Hong Kong Beat mobile disco tribute to David Bowie, Part 2 – The Thin White Duke

I remember the first time I dropped ‘Fame’ at Carriages club, Swindon, not because it was my 20th birthday, not because it segued so well after Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’, but for the number of funk fans who just kept dancing to this great new funky tune… Not that they knew it was Bowie!

I remember even more the astonishment, a few coming to the booth to check the single, when I said “Now THAT was… David Bowie!”.

It was pretty much unheard of me to play anything but R&B artists in those days, and that night we even had a couple of successful UK R&B recording artists in the club who were blown away by the sound coming from a man who, until that moment, had embodied white glam-rock.

Bowie didn’t invent ‘blue-eyed soul’, others like The Righteous Brothers and Frankie Valli had already established that, but the Thin White Duke went on to make the genre his own.

The second part of this tribute shows Bowie in his post Ziggy days, sometimes experimenting with new music scenes, sometimes diving into mainstream dance, but then seemingly just concentrating on his art rather than the showmanship that he had become associated with.

There’s dance; there’s rock; there’s new wave; there’s funk; there’s soul; there’s even a little return to glam-rock; then there’s Lazarus, which surely must be his self-penned epitaph.

So saluté and farewell David Bowie! I hope you all enjoy this fan’s humble thanks for the excitement and delight he’s given over the years.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco tribute to David Bowie, Part 1 – The Man Who Fell To Earth

It was such a shock to hear the news about Bowie the other day, especially as a few days before on his 69th birthday I saw a post on his FB official page talking about his plans for his 70th…

It’s hard to comprehend the commitment of the man to his art having now watched the video for ‘Lazarus’ after his death… Even harder now to think how much influence he had on my formative music tastes as a teen, and remembering the excitement of the last night of his Serious Moonlight Tour held in Hong Kong.

Utterly stunning news, even though we know it comes to all of us, even the gifted.

I wanted to put a quick tribute together to the man and found that, in addition to his iconic music from the 70s, there was so much more and so much different in the four decades he recorded in since then to just put out the familiar tunes. Gone it seems was the full-on flaunting of his love affair with fame, transcending into a more introspective flirting with his ego, culminating in his last album release while alive, Blackstar.

So there are two parts, Part 1, in this blog, brings together a selection of the biggest tunes and a few personal favourites and versions from the Ziggy era. Part 2 will follow, bringing music from his transformation into the Thin White Duke and beyond, forever the chameleon of rock and roll.

Farewell Starman, we know you will forever be waiting in the sky.