with the conclusion that he's slightly embarrassed by it.


Why would he be embarrassed about Rebel Rebel? But then, I guess it's only human to be embarrassed about some things you've done, no matter how great they are... Weird.

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pablopicasso
(stardust savant)
08/02/04 02:17 PM
Re: Yes really new [re: LadyGravedigger]  

I would think he may be embarrased about it in the same way it must be hard for Roger Daltrey to bellow "Hope I die before I get old".

I agree with the above statement.

diamondogz74
(acolyte)
08/02/04 03:52 PM
Time changes one. new [re: LadyGravedigger]  

In reply to:

So, how does it feel to sing Rebel Rebel at the age of 57?


He's always saying daft things like that, It's just his way

I can think of NO reason for him to feel embarrassed singing "Rebel Rebel" In fact from the recent Reality tour, and the RNGO cd single, his voice has never sounded richer, the deep, velvety tones, adding much to the character of that song.

The man is a wicked tease, It's just his way

And it really doesn't matter if im wrong
I'm right


London Bye Ta-Ta...

zigbot
(cracked actor)
08/02/04 06:06 PM
Re: Oh, really? new [re: LadyGravedigger]  

Funny. Wasn't it Mick Jagger who once said he could'nt imagine singing Satisfaction at 40. Well, time has a way of poking fun at us all, doesn't it?

Personally, I was peeved when David made fun of his lyrics to The Supermen after a number of the shows when he sang it this tour. In Loveland, Colorado, I wanted to jump out of the second row and ring his little neck when, after performing the song, he recited some of the lyrics in a mock serious tone and poked fun at them. Then, in Austin two days later (I wasn't there for that one, but heard the boot), he joked that he wrote the song during that "phase" everyone goes through when they're around 18 years old and "just sit on the bus" with an impressive book visible peeking out of their pocket (I think he said it was Sartre or Nietzsche or something), looking all purposefully "disdainful," when in fact they're just "going home to watch the telly" and have "never cracked" the book. Then, he says, "well I wrote his song when I was kinda like that." Afterwards, he again recited some of the lyrics as mock poetry, shaking his head.

It was kinda cute in a way, him poking fun at his own seriousness; however, I don't think the lyrics are juvenile at all. It's one of my favorite songs, and I may just have to punch DB out if he besmirches it one more time!

zigbot

pablopicasso
(stardust savant)
08/02/04 06:19 PM
Re: Oh, really? new [re: zigbot]  

Oi, Zigbot, that is no way for an employee to speak about her boss, you take that back!

I agree with the above statement.

zigbot
(cracked actor)
08/02/04 06:29 PM
Re: Oh, really? new [re: pablopicasso]  

But you don't get it, pablo, the "boss" is making fun of himself, and no self-respecting, boss-worshipping, brain-washed employee will have ANY of that crap! Sometimes the boss is askin' for it, if ya know what I mean. Plus, I think the lyrics are beautiful and deep--but if Bowie is right about them, then I'm shallow and juvenile. And, hey . . . I wouldn't even let David Bowie get off calling me that . . . o.k., maybe I would, and then I'd kiss his hand and thank him for his honesty.

zigbot

JonnyManic
(stardust savant)
08/02/04 10:05 PM
huh? new [re: zigbot]  

In reply to:

But you don't get it, pablo, the "boss" is making fun of himself, and no self-respecting, boss-worshipping, brain-washed employee will have ANY of that crap! Sometimes the boss is askin' for it, if ya know what I mean. Plus, I think the lyrics are beautiful and deep--but if Bowie is right about them, then I'm shallow and juvenile. And, hey . . . I wouldn't even let David Bowie get off calling me that . . . o.k., maybe I would, and then I'd kiss his hand and thank him for his honesty


You can't be real.

My flesh inherited a thousand natural shocks the first time I gazed at your pre-Raphaelite locks

dukewhite
(stealing for that one good rush)
08/02/04 11:10 PM
Re: huh? new [re: JonnyManic]  

In reply to:

You can't be real.



She is. I've met her.

And as far as "The Supermen" is concerned, I think that musically it is incredible, but it is seriously lacking in the credibility area when it comes to the lyrics. He's right when he points out that he used the word "unithought" to make it seem more intellectual than it really is. It doesn't seem too out of the relam of reality either. He had briefly tasted fame with "Space Oddity" in '69, and then wanted to make sure everyone who checked out his other work the next year (which at the time was only David Bowie ('67) and TMWSTW) would know that he was not all "Buy Me a Coat" and "Janine," but also "The Width of a Circle" and "The Supermen."

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