Since Bowie-related stuff is still in the ether, since I’m taking a tea break, and since apparently today is Hug a Ginga Day….Here’s Lulu doing ‘The Man Who Sold the World’.
I gather it was Bowie’s idea she cover the song – he plays saxophone on it and may have produced as well.
It’s probably the best thing Lulu ever recorded – not so much Return of the Thin White Duke as Return of the Short Ginga Duchess- even if she seems a bit bewildered at times during this UK Top of the Pops clip (watch the eyes. There’s a few ‘WTF?’ moments).
It’s a measure of Bowie’s brilliance he could pull off something as mainstream pop as this, and something like ‘Low’. Man, the guy had range.
I can remember this being a hit in New Zild – not sure when, sometime in the mid-70s. Can recall hearing it on the radio at the summer place we used to stay. I thought she was singing about the man who stole the world, which was confusing: had a mental image of someone trying to hoist a globe onto his back.
This seems appropriately anthemic and elegiac . Bowie at the Freddie Mercury tribute cocert, with Ian Hunter & Mick Ronson from Mott the Hoople, with the song he wrote initially for “Ziggy Stardust” but which Bowie then sold to Mott, produced and played on with them, and which was their big hit.
Ronson also of course was in Bowie’s band. One of the great, often overlooked, guitarists of the rock era.
Its an era which is now pretty much over, I guess. I suspect this is part of what people are mourning – which is not to diminish Bowie’s stature one iota.
Oh, and then there’s a stomping, soaring version of ‘Heroes’.
Musical trivia time! The bass player on this – Herbie Flowers – has two other claims to fame. One is he played bass on Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ and came up with one of the great bass hooks of all time.
Second claim is he wrote ‘Granddad’ for Clive Dunn. This was one of those novelty Christmas hits the Brits love so
well much excessively. It was a hit here too.
Loved both these songs when I was a kid. Now? I’m embarrassed about the Clive Dunn thing, but ‘Good Morning Freedom’ has aged better than it might have.
Off to the hills for a week. Good morning, freedom.