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awww.....txhe days of the official Bowie website before it went all pay-site. If i remember it was a bloody nightmare too, kept crashing and didn't work very well.
In my experience, it worked fine. Maybe it depended on your ISP. A lot of early ISPs were pretty crappy (including some of the big ones, like AOL).
That free Telling Lies download generated a reported 250,000 hits. I'll bet that's more than Bowienet ever got. Of course, download speeds were so slow it took most people about 6 hours to download a 3 minute track. I remember reporting the 250,000 hits to a friend and she replied cynically, "That wasn't 250,000 people. Just 250 trying 1000 times each and crashing".
Bowienet was a defining moment for online Bowie fans. Before, there was a very strong sense of it being one community, albeit a diffuse one. There was also a much stronger incentive for independent fan webmasters like Evan.
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