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Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie [1947 - 2016] Covers Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You", Berlin, 2002



All the young dudes carry the news... David Bowie: Jan. 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016.

Here's an absolute mesmerizingly amazing cover by David Bowie of Neil Young's song "I've Been Waiting For You", live in concert in Berlin, 2002 on YouTube.

Bowie's song "Kooks" was written in the style of Neil Young. Bowie performed Kooks at a BBC session on 3 June 1971 - three days after his son Zowie's birth.
"I'd been listening to a Neil Young album and they phoned through and said that my wife had a baby on Sunday morning, and I wrote this one about the baby," he told the studio audience [BBC.com].
In an article on David Bowie in The Kansas City Star By TIMOTHY FINN (May. 09, 2004) on artistic relevance, musical innovation and why he is still a rebel:
    Bowie: "When things go bad, I've always looked to my peers and, in a way, my musical mentors to see what they've done in similar situations. Neil Young and Bob Dylan have done similar things: They have both made a few disastrous albums, but they always end up coming back to the point of what they started in the first place. You've got to go back to what you were doing when you were rooting around with experimentation, ideas that are going to work for me, not my audience."

From Powell's Books , David Bowie on Neil Young:
    Bowie: "There's youthful redemption in everything he [Neil Young] does, a joyfulness about being an independent thinker in America.'

On the 2002 album Heathen Bowie covers Young's song "I've Been Waiting For You". Incidentally, the riotous guitar treatment is by Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and former Nirvana drummer.

David Bowie -- the Man Who Fell To Earth -- wrote "Kooks" after listening to Neil Young's "After The Goldrush".

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At 1/11/2016 11:38:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

From a comment on YT video back in 2011 by theMusicofmyLife1:

"Bowie and Young are not definable in one musical genre, both suspended between renewal's desire and past's nostalgia.

David never indicates definite certainties, as an open mind, respectful: "For in truth, it's a beginning of nothing" declared in his album "Heathen" [ed. the 2002 album Heathen Bowie covers Young's song "I've Been Waiting For You".] Perhaps, David performs subtly (with a vein of melancholy) not so much a love song, but the hidden questions that stand between dream and reality ... and emerges an outside-class of splendid Music."

 
At 1/11/2016 11:49:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown, engines on
Check ignition and may God's love be with you

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare
This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you "Here am I floating round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.

--- David Bowie

 
At 1/11/2016 12:55:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

May god's love be with you David

 
At 1/11/2016 01:52:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Very sad to hear of the passing of David Bowie; may he rest in peace.
The world is a less creative place today.

I've always felt that Bowie's career was the one that most closely mirrored Neil's despite their obvious stylistic differences. Both have seen the top and the bottom, but they were always searching, reinventing and challenging themselves and their fans.

With each significant loss like this, I find myself asking the all too difficult
question, what if? I'm still not able to fully go there and hope I won't have to for quite a while...

Take my advice
don't listen to me

 
At 1/11/2016 02:12:00 PM, Blogger mark said...

..... and may God's love be with you
Peace, David.

... oh, to be hero's, just for one day.

 
At 1/11/2016 04:52:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

For David RIP.... Swim like the Dolphins can Swim

Plastic Elvis The Bevis Frond
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uujEPPzC89k

All The Young Dudes Alejandro Escovedo and Peter Buck
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF5vtj1dHCc

Pale Blue Eyes Velvet Underground
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KisHhIRihMY

The Planet of Sound Pixies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLiqF_cBJVA

The Passenger Iggy Pop and The Stooges
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4hPnZUMBwA

Cortez the Killer Neil Young & Crazy Horse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6jgQe2RYwI

Wild Is The Wind David Bowie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cSAKlu0OlU

 
At 1/12/2016 08:50:00 AM, Blogger growl said...

Ashes to ashes. Rock to funky.

 
At 1/16/2016 11:36:00 AM, Blogger Marcel said...

Bowie already performed this song in 1991 with Tin Machine, though Reeves Gabrels took the lead vocals...

 
At 1/16/2016 01:05:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Thanks Marcel!

Any more details? Like a YT link?

 

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