Vinyl Night Loooong Overdue…

It’s been a while since there has been a vinyl night at Casa Read…and NOW there are two new additions to the vinyl collection. I am sloooowly rebuliding the Bowie vinyl up. I might have missed Record Store Day again, but these beauties make up for it! 

I’ve NEVER had a copy of Heathen on vinyl…having said that, I’m pretty sure I’ve never had a copy of ‘Station’ on vinyl either. 

Yep…the next vinyl night will be WUNDERBAR! 

Soloman Solohead – A LostBowie Track?

I posted this on the SMO wall…but in case it gets taken down…for some reason I won’t understand, I’ll put it here too.

Listening to my Spotify playlist at night (as I usually do), the track Soloman Solohead from the Lostboy! album played. And as it began I was thinking “I do really like this song, but I have always found it quite…jarring…almost…LACKING IN MELODY!” (I put that in capitals because that’s how it hit me in my thoughts) And…I jumped up to write this while fresh in my mind. Before you get…peed off at my description there, let me explain.

Now this song (to me) bears all the sounds that you say you…”struggle” to…appreciate??? in David Bowie’s sound post-Let’s Dance.

Soloman Solohead is a track that could EASILY fit on….Outside, Earthling, dare I say…HEATHEN! Apologies for not knowing who the guitarist is on the track (I tried to find out by looking on the Interwebs but it’s very late/early and I didn’t want to lose my train of thought) – but their playing style rather smacks of the playing style of some of Bowie’s more “distorted” leads (ie: a Reeves Gabrels type).

I AM NOT DISSING THIS TRACK AT ALL JIM! Please do not misconstrue what I am saying….but what I heard just now…to me…was a song that you expressed to me was what you didn’t like about Bowie’s modern style.

That is why I had to sit up and write this out. It just struck me as such…and I had to air it. I needed to pick up the conversation from where we left it.

I don’t expect a reply…it was a merely an observation…but what I had to express while fresh in my mind.

If I had waited until later this morning, I’d have forgotten all about it (good – he says!).

I also saw that from trying to find out details of the guitarist by going to the Dream Giver Redux site that, for you, the song harked back to the sound of Citizen (Dance Of Youth) – that piece of info blew my tiny little mind! I can’t say I ever put the two together, but I am loving the concept…the notion.

The Case Was Made – And A Gracious Reply Was Given

Oh, I could reach into the Internet and kiss him! (Yuck! Says Sir! Lol.)
It really is just…amazing when he responds. He doesn’t have to. He could tell me to bugger off. He could ignore me outright…but he rarely does.

And of course he replies with aspects I did not consider (the timing of the release, and where one is in one’s life at the time to appreciate it or it to have an impact upon you).

The year of Heathen’s release was 2002. I’m not sure what was happening for Jim then…Cry was released, the Minds were touring, perhaps aside from that, there were personal issues he was going through? 

I can’t say that 2002 was a great year for me. We had it tough that year (no real change from any other year in retrospect…but 2002 was, perhaps…the catalyst)…so maybe Heathen was a solace for me? It certainly did have aspects of that. The album just…takes me on a journey. There are all the emotive and visceral elements I enjoy from an album. Joyous songs, sexy songs!, tender songs, yearning songs, melancholic songs.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll have him take another listen…and he’ll hear something else? But perhaps not. What he likes is his prerogative after all…

(As you can see from the bit I left in from screengrabbing his reply, my post to him was rather more “long-winded” than it was here on the blog! Patience of a saint, this man, I tell you!)