tempobet yeni adresi
like this album classics review

16/10/2018 : DAVID BOWIE - Low, Heroes, Lodger

DAVID BOWIE

Low, Heroes, Lodger

MusicAlbum Classics
Experimental

[90/100]   

RCA Records
16/10/2018, Kevin BURKE

Peppers, Cocaine And Berlin

The 1976 release by David Bowie titled 'Station To Station’ is said by many to be his finest moment. The quality of the song cycle, the introduction of a new character into Bowies repertoire, the lounge lizard 'thin white duke' and of course the hits; “Golden Years” and “TVC15”.

A more experimental theme appeared on the album unlike anything Bowie had done before, such as the title track a trip around the depths of religion and the stations of the cross. More astonishingly was that Bowie recalls nothing of the album’s creation apart from the Earl Slick guitar screeching to create the sound of a train which opened the album, Bowie remembers nothing, nor did he walk into the studio with a song or a plan.

At this point in time David Bowie was existing solely on a diet of cocaine and peppers, here is an artist working in a creative autopilot. People talk about the genius of David Bowie but never the fact that when he was not at the races, under the strong influence of a chemical, he was still leading the pack.

Indeed, in September 1977 when he recorded the famed seasonal duet with Bing Crosby “Little Drummer Boy” it was Bowie who looked closer to death than Crosby who died a month later. 'Station To Station' is the album of transition for David Bowie, his shirking off his glam, proto- punk and plastic soul journeys and diving into a more electronic field of creativity.

The electronic wave of bleeps coming out of Germany in the mid 70s by Kraftwerk and others which was wrongly labeled Krautrock by the press but this now became his latest guiding light to surge the workaholic brain into new ideas and new possibilities. A relocation to Berlin was needed to totally submerge himself in this new music, so here we come to the part about the albums famed for being created in his new concrete surroundings.

This new spark unleashed three albums: 'Low', ‘Heroes' and 'Lodger', the added effect of ambient-industrial music guru Brian Eno along with rock guitarist and progressive rock forerunner Robert Fripp and Bowies right-hand man, producer Tony Visconti. The succession of albums that followed are often referred to as the Berlin trilogy, a stunning work of artistic visio, tearing down the boundaries of rock music of the day.

Now for the misconception, only one of those albums was entirely created in Berlin, the second release 'Heroes'. The album 'Low' began its conception in the studio Château d'Hérouville, France later finished in Berlin at Hansa Studio by the wall. As for 'Lodger' it was put together in Mountain Studios Montreaux, Switzerland and later at the Record Plant, New York.

If you want to name the true Berlin trilogy you need to dig out David Bowies partner in the grime of Berlin, Iggy Pop. Now putting together David Bowie and Iggy Pop is the equivalent of introducing a stick of dynamite to a match. Their incendiary relationship had began years earlier for Pops final Stooges album, 'Raw Power', Bowie had brought Pops's career back from the brink in turn bringing him to London and working as a producer and mixer on the album. Now also hold up in Berlin, Bowie handling production on Iggy Pop's two most infamous solo works, ‘The Idiot' and 'Lust For Life'. If you put these two albums alongside 'Heroes' you come up with a more honest Berlin Trilogy.

The album 'The Idiot' recorded in two German studios, Musicland in Munich and again Hansa in Berlin. This Album noted a shift in direction for Pop, gone was the hard core punk sound, more ambient and electronic beats were used to astounding affect.

Some may state Pop was used as a guinea pig by Bowie to test new ideas, either way it was a highly influential album on the new wave, post- punk generation, Ian Curtis for one left this planet while it played in the background. Two of the tracks on the album were reworked, “Sister Midnight” became “Red Money” on the 'Lodger' album, while “China Girl” well we know what Mr. Bowie did with that.

The second album 'Lust For Life' again produced at Hansa Studios, a more rock orientated effort partially due to the Hunt brothers being introduced on rhythm section, title track a thundering rock staple to every generation. But the location of Berlin may not have been the greatest idea, the drug and party capital of Europe did take its toll on the two musicians, if you come across photographs of a glasses wearing Iggy from the time,it can sadly be put down to the drug intake of mainly heroin which was affecting his eyesight.

Their stay would not be for long, both men leaving Berlin in support of the 'Heroes' tour which kicked off in March of 1978, thus closing a chapter in the Bowie catalogue. The facts of where the three groundbreaking albums were created is incidental to the work and sound of the accomplishment, they do share the trinity of Bowie, Eno and Visconti, after 'Lodger' it would be the last time the three men would come together until the mid 90's when Bowies resurgence created the album 'Outside:1'.

Kevin BURKE
16/10/2018


Music reviews

18
01
RINGFINGER
Pressure
16
01
SYRENOMILIA
A Rose Shattered
14
01
M73
Tainted
09
01
NEGANT
Schwarz!
08
01
MORE EPHEMEROL
Obituary Templates
07
01
CHRISTOPHE CLEBARD
SSS

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

25
01
Exactly 42 years ago, Joy Division played their very first concert!
24
01
Canadian DJ/Multi-Genre Artist JHNN Reveals New Single And Video 'My Strange Addiction'
24
01
Today, exactly 29 ago years ago Front 242 released the album Tyranny ▶For You◀
24
01
Today, 2 years ago, Mark E. Smith, singer of legendary post-punk band The Fall died, aged 60
23
01
Dirk Da Davo (former The Neon Judgement) and Jean-Marie Aerts (former TC MATIC) announce first joint venture full album!
22
01
On this day, 10 years ago, Nitzer Ebb released their sixth studio album Industrial Complex!

Concert reviews

31
12
EUFORIC EXISTENCE, ZYNIK 14, WULF7, DELERITAS, CAUSENATION
EBM is still alive (part 1) - Club 52, Eernegem
25
11
SUPER DRAGON PUNCH !! + AMBASSADOR 21 + SUICIDE COMMANDO
MAGASIN 4, NOV 8TH 2019, BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
21
08
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live @ Moods Festival, Brugge - Belgium - 2.08.2019
07
08
DIARY OF DREAMS, STAR INDUSTRY, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD, A SLICE OF LIFE, LA SCALTRA
Summer event - za 3 augustus, Schoten
06
08
DE DELVERS, STAATSEINDE
Genste Feesten, Kinky Star , 28 juli 2019
14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

24
01
TREY GUNN (KING CRIMSON,TU ,SECURITY PROJECT,...)
'I’m trying to set up an experiential thing...'
20
01
AARON TURNER (SUMAC, ISIS, MAMIFFER...)
'It’s like a dialogue between me and what I’m hearing...'
19
01
IAN EVERETT (SOLID BRONZE)
'had a lot of time to sit with these songs...'
17
01
BROOK
I’ve soaked up a lot of musical genres over the years, and I like to think that maybe this is reflected throughout the Brook album.
15
01
ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO
I never thought I’d live to see the day when Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio was mentioned next to Current 93 and Death in June.

PHOTOS

26
01
FIX8:SED8
Oefenbunker Landgraaf
26
01
GRAUSAME TOCHTER
Oefenbunker Landgraaf
26
01
LAPIS EXILIS
Oefenbuker Landgraaf
25
01
ASHBURY HEIGHTS
Rockpalast Matrix Bochum Germany
25
01
MASSIVE EGO
Rockpalast Matrix Bochum Germany
19
01
DAGEIST
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
THE ARCH
Dark Winter Festival Liège

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

26
01
MASSENHYSTERIE
Weiber regieren die Welt
25
01
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
Armored Core
24
01
DE DELVERS
Poolnacht
23
01
GOLDFRAPP
Systemagic
22
01
JOSIE PACE & SAMMI DOLL
Perfect Replacement (Official Music Video)
21
01
JAH WOBBLE
How Much Are They?
20
01
THROBBING GRISTLE
Six Six Sixties (Fan made video)