Planet Earth Is Blue And There’s Nothing We Can Do



Remembering David Bowie (BBC)


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74 thoughts on “Planet Earth Is Blue And There’s Nothing We Can Do

  1. Biff2015

    Thank you so much for the music David. You were the most magical soundtrack that made live so full of energy and excitement xo RIP

      1. 3stella

        Bowie started that show in the HQ by walking out playing guitar on to a empty stage singing “life on Mars” Truly epic..

  2. Murtles

    Sad sad news indeed. If ever there was a man to be labelled “musical genius” it’s Bowie. Every direction he took throughout his career with different music styles were borderline ground breaking and funny enough just right for the time as everybody lapped it up. Too many hit tunes to name but “Changes”, “Lets Dance” and “Absolute Beginners” are near anthems to me for reason best kept to myself. RIP Mr Bowie, thanks for the tunes.

  3. Sheila

    We are blue. Just never expected this to happen, ever.
    Robin Ince pointed out on Twitter, people get out the music and play it when someone passes. But with Bowie, you were listening to him yesterday and the day before. It’s true.

      1. Formerly known as

        I don’t know if he is the coolest, but Dave Grohl embodies Rock’n’Roll better than anyone else, as I see it.

  4. Lorcan Nagle

    I’m glad I spent the weekend listening to Blackstar, because given how much of it was dealing with his impending mortality I don’t think I can listen to it for a while now.

  5. Formerly known as

    Bowie has a lot of songs that you you want to listen to at max volume.

    “Is that concrete all around, or is it in my head?”

  6. Owen

    It a real shame. No so many Heroes like him about any more. Too many frequent Changes in the charts, and too many Young Americans. All they are keen on is money and no interest in getting people Dancing in the Streets. Thats the problem with music, the Golden Years are gone, and fame is given to Absolute Beginners at the drop of a hat. Then after about Five Years they are Under Pressure and drift into obscurity, destined for a Life on Mars. Then we end up with a show on Where Are We Know? shortly after that. But truth be told, nobody cares where they are and how they nearly had a Rock and Roll Suicide.

    He’ll be missed.

  7. Pip

    Was listening to Man Who Sold the World just last night and reflecting that it was a lot to take on board back in the day. Bowie always set the bar pretty high.

  8. fluffybiscuits

    Was chatting to a friend who was upset by it and I can fully understand . During his career many people felt empathy with his music – he covered rebellion, alienation and other topics. I was familiar with his best known works but for the life of me had never read the lyrics. When I read it was an 18 month battle against cancer I was shocked, never even knew myself that he had suffered from it. Where ever the space ship is going Bowie, RIP …The lyrics to Major Tom ..

    “This is Major Tom to Ground Control
    I’m stepping through the door
    And I’m floating
    in a most peculiar way
    And the stars look very different today”

  9. Dav

    A very clever man, in 1977 he foresaw the rise of thatcher and her ilk… “What I said was Britain was ready for another Hitler, which is quite a different thing to saying it needs another Hitler. I stand by that opinion – in fact I was ahead of my time in voicing it. There are in Britain right now parallels with the rise of the Nazi Party in pre-war Germany. A demoralised nation whose empire had disintegrated.” Two years later, Margaret Thatcher was elected.
    – Quoting David Bowie from 1977

  10. ivan

    I’ll be honest – there are massive, decade (if not more) sized gaps in my Bowie album collection, none of which I’m in a mad rush to fill, but that’s not to take away from his achievements, because even if you didn’t care what he was doing, or even if you didn’t like what he was doing, it was still reassuring to know that David Bowie was, at least, doing *something* and the something always tended to be different, and often tended to be great.

  11. Smashmouth

    I was only at that Bowie tribute night in the Grand Social over the weekend. It was amazing to see the different age groups in attendance. Couples in their 60’s trading rare LP’s, girls in their 20’s dressed in Ziggy and Aladdin Sane makeup…..

    absolute legend

    Artisitc innovator to the very end

  12. meadowlark

    No. Just no.

    Bowie was my first true love in music, my musical education. His music had so much of everything, I never looked back. From there it was on to other musical greats, but he will always be my first and best.


    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      I was there.
      I’ve watched the DVD about a thousand times.
      And I had no idea that’s what he was saying until about 5 years ( no pun intended ) ago.

      1. Neilo

        That was a dacent enough show, too. It just about cleansed my memory of The G**** S****r T**r. G’night, David, you will be missed.

        1. Neilo

          @InPisces: Glass Spider, although to even utter those words will evoke that eldritch ‘entertainment’.

  13. Smith

    Displayed immense dignity and humility even in death. An immense part of my life since childhood.

    Unfortunate having to watch David Cameron describe Hunky Dory, and all these inane Twitter tributes.


    Tony Visconti. “He made his death a piece of art”

      1. Neilo

        I dunno what Chris and Glenn did but I’m kinda over the sanctimony of the likes of Johnny Marr telling Cameron ‘he isn’t allowed to like the Smiths’.

          1. Neilo

            @Bertie: Nah, that Cameron stunt peeved me. Marr, like that other gobsh1te in the band,wasn’t too concerned with fair shares and social justice when it came to the divvying up of the publishing and royalties.

          2. Mikeyfex

            That’s why ye fight isn’t it? That’s why one of you tears down the others’ Johnny Marr posters, isn’t it? Because I was bad?

        1. Mikeyfex

          *Turns to third party*
          Nah we usually get a trip to Courtown out of it, when it’s over

          *Eats chocolate. Smashes immaculate Dinky Cars into each other*

  14. Dong

    So sad. First time I’ve felt genuinely sad over the death of a ‘celebrity’.
    I had the new album, blackstar turned up to 11 yesterday while making breakfast. It’s powerful and full of energy. Give the track Lazarus a listen-turn it up loud.
    His previous album, the next day is one of my favourite albums of the past 10 years. So sad, rip

    1. meadowlark

      The next day is a fantastic album. Just listened to it there. Haven’t the heart to listen to blackstar yet.

      1. Dong

        It really is. Not one filler track on it.
        Listening to blackstar today would be much tougher than it was yesterday. While I had it on yesterday morning I thought, this guy has plenty of juice left in the tank. He’s still evolving…he must have another album in him.

    1. Itchysays

      Nicely chosen lyrics Doro……Word on a Wing…a pretty spiritual song for Bowie at a difficult time, well done !

  15. Junkface

    David Bowie was one of the most interesting humans that ever lived! His music spoke to generations, and his image was always changing. What a huge loss. Damn cancer!

  16. Horselover Fat

    David Bowie – you will be missed by Mr and Mrs Horselover Fat. Thank you for you’re amazing music.

  17. Frilly Keane

    David Bowie rip
    Like Lennon
    Got a 24 hour global ovation for his sent off

    He must’a got it right

    “And the stars look verry deffer’rennnnnt toooodaaaaayy”

  18. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    ‘Ziggy Stardust’ was released in June 1972.
    On the cover there’s a sign above Bowie’s head that says ‘K West.’
    The first track on the album is called ‘Five Years’.
    5 years later in June 1977 Kanye West is born.
    Bowie releases ‘Blackstar’ two days before he dies.

    Strange, but true.

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