01.11.2016 06:45 AM

Low

I am in shock. What a towering genius he was. I literally can’t believe it.

For us misfits at Bishop Carroll in Calgary – for our Room 531 gang of punks, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, gays, lesbians, outcasts and drama types – this LP changed everything.

Low was it. And low is what I am, right now. I can’t believe David Bowie is dead.

He released this Friday. Gutted by this.

22 Comments

  1. Derek Pearce says:

    I can’t believe it either. I cannot. Damn.

  2. Eric Weiss says:

    First stadium show I ever saw was The Tubes, Peter Gabriel and Bowie in Edmonton in the early 80’s. It blew my pre-teen mind away. I can’t say I was a huge fan, but I always appreciated his artistry, his ability to redefine himself and his work. A true innovator. And his influence on the legendary acts that he inspired is another great contribution to music art and culture. RIP

  3. cs says:

    me neither, I think the world is in shock:(

  4. Ted H says:

    Sorry that this happened to him, too young and too much creativity left to express. Never could get beside his music however, far to contrived for my taste, not organic enough.

  5. mrburnsns says:

    I think my friend put it best when he said “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world, through Bowie, than the end of Bowie.”

  6. Christian says:

    A sad day for music. I watched some of the videos in your link. Its quite apparent he knew this would be his last album and he gave it all the still formidable creative energy he had left. The scene where the alien girl finds the spacesuited body of Major Tom…..chills….

  7. Luke says:

    Well shit. The opening line of Lazarus really smacks a person in the face right now.

  8. Al in Cranbrook says:

    First time I saw him perform, believe it was on the Ed Sullivan Show. For the times, his somewhat radical appearance was a bit of a shocker.

    Brilliant artist, and incredibly intelligent. He will be missed.

  9. Liam Young says:

    So low. I saw Bono put it nicely: ‘planet earth is blue’.
    My fav is Hunky Dory, but it’s hard to pick from such a brilliant weirdo who made it ok for me to be weird too.
    Thank you Davy Jones et al.
    We love and we miss you already.

  10. patrick says:

    This shocked me. His was one of the best concerts I have ever experienced. A true artist.

  11. Harvey Bushell says:

    I heard it on the news late last night. Shocking… I couldn’t sleep very well and now I can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve been going to Youtube every 30 minutes to listen to his songs. Saw him twice.. ’78 and ’83.. both great shows. He was an incredible talent and will be sorely missed. RIP David.

  12. Steve T says:

    Bowie was brilliant. Very few artists have such a wide range of musical genres, and can do them all well. He was a very shrewd businessperson as well, keeping the rights to most (all?) of his music. Look up the term “Bowie Bonds” online, and see how he parlayed this.

  13. Lynn says:

    Shocking is right. I feel sad, old and dazed. I loved Hunky Dory and just about wore it out for playing it so much. One of the greats has left us.

  14. Christian says:

    Damn. Its a bit dusty in here…..

    https://youtu.be/Tgcc5V9Hu3g

  15. nobonus4nonis says:

    the soundtrack of our lives is going dark, but not quite yet.

    it ain’t dark yet but it’s getting there.
    bob dylan

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtWZWdCsv-k

    • nobonus4nonis says:

      lyrics to ain’t dark yet by Dylan. hits home on this day.

      Shadows are fallin’ and I’ve been here all day
      It’s too hot to sleep and time is runnin’ away
      Feel like my soul has turned into steel
      I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
      There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
      It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.

      Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
      Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain
      She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
      She put down in writin’ what was in her mind
      I just don’t see why I should even care
      It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.

      Well, I’ve been to London and I been to gay Paris
      I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea
      I’ve been down on the bottom of the world full of lies
      I ain’t lookin’ for nothin’ in anyone’s eyes
      Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
      It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.

      I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
      I know it looks like I’m movin’ but I’m standin’ still
      Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
      I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
      Don’t even hear the murmur of a prayer
      It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.

  16. KBab says:

    So many great albums, hard to pick a favourite… Station to Station, Lodger & Low are all brilliant, but so was Young Americans, Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane. This allowed him to span generations, both my daughter and myself grew up listening to him.

  17. bluegreenblogger says:

    I wept when I heard today. Bowie was an incredibly important influence. He just did what he wanted, and people accepted him. I saw the video, his last gift to the world.

  18. MonteCristo says:

    “Ground Control to Major Tom
    Commencing countdown,
    engines on
    Check ignition
    and may God’s love be with you”

    Farewell Ziggy, there will never be another like you.

  19. We loved him over at James Fowler too. He absolutely was the background music to my high school years. Gutted.

  20. SG says:

    Even more upsetting than Lou Reed’s passing a few years ago. Such a shock.

  21. Shawn says:

    “There’s some form of ghost force liberalism permeating the air in America, but it’s got to go, because it’s got no foundation at all, apart from a set of laws that were established way back in the bloody ’50s and early ’60s…”

    David Bowie 1975

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