>> Thursday, January 14, 2016
SiriusXM now has a Bowie channel subbing in for The Loft (channel 30) until Sunday. All Bowie, all the time, which probably oughta be a thing anyway, the way Springsteen has a station and the Dead have a station and Elvis has a station. Hell, if Pearl Jam has a station (and they do). But it's probably a licensing thing, right? Money has to change hands and things have to be signed, I think.
(Not that it ought to permanently replace The Loft. I loves me The Loft.)
Anyway, they played this when I was driving home the other evening, "Red Money" from Lodger (1979), and I wondered why the hell I didn't already have it scheduled for the week's Bowie playlist at Giant Midgets. It's not a track I have tons to say about, though it's off of Bowie's best album (aside from all the other ones), the last of the "Berlin Trilogy" and Eno-ey goodness. Plus (and this is the main reason I was thinking, "Man, add this to the list" on the drive home) those Carlos Alomar guitars on "Red Money" are something else.
I was also thinking--and this is in keeping with how Bowie was always a few moments in the future--how much this track sounded like something Talking Heads might have done a year later (on, if you want to be specific, Remain In Light (1980)). Which may just be the Eno influence--he produced Light and the Heads' '79 record Fear of Music. But still. What a weird, wonderful cut.
You may or may not have figured out I picked out a whole bunch of tracks and scheduled 'em through the week, and occasionally came in and added another one here or there. I don't know how many more I'll do; I mean, I can tell you how many more are currently scheduled through Friday, I just can't tell you if the number will grow. There's a little voice in me that says I'm neglecting Bowie's '80s output, and I think probably his '90s output, too. I mention this and give you the peek behind the curtain only because if I don't toss up something from Let's Dance (1983), Earthling (1997), or even Tin Machine (1989) it's not because I think any less of those records or anything like that. It's just that there's a lot of Bowie, you know. And if I don't pop up a track you loved, well, you should go listen to it again. That's all.