Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Bowie v Cher

i'm a huge David Bowie fan, i can't believe i never saw this trainwreck before....i was all psyched when they started with Young Americans, but then they go through a bizarre medley of 50's hits and other standards. Bowie's awkwardness when Cher jumps into "Da Doo Ron Ron" is palpable...what if you were in the midst of cocaine-induced psychosis and you stepped onto a TV set with Cher and her hair looked like this...

Bowie / Cher Duet 1975


Blogger Mike DeLong said...

I guess this disproves the claim that Bowie slid slowly into self-parody about the time the first Bowie Bonds were issued.

2:38 PM  
Blogger sonicdeath99 said...

Semi-off topic: I had a date in the early '80s with this girl who went on and on about this awesome Barbra Streisand song. Turns out it was "Life on Mars," by Bowie. This made me think of that.

11:03 PM  
Blogger amykate said...

I love that Bowie is able to fight off whatever he must be mentally napalming himself about, and still manage to make the cheesy dance moves look suave.

10:28 AM  
Blogger jim said...

This is simultaneously the greatest thing ever and the worst. Whose idea was this? Did Cher call Bowie up and say let's rip up a cheesy medley on network tv? And Bowie said Absolutely??! How many times did they rehearse this? I love it, but it's also so creepy.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Mac said...

creepy and unrehearsed, a great combination!

11:01 PM  
Blogger Joe Hardtke said...

Hey Mac,

From one Bowiephile to another, thanks for the "Cher Show" reminder, as I haven't seen that in a while.

That whole "Young Americans/Station To Station" period is littered with unusual media statements. My particular favorite: The Russell Hardy interview in November of '75, just after finishing "Station To Station," in which David unveils a valuable nugget on spirituality: "A mountain... Or a tree... is a manifestation of forces... that we are not capable of dealing with."


Under the influence? Taking a piss? The world will never know and we're all the better for it.

10:20 AM  

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