David Bowie – Hunky dory (1971)

Immune to your consultations

My relationship with “Honky dory” is a strange one. Back when I started collecting vinyl records, in my first vinyl era, I didn’t have the means or tools to buy all albums at once. A big part of the thing was to actually not be able to find all the albums right away. We went to the one record shop there was in Skövde. Then we went to record fairs in Gothenburg and Hova. Browsing bins of vinyls was the happy times. And the album I always seemed to miss out on and longed for was “Hunky dory”.

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David Bowie – The man who sold the world (1970)

Newly wed, oh Angie

The width of a circle can be very long indeed. David had some success with the folky dreamy Space oddity and sure enough right away he changed his style completely. David Bowie, the chameleon ever for ever. “The man who sold the world” is like a very early grunge album. It must have been David’s tentacles that picked up the trend of guitar-based rock à la Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. This could be his forte, but alas it was only to be for one lone album.

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David Bowie – Space Oddity (1969)

Floating in a most peculiar way

David Bowie was a trend setter, he was a true influencer. Yes. He saw trends early and adapted fast, but I don’t think he invented them. But all that came later, at the earliest stages of his career he was almost rudderless. From the crazy vaudeville and music hall theatrics of the debut album in 1967 to his second self-titled album in 1969 he was a follower. Quite talented, but still a follower.

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David Bowie – “Heroes” (1977)

My first Bowie album

I am fairly sure that “Heroes” was the first album by Bowie I ever owned. It must have been around 1981 when I was working in a record shop two weeks as part of an assignment for school. All kids got to work as interns at real work places. I choose a record store in my small home town Skövde. My friend worked at a bakery and got home every day with a bag full of still warm sweet pastries. I got to pick one record “for free” after my two weeks of work. The decision felt monumental… it was “Heroes”…

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