Goodbye, David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947-10 January 2016) My introduction to David Bowie was "Modern Love" in 1983, a song which captivated me for reasons I couldn't understand. When my mom spied me watching the video on a Saturday morning television show she made some remark about Bowie's appearance and that he changed colors more … Continue reading Goodbye, David Bowie

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Brightwell’s Top 10: 1972

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog In 1857, Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented his invention for recording sound, the phonautograph. Twenty years later, in 1877, someone first realized that his phonautograms could also play back recorded music. It was the same year, coincidentally, that Thomas Edison patented the phonograph and thus the age of recorded music began. In 2015, former Amoebite Matthew … Continue reading Brightwell’s Top 10: 1972

Alles gute zum geburtstag Schaffel – The musical repercussions of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog This year marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous Depeche Mode Riots, in which half a dozen people were treated for minor injuries. Another Depeche Mode milestone is upon us as on 29 August 1989 the band released their 23rd single, "Personal Jesus" and basically invented the "schaffel" … Continue reading Alles gute zum geburtstag Schaffel – The musical repercussions of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”

One Album Wonders: Brett Smiley’s Breathlessly Brett

The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary market for the music industry until the dawn of the album era, which began in the mid-1960s. In that era, for any number of reasons, many fine musical acts released only one studio album. This series looks at some of my favorite "one album … Continue reading One Album Wonders: Brett Smiley’s Breathlessly Brett

Moon Missions and the Children of Major Tom — The End of the Space Age and the Music Which Followed

It's the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, and looking back at that achievement it's obvious that one of the many repercussions was evinced in the music of the era. In addition to the space rock of bands like Pink Floyd and Hawkwind and sci-fi minded funk acts like Funkadelic, the glam rock … Continue reading Moon Missions and the Children of Major Tom — The End of the Space Age and the Music Which Followed

Glam & Glitter Christmas

  I'm not sure what it is about Glam Rock and Christmas but I've always appreciated how many contributions to the Christmas song canon have big drums, fuzzy sax and '50s via the '70s Yuletide vibes.   My vote for the best Glam Rock Christmas song goes, hands down, to Slade with their never-tiresome-no-matter-how-many-times-you-hear-it classic, … Continue reading Glam & Glitter Christmas

Glitter Rock — The red-headed stepchild of a red-headed stepchild

If you find Glam too brainy, too challenging, too confusing, then perhaps you're what the press used to refer to as a Glitter Kid! These bands didn't take their cues from the androgynous, artistic pretensions of David Bowie, Bretty Smiley, Cockney Rebel, Doctors of Madness or Jobriath. They looked to the big, stomping beats and … Continue reading Glitter Rock — The red-headed stepchild of a red-headed stepchild