|Bowie and Eno- Lodger sessions - 1979|
The Daily Bowie #47 - "Fantastic Voyage"
Unlike Moby, who has said in an interview that David Bowie's Lodger was his first David Bowie album and the only reason he too a job as a golf caddy so that he could afford to buy it.
I remember waiting a while to get Lodger but I must not have waited too long because I had the album by the Fall of 1981 after really falling in love with Bowie in the Fall of 1980. I wrote an essay about Bowie's music for my English class in the Fall of 1981, which I named "Yassassin," which I wrote some about here: THE DAILY BOWIE #8.
From the minute I heard the opening bars of "Fantastic Voyage," which is the first song on the album, I was captivated. It is one of my favorite Bowie songs: top ten for sure.
I also felt kinship with David. Fantastic Voyage was a great 1966 SF movie that I loved AND a cartoon in 1968, which Bowie surely knew when he named the song. For fun, I included the trailer from the 1966 film. And today there are two pictures, well, because.
And as investigations turn up new things, I see Adrian Belew of King Crimson plays on this album and this song. I believe I did know that but had forgotten.
"Fantastic Voyage" also has the distinction of being the last song David Bowie ever performed on stage in one of his own concerts.
Bowie said of the song: "I wanted to put some point of view forward that was in the narrative fashion. One feels constantly that so many things are out of our control, and it's this infuriating feeling that you don't want their depression ruling your life or dictating how you will wake up each morning."
Think about how these words by Bowie are still so very true today with the current political TV reality show consuming America.
PUSHING AHEAD OF THE DAME: "FANTASTIC VOYAGE"
Lyrical interpretation from TEENAGE WILDLIFE
This is not the greatest video, but it is surely from one of Bowie's final concerts, if not the final concert, so best to share a live one...
"Fantastic Voyage" - LODGER - 1979
Fantastic Voyage - 1966
Rest in peace, David. We miss you.
- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1603.07 - 8:59 my time/ 5:59 Blogger time
|David Bowie with actress Sydney Rome Feb.15-1979|
via The Evening Standard