Unbelievably "Heroes" only made it to number twenty-four in the UK charts back in September 1977 when it was first released. Since then it has become an iconic classic.
For the record, it is now David's sixth number one hit single in the UK.
BOB SOLLY ON SATURDAY LIVE 27th November 2010
Former DAVID BOWIE bandmate BOB SOLLY from The Manish Boys was interviewed on BBC RADIO 4 this morning on Saturday Live.
During the interview Bob confirms that the band also made unreleased recordings for Mickie Most, Decca (4 tracks) and Joe Meek before producer Shel Talmy took the helm.
Also a nice piece of trivia emerged concerning the then session guitar player JIMMY PAGE who played on 'I Pity The Fool'. Before the recording took place Jimmy told the band that he had just bought a 'fuzz box'. 'What's a fuzz box?' came the reply. Bob believes that this was the first song released in Britain that featured the fuzz box effect.
You can listen in here via the BBC iPlayer. The interview starts at 34:00.
Thanks to Frank Abbott for the pointer.
ANY DAY NOW PUBLISHED 26th November 2010
ANY DAY NOW the excellent new DAVID BOWIE book by KEVIN CANN (published yesterday) has been reviewed in today's DAILY EXPRESS newspaper by Christopher Bray.
Christopher quite rightly states: "The insight the superb photographs, many of them unseen, alone gives into a man bent on stardom would arguably make Any Day Now the music book of the year.
"Given its 140-odd thousand words of wisdom, though, it may well be the music book of the decade. Christmas for the pop fan in your life is sorted."
AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE... 24th November 2010
• English film director and cinematographer GRANT GEE has just received funding from the UK Film Council for his next project which is based on DAVID BOWIE entitled: 'New Career In A New Town: David Bowie In Berlin' - a music documentary on David's Berlin period...
•BONO has been interviewed by ROLLING STONE magazine as part of their 'Playlist Special' where fifty artists pick their personal top 10s. Bono's choice is DAVID BOWIE. "What I've chosen from David Bowie is very strict. It's my teenage life as a Bowie fan. I am still a Bowie fan."... Check out which db songs he chose and the reasons why by clicking here - I love the fact he picked out 15 instead of 10! Good on you Mr Hewson...
•DAVID BOWIE's 1977 classic song "Heroes" covered by the X FACTOR finalists is currently topping the UK singles chart, according to the official midweek chart update. The track is one of the fastest selling of the year, having sold over 100,000 copies in 72 hours. All money raised goes to the Help For Heroes Charity. Watch the official video below..
SOURCE CODE: FIRST TRAILER 21st November 2010
David's son DUNCAN JONES has his second major movie SOURCE CODE hitting theatres on Friday 15th April 2011.
The sci-fi action-thriller stars Jake Gyllenaal with a supporting cast of Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.
You can view the official trailer below in high definition...
Synopsis: When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code", a programme that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life.
With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.
Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones ('Moon') also starring Michelle Monaghan ('Eagle Eye', 'Due Date'), Vera Farmiga ('Up In The Air', 'The Departed'), and Jeffrey Wright ('Quantum of Solace', 'Syriana', 'Basquiat').
The German music magazine MUSIKEXPRESS have gone to town with FOUR different DAVID BOWIE cover editions to collect, along with a free cover-mounted CD for their December issue.
'He is the most influential artists of our time. Whether The XX, Arcade Fire or Lady Gaga - they all were inspired by David Bowie inspired splendor. A search on the path of the genius of the Thin White Duke.'
Inside Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and Paul Weller speak about their personal references to Bowie.
Translating from German I'm not quite sure who or what 'The Bowieversum' is, but the article looks back at the great eras of David.
Update: The Bowieversum is the 'Bowie Universe'.... The Bowieverse looks back to the great era of the Godfather. And since one title would not do justice to Dame Dave , there will be 4 different Bowie cover to collect.
The tracklisting on the free CD that features four Bowie cover songs runs as follows:
01. Aloe Blacc - 'I Need A Dollar (M. Arfmann and Chassy Wezar RMX)' 02. Fritz Kalkbrenner - 'Sideways and Avenues' 03. The Ape - 'You're An Ape' 04. Beat! Beat! Beat! - 'Hard To Cherish' 05. Frankie Rose And The Outs - 'Must Be Nice' 06. Voicesvoices - "Heroes" 07. We Have Band - 'Let's Dance' 08. Megapuss feat Devendra Banhart - 'Sound And Vision' 09. Keren Ann - 'Life On Mars?' 10. Arno - 'All The Young Dudes'
Well wouldn't this prospect be mouth-watering?... BRIAN FERRY interviewed by Chris Roberts for The Quietus states:
"I was shy of collaboration in the past. When you start off your career, it's always me me me. 'Oh no, I've got plenty of ideas, I don't need anybody else to interfere.' If, say, David Bowie had said in '73, 'Oh can we write together?' I'd have said no, I'm not interested."
Q: What if Bowie said that tomorrow?
"Ah... that could be... ah, maybe, yeah. I'd be interested in anybody that I liked."
As you are surely aware, this year's sixteen X FACTOR finalists have recorded a cover of DAVID BOWIE's abiding classic "Heroes" originally a hit in 1977.
The single, in aid of 'Help For Heroes' is the third charity release from X Factor, following last year's cover of Michael Jackson's 'You Are Not Alone', which supported Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and 2008's 'Hero' which raised over £1.3 million for the 'Help For Heroes' charity.
'Help For Heroes' was set up in 2007, by Bryn and Emma Parry and a group of friends and relations, many of who had connections with serving servicemen and women. Bryn and his wife Emma wanted to do something to help those wounded in battle and 'Help For Heroes' was born.
The sixteen acts performing on the single are: the boys Aiden Grimshaw, Matt Cardle, Paije Richardson and Nicolo Festa; the girls Cher Lloyd, Rebecca Ferguson, Treyc Cohen and Katie Weissel; the over 28s Wagner Carrilho, John Adeleye, Storm Lee and Mary Byrne; and the groups Diva Fever, One Direction, Belle Amie and FYD.
The song is to be performed for the first time on Sunday's results show of X Factor on ITV, UK at 20:00 GMT.
The CD single and the downloadable versions are available this coming Monday 22nd November on the Syco label.
Update: The downloadable version will be available during the show on Sunday.
You can listen to samples of "Heroes" (4:21) and also the B-side Stripped Mix (4:23).
DAVID'S NIGHT OUT WITH MUMFORD AND SONS 18th November 2010
On Tuesday evening DAVID BOWIE was out and about and showed up at the MUMFORD AND SONS gig at Terminal 5 in New York City.
This show on the 16th was their final night of their current tour.
The Spinner blog website reviewed the show and stated that David was 'rumoured' to be in the audience. This rumour has now been confirmed.
GERVAIS: BOWIE IS STILL MY IDOL 17th November 2010
Check out an article entitled 'How DAVID BOWIE influenced my life and work' by RICKY GERVAIS in the November issue of ShortList (Issue 152).
Also included in the magazine is an extract (The Making of Ziggy Stardust) from Kevin Cann's forthcoming book Any Day Now which is published next week on Thursday 25th November, along with two pages of photographs contained within this eagerly anticipated new publication.
You can view the electronic version of the magazine online here.
Thanks to SonofSilence for the pointer.
ZIGGY ON THE ONE SHOW 16th October 2010
Update: Cancelled until further notice.
BBC's THE ONE SHOW will broadcast their piece about DAVID BOWIE's 'Ziggy Stardust' on Thursday 18th October at 19:00 GMT.
The film about iconic hairstyles of the twentieth century has Suzi Ronson appearing, along with Paul Henderson (of Aladdinsane tribute band) and celebrity hairdresser Michael Douglas.
DORSEY GARSON SHOW IN MEXICO 14th October 2010
Next month for the first time, GAIL ANN DORSEY and MIKE GARSON are to perform a special gig together on 11th December at Voila in Mexico City, Mexico.
Doors open at 21:00 with tickets priced at 599 pesos available at the box office or online at ticketmaster.com.mx
From David Calvano.
BOWIE IN THE EIGHTIES 14th October 2010
'Bowie In The Eighties' is one of the topics covered in the Jason Shergold Music Collector Site.
Next month Jason takes a look at Tin Machine in his blog.
A new MICK ROCK exhibition Rock : Music, in association with Zippo takes places in London on 11th November through to 16th January 2011.
Idea Generation Gallery and Raj Prem Fine Art Photography present a retrospective of the legendary photographer's work documenting the most outrageous moments, people and legends in music history.
Celebrated as 'The Man Who Shot the 70s', Mick Rock's images define rock n' roll. Rock launched his career in 1972 with his portrait of an unknown DAVID BOWIE and spent the next four decades capturing the most fascinating and exciting characters in rock music.
This outstanding exhibition will coincide with the publication of Rock's new book 'Exposed: the Faces of Rock n' Roll', which includes previously unseen and unpublished images, as well as rare and unexpected portraits.
There is also a book signing taking place on 11th November. Take a look at the exhibition at a quieter time, meet the man himself and get your copy of Exposed signed, 6.30 - 8.30pm.
Please note that the gallery will be closed to the public from the 20/12/10 - 03/01/11.
Address: Idea Generation, 11 Chance Street, E2 7JB, London, England.
BOWIE PLAQUE FINALLY RETURNS TO BECKENHAM 2nd November 2010
As mentioned last month, the DAVID BOWIE plaque at The Three Tuns has now finally been returned to it's rightful place. A reinstatement ceremony was held on 18th October.
The plaque's return to the Three Tuns is due to Cheryl Curr (one time BTCM) for rescuing the plaque from builder's rubble when the building was changed from the pub to restaurant/flats and to David Vevers (current CCARA chairman) for having the energy to retrieve the plaque from Bromley Museum and interesting Zizzi in refixing it on the Three Tuns.
Cliff's role was limited to showing the CCARA committee a few scenes from the DVD film made by Brett Allen of Editpoint of the Bowie day at the (then) Rat & Parrot on 6th December 2001. I reminded the CCARA that they funded half of the cost of the plaque back in 2001.
Cliff's photos below show David Vevers and Zizzi managers at the above mentioned celebration on 18th October.
Thanks to Cliff Watkins.
MORE BOWIE/NIN FOOTAGE UNEARTHED 1st November 2010
Remember the DAVID BOWIE and NINE INCH NAILS pro-shot video footage unearthed a few months back? Well there's more... a lot more.
You can now watch nearly 40 minutes worth of rough cut pro-footage, courtesy of film editor DAVID WILLIAMS.
The footage directed by Jim Gable was shot on the USA leg of the Outside World Tour during September and October 1995.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NEW BOWIE BOOK DAVID BOWIE'S EARLY LONDON LIFE
Any Day Now: David Bowie The London Years (1947-1974) by KEVIN CANN, is a 336pp, in-depth, highly visual chronology charting the early life and career of an icon, from his birth in London in 1947 to his departure from the city in 1974 and the release of Diamond Dogs.
Any Day Now contains rare and never-published-before images and memorabilia, including outtakes from the Aladdin Sane album cover shoot, the first time Bowie was photographed in make-up and the historic letter confirming his name change from David Jones to David Bowie.
Author, Kevin Cann, is a Bowie archivist who has spent over 20 years compiling this book which includes hundreds of interviews with Bowie's friends and colleagues, as well as in-depth album analysis that feature rare insights into the album cover designs and the influences and inspirations behind many of the songs. Bowie's manager from 1967-1970, Kenneth Pitt, has contributed a foreword.
In this year-by-year account of Bowie's London life, Cann unravels many of the myths that have surrounded Bowie's early career. It also includes the most extensive listing of early live dates and rare recordings published to date.
Cann has contributed sleeve notes and chronologies for numerous David Bowie 30th and 40th anniversary releases, including Ziggy Stardust, Diamond Dogs and the recently released Station To Station Deluxe edition. He also worked with EMI on researching and co-ordinating Bowie's back catalogue, and worked as an assistant with Bowie on his first solo art exhibition, held in London in 1995.
The standard edition is a 336pp paperback, priced at £24.99, available Thursday 25th November 2010. Additionally, a limited edition of just 475 copies, individually numbered and signed by the author is available to order. Presented in a black cloth-bound clamshell case, the handfinished hardback book comes complete with tip-ins of rare early career memorabilia, and also includes an exclusive individually signed colour print by Gerald Fearnley from Bowie's first album shoot.
Any Day Now is launched in the UK with a six-week exhibition at Proud Galleries, London (28 October - 5 December).
Title: Any Day Now: David Bowie The London Years (1947-1974) Author: Kevin Cann Trim: 280 x 230mm Extent: 336pp Word count: 140,000 Images: 850+ ISBN (standard edition): 978-0-9552017-7-6
Proud Galleries have launched an exhibition featuring rare and unseen photographs of DAVID BOWIE.
The exhibition is now underway and continues until Sunday 5th December 2010.
PROUD CAMDEN presents ANY DAY NOW: DAVID BOWIE - THE LONDON YEARS (1947-1974), an exclusive photographic portrait of the icon's formative years in London, in conjunction with the publication of the book of the same title. This exhibition charts the rise of one of the most influential artists of our time, David Bowie, from his birth in London in 1947 to the height of his success in 1974 with the release of his album Diamond Dogs - and his departure from the UK.
Changing his name from David Jones to Davy Jones to David Bowie and emerging as the icon Ziggy Stardust, this exhibition is an insight into the early Bowie whose distinctive voice, style and quintessential Englishness bear testimony to his enduring appeal.
Including rare and unseen portraits from photographers including Terry O'Neill, Ray Stevenson, Geoff MacCormack, David Bebbington, Jak Kilby and Bob Solly among others; this exhibition provides an insider's view into the early years of one of the most successful and stylish recording artists of all time who has sold over 136 million albums since his rise to success in the late 1960s.
Proud Galleries is launching this exhibition in conjunction with the publication of 'Any Day Now: David Bowie - The London Years (1947-1974)' by Kevin Cann, co-curator of the exhibition.
Any Day Now, published by Adelita Ltd. Spec: 336pp, paperback, 280mm x 230mm, RRP £24.99.
Proud Galleries are located at The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1.
The exhibition is open between 11am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and admission is free.
More details and information can be found over at the proud.co.uk website.
WE SAW A MINOTAUR 1st November 2010
Two privately-owned DAVID BOWIE prints are available for the art collectors out there, to be sold either as a pair or separately.
Both are numbered 4/14 as both are from set 4 of 14 sets. They are dated 1994 and signed by his Rockgodliness!
As you might be aware, there were 14 sets of 17 prints and set 4 was deliberately split and framed at the instruction of David Bowie and his art dealer Kate Chertavian.
The fact that one day someone might want to collect them all would bump up value if you are buying for an investment. They are really beautiful to just treasure which was my intention, but alas fate the bounder has decided I have to sell.
They are titled (embossed) 'A Preliminary Sketch' and 'The Complete Text'.
'The Complete Text' is a crouching minotaur and is really beautiful, the other 'A Preliminary Sketch' is small black and white images similar to something a design artist or photographer would produce for an example layout board.
The photographs obviously don't do justice to the quality of the prints with the colour much more vibrant, its just the light I took them in.
The prints are available at £750 for EACH plus postage (as these will be valuable one day when someone wants to collect the set). As I SAY I will SPLIT them if necessary.
Please email me for further details and information at