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David Bowie - TVC15

bowie is pretty much an exercise in 'who is he ripping off/ channeling now' and you can forget about him after the mid 80s but it was his ability to effectively market himself,against all odds, to the reluctant masses in all his spaceship drag queen glory that makes him magnificent. would there be a bauhaus without a ziggy stardust? peter murphy made a career out of imitating bowie's vocal style and the fact that even kurt cobain was able to winnow out one of bowie's best , largely unknown songs is testament to his unbelievably vast influence.

in the background, most significantly, find joey aria and the grossly ignored klaus nomi- an early casualty of AIDS, abandoned on his death bed by scared fags raging with denial and cowardice. nomi was possessed of a marvelous voice and unworldly personae that was never effectively presented in recordings which are very hard to find nowadays.

this all brings me to my usual point-herein goth ignores the women and effeminate men who MADE IT. why doesn't anyone play fucking ' cat people'? did you ever watch ' the hunger' which has the added bonuses of having bowie and peter murphy in it and the sublime goddess catherine deneuve?

i sometimes feel as if the destruction, largely by AIDS, of a vast portion of the artistic and goth creating community of that particular time has left us at the mercy of underaged, straight white boys who have co-opted the scene and inflicted their lack of taste, lack of musical knowledge and apparent disdain of the feminine upon us and have refocused on the sterile repetitious dance music of the late 80s crossed with white variations of hip hop. there's no one left alive to teach them or force them to do otherwise and play what they may, renaming it goth will not make it so.

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>i've been involved in annoy threads with those alleging to be djs questioning whether beat mixing is ever necessary.<

I like it. I think it helps to be close to it, if not right on. Or you can do the half time blendy thing; I hope you know what I mean by that. I don't mean to sound like a weenie.

>of course this is usually spouted by those who couldn't beat mix 2 recordings of the same bloody fucking song if you threatened to beat them to death with their goggles if they didn't do it. larry levan often didn't mix real well, in the beat matching sense, but he had a magical sense of taste and channeled the vibe of his audience and the scene perfectly. i have yet to find someone around these parts, in this time ,with a magical sense of anything (save self promotion) that would let them get away with not being able to mix in a flowing seamless way.<

I've not heard anyone do it in any sort of a spectacular way since the 80's.

>as far as i'm concerned you need the chops and good taste together.<

ABSOLUTELY! The feeling is mutual.

>i learned to dj from other beat mixers the hard way- i was thrown into it and mocked mercilessly until i got it.<

I'm sorry you were mocked. That would have pissed me off.

I was taught how to do it; a very long time ago, by occasionally assisting and or hanging out in the booth with DJ Danny, Jellybean, and Afrika Bambaataa.

>what saved me in the learning process was that i had an innate sense of what songs fit together well and was a dancer first- i knew what would get me dancing. it helped.<

Oh yes, you know the music well, so that's a great start.

>so many djs do not dance.<

I've watched one dance, :giggle: once.

>you've been elevated to the heights of super cool that you even KNOW ' set it off' as far as i'm concerned.<

Thank you. :) I can't imagine that anyone who likes ol' skool dance music wouldn't know that song. It's a real booty shaker! I like phat beats.

>i listen to fucking gilbert and sullivan in the car. the Mikado full blast at a stop light in somerville is pretty much and invitation to get glared at with horror from nearly everyone. then there's that egyptian disco phase i went through...<

This I must see one day.

Do you ever listen to new wave in the car? When I do, I like to pretend that my dashboard is my keyboard, and play it. I'm a fucking cheesehead.

I sometimes listen to talk radio, as well as those silly/fun shows on NPR on the weekend; Prairie Home Companion, and Says You.

i deserved to be mocked at first-but it fired me to want to be able to do it. ive no problem being the apprentice. too often now people don't seem to want to learn a craft, a skill from their betters- you know? to be humble and appreciate that you can learn from others. i see nothing wrong with it. i had fun. i got free drinks. i learned how the only way- by doing, failing, doing failing, trying..nothing wrong with a few hard knocks. it was nice enough they took it upon themselves to be so generous with their time and knowledge.

i like to sing ' im a very modern model of a modern major general' from hms pinafore when possessed, apparently ,by the devil on route 128 in heavy traffic...

i love new wave- it's like disco -people elevate the crap when there was so much good that came out.devo fucking rocks as far as i'm concerned. they tear 'satisfaction' a new bung hole...

i really like late night am radio- that coast coast show where rednecks reveal how they mated with aliens or where shut ins phone in to talk about theur bunions...awesome. npr used to have a show on called' found sound' which i really enjoyed. they once had cassette tapes from a guy who was killed in viet nam and taped some while he was there...i love that sort of thing.

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