Friday, January 15, 2016

Battle of the Bands: "Starman"


This music blogging event was first introduced by my dear friends and super peeps  - everybody, give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, including mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

It's been a sad week for music lovers with the loss of the Thin White Duke. On January 10, 2016, David Bowie passed away from liver cancer in New York City. 

There was only one David Bowie...but wait a minute; maybe that is wrong 'cause the dude transformed before our eyes. Not once, not twice, but over and over again. Now that, my friend, is a rock and roll spirit; ever changing and reinventing himself. Several of those personas, I loved. A few I hated and some I just didn't get at all. 

The only person I could think of to challenge David Bowie is...David Bowie.

STARMAN (David Bowie 1972)

STARMAN (David Bowie 1999)

David, this is my BOTB Tribute and no matter who win! 


  1. Sad to lose David Bowie. It took a few years for him to catch on with me, but then I realized the extent of his talent. I've got several recordings of his music now.

    Both versions here are very good, but I like the more mature electrified Bowie. The 1999 version for me.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  2. You really expect me to be able to choose between Bowie and....... Bowie?!? Really sister, not possible!

    Well, almost. I'm going with Arlee Bird on this one.

  3. I like the 1999 version. His voice had matured and grown deeper, giving the song more depth. A lot of older singers lose that higher range and here it works in Bowie's favor.

  4. Looks like the vote is a bit one-sided so far, but I'm with the majority. Have a good weekend my friend. RIP David Bowie.

  5. This is really a tough one! So sad to lose him. He was so transformative! I keep going back and forth. One minute I like the 1972 Bowie because it's the sound I'm familiar with on that particular song but then I like the mature Bowie of 1999 and the electric version. I'm sitting here at the computer just trying to make up my mind...
    Well, I guess I'll go with 1999. No, wait! 1972. No, 1999. Shit! I don't know which one to pick!!! hmm...
    Which one do YOU think I should pick??
    Okay, I really like the 1999 version but my first thought was to pick the 1972 version. So I'll go with the 1999 one.... :)

    Great tribute to Bowie here. Fun battle!

    Michele at Angels Bark

  6. Uh oh, kind of a blowout here. I'll admit, I like the 1999 one better too, so keep adding to the pile. :)

  7. Cherdo! I don't know this song and really could have passed it by. With that attitude, though, let me vote for 1972... I liked his harmony with the other group member. Ha!

  8. I'm totally gutted by the loss of Bowie. This isn't a win. I'm a heartbroken by his passing. The battle - if I must choose, I choose the 1999 version. I agree with the others, his voice had matured and it does give the song more depth.

  9. !999. Because he had more time to perfect it.

  10. RIP ♥ This is a lovely tribute to David Bowie. So sad to lose him. :(

    I'm going along with most of the others in choosing the 1999 version. The vocals and entire presentation was better, IMO.

  11. Franklin is not interested, but Penelope sees David Bowie in 1999 and thinks he's hot. She votes for David Bowie 1999. I vote for David Bowie 1972 because of his youthful enthusiasm. I am not a fan of Rosie O'Donnell, though I would never denigrate her the way Donald Trump does, but before I thought her daytime talk show became annoying, she had David Bowie and Iman as guests. Rosie seemed to be friends with Iman and would imitate her saying, Rosie, listen to Iman. Do not ask David to sing Little China Girl. He hates that song.

    Then David came out, and Rosie wanted him to sing Little China Girl. Instead, he played his guitar and sang, Little Rosie Girl, and had a special cameraman there to make a personal video of it for Rosie. He was so kind. He glowed with beauty and grace. Then Iman came out. It was nice to see two people so in love. I know David Bowie had hard times in his life, and he did things he shouldn't have done, but in the end, his wife loved him and his children loved him and God loved him. What else matters?


  12. Gosh-to see him all a glitter and then so much wiser. I vote the 2nd version because I found he just wisely knew how to sing the song better. It was a shock to hear that he died. I watched some of his newest releases like Lazarus and wow! What a true artist. He really is a performance artist and one must see it over and over to try to understand all the layers. Now Alan Rickman died and Celine Dion's husband died. Very sad week in the entertainment world.

  13. I love your idea of him singing against himself. That's a great tribute. He was such a big part of my teen years. RIP

  14. I liked the older Bowie song. His voice seems to be more rounder and had depth. Plus he seems just so happy and smiling from before the first note.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

  15. A most interesting BATTLE you have concocted here DB vs. DB, and they are very different. I think I'll go with 1999. Bowie matured into something you really could listen to, IMO.

  16. I'm not sure I can pinpoint why I prefer the 1999 version over the earlier one. I think it might be because he was less nasal. Or his voice had softened up a bit. Or maybe it was the differences in the band that my ears preferred. Honestly, I really don't know. But, I think Bowie just got better with time, so give me 1999.

  17. First thing I want to say is that... Michele's comment made me laugh. Now that is some SERIOUS indecision! Ha!-Ha!

    Don't hate me but... I'm just not a Bowie fan. I never did "get" him in ANY of his weird personas. I would say that Bowie was the poor man's Tiny Tim (although most people would probably say they'd see that 180 degrees differently).

    I do really like the songs 'Young Americans', 'Rebel, Rebel' (especially where it was used in a video in conjunction with James Dean clips), 'Golden Years', and 'Suffragette City'. 'Fame' was kinda-sorta OK. The rest of his stuffs just didn't connect with me.

    However, DOC CHERDO, I like the clever idea you utilized for this BOTB-Tribute. My very first Battle ever pitted Bebel Gilberto against herself, and I have tentative plans to do something similar someday with Warren Zevon and perhaps Rickie Lee Jones also.

    In this Battle, I'm going to follow the crowd (which, as you know, I usually do in most things:o) and vote for the 1999 version of Ziggy.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

  18. I think I prefer 1999 Bowie. Seems more mature, more polished. I don't know whether the fact that HE looks more mature, more polished, though played a major role in my decision, though.
    Either way, his passing made me very sad.

  19. Awww. What a great tribute, and a great idea for a battle! Give my vote to 1999 Bowie. I can't really put my finger on it, other than that he seems so much more into his own at this time. No longer the Ziggy persona, but still pulls it off and adds to it. My battle is a Bowie tribute, too!

  20. I like the classic 1972 sound of David Bowie.
    He was the favourite singer of my brother-in-law. He'll be missed I'm sure. It's a fact of life when someone we like dies, but it's never easy to hear.

  21. Cherdo, yep it's sad to learn of Mr. Bowie's passing. The beautiful thing is his music will live on to infinity and back. I by far prefer the David Bowie's do-over of this song. His vocals are more pleasing to my ears in this rendition of his own song. So, give the maturer David Bowie my vote, please!

  22. I like the 1999 remake better than the Ziggy Stardust-era original. That one gets my vote.

  23. 1999 gets my vote. More energy and I guess the song grows with age like a fine wine.

  24. I like the newer one. Proof that some singers' voices get better with age. Such a sad loss.


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