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SEPTEMBER & AUGUST 1997 - DAVID BOWIE NEWS

CYBERCAST... WATCH THAT MAN
26th September 1997

David's BOSTON show at the Orpheum will be broadcast live in his first ever cybercast performance.

It will be available on various formats, RealAudio, RealVideo, NetShow, VDO along with stills and an online chat for fans. There will be competitions to win albums and singles, along with t-shirts.

See the show on ITV.net at 8.00pm on October 1st and at 1.00 GMT.

NEW RELEASES DUE
25th September 1997

November 18th - The Bridge School Concerts - V1, featuring "Heroes" released on Reprise Records.
October 27th - Best Of David Bowie 1969-1974
October 21st - Ice Storm Soundtrack.
October 14th - I'm Afraid Of Americans - The full format will be six track EP with five remixes by Trent Reznor along with one by Photek.
October 6th - The Jean Genie 25th Anniversary Edition - EMI featuring Holy Holy, Ragazza Solo and London Bye Ta Ta.
September 8th - Conan O'Brien compilation album featuring Dead Man Walking.

Already released - Bruce Springsteen tribute album 'One Step Up, Two Steps Back', with David's cover of It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City.
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (US).

MODERN PAINTERS
24th September 1997

The Autumn edition of Modern Painters features DAVID BOWIE interviewing the talented TRACEY EMIN in an excellent nine page interview entitled 'It's Art Jim, but as We Know It'

Back issues can still be acquired from: Modern Painters Back Issues, Central Books, 99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN.
Tel: +44 (0) 986 4854. Fax +44 (0) 181 533 5821.

The issues still available featuring David's editorial talents are:
Balthus/Bowie Interview - Autumn 1994 - Vol. 7 - Issue 3
South African Biennale Review - Summer 1995 - SOLD OUT
Bowie on Basquiat - Spring 1996 - Vol. 9 - Issue 1
Bowie on Damien Hirst - Summer 1996 - Vol. 9 - Issue 2
Bowie with Tracey Emin - Autumn 1997 - Vol. 10 - Issue 3 - SOLD OUT

GQ MAGAZINE 100th ISSUE
23rd September 1997

In October's issue of GQ Magazine For Men, DAVID BOWIE meets PAUL SMITH. An excellent twelve pages of David dressed up to the nines, with the best haircut he's had since 1975!

Visit the GQ web site at www.gq-magazine.co.uk

BOWIE ON A BLIND DATE...
22nd September 1997
BOWIE PLAYS SURPRISE CONCERT IN AMERICA

Music fans from around America enjoyed a blind date with superstar DAVID BOWIE in Chicago (Vic Theatre) at the weekend.

As winners of a Blind Date Mystery Concert contest, sponsored by beer company Miller Genuine Draft, the 600 guests had no idea who was playing until showtime. Opening act was current dance favourites THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS. The show kicked off Bowie's latest tour of US clubs and theatres.

BBC MAKE LOU'S DAY!
18th September 1997

The BBC aired for the first time last evening, their excellent new commercial based around LOU REED'S 'Perfect Day' song.

David features in two clips beautifully singing the lines... "Just a perfect day" and "You made me forget myself". Other celebrities also featured in the commercial amongst others are: LOU REED, BONO, ELTON JOHN, THE LIGHTNING SEEDS and BRETT ANDERSON.

The stars had given their time to collaborate in a one-off recording, singing lines from the song individually, rather than in a chorus. They all also waived their usual fees in a genuine demonstration of support for the BBC and its ongoing commitment to presenting creative and innovative music in this, its 75th anniversary year.

Lou Reed said: "I have never been more impressed with a performance of one of my songs. I would like to thank the BBC for making this Perfect Day perfect."

David added: "It's a way of saying thank you for the Flower Pot Men."

Visit the BBC web site for more information.

Due to an overwhelming demand a single version should be released sometime in December according to the BBC.

MOJO GOES GLAM!
18th September 1997

The OCTOBER issue of MOJO magazine features DAVID and MICK RONSON on the cover. Inside a 10 page feature entitled 'But Boy Could He Play Guitar' which focuses on Mick and some bloke called Ziggy! Includes some nice pictures.

Another article contains backstage photos from the Mick Ronson Memorial Concert in Hull.

MICK ROCK PRINTS FOR SALE
17th September 1997

A large number of ZIGGY photographs taken by the legendary MICK ROCK are on sale through the internet as limited edition prints. Visit the site at www.superstars.com for prices and information.

JACK DOCHERTY REVISITED?
17th September 1997

Radio 1 team MARK RADCLIFFE and LARD had JACK DOCHERTY guesting on the show. Mark commented that the interview Jack did with DAVID was... "Absolutely brilliant, the best he'd ever seen". A very flattered Jack agreed and said that Channel 5 were desperately trying to get David back on the show as soon as possible.

DAVID AND RUPERT AFRAID OF AMERICANS!
17th September 1997

PHOTEK, the St. Albans-based producer Rupert Parkes, is the latest respected drum 'n' bass producer enlisted to work with BOWIE. Rupert, whose debut album 'Modus Operandi' is released on the Science label this week, will remix David's next single 'I'm Afraid Of Americans'. The single is released through RCA in mid-October.

Parkes says of Bowie: "I haven't met with the geezer yet and I don't really know much of his music either. That track 'Let's Dance' was alright though, wasn't it?"...

PIXIES DEBASER RELEASE
17th September 1997

The 22nd September is the release date for the fantastic 'Debaser' single by THE PIXIES on the 4AD record label. The song was extensively covered by TIN MACHINE on their final tour.

The release includes studio, live and demo versions. For more information visit The Pixies web site.

TRAINSPOTTING#2 SOUNDTRACK RELEASED
17th September 1997

The second soundtrack album from the TRAINSPOTTING film has been released, with contributions from BOWIE and IGGY POP.

ALWAYS CRASHING IN THE SAME CAR
17th September 1997

The YUMMY FUR have released 'Always Crashing In The Same Car' from DAVID'S 'Low' album. Out now on the Roxy label.

Stereo Girls/Always Crashing In The Same Car (Roxy) - ROX 001 - 7".

According to the press release they are apparently:

"The musical equivalent of Eno in a union jack Geri-spice dress"

TAO JONES INDEX
14th September 1997

For those of you still searching to locate the brilliant TAO JONES INDEX 12" single 'V2 Schneider 97' - it's still available at:
Sister Ray Records, 94 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1V 3PP.
Tel: 0171 287 8385. Fax: 0171 287 1087. Orders accepted by post, phone, fax or e-mail.

E-Mail for orders only: sisterray@thenet.co.uk

NEW ALBUM & I'M AFRAID OF AMERICANS
13th September 1997

DAVID BOWIE is set to work with GOLDIE and Nine Inch Nail's TRENT REZNOR for his next album. Bowie said he was "pretty excited" at the prospect of working with the pair and told Internet magazine Jam!: "They're two of the people who I feel are real giants at what they do."

The partnership with the NIN frontman was sealed after Reznor remixed 'I'm Afraid Of Americans', a track from Bowie's 'Earthling' album. Bowie said of the remix: "It has something very Nails-ish about it. It's something I could aspire to, but not something I could come up with myself. I would always overload it with arty pretensions. He really strips it away. It's very masculine."

'I'm Afraid Of Americans' will be released later this month in the States although a UK release has yet to be confirmed.

WAR CHILD CHARITY FESTIVAL IN BOSNIA
12th September 1997

The WAR CHILD charity is planning a Woodstock-style music festival in BOSNIA next year, and U2 are already provisionally booked to play.

The first annual concert of its kind will bring globally-renowned acts including BRIAN ENO together with lesser-known international groups.

The concert will take place in Mostar where a music therapy centre which is sponsored by War Child is to open later this year.


(I wonder if DB will be playing?).

DAVID IN PALLANT HOUSE PEEP SHOW
11th September 1997

David Bowie in Pallant House Peep Show, Pallant House, 9 North Pallant, Chichester. Tel: 01243 774557.

Tues-Sat 10-5.15pm. Last admission 4.45pm. Admission £2.50 adults, £2.00 concessions, £1.50 students. Children free.

The Model Modern Art Gallery (1934) was the brain child of Sidney Burney, a progressive but sadly forgotten gallery owner who mounted excellent exhibitions in the 1930s.

Burney asked leading artists of the day to produce tiny works for a miniature model gallery - a "doll's house", sized 6x6 foot. Go along to Chichester's Pallant House and peek at this rare microcosm of modern English painting and sculpture with works with Barbara Hepworth, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Henry Moore and many others. Burney's idea has been brought bang up to date with some of today's leading artists, including David Bowie, Beryl Cook and Anthony Green, showing small works (max 8ins x 8ins) alongside the Model Gallery.

The contribution by David is entitled 'Monking'

PUFF DADDY SINGLE
10th September 1997

PUFF DADDY'S (aka Sean Combs) new single 'Been Around The World', based on the LISA STANSFIELD song and DAVID'S 'Let's Dance' is released on September 27th. The track is taken from his new album 'No Way Out'.

Despite recent rumours, David will NOT be appearing in the video to promote this latest release.

APARTMENT FOR SALE... ANY OFFERS?
9th September 1997
As reported in the Manchester Evening News:
DAVID BOWIE has put his three-bedroom Beverly Hills apartment up for sale. The six-storey building with a pool, spa and gym, is listed for £560,000.

Bowie bought the California property six years ago, but he and his wife Iman rarely use it, spending more time in New York and Switzerland.

"David - Do you wanna part exchange it with a 3 bedroomed semi in Cheadle?"

GOLDIE INTERVIEW - MIXMAG MAGAZINE
9th September 1997
Extracts from GOLDIE interview in Mixmag by Matthew Collin

GOLDIE: "I'm a chameleon. I can change shape any time I want. I'm a complicated character. Shapeshifting all the time."

And people want to be part of that, to vibe off the mad buzz that he puts out, because it's infectious and inclusive: when he's around, you're in his world; no choice about it. This evening, standing ten feet behind him as he concludes his set at the Phoenix Festival, a svelte black goddess sways gently to the groove, her hand intertwined with the fingers of a lanky white cove who drags hard on a fag and pumps his skinny limbs back and forth. It's Iman and David Bowie: they know who's hooked into the primal powerline tonight.

GOLDIE THE ROCK CRITIC:

On David Bowie's new drum n' bass direction:

"I saw Bowie play at Hanover Grand. I think it's really wicked that Bowie can get inspired by what we do. I love the amount of people from any genre coming to check it. I don't think everyone should slate him down 'cos I don't think they have a right to do that. Bowie is Bowie, end of story. I'd fucking produced him, I'd dark him out. He's got something that I could turn out unbelievable."

Goldie's new album 'Saturnz Return' is scheduled for release on October 6th on FFRR Records.

COME AGAIN
9th September 1997

A double CD compilation entitled 'Come Again' where the old and the new come together, is released to celebrate EMI's Centenary celebrations. It combines twenty-two newer acts re-recording songs from EMI's back catalogue from established performers.

Included on the CD are cover versions of 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'Starman' by BUFFALO and OCTOPUS respectively. Other acts also include Dubstar, Jesus Jones, Kenickie, Robbie Williams, The Foo Fighters, My Life Story and Terrorvision.

Out now on EMIC CD COMAG 001.

BOLAN'S 50th BIRTHDAY CONCERT
7th September 1997

The MARC BOLAN 50th Birthday Concert is to take place at the CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange on Tuesday 30th September.

Tribute band T-Rextasy front the show including Mickey Finn, Bill Legend and Herbie Flowers.

Also performing on the bill will be Steve Harley, Paul King and Boy George. Tickets: £10. Information line: 01223 357851.

BUDDHA'S BACK
6th September 1997

September sees the re-release of the most underrated Bowie album ever - 'The Buddha Of Suburbia' soundtrack on BMG Records (BMG 74321 170042). If you don't own this album buy it, listen to it three times and I swear you'll be hooked.

Review from Q Magazine by Martin Aston:

Between the back-from-the-dead Black Tie White Noise and the full-flung riskiness of 1. Outside and Earthling came this 1994 soundtrack to a BBC Hanif Kureishi adaptation. Perfectly suited to the novel's subject matter - 1970s' South London backdrop, bisexuality, punk. alienation and survivalism - Bowie did what he does best, shuffling key elements of times past into contemporanity. Almost wholly assisted by multi-instrumentalist Erdal Kizilcay, Bowie's success rate is high: the sashaying, poignant title track (quotes from Space Oddity and All The Madmen) may be his best tracks of the '90s; The Mysteries, Ian Fish and UK Heir's queasy ambience stands up to the Berlin-era instrumentals; South Horizon pitches Mike Garson's tinkly-mad piano over a jazz-funk groove, Bleed Like A Craze Dad is feisty, lock-groove rock-funk and Dead Against It is a restrained, drony little pop nugget in Lodger mode. Arguably Bowie's most satisfying album this decade.

BUDGET BOWIE
29th August 1997

Four of DB's albums, Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Man Who Sold The World, Aladdin Sane and Labyrinth are now available in EMI's Mid-Price catalogue for a strictly limited period.

"Aladdin Sane for under a tenner? They must be mad!!!"

ZIGGY BOOK DUE
18th August 1997

A new book soon to be published entitled 'Ziggy Stardust'.
Written by Mark Paytress and published by Simon & Schuster.
ISBN 0-028-64771-8.



Created: Aug 1997 © Paul Kinder Last Updated: 30/9/97