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Options April 29, 2015: CHRIS O'LEARY, author of Rebel Rebel, live in studio!

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In 2009 Chris O'Leary started a blog discussing every David Bowie song, in chronological order. The first post was about Bowie's first single: "Liza Jane," by Davie Jones and the King Bees, which was released in June of 1964. That's also the starting point for Rebel Rebel, O'Leary's new book that is essentially a full-length revision of the blog entries covering the period from that 1964 debut through the release of Station To Station. In addition to singles and album tracks the book includes live performances, session outtakes and unreleased demos -- who recorded them, who played on and produced them, and when they were played live or broadcast on TV or radio. O'Leary joins Evan "Funk" Davies in the WFMU studios tonight to listen to and discuss some of the more obscure songs discussed in the book - and a few of the songs we all know and love as well. This show is a must for David Bowie fans!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
mick ronson  white light/white heat   Options play don't worry  rca  1976    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
lulu  the man who sold the world   Options from crayons to perfume: the best of lulu  rhino      0:03:51 (Pop‑up)
ohio players  here today and gone tomorrow   Options love rollercoaster | anthology  goldenlane      0:07:36 (Pop‑up)
kraftwerk  antenna   Options radio-activity  astralwerks      0:11:02 (Pop‑up)
james brown  hot (i need to be loved, loved, loved)   Options star time  polydor      0:14:36 (Pop‑up)
            0:19:58 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  the laughing gnome   Options the deram anthology 1966-1968        0:33:56 (Pop‑up)
dee dee giroud  pancho   Options       english-language lyrics by David Bowie  0:36:33 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  we are the hungry people   Options the deram anthology 1966-1968        0:39:03 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  c'est la vie   Options         0:41:33 (Pop‑up)
 
david bowie  letter to hermione   Options space oddity        0:55:32 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  cygnet committee   Options space oddity        0:58:02 (Pop‑up)
 
david bowie  the man who sold the world (from Saturday Night Live)   Options         1:18:21 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  black country rock   Options the man who sold the world        1:21:07 (Pop‑up)
 
david bowie  queen bitch   Options hunky dory        1:30:02 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  velvet goldmine   Options ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars      bonus track from CD reissue  1:33:08 (Pop‑up)
 
david bowie  hang on to yourself   Options ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars        1:44:49 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  watch that man   Options aladdin sane        1:47:00 (Pop‑up)
 
david bowie  1984   Options diamond dogs        2:00:32 (Pop‑up)
the astronettes  i am a laser   Options       written by David Bowie. Group included Ava Cherry, Bowie's girlfriend at the time, and Geoffrey MacCormack aka Warren Peace; both sang backup on several Bowie albums.  2:03:33 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  it's hard to be a saint in the city   Options sound + vision      Bruce Springsteen cover  2:07:37 (Pop‑up)
 
david bowie  fascination   Options young americans        2:22:24 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  win   Options young americans        2:27:41 (Pop‑up)
 
david bowie  station to station   Options station to station        2:43:46 (Pop‑up)
david bowie  golden years   Options station to station        2:54:45 (Pop‑up)
 


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Listener comments!

  9:03pm V Priceless:

Hey Evan! Woo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm Figgsrock:

I just have to get this off my chest--"Baby Can Dance" is my favorite Tin Machine song.
  9:07pm mike east:

Bowie wowie!
  9:08pm V Priceless:

Ha! Good one, Figgs!
  9:09pm JakeGould:

Wowie Bowie.
Avatar 9:09pm Loretta:

hey Evan!!!
thanks for playing Mick Ronson ~ so hot!
  9:16pm V Priceless:

efd: got anything from the Ziggy Stardust Omnichord album by The Techno Cowboy? Fascinating, fun stuff, however cheese-filled.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17pm efd:

Hey everyone, thanks for tuning in tonight! Actual David Bowie coming up soon!
  9:17pm JD:

JB is da shit
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm fleep:

Get down, humans!
  Swag For Life Member 9:19pm Lonely Planet Boy:

i was checking out the bowiesongs site for the first time this afternoon, what a treasure trove!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19pm Figgsrock:

How did Bowie or Carlos Alomar not sue James Brown over this song? I know Alomar was in Brown's band at one point, but it's kind of ridiculous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm redkayak:

Evening all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm common:

philly yea! and hello all my daily dose of fuckin' bowie
  9:27pm V Priceless:

Hey comm! It's Bowie again!

Really miss Ronson.
  9:33pm V Priceless:

He did mime for The Strawbs 'Poor Jimmy Wilson', which I believe was on British TV.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34pm common:

vp! always! aven't you got an ome to go to?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36pm jmd:

even a little banter with the gnome built in to the song. This is great.
  9:37pm ?:

o i know this song
  9:40pm jon:

evening efd and funkites!
Avatar 9:41pm wolfg:

is this the album with 'gravedigger"?
  9:43pm V Priceless:

@wolfg: yes
  9:47pm Cooh John:

Ground control to Evan "Funk" Davies 'Bowie'; nice audio oddity that is out of this world.
Avatar 9:47pm wolfg:

he was underground then
Avatar 9:48pm wolfg:

now, he is like curating prestigious sound art festivals
  9:48pm JakeGould:

Ugh. That early dorkwad Bowie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49pm common:

love the man who sold the world. artwork and muzics!
  9:50pm V Priceless:

Yep, comm!
Avatar 9:51pm Peteski:

And Bowie was back at home with his skiffle and his gnomes, never got enough of that Dance Hall stuff
  9:53pm V Priceless:

Visconti and Woodmansey touring the UK doing all of 'TMWSTW' now!
  9:53pm JakeGould:

Screw the laughing gnome.
  9:55pm V Priceless:

Memory of A Free Festival!
  9:56pm JakeGould:

But like this show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm redkayak:

I'm with @Jake on that - gnomes give me the creeps....
Avatar 9:57pm wolfg:

very nice song
Avatar 9:59pm glenn:

even the coco crisp garden gnome?
  9:59pm V Priceless:

Oh. This is great...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm Alex of Chicago:

Sorry I'm late.
  10:01pm JakeGould:

Screw the gnome songs of the world.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm nixxon:

this is making me re-live my middle school years. After I heard and loved some Bowie then bought a bunch of the early stuff and was like... whoah, this is weird
Avatar 10:02pm Peteski:

letter to hermione = tangerine + a day in the life ?
Avatar 10:02pm wolfg:

it's beautiful though, timeless, if it touches you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm Alex of Chicago:

Not a Bowie expert, but I've had a long love affair with Louie, Louie Go Home.
Avatar 10:03pm wolfg:

it is really about beauty
Avatar 10:04pm wolfg:

Bowie is about beauty, I think, not so much about rebellion
Avatar 10:05pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Love is All You Need!...Kick Out the Jams!
...I want to Live!...I want to Liiive!!...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05pm Philthy woman:

Thanks for this focus on Fuckin Bowie and some of the more obscue songs I grew up with in my room with full focus on -with no idea, at the time that they were (relativley) obscure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05pm Philthy woman:

kick out the jams
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06pm coelacanth:

Aloha Evan and Funkies.
  10:07pm V Priceless:

Woo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07pm nixxon:

Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud must be played...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08pm Philthy woman:

inherited record collection lost in the physical world- still living in my brain -coming back like basement mold - I remeber- i want to live
  10:09pm V Priceless:

Hey Philthy and Fish!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09pm Philthy woman:

!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10pm Philthy woman:

HELLO VP! Happy Fuckin Bowie eve to you!
Avatar 10:10pm Holly in NC:

(slinking into back row) - sorry I'm late! Hi everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:11pm coelacanth:

Hey V!
  10:12pm JakeGould:

@Holly: You are lucky to come in now. You didn’t hear that stupid gnome song.
  10:12pm V Priceless:

I feel ancient.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13pm coelacanth:

i was turned on very young to Aladdin Sane & the double live album... very helpful to have older siblings.
Avatar 10:13pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

'Savior Machine' - 'Sell Me a Coat' - 'Silly Boy Blue' - I love the early stuff...
  10:13pm V Priceless:

She Shook Me Cold! Do it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13pm Ken From Hyde Park:

(Not far behind Holly.) How are things going tonight?
Avatar 10:13pm wolfg:

I always loved space oddity
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14pm Fuzzy:

Jessica Lange - Life On Mars!
Avatar 10:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- brilliant brilliant writer, let's face it.
  10:16pm V Priceless:

Live album due in June!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17pm coelacanth:

i may choose The Man Who Sold The World,if i HAD to pick an album.
Avatar 10:19pm Holly in NC:

@Jake - I've heard the gnome song, and loved it when I was young ;-)
And @V - I feel ancienter, I think. I still think of the rykodisc reissues as new releases!
  10:19pm JakeGould:

Phew! Back to the Bowie we know and love.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:19pm Philthy woman:

Astonishing to me that Laughing Nome was a 2 yr vocal process- always thought that as a quick one off weird wanna -gimmick, that re-illuminates Bowie in some obscurious realm for me.
wha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20pm Stevel:

What a performer. Rarely dull.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm common:

i saw that snl in the 70s so confused and amazed as a young 'n so good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm Stevel:

He really uses the male backups, and WOW, Klaus Nomi!
  10:22pm marc:

Kurt Cobain: That was a David Bowie song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:22pm common:

and klaus was the fuckin' best!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23pm coelacanth:

by the time i got that album with the gnomes,i was beyond thinking it was cute or clever. i MAY have listened to that album twice.
  10:24pm V Priceless:

Fab show, efd! Pure gold!
  10:26pm P-90:

"Boys Keep Swinging" was another unforgettable Bowie SNL performance.
He also blew me away on Letterman when he did "Dead Man Walking" as an acoustic guitar duet with Reeves Gabrels.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31pm Alex of Chicago:

Ah, yis.
  10:31pm V Priceless:

Bewlay Brothers! 'I was stone and he was wax, so he could scream and still relax'. F'in brilliant.
  10:32pm V Priceless:

Got Bolder?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32pm coelacanth:

yeh this whole album!
  10:33pm Carmichael:

Sorry I'm late, Evan. I have no excuse for my behavior, and I only hope I can learn from this unfortunate experience.
Avatar 10:34pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

What does your guest think of 'Velvet Goldmine'?
Avatar 10:34pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

(the movie)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35pm efd:

I will ask!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36pm coelacanth:

well,this song isn't on my Ziggy album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36pm coelacanth:

oh. never mind.
  10:45pm V Priceless:

He still wears the Ziggy boots
Avatar 10:45pm Dano59:

I was/still am a big fan of the Locust St. blog, glad to hear Chris and that he is still writing... I may have missed coverage of Bowie's early years, but still rapt over Please, Mr. Gravedigger.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm Listener John from NJ:

Great show! (And I never knew that Lulu had covered "The man who sold the world." She covered everything, I think!)
  10:45pm V Priceless:

Yes! Freakin' Bolder, baby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm coelacanth:

Bowie readily admits it was all about marketing...which i respect.
...and he was a marketing genius.
Avatar 10:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Ziggy: the songs, the ideas, the band, the playing, the production, the performances.
  10:47pm Carmichael:

Last night my iPod gave a few Lower Third songs. Nice to hear Bowie very early on.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48pm Listener John from NJ:

Ya know, my mom was NEVER a fan of the "Young Americans" album. I don't know if she knew other Bowie LPs -- probably not -- but I know for sure she didn't not like that one . . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48pm coelacanth:

Ahhhh!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49pm Stevel:

Oh, honey, watch that man...
Avatar 10:49pm glenn:

young americans isn't that great a record.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50pm coelacanth:

by the time i was 9,i had stolen this album from my sister!
  10:50pm V Priceless:

Long live 1973!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51pm Listener John from NJ:

@glenn: Maybe that's why my mom didn't like it so much. (I read some critic who said it was a "f-ed up record from a f-ed up rock star.)
  10:51pm V Priceless:

Way to go, Fish!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51pm coelacanth:

glenn i agree; but "fame" is excellent.
  10:52pm Carmichael:

1 demerit for Glenn.
Avatar 10:52pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@VP: yeah - w/ Dolls, Raw Power, Alice, T.Rex, Who's Next (a little earlier) - almost Quadrophenia...
Avatar 10:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- Quad '73 in fact...
Avatar 10:53pm glenn:

fame is really the only good track on it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54pm coelacanth:

Ha! Jagger deserved it!
  10:54pm Carmichael:

Glenn, you're about to become a member of the Breakfast Club.
  10:55pm V Priceless:

'Young Americans' still the only Bowie record I don't own, sad to say. I just didn't get it at the time.
Avatar 10:56pm glenn:

haha. will molly ringwald go to the prom with me?
  10:56pm V Priceless:

Indeed, Rev!
  10:56pm JakeGould:

Bongwater, “David Bowie Wants Ideas” www.youtube.com...
  10:57pm V Priceless:

Shout-out to the great Mike Garson!
Avatar 10:58pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Time - In Quaaludes and red wine
Demanding Billy Dolls
And other friends of mine
Take your time

The sniper in the brain, regurgitating drain
Incestuous and vain
Avatar 10:58pm glenn:

heroes is my fave.
  10:58pm Carmichael:

You're stuck with Emilio Estevez, Glenn.
  10:59pm Carmichael:

The Thin White Duke era ...
  11:00pm V Priceless:

'We'll build a glass asylum, with just a hint of mayhem"
Avatar 11:00pm glenn:

jeeeez. what has emilio been doing lately, anyway?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01pm coelacanth:

RR! i wish he still had that in 'im!
Avatar 11:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- of course - he got down to 90 lbs. - says he doesn't remember whole years...
  11:03pm JakeGould:

Pseu Braun said me saying “No problemo!” at the end of a call with here yesterday on her fill-in for Chris T made me sound like Emilio Estevez. I’m cool with that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04pm coelacanth:

the Heroes trilogy is excellent. after that it's all downhill.
  11:05pm V Priceless:

Early 'Scream Like A Baby' draft!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05pm coelacanth:

actually i take that back! Lodger had some abominations on it!
  11:08pm V Priceless:

IMO Tin Machine saved Bowie's career from going under. 'Never Let Me Down' is probably his least- inspired work, to put it kindly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11pm nixxon:

Let's Dance was a masterful, calculated, money-maker. Also a really great pop record, imho
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

I loved Tin Machine. I still pull it out. One of the select few album-band-song same-name combos.
  11:12pm Carmichael:

I watched a Jeff Beck concert on YouTube, and Bowie was in the audience applauding wildly.
Avatar 11:16pm glenn:

he was probably applauding tal.
  11:17pm jay:

I'm sure I read somewhere (probably Rolling Stone) about Bowie recording the two Springsteen songs during the Sigma Sound sessions in Philadelphia.
  11:18pm Carmichael:

No, it was a tribute to Les Paul. Totally different band. Although I applaud Tal all the time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18pm coelacanth:

i've never heard tin machine. i suppose i should,considering what i just read about it.
i stopped paying attention a few albums before that.
Avatar 11:19pm glenn:

yeah, that's imelda may's band.
  11:21pm V Priceless:

Fish: you should check out Tin Machine. Great band. Great songs. Check out the live footage on the yootube!
  11:22pm JakeGould:

I remember buying “Never Let Me Down” brand new in 1987. What a waste of $7.99 retail.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23pm coelacanth:

V -All-righty then!
  11:26pm Carmichael:

And the colored girls go ...
  11:27pm V Priceless:

@ Fish: two excellent live gigs: one from Japan, the other from The Docks, Hamburg. Plus live for TV outside of LAX and, if you can find it, the Arsenio Hall show performance is outta this world!
  11:30pm greyhoos:

Agreed with coelacanth. After recently revisiting Bowie's discog after a near 25-yr lapse, the "Berlin years" albums held up for me. Except for "Lodger," which was a weak, weak whatevs LP. (The cover was the most remarkable thing about it, IMO.) So I end up defaulting to better material on "Station to Station" instead.
Avatar 11:33pm Peteski:

Low still sounds like the future.
  11:34pm Carmichael:

The 2 SNL performances were stellar.
  11:34pm V Priceless:

Good point, Peteski.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39pm coelacanth:

Thanks V. when i'm back in my own cave i'll do the research so i can hear it loud,out loud. (saturday)
-anyway,i'm supposed to be working here!
  11:45pm V Priceless:

Thanks Evan and Chris! Fab show! Can't wait for part 2! Cheers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46pm Stevel:

Such a great show Will be revisiting this on the archives, to be sure. I love most Bowie. I love the live version of "Stay" (CD bonus) more than most things.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48pm Jeezy:

I'm sorry but the whole Lets Dance era is a-friggin-mazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50pm efd:

When Chris comes back after the next book comes out you'll get your Let's Dance and Tin Machine fixes! :)

And Berlin era, of course.
  11:50pm JakeGould:

“Lets Dance” was out of character, but much better than anything he did past that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50pm Stevel:

I am also a sucker for self-referential stuff.

I usually dance alone (not a sad thing) when I listen to this album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51pm Stevel:

Tin Machine was sharp.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54pm Stevel:

...but Station to Station is astounding.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54pm coelacanth:

i'm digging all these one-artist-dedicated shows lately!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for the fun, EFD and Chris.
  11:55pm Carmichael:

Was Tin Machine with the Sales brothers?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56pm efd:

Thanks for tuning in everybody! Check out more about the book here: bowiesongs.wordpress.com...
  11:57pm V Priceless:

Yes Carm!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm coelacanth:

Thanks Evan and Chris
ciao primates.
  11:58pm lambchops:

Golden Years is superb pop. Station to Station is a complete mess.
  11:58pm V Priceless:

I just saw a YouTube vid of Mary Poppins footage set to The Jean Genie. Worth a look. Pretty funny!
  12:00am JakeGould:

Barry Moppins?
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