Choosing this week’s Song for the Weekend was a no-brainer. With the music world losing the irreplaceable David Bowie, it had to be something from him this week.
David Bowie filters through lots of my music memories over the years and, in particular, his songs from the ’80s. I wasn’t the biggest Bowie fan but I had a massive admiration for his talent and ability to continually reinvent himself – and he did all of it without a big furore. ‘Lets Dance’, ‘China Girl’ and ‘Absolute Beginners’ were all there through my teenage years and the singles were brought to many a school friend’s party. ‘Dancing in the Streets’ with Mick Jagger was a prominent feature of Live Aid and his appearance as the Goblin King in Labyrinth singing ‘Magic Dance’ was very nearly my choice this weekend.
One of my favourite memories of David Bowie was working on the record counter in Boots in Woking back in the early ’90s. There, with two other sales assistants, we would put on the Greatest Hits of David Bowie and dance out the back in the storeroom.
David Bowie was not just a musical genius, he didn’t take himself too seriously either. Take ‘The Laughing Gnome’ for example, or a brilliant sketch from the TV show ‘Extras’ where he sang the song ‘Chubby Little Loser’ about Ricky Gervais.
Bowie’s back catalogue is huge but it wasn’t so hard for me to choose a song. I used to be of the opinion that he wasn’t that brilliant a singer – until I heard ‘Wild is the Wind’. The longing and passion in his voice is just beautiful and he really does show that he has a great singing range.