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Sunday, 23 August 2020

Crash Course For The Ravers

We were away for a few days and as is my want I picked up a copy of Mojo for something to read.

The main article was Bowie: The Lost Interview.Yes I know it's hard to believe but there is actually an interview out there which has not yet been committed to print.This one is a series of transatlantic phonecalls with Paul Du Noyer from May 2002. I'll be honest I haven't got round to reading it yet and I doubt whether I actually will

The accompanying CD Crash Course For The Ravers is a deep trawl through the lesser visited zones of Bowie's career. Here you will find loyal companions and obscure inspirations, proteges and acolytes, tributes from old friends and incovations from much newer ones ...

The alarm bells should have probably started ringing with the phrase deep trawl.It is pretty disappointing and one which will be going back. Here are three that just about pass muster.

Mick Ronson - Slaughter on 10th Avenue

Brian Eno - Fickle Sun (III) I'm Set Free

Jacques Brel - La Mort


  1. I just checked out the full tracklist for the CD online - they've certainly avoided anything approaching the obvious haven't they?

  2. I have some time for Ronson's interpretation of Slaughter On 10th Avenue - its the very familiar feeling Mike Garson piano that really links it to Bowie. But you can imagine it being played during set changes on the Diamond Dogs or Aladdin Sane tours.

  3. I rather like the Ian Hunter tribute too and that Slask track that maybe inspired Warzsawa.