End of Chapter Five (1976-1979)

It’s been ages since I’ve run one of these key summaries (cough, place-fillers) (which have no correlation to any actual chapters in the upcoming book). Anyhow, here’s a chance to list your top 10 favorites from the “Berlin” era—The Idiot to Lodger.

Here are mine. List extremely subject to change, except the first two:

Sound and Vision.
Warszawa.
“Heroes.”
Boys Keep Swinging.
Joe the Lion.
Be My Wife.
Lust For Life.
Subterraneans.
Look Back In Anger.
Funtime/Some Are.

Top: Regent St., London, 1979.

16 Responses to End of Chapter Five (1976-1979)

  1. Jeremy Earl says:

    Quite hard, but here goes:

    Nightclubbing
    Sound and Vision
    Warszawa
    Subterraneans
    Beauty and the Beast
    Neukoln
    Fantastic Voyage
    Move On
    Red Sails
    Look Back in Anger

    Could be many others though, but Fantastic Voyage, Move On and Warszawa would always be there…

  2. Carl says:

    Great list (to the bloggowner). I almost agree on that one, but would probably put in Moss garden instead of Subteranneans.

    • Pinstripe Hourglass says:

      Boys Keep Swinging
      Lust For Life
      Nightclubbing
      Success
      Beauty and the Beast
      “Heroes”
      Moss Garden
      V-2 Schneider

      After that it gets difficult. Some Weird Sin and Funtime probably belong in there, possibly along with Sound And Vision. Maybe Warszawa.

      This really isn’t my favorite Bowie period – I recognize how influential and brilliant the Trilogy is but it just doesn’t do much for me personally. I’m more of a rock and roll guy, I guess, which is probably why I prefer his albums with Pop to his solo work at this time. Also, a big fan of funk-influenced rock (Station to Station is my favorite album, after all) so there’s a lot in The Idiot that appeals to me.

  3. jopasso says:

    My list besides sound and vision and warszawa:

    Heroes
    Always crashing in the same car
    Be my wife
    Fantastic voyage
    Look back in anger
    The secret life of Arabia
    Turn blue
    Tonight

  4. David L says:

    Sound & Vision
    Always Crashing in the Same Car
    “Heroes”
    Joe the Lion
    Look Back in Anger
    Boys Keep Swinging
    Nightclubbing
    Fun Time
    Dum Dum Boys
    Lust for Life
    The Passenger
    Fall in Love with Me

    That’s 12, the Iggy albums are too good.

  5. diamond dog says:

    Well here we go
    Heroes
    Sound and vision
    A new career in a new town
    Funtime
    Boys keep swinging
    Fantastic voyage
    Lust for life
    Beauty and the beast
    Mass production
    Warsawa
    Very hard to do indeed as it is such a great period looking forward to the next period which hopefully will start with a bang ….

  6. Joe the Lion says:

    Okay, I’m going to leave Iggy out of this to make it easier on myself:

    Breaking Glass
    Joe the Lion
    “Heroes”
    Be My Wife
    Always Crashing in the Same Car
    Fantastic Voyage
    Subterraneans
    Yassassin
    Red Sails
    Beauty and the Beast

  7. mike says:

    funtime
    sound and vision
    a new career in a new town
    some weird sin
    joe the lion
    v-2 scneider
    sons of the silent age
    move on
    african night flight
    red sails

  8. Jeremy Earl says:

    A lot of us have Fantastic Voyage on the list, there you go Bowie, put it on your next (inevitable) greatest hits album.

    I realised that i forgot about Lust for Life! Still, all the track i chose still stand.

  9. Gnomemansland says:

    neu music night and day

  10. snoball says:

    Note the sign for Heddon Street in that picture…

  11. In no order.
    Breaking Glass
    Always Crashing in the Same Car
    Lust for Life
    The Passenger
    “Heroes”
    Beauty and the Beast
    Fantastic Voyage
    Look Back in Anger
    Speed of Life
    Warszawa
    Neuköln

  12. The Berlin era is definitely my favorite Bowie period, but my list of fav songs keeps changing, almost on a weekly basis…So this would be this week’s Top 10:
    Some Are
    Warszawa
    Repetition
    Joe The Lion
    The Secret Life Of Arabia
    Fantastic Voyage
    African Night Flight
    Lust For Life
    Funtime
    Abdulmajid

  13. Remco says:

    Oooh, lists!! Here’s mine

    “Heroes”
    Fantastic Voyage
    Sound and Vision
    Boys Keep Swinging
    Be My Wife
    Warszawa
    Lust For Life
    What In the world
    Repetition
    Some Are

  14. Pierce says:

    Blackout
    “Heroes”
    Joe the Lion
    Tonight
    Always Crashing in the Same Car
    Warszawa
    Moss Garden
    Sister Midnight
    Red Sails
    China Girl

  15. 1. Beauty and the Beast
    2. A New Career in a New Town
    3. Be My Wife
    4. Heroes
    5. The Silent Life of Arabia
    6. Joe the Lion
    7. Look Back in Anger
    8. DJ
    9. V2 Schneider
    10. Repetition

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