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(cricket menace)
01/10/09 00:20 AM
The Disappearing Act [re: ]  

I've been wondering recently if it's something of a tactic.

In the early days, Alice Falls and the ilk expressed that the closeness created by the internet was harmful to fandom - and that concerning Bowie, some of the important mystique and intrigue wears off.

Another musician I like - Jens Lekman - has a habit from time to time of just cutting off completely. Like when he suddenly quit myspace for good. And in the last couple months, he's gone the full hog by deleting his email account and website altogether without any given reason.

Of course The Daddy has some level of commitment while Bowienet still remains as a pay site.

Bowie Downunder

(crash course raver)
01/20/09 01:13 AM
Re: The Disappearing Act new [re: Adam]  

I wonder how many are still paying over there? it would be interesting to see some statistics, you know how many registered users they had at the peak, and how many they have now.

How much is it nowdays to join there anyway, just curious...

Baby, i've been breaking wind in your room again

(electric tomato)
01/25/09 03:08 AM
Re: The Disappearing Act new [re: Adam]  

How the hell can you know about Jens Lekman?

I was always looking left and right!

(cricket menace)
02/14/09 11:04 PM
Re: The Disappearing Act new [re: jonasf]  

By fluke, I saw Jens as a support act in a small pub a few years ago. I have followed him ever since.

The Bowie silence is getting ridiculous ... I am thinking it must be a strategy - to build of anticipation and perhaps lower overall expectations (which I would say was badly needed among the hardcore fans).

It's not too late to offer BNet members some reward for the last five years of nothing ... at least if only a year or two membership for free.

Bowie Downunder

02/14/09 11:49 PM
(*sigh*) new [re: Adam]  

Fuck, man...

David Bowie, the man, the human being, owes us nothing. Nothing. No artist owes us, the fans, anything. Bowie's strength has always been in defying expectation, not giving people what they want. If he wants to stay out of the public eye and spend time on his family, he has every right to. No actual anticipation is being built outside of the die-hard obsessives, who would probably expect nothing less than the second coming of Jesus Fucking Christ if he were to start recording another album.

Especially if Robert Fripp were on it.

I mean, just in case he's reading this, you know. That'd be nifty.

(cracked actor)
02/15/09 02:57 AM
^^(*o*)^^ new [re: schizophrenic]  

Agree 100%. Bowie owes us nothing. His catalog is awesome and he is but a few artists that can say they utilized their creative peak in such a masterful way in his time. I will say that it can be frustrating to fans who follow his career to know that he isn't as active as he was, but such as life.

(cricket menace)
02/23/09 00:18 AM
Re: ^^(*o*)^^ new [re: ghostlove]  

Is David Bowie weaning his fans?

February 22 2009 at 11:17 PM sam (Login whitecaps)
BW Member

Hi. There's a famous line in Bowie's song, Glass Spider: "The baby spiders would get scared and search frantically for their mother. But the Glass Spider would have long gone, having known that the babies would survive somehow on their own."

I wonder if this situation is similar to our own. We are Bowie's baby spiders, searching frantically for him, a new album, a new appearance, a new photo. However, Bowie is teaching us to survive without him.

One day Bowie will be here no longer, and he must gradually wean us and accustom us to his absence. Perhaps Bowie's silence is his last greatest gift of compassion for us.

Bowie Downunder

(stardust savant)
02/23/09 11:11 AM
Re: ^^(*o*)^^ new [re: Adam]  

Now that's just lame. Aside from a tiny percent of overly absorbed wackos, I don't think Bowie fans really need him to "survive." We just want to hear some good smarty-pants pop music. In the absence of David Bowie, we just end up listening to more David Byrne. That doesn't really warrant a weaning process.

Non importa quanto si aspetta,ma chi si aspetta.

02/23/09 03:55 PM
Re: ^^(*o*)^^ new [re: guiltpuppy]  

You've somehow managed to simplify what David Bowie is to people. It's not really as clear cut as that.

(crash course raver)
02/23/09 06:06 PM
Re: ^^(*o*)^^ new [re: Chinchilla]  

You are right it is much more complicated.


So please do enlighten us.

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...but I will prick you!


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