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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, May 26, 1972

PaeTw H MCIGNDIL riaMa 6,17

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Bowie: Everything's Hunky Dory

By MIKE HARPER
David Bo'wie's newest, Hunky
Dory (RCA, lsp-4623) is sim-
ply stunning. Period. Musical-
ly and indeed lyrically, this is
the finest solo album released
within the last year; a fulfill-
ing collection of fantasy, deep
introspection and gil o r i o u s
beauty.
Bowie, English and quite
rightly so, has been around as
a soloist since 1968, when he
and another unknown, Cat
Stevens, were picked to launch
the then-new Deram record
label - Stevens won though.
One poor Deram album and two
fair Mercury, abums later, Ba-
wie appears to be at home and,
thank God for it; performing in
Correction
In an ad for Blue Sky.
Pottery in Thursday's
Daily, we mistakenly
printed their address as
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grand style.
Except for a rather maniacal
eight line poem, each recorded
track on this album shows much
thought and work. Rock-and-
roll lives through the style of
"Changes"; a song about grow-
ing up from both sides of the
fence-"Look out you Rock 'n
Rollers/ Pretty soon you're
gonna get a little older/ Time
may change me/ But I can't
trace time." "Changes" is mus-
ically superb, ending with a
brief but nice sax run by Bowie.
"Oh! You Pretty Things" is an-
other "growing" song, built on a
firm foundation of tight music
and seemingly intense lyrics
(yet it is presented in a happy
fashion). "Kooks" is, in six
words, a jolly good time for all.
Written for his- son Zowie, this
self - indulging song makes
light of growing up (again!), as
it warns the child, "Don't pick
fights with the bullies or the
cads/ 'Cause I'm not much cop
at punching / Other people's
Dads." The refrain, "Will you
stay in our Lovers' Story/ If
you do you won't be sorry/
'Cause we believe in you," adds
to the feeling of contentment
that comes with listening to
the song.
The only non-Bowie compo-
sition, Biff Rose's "Fill Your
Heart," is a difficult song to
master but Bowie does a fine
job on it. Vocally, Bowie's ver-
sion is delightfully tongue in
cheek; with a simple but nice
musical background. "Queen
Bitch" is good fun, sung in a
voice much like Lou Reed's.
Nonsensical lyrics in "She's so
swishy in her satin and tat/ In
her frock and bipperty-bopper-

ty hat" add to a driving musi-
cal theme.
Two songs pay "homage" to
the superstars, Dylan and Andy
Warhol. "Andy Warhol" (or-
iginally "Andy Monument") is
a strange look at an even
stranger man - "Like to take a
cement fix/ Be a standing cine-
ma/ Dress my friends up just
for show/See them as they real-
ly are." The tale of the soup
can kid is strengthened by Mi-
chael Ronson's crisp acoustic
guitar in all its splendor. Fol-
lowing it is "Song for Bob Dy-
lan," a well-sung and perform-
ed tribute to the former Mr.
Zimmerman; encompassing at-
titudes of a deified poet -
"You gave your heart to every
bedsit room/ At least a picture
on my wall/ Sat behind a mil-
lion pair of eyes/ And told them
how they saw." The music is su-
perb, built on Ronson's electric
and acoustic guitars and Rick
Wakeman's fine piano work.
"The Bewlay Brothers" is,
what appears to be, a "confes-
sion-piece" relating the story of
Bowie and a friend on a jour-
ney through strained obscurity.
Lyrics are masked, and thus
troublesome - "The Bewlay
Brothers/ In the Blessed and
Cold/ In the Crutch-hungry
Dark/ Was where we flayed our
Mark/ Oh, We were gone/
Kings of Obilivion/ We were so
Turned On/ In the Mind-Warp
Pavilion." It's a difficult but
worthwhile song to listen to-
take the time.
"Life on Mars?," a song "in-
spired by Frankie (Sinatra),"
sees life through a continually-
marvelous yet painful system
of fantasy and film--But the

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film is a saddening bore/ For
she's lived it ten times or more/
She could spit in the eyes of
fools/ As they ask her to focus
on .. ." The song continues with
sad imagery of fighting sailors
("Oh man! Look at those cave-
men go"), a lawman "beating
up the wrong guy (Oh man!
Wonder if he'll ever know),"
Mickey Mouse ("grown up a
cow"), fame - struck workers
and mice; building to a des-
perate climax, "Is there life on
Mars?" as Bowie holds the final
word till his last breath. This
well-arranged piece cries out in
defiant crescendos, sounding the
words into a requiem; featuring
the death-shadowings of Ron-
son's tragic guitar.
Finally, is the most intro-
spective song of the album,
"Quicksand"; the total por-
trait of the artist. A study in
consciousness as a disease, the
song completes Bowie's cycle
of moods and his increasing un-
certainty in his work. "I'm clos-
er to the Golden Dawn/ Im-
mersed in Crowley's uniform/
Of imagery" shows the artist in
his full glory. He decays; sink-
ing into a sea of insecurity-
"I'm frightened by the total
goal/ I'm drawing to the ragged
hole/ And I ain't goth the pow-
er anymore/ No I ain't goth the
power anymore" --a "mere"
man. Sheer emotionalism as he
coitinues as he sees himself as
"destiny," yet he is "drawn be-
tween the light and dark"; fac-
ing strong indecision. In a final
state of awareness, the artist
joins in, "I'm not a prophet or
a stone age man! Just a mor-
tal with potential of a super-
man/ I'm living on/ I'm teth-
ered to the logic of Homo Sa-
pien/ Can't take my eyes from
the great salvation/ Of bullshit
faith." In final confession -
"I'm sinking in the quicksand
of my thought! And I ain't got
the power anymore"; the artist
is lost.
This album is a classic; a
finely painted masterpiece from'
a true artist. Put this album on
the old turntable, and you'll
never want to take it off-ex-
cept to change sides every once
in a while. A sheer joy. Coming
soon: Bowie's fifth, The Rise
and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and
the Spiders from Mars!
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