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R.I.P. David Bowie

January 11, 2016

David Bowie has died, following an 18 month battle with cancer.

His death comes just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th and final studio album Blackstar.

Ominously, the latest single from his latest album is titled Lazarus.

Needless to say, I’m devastated.

47 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2016 6:17 pm

    Still devastated.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    January 11, 2016 6:19 pm

    Holy shit!

    WOW … RIP … Starman

  3. Tony permalink
    January 11, 2016 6:27 pm

    I thought it must have been some kind of sick joke when I heard this on the radio just now. I knew reb would be upset. I am as well. My sister had Bowie on high rotation when we were in our early teens. I absorbed him by osmosis.

  4. January 11, 2016 6:31 pm

    Hey, what happened to me scales?

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    January 11, 2016 7:06 pm

    Nowt lad, yer still ‘ere … 🙂

    Bowie has a son too I see …

    Seems my generation is crumbling away around me … awful feeling …

  6. Tom R permalink
    January 11, 2016 7:09 pm

    Sad news indeed reb, one of the all time greats. I wasn’t even aware he was sick.

    A lot of old timers seem to passing away lately. Lemmy of Motörhead fame passed away just recently too. Not up there with the caliber of Ziggy, but he had his moments (imo)

  7. January 11, 2016 9:26 pm

    That song/video is so damn poignant today. Obviously meant to be… Had no idea he was so ill. The man melted my brain with Space Oddity. What a loss, what a force in music and the arts. RIP…

  8. Tom R permalink
    January 11, 2016 9:40 pm

  9. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 11, 2016 11:55 pm

    Now that’s a loss

    He’s a class act.

    They said he fought cancer for 18 mths, I didn’t even know he had cancer.

    I genuinely felt a little shocked when I read the headline, looked for it to be a fake, Bowie figured large in my adolescent years, lots of my memories rushing back, forever joined with his music.

  10. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 12, 2016 12:28 am

    #golden globes

  11. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 12, 2016 1:22 am

    I like this interview

    look at 7:04 onwards where he talks about the importance of the internet.

  12. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 12, 2016 11:19 am

    My favourite Bowie quote:

    For you’re dancing where the dogs decay, defecating ecstasy …
    …… but I love you in your fuck-me pumps
    And your nimble dress that trails
    Oh, dress yourself, my urchin one, for I hear them on the rails
    Because of all we’ve seen, because of all we’ve said
    We are the dead

    Particularly “defecating ecstasy”.

  13. Tom R permalink
    January 12, 2016 11:26 am

    I only just listened to that Lazarus song

    “Look up here, I’m in heaven.”

    That is so haunting, and so Bowie.

    Oh my god, what is this song
    right, I have no idea

  14. January 12, 2016 6:09 pm

    David Bowie shares his birthday with Elvis Presley. Coincidentally (or not) Elvis also performed a song called Black Star….

    Every man has a black star
    A black star over his shoulder
    And when a man sees his black star
    He knows his time, his time has come

    Black star don’t shine on me, black star
    Black star keep behind me, black star

    There’s a lot of livin’ I gotta do
    Give me time to make a few dreams come true, black star
    When I ride I feel that black star
    That black star over my shoulder
    So I ride in front of that black star
    Never lookin’ around, never lookin’ around

    Black star don’t shine on me, black star
    Black star keep behind me, black star

    There’s a lot of livin’ I gotta do
    Give me time to make a few dreams come true, black star

    One fine day I’ll see that black star
    That black star over my shoulder
    And when I see that old black star
    I’ll know my time, my time has come

    Black star don’t shine on me, black star
    Black star keep behind me, black star

    There’s a lot of livin’ I gotta do

  15. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 13, 2016 9:51 pm

    Youngest daughter and I were in the garage performing some de-cluttering. There were about three boxes of old cassette tapes there that I’ve kept for the memories and the great music. I had said that we must be merciless in the clean-up, so we debated. Shall I keep them for the memories even though the old cassette player is in the garage and neither have seen the light of day for about 15yrs, or stick them on eBay or gumtree and see if a collector wants them or just throw them in the bin.

    It was hard to part with them, but in the end, I said “oh, what’s the point in keeping them, david bowie’s dead”

    She looked at me as only this particular feisty girl can!

    The day the music died.

  16. January 14, 2016 8:23 pm

    This has affected me more than I expected. I may not be around these parts much…

    Feel free to chat amongst yourselves…

  17. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 14, 2016 10:25 pm


    Talk to me reb!

  18. January 15, 2016 3:35 am


    ,,,,”The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends,” a statement from the family said.,,,,

    ,,,,Rickman started out in theatre and shot to international fame in 1988 playing the German terrorist mastermind Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis’s adversary, in Die Hard.,,,,

    ,,,,The Guardian newspaper said Rickman was always politically active with the left-wing Labour Party,,,,

    #Spooky. So close to Bowie`s death. Same age. Same cause.

    (cheer the fcuk up reb, both these dudes have had a great 7-decades innings)

  19. Tom R permalink
    January 15, 2016 7:20 am

    Take care reb and take time.

    Something to take some time with perhaps

  20. January 15, 2016 8:46 am


    Just feeling a bit flat and empty this week, that’s all really..

  21. January 15, 2016 8:47 am

    “”cheer the fcuk up reb,””

    That’s about as effective as demanding that someone find me attractive.

    It doesn’t work.

    I know. I’ve tried it.

  22. Tom R permalink
    January 15, 2016 9:05 am

    It doesn’t work.

    Perhaps it’s your persuasive techniques that need work reb.

    Try a gun instead of a knife 😉

  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 15, 2016 9:47 am

    Well here’s something that will cheer you up!
    You can see David Sedaris in about a week!!
    (I’ll be on the coast – pity)

  24. January 15, 2016 9:52 am

    Indeed! Got me tickets already, and I’ve been re-reading When You Are Engulfed in Flames again in preparation….! 🙂

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    January 15, 2016 10:39 am

    Are you sure Sedaris will cheer whatsisname up, ToM? 😉

    Just sayin’ … 😀

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 15, 2016 10:55 am

    It’s hilarious. I’d better read it again.
    My current leisure reading is -The Road to Little Dribbling. Bill Bryson’s latest.

    He’s not as cuttingly funny as David Sedaris, but it’s entertaining!

  27. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 15, 2016 3:00 pm

    I believe in wallowing when you feel down. Wallow until you are thoroughly sick of yourself reb! Then you must drag yourself back into the world. You’ll be glad to speak to us here (perhaps) and hopefully you won’t end up worse.
    There’s always lifeline if the group therapy we offer here is not helpful! 🙂

  28. Tony permalink
    January 16, 2016 9:40 pm

    David Bowie- Space Oddity Original Video (1969)

    Posted by You Tube user ‘WHiRLED PEACE’:

    “Behold… the Originale music video for the David Bowie song Space Oddity from Bowie’s promotional film, ‘Love You Till Tuesday’, originally released in 1969 and re-released on dvd. I’m very happy to share this rare, unique and odd version of the video and song. EnJoy this piece of space film gold and vintage anti-special effects.

    “I should say, I found this video on the interwebs in 2006. By accident, i meant to download the album Space Oddity. Instead I found this, didn’t find any info about it anywhere, and posted it on the New video sharing website Youtube. I’m just so happy I found it because if not, who knows when this would have been uploaded. And it’s such a wierd, special and super rare video and recording. So glad I can share it with people! Super cool gang!”

  29. January 16, 2016 9:48 pm

    Link Bad. This good.

  30. January 16, 2016 9:58 pm

    David Bowie & Gail Ann Dorsey – Under Pressure

  31. January 16, 2016 10:10 pm

    ‘Painting Offered a Different Palette for David Bowie’s Talents’

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 17, 2016 10:57 am

  33. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 17, 2016 12:04 pm

    We must be watching the same vids tosy. 55 yo here and still the king of cool.

  34. February 3, 2016 6:33 pm

    Paul McCartney And Elton John Shitting Bricks After Bowie Seriously Ups The Bar For Farewells.

  35. TB Queensland permalink
    February 3, 2016 8:01 pm

    I went to the funeral of a friend this morning … 66 … brain tumour … cool dude right to the end … but it took some 24 months of ops and medical care and when I did see him before he died he was as normal as you or me … great sense of humour … began life as a linitype operator and ended up as a graphics designer …

    He also had time to plane his funeral!

    As the curtains on his coffin (with laminated scenes of NZ … nicely done too) closed.

    This song began to play … typical Ian …

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    February 3, 2016 8:02 pm

    linotype operator … ie typesetter …

  37. February 3, 2016 9:40 pm



    They were first unsettled when Bowie came out of retirement three years ago and released ‘The New Day’, which prompted McCartney to record his album ‘Yes’, as well as collaborating with Rihanna and Kanye West, which seemed a fittingly hip end for a rock icon.

    ”I thought that would be enough to make me stand out if I died tomorrow. Not even close.”

    Similarly, Sir Elton John believed that his body of work to date plus the endless replays of ‘Candle in the Wind’ would be a suitable testament when he finally kicks the bucket.

    While Bowie has out-done Paul and Elton on the `style` front, Elton and Paul are now concerned they will be out-done in the `Spectacular-Demise` category too. Rumours from Moonee Ponds were circulating that back-up singer `blib-stooten`, of a canberra based choir group known as `the-team`, is Suffering from terminal unpopularity, blib has planned for one of the most spectacular public demise`s the world has ever seen, sometime in mid to late 2016.

  38. TB Queensland permalink
    February 4, 2016 11:20 am

    Re: The funeral I went to yesterday … Ian’s two sisters live in NZ … only one could make it to his funeral … “because of a small issue with Australian Immigration” …

    One wonders what sort of people actually control us …

  39. Tom R permalink
    February 9, 2016 8:27 am

    What a surreal way to start the working day. The music is wonderful, but I think I love the vocals the best.

    I just going to try and buy the download now 🙂

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    February 9, 2016 8:54 am

    Its a bit surreal around here since the NY too, TR?

  41. February 9, 2016 8:55 am

    Thanks for that link Tom, I found the following quote from another link on that page..

    “”Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it. But it’s allowed me so many moments of companionship when I’ve been lonely and a sublime means of communication when I wanted to touch people. It’s been both my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.””

  42. February 9, 2016 8:56 am

    “”Its a bit surreal around here since the NY too, TR?””

    It’s always a bit surreal around here, especially when Walrus pipes up…

  43. Tom R permalink
    February 9, 2016 9:03 am

    “surreal” doesn’t begin to explain what it’s like around here when wally starts with his ablutions 😉

  44. February 9, 2016 9:07 am


  45. TB Queensland permalink
    February 9, 2016 9:21 am

    … when wally starts with his ablutions 😉

    Wot’s … wally?


    Is Michaela Cash on speed?

  46. Tom R permalink
    February 12, 2016 4:25 pm

    Something a bit different.

    I’ll admit, my first reaction was “is this just a band cashing in?”

    It was good though, I’m probably just too pessimistic 😦

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