Teenage Wildlife

UncutWatch June 1999

As reported by Dara O'Kearney

PAGE 5: This month's free Uncut CD included "Can't Help Thinking About Me". Here's what they had to say about it:


Taken from the Castle mini-LP. I Dig Everything - 1966

Family dishonour and personal shame are the subject of this burst of mid-Sixties freakbeat modpop, wherein Bowie relives adolescent nightmares and yearns for the security of childhood. Before Lindsay Kemp, before his mockney Anthony Newlay phase, before even "The Laughing Gnome", rock's ultimate chameleon was a Steve Marriott acolyte, all Cuban heels and rock dynamics. Amazing to think Station To Station was just 10 years away..."

PAGE 52: A lengthy feature on Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders has her reminiscing about her days as an NME scribe and the first piece she ever did for them:

"I reviewed a Neil Diamond album. Neil Diamond! Who I like now, I should add, but at the time, of course, didn't. Because he was like the anti-Bowie. So I just sort of slagged him off".

PAGE 73: A 3-star review (meaning "Good") of the aforementioned Castle mini-LP:


Castle (3 stars)
Reissue of three Pye A- and B-sides from 1966

THESE six tracks were recorded before the eponymous 1967 debut album for Deram, and are more rock'n'roll than any of his other Sixties work. "I Dig Everything" is as optimistic as the decade got, which is to say utterly euphoric, whereas "Can't Help Thinking About Me" is a thoughtful and introspective revisitation of a troubled childhood and adolescence set to a freakbeat assault worthy of The Who or The Small Faces. "I'm Not Losing Sleep" keeps up the high standard with a rousing chorus celebrating a hedonistic and independent lifestyle. Essential for Bowie completists, and a fascinating historical curio for the rest of us."

PAGE 74: A 4-star (meaning "Excellent") review of Lou Reed's new Best Of: "There have been several Best Of compilations, but none could hide the fact that they, by necessity, broke up perfect edifices which, through both statement and feel, second-guessed excerpts in isolation: 1972's Transformer was decadence made delightful by Bowie's restless respect.....

"Walk On The Wild Side", "Vicious" and "Satellite Of Love" owe Mick Ronson as much as Bowie, and "Perfect Day" is by now a surreal monument you can stare at from any level you choose. The other day, a 74-year-old man asked me who wrote it".

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