The Last Push


Well, I’d wanted to get another post out but in all honesty, I cannot do anything else until I finally finish this manuscript. I go on vacation the week of July 7, so it’s got to be done by then, because I just want to finally finish Wolf Hall and read some Kieron Gillen comics and not think about Bowie that week.

So: last leg. Bear with me, and once this is over, we’ll get back to a weekly or even a semi-weekly (imagine!) pace.

And if you’ve a yen to talk about something Bowie, talk about some of the er, utter absolute classic Bowie songs that have like 10 bloody comments on them!

Here’s “Space Oddity”!
Here’s “Quicksand”!
Here’s “The Man Who Sold the World“!
Here’s “John I’m Only Dancing“!

Have at it. See you on the other side. I think you’re going to like this book.

all best


Top: 1915 Irish Great War propaganda poster, via WWI Propaganda Posters.

37 Responses to The Last Push

  1. Paula Sciuk says:

    love, love, love your commentary and dialogue. I have learned so much through your research, introspection and witty repartee – thank you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    i have been a Bowiefan for 43 years yet I didn’t really “get it” til i read your analysis. Great work and incredible insight. If you are making this a book, count on me to buy several copies. i have turned many on to this website and will do the same for the book.

    Thank you for your mind.
    i wish i had something comparable to offer.

  3. Nick 7 says:

    Have a good break when it comes Chris. Hope you’re enjoying Wolf Hall – the second part Bring Up the Bodies is really great too!
    best wishes,

  4. Have enjoyed going back on a few and re-reading entries of some personal favourites during quiet times. Highly recommended:

    Red Sails
    We Are the Dead
    Always Crashing in the Same Car
    Cat People
    Time Will Crawl
    Teenage Wildlife
    Joe the Lion
    She Shook Me Cold
    Watch That Man
    Who Can I Be Now
    Tumble & Twirl
    Strangers When We Meet

  5. SoooTrypticon says:

    Great work and good luck! Enjoy your break! Looking forward to the book, and the many holiday gifts it will make.

  6. Mike says:

    I was so surprised when I went through the older entries and saw almost no commentary.

  7. AlonInSeine says:

    Once your book is published, it will be the only book which I will buy in a physical format ever since I got my Kindle.

  8. roobin101 says:

    I don’t know why but you reminded me of this:

    Even so, thanks for opening my ears to the Black Tie/Buddha/Leon era, also to tracks like The Drowned Girl, Please Mr Gravedigger, Footstompin’ and Sector Z.

  9. Vinnie says:

    Mad respect. Enjoy your vacation. Where’s the preorder link? I’ll take two, please.

  10. Rufus oculus says:

    Enjoy your break Chris. Wolf Hall is a great read as is Bring Up The Bodies-and shorter!

    • col1234 says:

      it’s been on my beside table for 8 months, constantly set aside for yet another book about Sixties London or somesuch

  11. Ramzi says:

    Will there be a thing covering the Tibet House performances? Truly remarkable versions in my opinion (Heroes and Heathen especially)

  12. Ian McDuffie says:

    One issue in, The Wicked + The Divine is magical— it’s gonna be a good vacatiooonnnn!

  13. Tayo says:

    Hey! Many thanks for this place, Chris. It’s the best Bowie site by some distance. Do you have a publisher for your book and a possible publishing date? Count me in for a copy for sure.

  14. 2fs says:

    Looking forward to the book, with quite a bit of anticipation. Enjoy your break.

  15. s.t. says:

    Have a great vacation Chris!

  16. KenHR says:

    A bit late, but chiming in with more well-wishes for a great vacation.

    I’ve taken advantage of this break to re-read the blog from the beginning; I only discovered it last year, and I skipped many entries (and opportunities to hear rare songs and alternate versions) catching up. It’s quite a journey on which you’ve taken your readership; very illuminating. Thanks so much, and very much looking forward to the book(s?)!

  17. StevenE says:

    so i’m looking forward to that new material then.

  18. diamonddog says:

    Ive been neglecting the blog for a year as it was material that i was not fond of but have kept reading now and then . Bowie is a constant in my life and although the bowie i love seldom rears his head since scary monsters its great to read your blog offering up details on the old and new with equallly. Best blog bar non and looking forward to your book the shoddy paulo hewitt book all pics and badly recycled shallow rubbish will look like a kids reading book when yours arrives. The insight you have provided has enhanced my 40 year bromance….love on ya.

  19. Mike F says:


    At a charity event last night in London, David sent a message of support along with some signed items to raffle and ended the message with more music soon:

    “This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David”

    • col1234 says:

      yes, hence my mock-depressed twitter post.

      the big question is whether it’s new-new stuff or more from the apparently endless supply of “Next Day” sessions material

      • StevenE says:

        I’m assuming the Extra collection was probably an effort to draw a line under those sessions – could be wishful thinking, but could not be. I did think that some of those tracks were as strong as anything on the album proper so it’s not the end of the world if the next album is a rehash.

        We’re probably about 15 years on from Bowie’s visconti reunion which surely makes this the longest period Bowie’s gone clinging to the same basic sound? I’m hoping, unreasonably sure, that Scott-o))) will have kicked bowie into gear a bit.

        Happy for new Bowie, would be even happier to hear New new Bowie.

      • s.t. says:

        I’m excited for new Bowie and for Scott-o))), but if the Drift and Bish Bosch weren’t enough to shake Bowie out of his recording habits, then this one won’t either. At least it can shake him into putting out music, which still feels novel after that long period of silence.

      • Mike F says:

        It could be worse than Next Day outtakes. It could be dubstep remixes of Toy.

    • roobin101 says:

      I’m fairly certain this ‘new stuff’ will be a 5-song EP called Oar.

  20. Tim says:

    Love this blog, very knowledgeable, thoughtful, with great insights, it deserves to be published, “errpreciated” as MES once said, keep on keeping on…Tim (Noggin)

  21. rob thomas says:

    late to this, but for your next project, how about a novel about DB launched back in time, finding himself as court composer to Henry VIII?

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