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AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
07/03/05 02:20 AM
Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8  

What 3 songs would you have liked him to play?

Possible considerations:

1. The Classic: A well known song that basically everyone will know and can identify with Bowie.

2. The Recent Song: U2 justified their appearance with two songs off their last the last albums so I cannot see why Bowie could not have had atleast one number to qualify his later material.

3. The Interesting Collaborative: Choose another artist(s) from the day that you would have liked Bowie to sing with. The song could either be a Bowie one or something different altogether.

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lglegl
(grinning soul)
07/03/05 02:51 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

Well, in a slightly different order than you presented, I would envision him doing The Recent Song first, then The Interesting Collaborative, and then ending with The Classic.

My choice of song selections would be for him:

The Recent Song: "Days" with him strumming his accoustic guitar. A slow, serious song to show off his versatility and to captivate the crowd in anticpation of what he will do next.

then...

The Interesting Collaborative: "Can You Hear Me" with Sheryl Crow (although I supposed she is in France now with b/f Lance Armstrong for his final race). I don't know...I just envision Bowie and Crow performing together, as I think they will mesh well together. Not only that, but the song's title and them could be an alternate take instead of being a love song of being a song fitting for the occassion...to make voices be heard.

and then finally...

The Classic: Why, "Heroes," of course. Yes, it is a bit cliche, but it is a timeless classic, can be delivered as a song with a message, and like every other tribute performance before (including Live Aid), it is his standard.

Now, as far as this presently "non-existent" band of his goes, I don't know why he can't simply call up Gerry, Earl, Mike, Gail, Sterling, and Cat. And if some of them indeed aren't available, you can't tell me that he never had backups waiting in the wings just in case. And where's Carlos? Where's Reeves? Geez, where is Mark Platti...you know he always LOVED being in Bowie's limelight and would have loved a piece of this action just to have his stage presence be known (yes, as you can tell, I don't care for Mark too much)!

Ok, now I am ranting and rambling...

"Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday born I was..."

blacktropic84
(cracked actor)
07/03/05 05:31 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

For starters, if he were to play a song from Reality, I would have like Fall Dog Bombs The Moon with him on acoustic guitar, or Days would work too. I think Bowie probably would have performed New Killer Star or Never Get Old, though.

Next would come "Heroes" just because it is the song. Rebel Rebel would end his performance, with some nice audience participation.

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eraserhead
(stardust savant)
07/03/05 06:06 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

1. The Classic: "Sound & Vision"
"Heroes" has been played to death. "China Girl" may not suit this kind of event, with its references to Nazism and violence. I guess "Ziggy" would be a contender, but in the end it's probably a little too obscure (lyrically).

2. The Recent Song: I don't like any of the recent songs, so it's hard to say. Maybe "Heathen (The Rays)".

3. If Lou Reed was there, I would have liked him and Bowie to perform "Satellite of Love" together.





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SysiyoModerator
(thunder ocean)
07/03/05 06:23 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

I don't really know if this would be any good for such a big gig, but it would be interesting for sure.

The songs:

Aladdin Sane - I really don't think any track from Reality would have been either good or fitting enough to be used on this occasion. This piece segues into...
On Broadway - With Karl Bartos (of Kraftwerk fame) guesting on percussion. The piano of this piece then segues into...
Ashes To Ashes - The classic to be used instead of "Heroes" (I briefly considered Let's Dance but it might not have been quite fitting for the occasion).


The band:

David Bowie - vocals (obviously)
Mike Garson - piano
Philip Glass - keyboards
Carlos Alomar - guitar
Mark Plati - bass
Matt Chamberlain - drums
Karl Bartos - percussion (possibly vocals) on 'On Broadway'

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Pablo-Picasso
(electric tomato)
07/03/05 06:30 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Sysiyo]  

Days on acoustic guitar is fabulous, a lovely low key way to start the set.
This is then followed by 'Heroes', I don't care how many times this has been done, for an occasion like this, it has to be, however not the insipid version he has been playing the last few year.
Next comes a duet of Diamond dogs/ It's only rock and roll with Mick Jagger.
Finally an ensemble redition of All the young dudes.

Hey Pink Floyd can have four songs, so can our Dave.

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bowiefanpeter
(the voyeur)
07/03/05 08:38 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

Jean Genie backed by U2.

u2 played the song back in may while in NYC - presumably with DB in the audience.

bfp



EJSundayModerator
(heroic dolphin)
07/03/05 09:01 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

1 "Life On Mars" - The pure Garson/Bowie version and millions worldwide singing along.

2 "Afraid"" - a tremendous live rocker, easily accessible to non Bowie fans too.

3 Bowie and Roxy Music - the old Glamsters together, covering Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night", some great saxophone included.

Nice thought this would have happened.

And I want to believe
In the madness that calls 'now'


diamondogz74
(freecloud)
07/03/05 09:01 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

What 3 songs would you have liked him to play?


Starman

Diamond Dogs

Can You Hear Me
with Madonna or Dido.




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SoulLoveChild
(acolyte)
07/03/05 09:12 AM
...or even Instant Karma!! new [re: EJSunday]  

In reply to:

Bowie and Roxy Music - the old Glamsters together, covering Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night", some great saxophone included.




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bowiefanpeter
(the voyeur)
07/03/05 09:30 AM
Re: ...or even Instant Karma!! new [re: SoulLoveChild]  

night flights with scott walker

did bowie has "his band" when he played the WTC thing after 9/11



EJSundayModerator
(heroic dolphin)
07/03/05 09:37 AM
Scott's Missing new [re: bowiefanpeter]  

Scott Walker wasn't there yesterday and the rules say "an artist from the day".

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In the madness that calls 'now'


jump93
(electric tomato)
07/03/05 01:13 PM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

Recent Song: Days with acoustic definitely, at first I was thinking of something from Heathen, but Days would be amazing. Great way to start a set also, as others have mentioned.

Collaborative: Under Pressure with Annie Lennox (anyone else think her performance was fantastic? Particularly Little Bird)

Classic: Heroes!

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Edited by jump93 on 07/03/05 01:17 PM (server time).



NoGame
(acolyte)
07/04/05 10:42 AM
Like A Wet Dream: Joss Stone (I love her) new [re: Adam]  

The Classic: "Heroes"
I can't imagine any other song more appropriate than this one.

The Recent: A Better Future
Obviously.

The Interesting Collaborative: Dancing in the Streets
A Live Aid classic revived for Live 8. But this time, Bowie does it with the totally arousing and energetic Joss Stone. Her young a sexy voice coupled with Bowie's dark and sexy voice would be an instant hit! Bowie always couples himself with the young and talented. Go on, picture it! For the occassion, of course, Bowie would also go barefoot, like Stone did.

NoGame
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sonofsilence
(acolyte)
07/05/05 04:44 AM
Re: Like A Wet Dream: Joss Stone (I love her) new [re: NoGame]  

Classic - Under Pressure.
I would say a duet but GAD is so suited to that vocal part that if it aint broke dont fix it.

Recent: yes I agree A Better Future

Duet - Can You hear Me with Joss Stone.

if there was room for an extra I'd say Fantastic Voyage would be nice.

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Cassiel
(kook)
07/05/05 05:25 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

U2 justified their appearance with two songs off their last[album]


Not sure U2 need to or can be bothered with justifying anything they do anymore but that's a by the bye.

My picks:

1. The Recent Song. Seems to me, the lyrics ("Devil in a market place/Devil in your bleeding face"etc ) to Fall Dog Bombs the Moon make it a particularly apposite, if not perfect opener.

Alternatively - being the cash hungry greedhead he can be at times - he could use the opportunity to push his (hypothetical) new single (She Can't) Do That - giving it a nice dryly humorous introduction such as:

"This is a song from a film made to glorify the Stealth Bomber and the US military. Cos, y'know, that's what us rich westerners would rather do instead of feeding poor folks. Invent new and exciting ways to blow shit up and then make piece of shit films justifying the whole thing. What am I doing on the soundtrack with this shitty little song, you ask? Well, I'm a global media corporation in my own right these days and, you know how it is, corporations gotta have product to push to people."

2. The Duet. Something of a reprise of an awards show "spectaculah!" he sleepwalked through a couple of years ago - I would go with Muse singer Matt Bellamy and a glammed up, pomptastic version of T-Rex's Children Of The Revolution - complete with children's choir on the chorus.

3. The Classic. "Heroes". Gotta be, hasn't it. With the childrens choir from no.2. above and images of starving people being fed hamburgers all round the world. "Thanks Very Much. Y'all have a guilt-free day now."

"Let it stay Forever Now"

russellmael
(kook)
07/05/05 05:32 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

Absolute Beginners,
Somethings Got A Hold Of My Heart with Marc Almond
Towers Of London with Andy Partridge



Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
07/05/05 06:18 PM
Under pressue?? new [re: sonofsilence]  

SOS do you know how many fingerclicks there are in that song? Are you a sadist?

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bowiefanpeter
(the voyeur)
07/06/05 06:03 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

There's an upcoming Queen tribute album with joss Stone doing Under Pressure.

I'm also surprised nobody here mentioned DB and Townshend doing Slow Burn together - like the album version.

bfp




AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
07/06/05 06:08 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: bowiefanpeter]  

DB and Pink Floyd doing 'See Emily Play' or 'Arnold Layne'.

I think 'Bring Me The Disco King' would be the most striking of the recent songs - something people could not ignore and an unexpected surprise for those who thought they knew Bowie.

I am wondering why he never did 'Absolute Beginners' at the first Live Aid (could have taken it up that extra notch to the # 1 spot).



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russellmael
(kook)
07/06/05 06:30 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Adam]  


Was Absolute Beginners out in '85??



Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
07/06/05 06:51 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Adam]  

It wasn't released until the following year. They were just recording it then. Playing new songs at these events is a no no for me, it reaks of taking advantage. You really want songs that people are going to know, that is what made Queen's set at the original so memorable for everyone, everyone could sing along.

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AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
07/06/05 07:16 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

Interesting that he had opened the original Live Aid with a relative obscurity (TVC15).

One thing not seen on the recent DVD but on the original Australian broadcast is the advertisement for Bowie's Tonight album which was flashed on to the screen at one point.

As for Queen, I think they were untoppable in live performance.....especially at Wembley where they had the entire crowd participating. Mercury's voice soars over the stadium and the hard rock instrumentation better than any other and they have the anthems most suitable to an event. The Freddie Mercury Tribute is musically the best benefit concert in my mind (although Bowie singing 'America' and 'Heroes' at New York was the best opening to any concert yet).


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Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
07/06/05 07:31 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Adam]  

Thomas Dolby made it a condition of him playing that they did TVC 15 apparently, that is what was said at the time.

Regarding the tonight advert do you mean the tv screen of the actuall screens in the stadium? I didn't actually see Bowie perform as I was travelling to Cardiff at that point, but I was listening to it on the radio (and recording it the same time).

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AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
07/06/05 08:15 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

It was on the TV screen but I am fairly sure that's how it was broadcast worldwide. Just as Bowie sings 'transition, transmission' for the first time, a series of Live Aid symbol outlines follow before displaying the cover art of Tonight with the subtitles: "David Bowie: Tonight: EMI America". This was done for each artist performing so The Pretenders who followed had their album, Learning to Crawl shown. I bought the original Australian broadcast on VHS in the mid 90s. It's notable for the cross over to the Australian studios at the end of the 'We Are The World' with the studio personel (including Molly Meldrum) singing along tearfully.

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Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
07/06/05 08:17 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Adam]  

I have the Bowie set on a bootleg dvd, got it about two years ago, so I will have to look for that. Thanks, hadn't noticed that before.

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SysiyoModerator
(thunder ocean)
07/06/05 08:55 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

Interesting that he had opened the original Live Aid with a relative obscurity (TVC15).


Still, it was a single in 1976 and it was played on the 1976, '78 and '83 tours (in other words, on every tour after it's release as things stood at the time).

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AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
07/06/05 09:11 AM
TVC15 Single new [re: Sysiyo]  

I always felt that it's chart placing (UK #33) could have been a bit higher. Was this the point in the 70s that Bowie's follow up singles started to fail (only to be rescued in the future by a handful of pretty commercial tunes like 'Fashion', 'China Girl', 'Modern Love' and the 'Hallo Spaceboy' PSB life-raft)?

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russellmael
(kook)
07/06/05 09:16 AM
Re: TVC15 Single new [re: Adam]  

I think just a reflection on people wondering what the hell he was doing... the YA singles did badly (not counting DD title track, just a poor choice for a single) but SO got to No.1 amid all this.

I think Golden Years had a lot of good feeling about it hence it got the highest of all the ~new~ mid 70's singles.



sonofsilence
(acolyte)
07/06/05 09:26 AM
Re: Under pressue?? new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

In reply to:

SOS do you know how many fingerclicks there are in that song? Are you a sadist?


how about African Night Flights then?

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th0mas
(acolyte)
07/06/05 09:41 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

1. The Classic: Of course he would have played "Heroes" though Changes could have been a good option as well.

2. The Recent Song: I don't think he is confident enough of his late material to sing any of it at such an event. So I guess he would done a cover version of someone else's classic instead.

3. The Interesting Collaborative: Björk would have been an option since he would have played in Japan anyway - London is taken by U2 and Mecca already leaving no room for another all-time star, the USA don't consider him as a star anyway. She could have done something from Medulla with him delivering one of the voices, a bit like Without You I'm Nothing with Placebo, Bowie as the grey eminence in the background.
Or perhaps on the african stage with Peter Gabriel - "Growing Up" would have been a hilarious idea.

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fingfing
(grinning soul)
07/06/05 05:11 PM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

1. The Classic: "HEROES", it's because this is The Song .

2. The Recent Song: Everyone Says 'Hi', ..........I don't know, I just thinking of this song.

3. The Interesting Collaborative: The theme song of "Marry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" with Ryuichi Sakamoto, I think it must be very interesting. You know, JUST MUSIC.



Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
07/06/05 05:17 PM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: fingfing]  

There is an actual song, Forbidden colours Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian.

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fingfing
(grinning soul)
07/06/05 05:40 PM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

That is a great song too, but I want them to play the "theme song" just because I really really want to see them to play the instruments........... JUST MUSIC.



Dara
(acolyte)
07/12/05 11:00 AM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Adam]  

The Classic: I guess "Heroes" is the obvious choice. It's a lot better known now than it was back in 1985 when he played it at LiveAid (in fact, I'd say that LiveAid performance had more to do with making the song his most famous and popular one than anything else). Which is a bit of a drawback: it's too obvious, and we all know it was played at LiveAid. If he were to reprise it, it would have to be with an updated arrangement very different from the LiveAid one. So instead, I'd go with Fame. If nothing else, the line "Fame, puts you there where things are hollow" might have given a few of the more self-aware celebrities there pause for thought.

The recent one: Everyone Says Hi is the catchiest song of recent times, and something the crowd could get into. Lyrics would have a certain poignancy to the occasion too.

Collaboration: U2, a medley of One and Absolute Beginners.

Slan libh,

Dara

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bowiefanpeter
(the voyeur)
07/12/05 02:56 PM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Dara]  

Did any performers repeat songs at Live Aid & Live 8?

Maybe Elton and the Who - plus Duran intentially repeated a song so Simon could sing it properly.

bfp



Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
07/12/05 03:07 PM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: bowiefanpeter]  

Sting repeated his set. Bob did 'Mondays' at both.

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bowiefanpeter
(the voyeur)
07/12/05 03:18 PM
Re: Hypothetical: If Bowie Played Live 8 new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

Coldplay also sung a snippet of the Status Quo song.






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