Sunday, September 27, 2009

FSOTD #35/Blue Jean (1984)

David Bowie has been many things through his long and winding career.  He has done many things. But something he's only done once is win a Grammy award.  It was for the video for today's FSOTD "Blue Jean".  Clocking in at over 21 minutes,  "Jazzin' For Blue Jean" won the award for Best Short Form Music Video.  The song itself was a hit - #6 UK and #8 US.  Released on the album Tonight, it was one of only two songs from the collection written entirely by Bowie.  The album featured collaborations with Iggy Pop and with Tina Turner, who was at the peak of her career in the wake of Private Dancer.   But Tonight - the follow-up to the hugely successful Let's Dance - was generally regarded as a disappointment.

Love him or loathe him, David Bowie is undeniably a central figure in the big, bad story of rock music.  The Wiki article puts it all together in a concise (yet by no means brief) offering.  There was one short paragraph that pretty much said it all:  In the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Bowie ranked 29. Throughout his career he has sold an estimated 136 million albums, and ranks among the ten best-selling acts in UK pop history. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All Time.

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