Top tracks of 2016 #2 – David Bowie, The Wedding Present, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Yesterday Andy described what David Bowie meant to him and chose ‘I Can’t Give It All Away’ from the amazing Blackstar album. My choice today is the lead track, ‘Blackstar’ which I was intrigued by when I first heard it last December and it led me into the album.

I don’t think I am as big a diehard fan as Andy or Roy, I tracked his career mostly through singles rather than albums and the many of my favourite artists he influenced from Numan to Kraftwerk to Suede amongst many many others.

I know that some Bowie fans find this album very difficult to listen to, particularly Lazarus, but it is one of the very few albums released over the last few years that sounds entirely ‘new’, music beaming in from a different place and the title track in particular arguably achieves more in nine minutes than most artists will manage in an entire career.

It is such a cliche to call this album a fitting epitaph, but I really can’t think of a better way of putting it.

Over to Andy for his fine choice today:

“Oh no, they’ve fallen at the final hurdle again! David Gedge and his cronies had the number 1 within their grasp but let it slip in the final analysis. The accompanying video is taken from a Seattle radio station live acoustic session, the entirety of which I heartily recommend checking out if you’re a Weddoes/Cinerama fan. I should add that this is a completely different version of the song from their “Going Going” album, but I think it captures what I’ve loved about this band for the past 30 years. This contains my favourite lyric of the year…”The pain of failure is so much greater than the pleasure of success”. Wise words, Gedgey, and so I hope he isn’t too disheartened by once again being the bridesmaid…”

Meanwhile Roy’s penultimate choice is below, plus the list so far is here.

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6 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2016 #2 – David Bowie, The Wedding Present, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

  1. As an addendum I have to thank Andy not only for alerting me to the wonder that is the new Wedding Present album, but also nudging me to listen to Cinerama, the side project that passed me by at the time. I have spent much of this year wallowing happily in their back catalogue, which sadly this list can’t reflect as nothing from Cinerama in 2016.

      1. his voice seems to have matured with age. Like the tune but its completely lifted from something else – can’t quite remember what, but when I do I’ll post a link!

  2. My number 2 is from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, ‘Jesus Alone’ a truly astonishing, stark and emotionally raw piece of songwriting – the backdrop, the tragic loss of his son: “But what happens when an event occurs that is so catastrophic, that we just change. We change from the known person to an unknown person, so that when you look at yourself in the mirror – do you recognise the person that you were? That the person inside the skin is a different person?”

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