Category Archives: Way-Back

David Bowie

Station to Station: Electric Heaven, Cocaine Hell

The Thin White Duke’s private bullet train hisses into the station, slowly building over the steady funk beat of Dennis Davis and guitar of the returning Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick, just jonesing until that futuristic groaning croon, hymn-like, guides us past demons, ever-trailing, “Station to Station”. From Funk Street to Disco Plaza, this express engine speeds like white light(ning) through the snow-coated 70’s, as comfortable in Harlem as in Studio 54. The bass work of George Murray and tinkling ivories of Roy Bittan lead from the energetic title track to the opulent “Golden Years”, sending a chilling Midas touch down spines since January 23, 1976. Anyone who doesn’t feel gilded and untouchable after track two isn’t alive. Anyone who is will begin to panic that they can’t slow down, for fear of death.

David Bowie

Bowie’s Diamond in the Rough
Richard Foreman

When recording began in 1974, David Bowie had just finished breaking up the band that had made him a Starman. While the Spiders from Mars, comprised of the megalithic talent of Mick Ronson, as well as bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick Woodmansey, were dismantled and scattered on rock’s pinball-lit highway, David had a monumental choice to make, as he always did in his career: Who should I be, now? Never a simple question for the man who would be The Thin White Duke in the course of an album, fate and arguably fear met at the crossroads, and bred Diamond Dogs. Halloween Jack was holding the leash, loosely.

The Cars

heartbeatcity11Visiting the Heartbeat City: The Cars Magnum Opus
By Richard Foreman

If the iconic imagery of a ’74 Plymouth Duster and Rosie the Riveter’s spunky, gear-head little sister didn’t reel you in back in ’84, then chances are, you overlooked the finest album the 1980′s had to offer. Rick Ocasek and the band said “Hello Again”, but after losing ground with Panorama and having to go into overdrive with Shake It Up, The Cars crowning achievement became a musical phantom of the radio.

Marc Bolan

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A British television series presented by Marc Bolan ~ 1977
By Krista Cameron

‘Sing me a song that the world can sing along and I’ll show you a song from the heart..’
(from the opening of the MARC television program)

Robert Plant

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By Shelbie Freedman (SugarBuzz Philidelphia)

You can’t give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside-so be it. But at least you know you’ve tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was equal of one hundred years outside of it.~ Robert Plant

Joni Mitchell

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Seventies Feminism: Where You Can Sleep Around Like You Mean Business
By Shelbie Freedman (SugarBuzz Philadelphia)