Lodger At 40

Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of the Lodger album by David Bowie. A rather jumbled up travelogue of an album. The travel theme running heavily through side A of the album with: Fantastic Voyage, African Night Flight, Move On, Yassassin (Turkish for Long Live) and Red Sails.

Side B’s theme alters and shifts back to menial points of life, work, home, family…death, mental illness, domestic violence – the only slight thorn in the side is Boys Keep Swinging as it seems more tongue-in-cheek with its theme. Well, DJ is to a degree too. But there are darker themes explored in Look Back In Anger (mental illness/death) and Repetition (domestic violence).

It sadly ends with a rather inferior version of Iggy Pop’s sublime Sister Midnight in Red Money. Compared to Sister Midnight, Red Money feels derivative. I never used to mind it much. I wasn’t aware and got into Iggy until after I heavily got into David. As the years have passed, I am always far more appreciative of Iggy’s side of the Bowie/Pop collaborations, it somewhat pains me to say.

Although seen as being part of the “Berlin trilogy”, it was actually recorded in Montreux, Switzerland and mixed in New York. I always found it curious it was put in a trio with Low and Heroes. I have always felt the trio SHOULD be, at least more musically, Station To Station-Low-Heroes.

Here’s to Lodger! “The hinterland. The hinterland. We’re gonna sail to the hinterland!”

Mick MacNeil’s A Superstar DJ

I didn’t get to listen in when the show debuted on Thursday night but he repeated the show this evening at 9pm. I have just finished listening to it and I really enjoyed it.

Don’t know what I’m on about? Well, Mick MacNeil has himself a show called Mix Records on an Internet radio station feed called Indy Live. He plans it to be a regular weekly slot on each Thursday evening from 9pm GMT.

This first week had a good, eclectic mix to it with tracks from The Human League, David Bowie, Icehouse, OMD, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Kraftwerk, The Cars, Supertramp, Tangerine Dream, China Crisis, Fleetwood Mac, Clannad, Chris Isaac, Michael Jackson, and others in between – all blended with a surprising bit of banter from Mick himself. I thought he’d be quite reserved and not talk much, but he was quite chatty which was great to hear – especially his talk about being a self-confessed “synth slut”. Lol

The web address will work for desktop PC/laptop listening – but if you are on a mobile device, you’ll need to download the app for Apple iOS or Android (click the relevant device for app link).

To listen in next Thursday, just click on the image below to be taken to the Indy Live web page.