It Gets Scary


I, like all intelligent music lovers, have a serious soft spot for Bowie. And how could you not? But back in reality I’m not an expert. So, in trying to write this I continue to come up with bands and artists that either would never have been around with out him. Can you imagine, oh I don’t know, 85% of the New Wave movement with out Bowie. I can’t.

As I said I’ve never claimed to be a Bowie “completist” as it were, so when I sat down and thought about what I could contribute to his — still living — hagiography, the best  I could do was poke around the internet.

So a big H/T to Aquarium Drunkard for pointing me towards what, I hope, is a new find for y’all as well.

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is the first album following the “so called” Berlin trilogy ( Low, “Heroes” and Lodger) and is widely (you can take wildly to mean “me”) considered his the last of his great albums.

That being said, there has been, for ages a grey market bootleg of b-sides and other extravaganza from that era. Having spent the whole day listening to both the official and the bootleg… get to know them both. But there is a reason that this has been floating around since before I was born. It is because it is amazing. Download it. Learn it. Love it.


David Bowie’s Crotch

One of the reasons that David Bowie is a favorite here at the Joker is his status as a modern day renaissance man. Not only is he one of the great musicians of our time, but he is also a renowned, actor — see The Hunger, the MAS favorite Labyrinth [we’ll go ahead and call it a TOP PICK -richard], and honorable mention goes to his fictional appearance in the Venture Brothers. Please enjoy this collection of crotch shots from the previously  mentioned Labyrinth — rumor has it that he pushed for it to get a credit but was overruled by the suits at the studio —  while your blog masters work up something with a little more meat on the bone.

Happy Birthday

David Bowie turns 65 today. As most of you know, Bowie is the Cosmic Joker blog’s most favorite person (which is why he beat out Elvis, Stephen Hawking, R. Kelly, etc.) so we will be going full court press on his birthday today. More posts to come.

For now, enjoy Santa Monica ’72, a Cosmic Joker top pick. Happy Sunday.