Starting with David Bowie’s birthday on January 8th and continuing each week will be the release of one new song from an upcoming David Bowie album entitled Is It Any Wonder?
The song recordings were made in rehearsal for David Bowie’s 50th Birthday party, which was a star studded event and last week the first song from that rehearsal, The Man Who Sold The World, was released (if you’re curious to hear it, here you go!).
Three days ago (yeah, I’m running late here!) the second song was released, a stripped down version of I Can’t Read, a song that originally appeared on the first Tin Machine album, David Bowie’s band side project that lasted two original albums and at least one live album before folding.
Here’s the new, 1997 recorded stripped down version of the song:
I have to say… I’m not all that into it.
Then again, I didn’t think the original version was all that great either. Having said that, I prefer the original to this version. Here is the original version:
I suppose David Bowie thought he might eventually release that new version of the song and video but subsequently decided not to. It is pretty elaborate for something that was locked away in the vaults until now!
Having said that, there’s something incredibly sad about watching this video.
I know David Bowie eventually passed away because of liver cancer, but seeing him sucking on the cigarette in that video… ugh.
My understanding is that David Bowie was a pretty heavy smoker and based on videos like this one he clearly felt it looked cool to smoke in front of the cameras. He wasn’t alone: You can’t find many films from the 1930’s through the 1970’s (and some past that point) which don’t feature the leads smoking. It was a glamorous thing to do on screen but now we know better, right?
Sorry if I’m sounding all high and mighty/moralistic, but I have a very strong allergy to cigarette smoke. There’s something in the chemicals in cigarettes -as opposed to cigars or tobacco used in pipes- that sets my sinus off and can often result in me having such bad headaches I wind up needing to lie down and/or throw up.
It’s that bad and can happen if I so much as sniff one second of cigarette smoke!
But getting back to Mr. Bowie, while liver cancer eventually took him away, he also had a heart attack and, based on some things I’ve read about his last days, also suffered from considerable shortness of breath. Did the cigarettes play a role in these problems?
I don’t know.
Given how much I love his work, though, it makes me so sad to read about what must have been very painful days leading to his eventual passing.
Don’t smoke, kids.
It may look cool, but all you’re doing is roasting your throat and lungs.
In the long run, there’s a damn good chance you’ll pay.