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Pie AND Vinyl #records #music #pie #cafe #vinyl

Kate’s Pie Shop Cafe & Records located in Rockford Illinois

It’s AMAZING!!!

 

  

It’s such a great combination of pleasant activities. Conversation. Coffee. Sandwiches. Soups. Shopping for records. But then most of all….PIE!! AWESOME Pie!! Strawberry Rhubarb and Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, for example!

Even though this record wasn’t for sale, it was pretty awesome looking!!! Long live David Bowie!!!

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I recommend this place. Good service. Nice pie. Decent record collection.

 

Signing off….C-Note

 

http://www.katespieshop.com/

 

 

 

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40 Years of Noe

When I Broke Through The Wall…#pinkfloyd #rogerwaters #thewall

Does this one need my review? Seriously?

I mean, it’s Pink Floyd The Wall.

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Well during the winter of 79 there was a terrible blizzard here in Chicago, Illinois.

Meanwhile, that same year, we experienced another blizzard. A blizzard of music in rock opera format.

I first bought this album on vinyl back when I was in college. But ever since I was in fifth grade I listened to it on the radio and my cassette tape player. I could recite the entire work straight through from memory. Pink Floyd has been a part of my soul since I was a kid. That and the Beatles White Album.

Released in 1979, it was the beginning of the end for Floyd. Keyboardist Rick Wright left the band during the recording of it. The rift between Dave and Roger widened until Roger finally left the band a few years later.

The band never rose to such great heights like this again. But there were quite a lot of high notes on this one. It was the most defining record for me to be released in 1979.

The Wall is a classic 70’s space rock album based on the bands grueling touring experiences mixed with stories involving Roger Waters WWII dad who was killed in battle and the invasive government.

A strong message enhanced by timeless music make this album a must-have for any Classic Rock collectors library. The album’s film has Bob Geldof playing Pink. Later, Roger Waters played this album live in Berlin in 1990 when the Berlin wall came down and had tons of artists join him during many of the songs. The legacy goes on and on……

Incredible stuff here!

The proceeding post is from an ongoing list of albums that represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born.

It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are:

  • I can listen to them numerous times.
  • Some of these artists have stand out performances.
  • Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in.

Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute; other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented. But these are more than my just favorites, they are simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far…

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40 Years of Noe

“Let The Good Times Roll”…#music #TheCars #1978 #classicrock

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I was barely two years old when this gem of an album was released. Of course, at the time, I was playing with stuffed toys and walking around with diapers while listening to fisher price music probably.  Meanwhile this band from Boston exploded into the music scene and I never even knew it. At least not until a few years later.

This one was the ‘The Cars’ greatest work ever. They created a hard, edgy, and energetic record that was different from anything else out at the time. This band combined hard guitar-rock with a spacey keyboard-driven sound. They were at the dawn of a sound that was beginning to emerge which was soon to be dubbed “New Wave”.

They had straightforward and simple lyrics. The sounds created were raw yet sleek, edgy but commercially accessible and totally fresh at that time. Between Ric Ocasek’s cool lead vocals, Greg Hawkes’ incredibly badass futuristic keyboards, and Elliot Easton’s awesome guitar-work, this album was truly unique.

It influenced countless other New Wave rock bands afterwards. It has since stood the test of time, and that’s what makes it a true classic. Over the years, every now and then, it’s given me something new to love about it! “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” is still my favorite Cars song! 1978’s best album for me…indeed!!!

The proceeding post is from an ongoing list of albums that represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born.

It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are:

  • I can listen to them numerous times.
  • Some of these artists have stand out performances.
  • Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in.

Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute; other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented. But these are more than my just favorites, they are simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far…

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My friend’s Story… #music #atari #newspaper #1982

Last week my friend Heidi shared a story with me, based on a musical conversation we had. I told her that it was really good and that it should be shared here at my blog site. She agreed. Here it is in all of its glory:

 

  “A friend emailed me asking what my generation’s take-me-back music was. His question got me thinking and inspired me to write out a memory I think of clearly when I hear a few songs. It’s not my generation’s take-me-back music, but I wasn’t always experiencing the same things at the same time frame as my peers.             
“It was 1982 and I tagged along with my 16 year old brother on his Chicago Tribune routes one morning. We stopped at White Hen when we finished and he gave me some change to buy candy for helping him. Maybe I was caught up in the novelty or maybe just in thinking about all that potential money for candy. I wanted in.
“I was hired over the phone shortly after the school year ended and I got a little less than a nickel per delivery, so that was close to $30 every 2 weeks. For that large sum I just needed to have a paper on the last porch no later than 6:30 am. Now I have no memory of ever having a formal bedtime, so once school started and I knew I could no longer go home and take a nap after deliveries I found it harder and harder to get out of bed and come even close to delivering on time. No matter how much later I got out of bed I still frequently remembering hearing ‘Slit Skirts’, ‘Athena’ or ‘Waiting on a Friend’ play on my mom’s clock radio while I rolled or bagged my papers in our front hallway. They had become some of my favorite songs that summer.
“A few times I ducked behind a car in a driveway or in someone’s back yard when I saw my bosses Ford Bronco driving my route to confirm my papers weren’t on the porches they should’ve been on. Then for two or three days I had the flu and couldn’t deliver my papers. By this time my brother had been living with my dad a few towns away, so he couldn’t help me, but my mom and sister prepared my papers and my sister made my deliveries. She told me one of the people on the route said to her, “oh, you’re early today”, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when shortly after I got fired. Still, I was devastated.

 

“My route started the block I lived on and it stretched the five blocks adjacent. I was only at the end of my own block and it might have been 7:00 am already when a Ford Bronco screeched to a halt 10 feet in front of me. There was no running and hiding this time. My boss sprang out of his truck and quickly walked toward me looking pissed off, but not saying a word. He tried to grab my paper delivery bag swiftly, but I had the straps wound all around a grass trimmings bag frame, because it was the only thing on wheels I found to hold all that weight. He struggled and grunted while untangling that mess for what seemed like an eternity even though it was probably no more than a minute. Once free he threw the bag in the back of his truck and said over his shoulder, “you can pick up your last paycheck on Saturday”.

 

“I was sobbing before I even got home and my mom was somewhat trying to comfort me while pointing out how I was consistently late at the same time. It was a Saturday and my aunt stopped by not long after my first session of crying ceased only to start up again while telling her the story. She was even less comforting than my mom pointing out how frequently she’d waive to me while driving by on her way to the train and those papers should’ve been delivered long before that. 

 

“Even though I hadn’t been saving much for it yet I had plans to buy my family Atari for Christmas. That dream was now shattered and over the next 6 weeks I often beat myself up over not being able to keep my job or save my money better. As it turned out my aunt that was so hard on me bought my family Atari that Christmas. I couldn’t have been more excited or surprised! That said, the lesions weren’t lost on me. Saving money and budgeting have since become some of my best quality’s.

 

“Whenever I hear one of those songs it brings me right back to 1982. The smell of the newsprint, the crisp, pre-dawn summer mornings and cashing my paycheck every other Saturday immediately followed by candy shopping that I’d spread out like a buffet and share with my sister. Those songs also remind me that I should give every job my best effort, because I never want to be fired from a job again even though I still struggle with getting out of bed in the morning.

 

“Some people could question who would give a job with that much responsibility to a 10 year old? I would agree and also question how many 10 year olds in 1982 considered Pete Townshend and The Rolling Stones to be some of their favorite artists? Like I said, growing up I wasn’t always experiencing the same things at the same time frame as my peers.”

Thank you for sharing this with me and allowing me to post this meaningful story here, Heidi.

 

 

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Animals…1977…#pinkfloyd #1977 #music

The following list of albums represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born. It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are: I can listen to them numerous times. Some of these artists have stand out performances. Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in. Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented but more than that it is also my favorite as well as simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far……

 

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ANIMALS by Pink Floyd

The year I turned ONE

So…you have 5 songs on it. 3 of them longer than 10 minutes each and two really short ones; only a minute and a half each serving as bookends. There’s an incredible theme going on with this disc. Not everyone likes it or has really even listened to it.

I think my father and I can agree that the first of the three long songs simply entitled DOGS, features David Gilmour and Snowy White in a most biblically profound rhythmic wave of guitar solos and these unbelievably talented string picking peaks and valleys and uplifting jams that radically soar over mountain tops and deep caverns of amplified explorations. This song and vinyl record (disc, mp3, etc) are the bridge that connects the Music from Wish You Were Here to the rock opera = The Wall!!!

Pink Floyd was always about the concept of Mr Sight and Mr Sound. I think that folks who enjoy SOME of Pink Floyd’s music and not much of the more EXPERIMENTAL stuff should honestly hangout with my dad and I more often. It’s like unraveling a mystery. Solving a puzzle within an enigma. Exploring symbols, metaphors and digging deeper is part of the fun. There’s more to this music than what lies on the surface. Anyways, Animals is so great because it’s extremely different and it is an acquired taste. But once you get used to it then it becomes this emotional transposition from just appreciating their works to totally submerging yourself into the true genius behind Roger and the gang.

That song Dogs, though, has a hard edge riff to it with sinister lyrics. The haze of the loaded environment of wild animals washes over me. I feel like I am going to get lost at sea and then suddenly Roger comes in singing, after hearing Gilmour’s first two dreamy verses, and throws a Bouy out to me and rescues me from the pack of dogs.

The album is conceptually beautiful. The packaging, with a flying pig on it, is stunning. I can listen to it over and over again without getting bored. When my dad bought the box set that contained this bizarre album, he solidified his coolness with me. Props to you papa! Shine On. I’m glad our special bond is timeless……

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40 Years of Noe

Rushed to be born…#Rush #1976 #music

The following list of albums represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born. It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are: I can listen to them numerous times. Some of these artists have stand out performances. Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in. Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented but more than that it is also my favorite as well as simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far……

 

This is a big year for me because I turn 40. I never dreamt what it would feel like to approach the “over the hill” years. But alas here I come! But before that happens, I might as well finish off my 30’s with a musical BANG!!!

For the next 20 weeks, I will post 2 blogs per week paying tribute to albums that shaped my life. I have chosen 40 albums to represent each of my 40 years. The criteria is fairly simple. I choose an album that came out in a particular year, starting off in 1976. That album basically is one that is my favorite among the top ones released within that timeframe. It is also based on how many times I have listened to it in my lifetime.

These are the records that shaped my life in one way or another!

 

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The year was 1976. I was freshly born into this world in the late Spring, unaware of the many adventures that would start to happen. It wasn’t until much later in life that I discovered this album 2112 by the Canadian band RUSH.

But this album rocks. A lot. The monumental title song is incredible. The acoustic sections don’t drag, and the metal sections throw infectious riff after riffs at my ears. It has Alex Lifeson’s shrieking guitar solos, pounding bass, flawless drumming by Neil Peart and vocals that range from shout-whining to soaring sing-whining. But don’t get me wrong, Geddy Lee has a fine voice and is enjoyable to listen to. The 20 minutes of the title track are over quickly, and you shall find yourself trying to calm down soon after it phases out with a searing instrumental before announcing, “Attention all planets of the Solar Federation…we have assumed control…we have assumed control…we have assumed control…”

The rest of the record is equally great. There are beautiful melodies, sheets of pseudo-strings and great vocals that make this album one to remember. And remember. And remember…

WHAT A WAY TO ENTER THIS WORLD!!!

 

Stay tuned to find out what happens to my ears in 1977 (musically speaking)

 

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What’s The Best American Band Of Our Generation? #generationx #music #debate #nirvana #mixtape

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I am bringing back something that a friend of mine mentioned two years ago: What’s the best American Band of our Generation? But I want to clarify….Speaking on behalf of Generation X and Y (Millennial’s too)…what band has defined this place in time occurring from 1980-2010. A band that began in the 80’s and is still relevant. Longevity and sales play a key roll. It needs to define us!!! So FRANK brought up Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I will add to that Green Day and Nine Inch Nails…..Let’s Debate Folks!!!

The following conversation has been edited for focus and clarity: 

MARY: NIRVANA!!!

 

FRANK:I view Nirvana like The Doors. Amazingly influential but too short lived.

 

PAULI agree with the “short-lived” thing.

MARY: Definitely WuTang is in the running. Very influential in both music and life.
PAUL: If I were to ask 10 random people our age who Wu Tang is….would they know? I’m not saying I don’t like them or think they are good but are they at the top of the list?
MARY: I think so. Look at the rapper that came out of Wu-Tang. Ghostface killah, method man and old dirty bastard. Ghostface and Method are still relevant.
FRANK: For sure. They influenced multiple cultures. Not just one culture like most of the bands we have listed. For sure more than Green Day. Just saying.
PAUL: The only thing is, their longevity doesn’t trace back to the 80’s.Wu-Tang Clan, ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was a great album but beyond that release, I’m not convinced that it “defined” our generation. IMHO
MARY: Wu-Tang is one of the most influential hip hop artist. That stupid pharmaceutical guy bought the ONLY copy of their latest album. So they are still relevant enough to garner that type of interest. They also started a clothing line and soon many rappers like puff daddy would follow suit. ODB was the original Kanye, interrupting the Grammys when Puff Daddy won best Rap Album and Shawn Colvin when she won Song of the Year.
BOB: My only vote would be for Nirvana. I know they don’t qualify based on the parameters, but their influence and effect rippled across the ENTIRE music industry in the early 90s. All at once, Hair Metal (your Warrants and Wingers of the world) were done. Grunge was the new sound for better or worse. Even thrash metal bands like Metallica and Anthrax were affected; if you listen to 90s records (post-Nirvana) from these bands versus 80s records (pre-Nirvana) you can hear the change. I can’t go with the Pumpkins (even though I am a huge fan) because they weren’t CONSISTENTLY good. Same thing with Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.
PAUL: You make a good point Sir.
JOEHa! Me and Geff have a long standing debate on this. Green Day vs Metallica. I say Metallica, he says Green Day. Ironically I’m in a band that plays lots of Green Day. So….Can of worms opened. I contend that without the Black album paving the way for heavier music in popular music there is no grunge or 90s metal.No nirvana, Pearl jam, Alice in chains, tool, Korn, or green day. Ergo Metallica had the most effect on the music of our generation. You must look back to what was on the radio and mtv before Aug 12 1991. It was a huge shift when they started playing a lot of heavy stuff on the radio and more kids at school liked Metallica than didn’t like that bunch of satan worshipping burn outs as they were previously referred to.
BOB:It’s very interesting to note that both the Black Album and Nevermind were released within weeks of each other in 1991. You could argue that the Black Album was one of the first grunge album, though that album did piss off a LOT of their hardcore fans due to the sound change from the first few records. I still think the music scene’s overall “sound” changed more as a result of Nirvana than the Black Album. Also, I still view the Black Album as the “buffer” album between Justice and the Load period. Therefore, I don’t hold it up as much; though there are some great tunes on that record.
JOE: Metal had to rise so it could die and grunge could rise up. I still maintain. If not that then yes Nirvana changed the world.
PAUL: Nirvana’s Bleach came out in 1989 and so did NIN’s Pretty Hate Machine so…
BOB: True, but in fairness, Bleach didn’t have anywhere near the impact that Nevermind did. I doubt Metallica was influenced by Bleach that much.

 

PAUL: probably not…..I just disagree with Joe on this one. Plus Mudhoney arrived in 1988 using” grunge” to define their style.

PAUL:The Gen X soundtrack is a mixtape. It consists of dance. punk, pop, glam rock, new wave, alternative and rap. At the heart of it all is the music that erupted from Seattle in the early 1990s.
FRANK: Agree 100%. But still, need to add the East Coast and West Coast Hip Hop scene. They paved the way for what I’d consider to be the dominant form of American music today. I have been contemplating this and I still have Green Day as a tier 2 in this debate. I don’t think they were very original. They might have influenced the cheapening of punk. Sort of how Metallica made metal mainstream by watering it down. Which makes them successful in pop culture and also eligible for a “greatest” list. Given a choice, I’ll take Slayer and Fugazi over Metallica and Green Day but that’s a different list and different discussion.
PAUL: I tend to gravitate towards Green Day! Dookie went 10 x Platinuum and it was basically considered a Diamond record as opposed to a Gold record!
FRANK:I’ll stick to Metallica and RHCP as the greatest American bands of my generation.
PAUL: Perhaps we are the “mixtape” generation.
BOB:I’m a fan of Green Day, but they have put out a couple stinkers. The Warning album was godawful. It should have been titled Warning: This Record Sucks.Though I think Green Day’s first three records, 39 Smooth, Kerplunk and Dookie were all amazing! The follow-up to Dookie was underrated too. Insomniac, I think? I can’t remember.
PAUL: A good band/artist puts out stinkers! Even David Bowie managed to release some duds. He put out 27 albums but not ALL of them were Golden! 
BOB: That is true, but if we’re talking about generation defining artists, I like to keep the stinkage to a minimum.

PAUL:I suppose Nirvana wasn’t around long enough to stink too much. I still believe that longevity and sales play key factors.

BOB:Eh, I’m not so keen on sales. People buy a lot of crap. I’d be interested to know, which is the WEAKEST Nirvana album in your opinion?
PAUL: I guess none of them. you got me stumped. But I will say, does it define our generation? Or is this a mission impossible?I’m willing to bet that its a “mixtape” generation.
BOB: I think Nirvana defined the generation best with the lyrics to Teen Spirit: Here We Are, Now Entertain Us! If that isn’t the slacker Gen X anthem, well, I challenge you to top it!
PAUL: Actually, Beck, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and Radiohead all presented “anthems” for our generation too: Beck’s Loser? Sonic Youth’s Teenage Riot? Radiohead’s Creep?
BOB: I like “Here We Are, Now Entertain Us” better than “I’m a Loser, Baby, so Why Don’t You Kill Me?”Not a huge Radiohead fan, but I like Creep. Love Sonic Youth, especially Daydream Nation. Love it. But I think it more defined the Hipster generation, which I don’t consider myself a part of.
BOB: You could also make an argument that Dinosaur Jr. was making grunge records way before Nirvana. Listen to You’re Living All Over Me; if that ain’t grunge, I don’t know what is…
PAUL:  THESE ALBUMS MEANT A LOT TO ME:
Nirvana, “Nevermind”
Pearl Jam, “Ten”
Dr. Dre, “The Chronic”
Radiohead, “OK Computer”
Rage Against the Machine, “The Battle of Los Angeles”
Sublime, “Sublime”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”
No Doubt, “Tragic Kingdom”
Smashing Pumpkins, “Siamese Dream”
REM, “Out of Time”
Depeche Mode, “Violator”
Jane’s Addiction, “Ritual de Lo Habitual”
Alanis Morissette, “Jagged Little Pill”
Soundgarden, “Superunknown”
Green Day, “Dookie”
Beastie Boys, “Ill Communication”
U2, “Achtung Baby”
BOB: I forgot about REM. Perhaps they should be in the conversation as well? They had a gift for reinvention that was unique. Monster is one of my favorite 90s records.
PAUL: Losing My Religion really spoke to me
BOB: That’s definitely an anthem for a lot of us.
PAUL: So perhaps R.E.M. vs Nirvana?
FRANK: REM for sure. They were around 30 years – not comparable with Nirvana.
PAUL: Would you say REM is more relevant?
BOB: REM probably is more impressive in that they were so good for so long. I loved all their records until like, the late 90s. No obvious stinkers.
STEVE: While mother love bone birthed grunge music, nirvana definitely defined it. In a pop dominated era, rem defied the boundaries along with bands like the cure. However, I cannot find any band to compare to the boys from Ireland (U2). Imo, they’re on an island all their own.
PAUL: I think I’m convinced that it’s not Metallica or red hot chili peppers because there were too many stinkers and I don’t feel they spoke to everybody or at least the majority but what do I know?
FRANK: As for the Metallica and RHCP stinkers – that is due to longevity. I don’t think it discounts them. But to each his own. As long as we all love music and the great (or sad) memories it evokes, the world is right. Now go watch the AIC Would video, put on some docs and a flannel and transport yourself back to the 90s. And share it with a millennial. Poor saps. Sap. Good album.
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Maybe we’ll never know for sure. Let’s ask the blog followers to participate. What’s your opinion on this matter? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section. 
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The Departure of Starman

The David Bowie exhibit ran from September of 2014 through early January of 2015 in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. My wife and I reserved tickets to go this wonderful interactive display of his legacy. We enjoyed it very much. An amazing exhibit!

Mr Bowie recently celebrated his 69th birthday and released a new album. However, sad news came this morning. After battling cancer for a year and a half, he has left the world. Tears dripped down my cheeks. I began to reflect on all of the music and art he left behind.

It suddenly became clear to me that he authorized this traveling art exhibit as a walking memorial or even a wake for us to celebrate his legacy. He knew already. In his poetic way, he timed it all right. Perhaps based on the timeline his doctors gave him, he celebrated Christmas, New Years Eve, the release of his final album, his last birthday and even the link to the video below as his farewell to his fans.

I think he said goodbye to us all recently and for the last year and a half but we just were blinded by all of his hints. I wasn’t prepared for this but I am still sad. May he live forever in the afterlife as Ziggy Stardust and play with the Spiders From Mars….

David Bowie’s Final Video (talk about a foreshadow)

 

R.I.P. Mr Bowie