April 29: Last year's sale of bonds backed by Bowie's future royalties seems to have become a part of popular culture in the financial world, with such deals now being referred to as "Bowie bonds". Take a look at this CBS Marketwatch report on upcoming bond sales. In addition, Rod Stewart looks ready to try a similar deal (albeit for a reduced figure since he doesn't own the rights to his own recordings).
April 27: Reeves Gabrels, guitarist for Bowie for the past decade, appears on one track on the new Public Enemy CD He Got Game, which doubles as the soundtrack to Spike Lee's new movie He Got Game. The track is Go Cat Go.
Pennsylvania singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines has an upcoming Ryko release called Galore, which according to a local college radio station will feature Bowie's band (at least Reeves and Gail-Ann Dorsey) playing backup on the album.
April 27: The upcoming Goldie/Bowie film Everybody Loves Sunshine distributed by IAC Film of London will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival's Market as a "work-in-progress". IAC is currently shopping around the film for US distribution, and in their blurb describe the film as
"Gripping, cutting-edge gangster thriller, with universal themes of brotherhood, divided loyalty and a man trying to escape his violent past. Targeted at an audience of smart, fashion and music-conscious, well-informed twentysomethings. Starring: Goldie, David Bowie, Andrew Goth and Rachel Shelley. Director/Writer: Andrew Goth. "
I'm going to become Ziggy Stardust" after buying a Ziggy-style unitard (scroll to the last story on the page).
April 23: Another tidbit surfaced about a possible album of Bowie duets with a report on British television last night that Bowie was planning a duet with Christopher Lee, the now ancient actor who made the vampire role his own in the 60s/70s. This joins other reports from last year that Bowie has already recorded a duet with Siouxsie Sioux.
This one still seems like a long shot, but keep an eye out for further information...
April 22: Information from the grapevine (which has proven to be reliable in the past when predicting concert dates) indicates that the previously rumoured benefit concert in New York City is being planned for sometime during the second week of July. Bowie has indicated that he would like to put something like this on in a similar format to that for his 50th Birthday Bash, i.e. with guest appearances by other artists. Location is still unknown (outdoors in Central Park a possibility?), and the midweek timing may make it difficult for out-of-towners.
April 20: Atlanta, GA radio station 99X is releasing tomorrow (Tuesday April 21) a CD of the best of their live shows. Included on the CD will be the acoustic version of Dead Man Walking which Bowie recorded live when he appeared on the Atlanta 99X morning show last April. Other artists included on the CD will be Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Matchbox 20 etc. The CD will only be available from Blockbuster Music in the Atlanta area (for $14.95)
April 19: According to information received by a Teenage Wildlife reader, the reruns of 1970s Cher shows mentioned previously will indeed include Bowie's appearance this coming Monday, April 20th at 11 p.m. EST on VH-1.
April 17: Today marks the release in various parts of Europe (Ireland and Germany for sure) of EMI's next in the "Best Of Bowie" series. Best of David Bowie 1974-1979 follows on from last year's release of Best of 1969-1974 with songs from 1984 through Boys Keep Swinging. For those who are fascinated by different cuts and mixes of songs, this album features a number of the original 7" single edits rather than the full length album versions.
April 16: Here's a few bits and pieces from the past week which have been gathering:
April 15: VH-1 is rerunning old 70's Cher shows starting next week. Knowledgeable Bowiefans will remember that Bowie appeared on her show and did a medley of songs, including a duet of Can You Hear Me with Cher. VH1's TV listings don't say which episodes are going to be on when yet, but you can check their schedules for Monday 4/20/98 and Sunday 4/26/98.
Of course, last year VH-1 promised us a rerun of the 1980 Floor Show from the Midnight Special (even running clips of it in their promos), but it never appeared, so don't hold your breath for this one.
For all you English fans in the vicinity!
David Bowie and Marc Bolan Disco
Aston Sports & Leisure Centre
Saturday 18th April 1998
Ziggy Stardust meets Metal Guru on a Saturday Night!
Following on from the success of last years David Bowie and Marc Bolan disco another chance to bop till you drop will be had on the 18th of April 1998 (this Saturday). The venue will again be the Aston Sports and Leisure Centre in Birmingham. Music on the evening will be evenly split between Bowie and Bolan - 20 minutes of Bowie followed by 20 minutes of Bolan music. The emphasis will be very much placed on the glam era of the early seventies. >From Jeepster to Jean Genie; Starman to Telegram Sam; New York City to Suffragette City, all the hits and more will be here. Tickets are available on the door priced £5.00 (£3.00 for NUS card holders). The disco is from 8.00pm to 1.00am and includes a late bar.
Any help you can give me in notifying Bowie fans would be much appreciated. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to phone me on 01203 681924 (feel free to give this contact number out).
April 11: Bowie beat off very strong competition from the other nominees (The Prodigy, Radiohead, Portishead, the Manic Street Preachers) to win the Best International Live Act award at last night's Hot Press Irish Rock and Pop Music Awards. Bowie wasn't there to collect it but they beamed him in from New York where he could be seen clutching the rather bizarre statuette (and he kept staring at it during his acceptance speech). His acceptance speech:
"I'm so sorry I can't be in Ireland to accept this with you. I'm absolutely chuffed, I can't tell you how honoured I am. We had a wonderful time, we always have a wonderful time in Ireland. You probably know Reeves and I have been coming over rehearsing and gigging for years now since the late 80s regularly and I can honestly and truly say we've had nothing but wonderful times in Ireland working and socialising with everyone. We had a great time doing the last tour and we had a wonderful time working doing the performance over there. Thank you so much for giving this to me, I'm really chuffed, thank you".
April 9: The upcoming movie Whatever, a drama about high school kids in New Jersey, features Bowie's Janine from the 1969 album Space Oddity/Man of Words, Man of Music/David Bowie. It'll be interesting to see if anyone other than hardcore Bowie fans recognizes this as a Bowie tune. Other tracks from the movie include Gimme Danger by Iggy and the Stooges and I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend by The Ramones.
The soundtrack will be released on Medicine Records, probably sometime in late June.
April 9: Longtime readers with good memories will remember this mention almost a year ago of a book on Ziggy Stardust to be released in mid 1998. Mike Harvey alerted me that Amazon.com now lists this book, whose full title is David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Classic Rock Albums), as due for release June 1998.
April 9: As reported previously, The Wallflowers will cover "Heroes" for the soundtrack to this summer's "blockbuster" movie Godzilla. MTV News reports that the single will be released to radio in the U.S. in two weeks. Already, some radio stations have been playing a prerelease copy, which has had great reviews from Wallflower fans according to various news postings.
April 8: Well, Nat Tate may be fictional (see yesterday's news), but the book about him certainly isn't. Amazon.com lists the book as not yet available, but a Teenage Wildlife reader reports that she received her copy from them today!
April 8: Maurits van Boetzelaer of The Netherlands was the lucky name picked from over 4,500 registered users to win the April free CD. Maurits chose Tonight, the last CD needed to complete his Bowie collection.
April 7: Last week's announcement of 21's upcoming biography on the "apparently rediscovered American painter Nat Tate, who leapt to his death off the Staten Island ferry in the 60's" has turned out to be Bowie's own April Fools' stunt pulled on the unsuspecting art world!
According to this report from the BBC, Nat Tate is entirely fictional. The elaborate prank by Bowie and "Tate biographer" William Boyd included Bowie reciting parts of the upcoming "biography" at 21's US book launch last week, as well as British papers already publishing excerpts from the supposed book.
Karen Wright (who appeared on the Charlie Rose Show last week), one of the co-founders of 21 and also in on the hoax, is quoted as saying
"Part of it was, we were very amused that people kept saying 'Yes, I've heard of him'. There is a willingness not to appear foolish. Critics are too proud for that.".
(Ed note: No wonder my art history major friend said "Nat Tate... never heard of him" :-))
April 6: NyeKye took twelve hours out of his life to write up a transcript of the Charlie Rose show appearance. I've also added one QuickTime clip of Bowie's views. Thanks NyeKye for all the work!
April 1: To those of you who wrote such passionate and vehement defenses of Teenage Wildlife, I thank you. You never know, I may need them in the future :-)
However, for now, the cease-and-desist order is just an:
April Fools Day Joke!!
You can see the best replies here.
April 1: Bowie's appearance on The Charlie Rose Show last night split time between a brief discussion of Bowie's life and work (the first half hour), and then a discussion with Bowie's 21 publishing partners of the current art scene.
Among the highlights
"I'm been very good, but not that good")
I hope to have a couple of Quicktime video clips if my VCR will cooperate, and if anyone feels up to doing a transcription, feel free to contribute it for all to read.