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David Bowie ~ Heroes & Lodger 2 CD Set




Release Date: 2009
Format: CD
Number of Discs: 2

Catalogue Number: 5099968448608
Label: Emi


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Two classic albums from, for me anyway, the classic Bowie era. The influence of these 2 albums stretches over everything good and innovative that has come after.

David Bowie on Heroes:

"Heroes is very much an extension of Low. Heroes and the next album will be in the vein of Low. That's probaly more out of spite than anything else." (September 1977)

"I suppose it's not the happiest of albums. But it wasn't at all subjective. It was taken from observations.

"At the moment, I'm my own greatest fan. The album sounds fresh and was not at all preconceived.

"The lyrics on each track took five or six minutes to write and we were in the studio for a matter of a couple of weeks. If I'd been working on my own it wouldn't have been that long.

"I don't do retakes unless absolutely necessary. I get bored so quickly." (October 1977)

"Berlin is a city made up of bars for sad, disillusioned people to get drunk in. I've taken full advantage of working there to examine the place quite intensively. One never knows how long it's going to remain there. One fancies that it's going very fast.

"That's one of the reasons, sure, that I was attracted to the city. It's a feeling that I really tried to capture in the paintings I did. I made a series of paintings while I was there of the Turks that live in the city. There's a track on the new album called Neukoln, and that's the area of Berlin where the Turks are shackled in very bad conditions.

"They're very much an isolated community. It's very sad. It's very, very sad. And that kind of reality obviously contributed to the mood of both Low and Heroes.

"I mean, having encountered an experience like that it's hard to sing, 'Let's all think of peace and love...' No,...David, why did you say that? That was a stupid remark. Because that's exactly where you should arrive after seeing something like that. You should arrive at a sense of compassion. The title track of Heroes is about facing that kind of reality and standing up to it.

"The only heroic act one can f##king well pull out of the bag in a situation like that is to get on with life and derive some joy from the very simple pleasure of remaining alive, despite every attempt being made to kill you." (October 1977)

"I thought I'd pick on the only narrative song to use as the title. It was arbitrary, really, because I could have used any of the songs as the title, because there's no concept to the album...

"I'd felt that the use of quotes indicated a dimension of irony about the word 'heroes' or about the whole concept of heroism.

"Well, in that example they were, on that title track. The situation that sparked off the whole thing was - I thought - highly ironic. There's a wall by the studio - the album having been recorded at Hansa By The Wall in West Berlin - about there. It's about twenty or thirty metres away from the studio and the control room looks out onto it. There's a turret on top of the wall where the guards sit and every day, a boy and girl would meet out there and carry on.

"They were obviously having an affair.

"And I thought of all the places to meet in Berlin, why pick a bench underneath a guard turret on the Wall? They'd come from different directions and always meet there... Oh, they were both from the West, but they'd always meet right there. And I - using licence - presumed that they were feeling somewhat guilty about this affair and so they'd imposed this restriction on themselves, thereby giving themselves an excuse for their heroic act. I used this as a basis..." (November 1977) *

"I believe in the last two albums, more than anything I've done before. I mean, I look back on a lot of my earler work and, although there's much that I appreciate about it, there's not a great deal that I actually like. I don't think they're very likeable albums at all.

"There's a lot more heart and emotion in Low, and, especially, the new album." (October 1977)

Quotes from Bowie in His Own Words Book.

Sales:

No. 3 in the UK for three weeks. Sales (before his death): 2.3 m.

Key track: Heroes.

* Turns out Bowie was being coy or discreet when he says he used 'licence' to describe the mysterious lovers as he would later confirm it was Visconti and his German girlfriend meeting by the wall.

Bowie in Berlin is a fascinating period for anyone interested in his career though he lived there for only 18 months or so. A Tribute to David Bowie HAUPTSTRASSE The Berlin Years 1976 - 1978 (direct link to the book @ amazon.co.uk), published in 2013, is a book I would heartily recommend.


David Bowie on Lodger:

Fantastic Voyage
"Well, that is definately pop. What's interesting about that is the logistics. We played the same chord sequence four different ways and the same thing exactly occurs elsewhere on the album. You've got to spot it. I wanted to put some sort of point of view forward that was in the narrative fashion right at the front of the album.

"It starts veering off to the obscure after this, but it's a pretty straightforward song about how I feel, in a very old fashioned romantic fashion. One feels constantly that so many things are out of our own control and it's just this infuriating thing that you don't want to have their depression ruling your life or dictating how you will wake up each morning."

African Night Flight
You will, of course, have noted the use of Swahili. Translated, that meant, 'Hello, goodbye.'

That came together because in Mombasa, in many of the bars you will find these German ex pilots who hang out wearing most of their pilot's gear. They are always saying they have been there for seventeen years and really must go back to Germany. You've got a good idea why they are there in the first place, but they live strange lives flying about in their little Cessnas over the bushland, doing all kinds of strange things. They're very mysterious characters, permanently plastered and always talking about when they are going to leave.

"The song came about because I was wondering exactly what they are and what they are doing and what their profession is and why they fly around.

"This track is very interesting. What we did was to take the basic idea of 'Suzie Q' and play it backwards. Then Brian (Eno) decided to put prepared piano on it. He put pairs of scissors and all kinds of metal things on the strings of the piano. Then we took out the main band so you just had the piano left.

"It was a case of starting out with one thing, putting another thing on top of it, and taking away the number you first thought of."

Move On
This, of couse, is blatantly romantic. The interesting thing about this one is in the middle section, I was playing through some old tapes of mine on a Revox and I accidently played one backwards and thought it was beautiful. Without listening to what it was originally, we recorded the whole thing note for note backwards, and then I added vocal harmonies with Tony Visconti. If you play it backwards you'll find that it's All The Young Dudes.

I did this in New York, which is a very enjoyable city at the moment. It's very exciting there and is probaly having its heyday as far as the arts are concerned. The whole arts thing in New York is extraordinary, much more exciting than London, which is a bit patchy.

"I'm so pleased that the conclusion of these three albums has been so up. You never know until you come out of the studio exactly what you've done, and it would have been terribly depressing if the third one had been down. At least this one has a kind of optimism."

Yassassin
"That's Simon House on violin. He was with Hawkwind. He understood the notation immediately, even though he had no experience with Turkish music before.

"This song is about the kind of characters you find in coffee bars in Turkey. An interesting thing about this track was putting two ethnic sounds together. We used the Turkish things and put it against a Jamaican back beat. They're both parallel."

Red Sails
"Here we took a German new music feel and put against it the idea of a contemporary English mercenary cum swash buckling Errol Flynn, and put him in the China Sea. We have a lovely cross reference of cultures. I honestly don't know what it's about."

DJ
"This is somewhat cynical but it's my natural response to disco. The DJ is the one who is having ulcers now, not the executives, because if you do the unthinkable thing of putting a record on in a disco not in time ... That's it. If you have thirty seconds silence, your whole career is over.

"The most absurd thing about this is that I was with John Cale in New York and I played his viola on stage at Carnegie Hall. He called me and asked me to play at a benefit for a radio station in New York. I had never played viola in my life before but I learned four notes on it and it sounded great. I may learn another four and play it on my next album."

Look Back In Anger
"I had this thought about angels and Angels of Death, which is the character that is most revered. But this one is about a tatty Angel of Death.

"We did one thing on this track which was a lot of fun but terribly frustrating for the musicians. Brian and I came up with a series of cards with chords on. We stuck them on a blackboard, and we had all the musicians sitting on chairs in front of the blackboard. Then Brian and I just pointed at the one to play next. It got very intense , and the more intense it got the better it got. We did that for thirty minutes and kept yelling out the style to play in.

"Fortunately, I'm with guys who are very receptive to what I want to do. They get angry, of course, but only if they're not fully aware of what is going on. Often I can't help them much because I'm not sure what's going to come out of it either.

Boys Keep Swinging
"What we did on this one was to have everybody play the instruments they didn't usually play. Suddenly, we had Carlos Alomar, who is the rhythm guitarist, on drums and Dennis Davis, on bass.

"What was extraordinary was the enthusiasm that came from musicians who weren't playing their usual instruments. They became kids discovering rock'n'roll for the first time again.

"Boy has exactly the same chord sequence as Fantastic Voyage."

Repetition
"This is about wife beating - something you are faced with in the American newspapers all the time.

"I think my voice sounds rather like it did five years ago. Fantastic Voyage could quite easily have turned up on Hunky Dory. This albums seems to contain things from lots of different areas of my career."

Red Monkey
"This song I think is about responsibility. Red boxes keep cropping up in my paintings and they represent responsibility there." (May 1979)

Quotes from Bowie in His Own Words Book.

Sales:

No. 4 in the UK for one week. Sales (before his death): 2.2 m.

Key track: Boys Keep Swinging.


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