End of Chapter Seven (1988-1991)

As the Tin Machine era doesn’t play well with others, it seems best to keep its rankings separate. So list your top ten or whatever you can muster from 1988-1991: choose the cream of the Machine. Mine are below (“Stamford Hill” is a stretch, as it was mainly recorded ca. 1995).

I Can’t Read.
Pretty Pink Rose.
Goodbye Mr. Ed.
Bus Stop.
Shopping for Girls.
Prisoner of Love
Exodus.
Baby Universal.
You Belong in Rock ‘n Roll.
Amlapura.
The King of Stamford Hill.

Top: Stefan Sahlander, “New York, 24 July 1991.”

30 Responses to End of Chapter Seven (1988-1991)

  1. After

    I Can’t Read
    Amazing
    Goodbye Mr Ed
    Baby Can Dance

    there’s nothing from Tin Machine I’d go looking for to listen to. Well done for managing ten!

    • col1234 says:

      the back five were a stretch.and it’s a relative ranking: pretty much everything that DB recorded 1975-1980 is better than “Amlapura” for instance.

  2. jopasso says:

    Amazing
    Baby Universal
    Goodbye Mr.Ed
    Bus stop
    Tin Machine
    Sacrifice yourself
    I can’t read
    You can’t talk
    Baby can dance
    Amlapura

  3. humanizingthevacuum says:

    Would you count the ’88 revamp of “Look Back in Anger”?

  4. Ofer says:

    Judging by previous comments, it would probably be easier and more engaging for this blog’s readers to choose the the ten songs they most detest from the period.

  5. Remco says:

    Shopping for Girls
    Goodbye Mr. Ed
    I Can’t Read
    Baby Universal
    Bus Stop
    A Big Hurt
    Amlapura
    Tin Machine
    Betty Wrong
    Baby Can Dance

  6. Maj says:

    listing the songs that ended up on my iPod after reading chapter seven🙂 … here we go (random order):

    I Can’t Read
    Baby Universal
    Bus Stop
    Baby Can Dance
    Shopping for Girls
    Goodbye Mr. Ed
    Pretty Pink Rose

  7. Shane James Bordas says:

    Tin Machine
    Prisoner Of Love
    I Can’t Read
    Baby Can Dance
    Baby Universal
    You Belong In Rock ‘n’ Roll
    Betty Wrong
    You Can’t Talk
    Goodbye Mr. Ed
    Gunman

  8. joeb says:

    i honestly pretty pink rose is one of the few gems of the era

  9. JahRel says:

    Heaven’s In Here
    Baby Universal
    You Belong in Rock’n’Roll
    Tin Machine (song)
    I Can’t Read
    If There is Something
    Amazing
    Look Back In Anger (’88 revamp)
    Pretty Pink Rose
    Prisoner of Love

  10. col1234 says:

    I amended my earlier list to include “Prisoner of Love,” a song I liked which I completely forgot about.

  11. MC says:

    Ok, here goes:

    I Can’t Read
    Prisoner Of Love
    Baby Universal
    Goodbye Mr. Ed
    Pretty Pink Rose
    Baby Can Dance
    Tin Machine
    Shopping For Girls
    Gunman
    Amlapura

    Best cover (by far): If There Is Something

  12. MC says:

    Yikes! Let’s not forget Bus Stop!

  13. tin man says:

    I can’t read (the stud version & the 1989 tour version; maybe the one from the Paris set (weird intro as Bowie screams “no more…” (the end of Maggie’s farm; better than the other dates versions because slowly; kind of funeral trip with dissonant & wailing brancaesque guitar sounds; a real masterpiece!)

    Heaven’s in Here (stud & 1989 tour versions, even the shortest – seemed to be played faster – “International Rock Awards” one)

    Baby Can Dance

    Bus Stop

    Tin Machine

    Amazing (as the intro song of the 1989 Paris gig; a jewel with Reeves approaching Belew & his Seagull-like guitar sounds)

    Betty Wrong (the long tune with Eric Schermerhorn intro & Bowie as Roland Kirk)

    Goodbye Mr Ed & Hammerhead

    Sorry, because i am The Hunt supporter of the blog & because i really like his “Sam Moore”-like great voice!

    Wanted to listen to “Video Crime” live but…..

    prefered live versions & the 1989 tour sound !

    • tin man says:

      forgot “Shopping for Girls”… another great tune & the urgent song “Pretty Thing” sung by Bowie in 89 & by Tony Sales in the early dates of the “It’s my Life Tour”. I just wanna add one point: i’d rather prefer the textures of the 1st TM LP than the more pop-like & less agressive sound of their second album.

  14. Ian McDuffie says:

    Just you all wait until I get the cover of Tin Machine tattooed on my lower back—

    Baby Can Dance
    You Belong In Rock and Roll
    Prisoner of Love
    It’s Tough
    Shopping for Girls
    Tin Machine
    Amazing
    Baby Universal
    Goodbye Mr. Ed
    I Can’t Read

    Really excited for Black Tie. Are those… bells I hear?

  15. tin man says:

    In fact, my definitive set list: The whole Tin Machine songs !

    Tin Machine was a band with real good musicians, strong personalities… and not an avatar of David Bowie, so why is it so important to compare with what Bowie has done under his name?
    Is it pertinent to compare for example Robert Fripp in Crimson back in 74 with his work in “Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty guitarists” or his “League of Gentlemen”? my opinion is that it’s simply different.

    • Roman says:

      But to ignore Bowie’s solo work when critiquing Tin Machine, is the same as ignoring the Rolling Stones when rating Jagger’s solo work.

      Also, maybe I’m wrong, but I still think that in the studio Bowie – even if it was unofficial – still had the final say in what was done and released.

      Tin Machine was under Bowie’s management. The albums designs (particularly #2) were done by Bowie’s connections, as were the videos and the extra musicians who appeared on the albums and tours.

      So in my opinion, Tin Machine and Bowie aren’t that different after all and therefore the albums should be judged in the same manner as the rest of Bowie’s cannon.

      • Tin Man says:

        I think both of us are right; Tin Machine was an entity that bored a lot of people…, once again, i couldn’t follow the crowd & i thought they were fantastic performers. It’s such a commonplace for Bowie’s listeners to reject the Sales Bros. & spit upon Hunt in particular. The Bowie i saw live in a Paris 91 gig seemed far more concerned, more convincing & quite happier than the Bowie i saw earlier in the 80’s. By the way, i’m also the kind of guy who can appreciate the “accursed” 80’s material; the fact is that there were many good songs in NLMD for example… but unfortunately, played in the “dated” 80’s trip (too much electronic, no real drum kit, too much synthesizers… )

  16. Mother says:

    Under the God
    Amazing
    Baby Can Dance
    Prisoner of Love
    You Belong in Rock n’ Roll
    If There is Something
    Amlapura
    Pretty Pink Rose

  17. Brendan O'Lear says:

    First things first: a huge thanks for getting through all of this, it can’t have been easy or pleasant.
    I think Momus summed my feelings up perfectly in his last contribution; what made Bowie so special was that he was separate from this kind of thing. I’d never heard any of this stuff before and I can’t see myself ever listening to any of it again. Perhaps the most depressing of all the songs – but maybe the best – was ‘You Belong in Rock ‘n’ Roll’; as a young person the attraction of Bowie was that he didn’t belong in rock ‘n’ roll and neither did I.

  18. Steve Mallarmy says:

    Yes, Bowie “keeping it real” with macho meat-and-potatoes rock and roll is just so wrong and ridiculous on any number of levels. Nevertheless, I think Tin Machine was still necessary. It was the enema he needed to clean his system of all that 80s junk food he’d been snacking on. And once Tin Machine had done its cleansing magic, Bowie was (to some degree) able to go back to making interesting music.

  19. jopasso says:

    Ok, so they say we gotta jump

  20. gcreptile says:

    …intro a real cool world.

  21. gcreptile says:

    I started following this blog during Never Let me Down and can’t wait for some more interesting music. This is a great blog you have! It made me chase some of these rare or unreleased songs that I have never heard before.

  22. Prisoner of Love
    Amazing
    Betty Wrong
    Baby Universal
    Shopping For Girls
    Under The God
    You Belong In Rock n Roll
    Sorry
    One Shot
    Run

    *ducks tomatoes*

    Looks like I’m not the only Hunt Sales apologist here.

  23. Diamond Duke says:

    Okay, here are my Top 10 Favorite Tin Machine Songs!

    01. Baby Universal
    02. One Shot
    03. Baby Can Dance
    04. Prisoner Of Love
    05. Shopping For Girls
    06. Tin Machine
    06. I Can’t Read
    07. Under The God
    08. Amazing
    09. Run
    10. Goodbye Mr. Ed

    And the 5 runners up…

    01. Amlapura
    02. Betty Wrong
    03. Video Crime
    04. Sacrifice Yourself
    05. Bus Stop

    Worst Tin Machine song:
    Pretty Thing

    Special honorable mention goes to…
    It’s Tough

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