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Bowie looks a little, um, scary there. And heavily drugged.
Now, toss the Michael Jackson stuff in the trash…
here’s a collaboration that would’ve left everyone behind…
Both men at their zeniths…can you say ch-ch-ch-changes?
Turn and face the strange truth…if Eno was ‘Low’…then this would have only meant ‘high’!
(The Bowie’s mine…the goddam Bowie’s mine)
Bowie was a Lennon fan, and like too many Lennon fans, seemed to think he had to take sides againt Paul. I doubt Bowie would have ever agreed to work with Paul.
We used to call the haircuts “shags”.
Lets not get into a Lennon camp Vs. McCartney camp here! This is a Beatles camp!
I don’t think musicians feel the same way as some so-called fans who takes sides with Lennon or McCartney. I’m sure most will jump at the chance of recording or making music with either one of them or both!
The reason that Bowie & McCartney might not have recorded together could be as simple as neither one had thought of asking the other.
Stevie Wonder had appeared as an opening act at John’s One to One Concerts in NYC, as well as performing on some of the one-off shows that John had made appeared on during the early 70s. They had jammed John & Stevie had jammed together at a studio in L.A. when John was producing Nilsson… with Paul on board! Yet they never released anything together. However, Wonder had made recordings with Paul that were released.
Eric Clapton had been on John’s recordings, as well as George’s and Ringo’s. Now Paul has contributed to Eric’s upcoming album.
I don’t buy the idea of musicians taking sides with either one as a reason they had not recorded with either one or both of them!
I don’t think Paul was a Bowie fan. He had to have thought Bowie took the piss out of him and Linda with Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The lyrics are about Paul…and hell, Bowie made himself up to look like Linda!
@J.R., did Bowie ever confirm that he wrote it about Paul? The story I heard “in the day” was that it was about Hendrix, but as a Bowie fan, I also know he’s always said it’s just some character he made up as an alter ego, a rock star from outer space. In any case, it’s definitely a fab, far-out photo taken in a fab, far-out time.
@EMIforums, well said!
This is the only known pic of Paul with Bowie (in the 70’s) taken at the “Live and Let Die” film Premiere in July 1973. The only other pic I know of is at Live Aid and at some Fashion Awards show I think. There are pics of Bowie with John and pics of Bowie with Ringo but none of Bowie with George which is not too surprising as George “disliked” Bowie and his music (he says so in that George & John Dec 1974 Radio Interview). This brings up a fascinating area of Beatle pics.. what is the most unlikely photo of someone famous with a Beatle or Beatles (Group)? Tammy would you like to do a mini thread on this please?
Do eyebrows grow back if you shave them off?
According to Bowie’s interview, Ziggy Stardust was inspired by British rock ‘n’ roll singer Vince Taylor. Also, Jimi Hendrix was a left-handed guitarist so it could just as easily have been about Jimi as about Paul (who was lefthanded but, obviously, not a guitarist). … Finally, the shag haircut Bowie is sporting was worn by a lot of people back then (for some strange reason as it’s unflattering on all of them).
I didn’t know George Harrison didn’t like Bowie. Interesting.
Jamming good with Weird and Gilly…(Noel and Mitch?)
Who are “Noel and Mitch”?
Sorry, dumb post. I just realized who Noel and Mitch were. Moving along …
Life On Mars meets Venus And Mars.
TheBeatles.EMIforums.com – TOO RIGHT!!
lol, besides, Bowie – with all respect to him as a musician – does not look too handsome in this comparison
Bowie seems to like George, or at least his song ‘Try Some, Buy Some’, which he covered for his album Reality in 2003…
George didn’t dislike Bowie’s music, just the persona. Very George. He didn’t like the make-up and the silver platform boots and all that.
David Bowie had said he was not familiar with George’s version of “Try Some, Buy Some,” it was Ronnie Spector’s version that he knew.
Ziggy & Percy
Bowie looks close to death in this photo taken with Paul. I thought he exclusively hung out with John.
Ziggy played guitar, jammin’ good with Weird and Gilly,
The spiders from Mars, he played it left hand
But made it too far
Became the special man, then we were Ziggy’s band
Ziggy really sang, screwed up eyes and screwed down hairdo
Like some cat from Japan, he could lick ’em by smiling
He could leave ’em to hang
Came on so loaded man, well hung and snow white tan
So where were the spiders while the fly tried th break our balls
Just a beer light to guide us
So we bitched about his fans and should we crush his sweet hands?
Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we was voodoo
The kids was just crass. He was the nazz
With God given ass
He took it all too far, but boy could he play guitar
Making love with his ego, Ziggy sucked up into his mind
Like a leper messiah
When the kids had killed the man I had to break up the band
Weird = John Lennon
Gilly = George Harrison
Screwed-up eyes and screwed-down hairdo, like some cat from Japan= Paul
Snow-white tan = NOT Hendrix
And tell me Ziggy-era Bowie doesn’t look like Linda?
Snow white tan = light skinned African-American?
Snow-white tan = British lad with black hair and pale skin.
Ziggy-era Bowie looks EXACTLY like Linda McCartney.
I’ll bet “Weird” was responsible for some of those lyrics—sound like Lennon.
The problem with your theory, JR, is that Bowie, according to his own interviews, didn’t meet John Lennon until 1974 — well after Ziggy came out. So Bowie would have had no reason to take John’s side and pen a song about Paul.
And the bottom line is: Paul didn’t play guitar. Hendrix did.
You’re sounding a lot like the PID people. 😉
Depending on your interpretation, Bowie referenced either Lennon or Lenin in the song “Life On Mars,” long before he met John. The lyric goes, “Lennon’s on sale again.”
Here’s the video… http://thedailybeatle.blogspot.com/2012/03/great-non-beatles-song.html
And damnit if Bowie doesn’t look JUST like Linda McCartney in the video.
Oh, and Paul didn’t play guitar? So who was that on “Another Girl,” “Yesterday,” “Ticket To Ride,” “Drive My Car,” “Taxman,” “Good Morning, Good Morning,” etc.?
McCartney played guitar.
But McCartney didn’t play lead guitar on stage. And none of us knew that Paul had played all those guitar parts until recently (after Mark Lewisohn did his research). Paul wasn’t known as a lead guitarist in 1972.
And from all the photos I’ve seen, it looks to me like Bowie had this haircut in 1972 BEFORE Linda got it. And loads of people had this haircut in Britain in 72-73-74.
A big of Googling shows that Bowie had his Ziggy haircut by Feb 1972, when he was performing on stage in that persona.
But photos of Wings’ tour in Europe in the summer of 1972 show that Linda still had long straight hair. She didn’t get her version of the mullet until later in 72/early 73.
So Bowie had the haircut first. He didn’t get it cut that way to copy Linda.
Isn’t ‘everyone says hi’ about George Harrison? I’m 99% sure I read that Bowie wrote it after george died.
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