Teenage Wildlife

News October 2000

October 31: More news on the 60's remakes album tentatively titled Toy, courtesy of guitarist and engineer/producer/all-round-magician Mark Plati. In this article on the MarkPlati.com website, Mark shares some of the inside info on the recording and mixing of the album. In particular, he mentions:

For the full report, visit Mark Plati's website.

Links:
Mark Plati's "Toy" report
Initial Toy news article

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Information from Emmanuel

October 31: A Hollywood video store clerk is the talk of the film town after selling his script for Diamond Dogs just twenty four hours after it was put on the market. Jay Friedman, who works at Rocket Video in Hollywood, says his script is inspired by the David Bowie song of the same name and is an action-adventure thriller set in the world of diamond thieves. Bel Air Entertainment, who usually works in conjunction with distributor Warner Brothers, reportedly paid a mid six-figure sum for the script with the scale sliding up to the high six-figure range as options are exercised and the project gets produced. (Ed: wonder what they'll use on the soundtrack?)

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October 29: This week BowieNet confirmed the rumours we reported on two weeks ago about singer/songwriter Annette Peacock being asked to work with Bowie on his album to be produced by Tony Visconti. According to BowieNet, Peacock is likely to be on synth and vocals for the album which will be recorded next year with all new Bowie material. If you want to hear Peacock's latest release, check out her recent release An Acrobat's Heart.

Annette Peacock

Link:
Annette Peacock to work with Bowie

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Information from BowieNet

October 28: Inspired by one of our regular message board participants, we've decided to give all you budding Bowie look-alikes an extra incentive to dress up for Halloween. So, all you scary monsters and super creeps, prepare yourself for the inaugural Teenage Wildlife Halloween Costume Contest! Entering the contest is fairly simple.

  1. Dress up in your best Halloween costume (Bowie lookalikes strongly encouraged).
  2. Get someone to take a photograph of you.
  3. Scan the photo and send it in by email to us before November 15.

We'll set up an online voting system for readers to decide on the winners. There'll be two separate categories for costumes (entrants will specify which category to enter when submitting the photo).

We'll have more details of how to enter and a special page for the contest starting Halloween night on October 31. In the meantime, get cracking on those costumes! (Ed: Contest is open to all nationalities. Don't worry if your country doesn't celebrate Halloween. Just dress up and send in a photo of yourself by the cutoff date.)

Pumpkin Ziggy

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October 27: Radio station WMGK (102.9FM) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will showcase 125 pieces of art from rock musicians in their Rock Art Show opening next month, November 17. Included will be contributions from David Bowie, John Lennon, Santana, REM, Jerry Garcia and others. All works of art will be available for purchase via silent auction with the proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The exhibition will be held at the Shops at Liberty Place on Market Street between 16th and 17th Streets in Center City, Philadelphia with admission free to the general public. Opening hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 7 days a week until the close of the exhibition on December 17. For more information closer to mid November, visit the WMGK webs ite.

WMGK

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October 26: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps will be the theme of a special Halloween night chat with David Bowie at Yahoo! Chat. Bowie will take the virtual stage at 10 p.m. ET, October 31 to talk with fans about his most recent release Bowie At The Beeb, this year's concerts in New York, his new baby and more. You'll need to sign up as a member of Yahoo to be able to chat. According to BowieNet, Bowie will chat for about an hour on Yahoo and then move over for another hour on BowieNet.

Bowie yahoo chat

Link:
Yahoo! Chat with David Bowie

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October 25: Digital music firm Music Match is making the missing Ziggy Stardust track from the Bowie At The Beeb album available for digital download to anyone who owns a copy of the mispressed CD. You'll have to download version 6.0 of the MusicMatch software (available for Windows or Macintosh) from the MusicMatch web site, place one of your Bowie At The Beeb discs in your CD player and then you'll be able to download the missing track.

The announcement of this download made quite a splash on the media wires yesterday. One Japanese listener reported hearing her local radio station announce the digital download, while Reuters also published this news story which made the announcement that an estimated 250,000 copies of the album made it out the door before the error was recognized.

MusicMatch

Links:
Ziggy Stardust download
Reuters article

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Information from Akko

October 24: Artist Andie Airfix has an interesting piece of Bowie-inspired art at his Presence exhibition currently on display at the A&D Gallery in London. The 3-D cross features cut-up images of Bowie's face laid onto riveted metal plates and fixed to a wooden base with internal lighting. You can see the artwork at A&D Gallery, 51 Chiltern Street, London W1M 1QH (Tel: +44 020 7486 0534) until November 7. Admission is free! Click on the picture below for a larger image with more views.

Presence

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October 23: The single track Ziggy Stardust replacement CD for the mispressed copies of Bowie At The Beeb are starting to arrive in people's mailboxes. The erroneous discs are still in the distribution chain - buyers just last week reported still getting the mispressed copy with its duplicates of the Ziggy Stardust track. So if you missed the original story, please read this news story on how to obtain a replacement. In the meantime, here's a scan of the disc so you know what it looks like when it starts turning up in record collector stores.

Bowie At The Beeb

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Information from Einar, Sean D., Simone G.

October 21: In a surprise appearance never mentioned in show promotions, David Bowie turned up at the very end of last night's VH1 Fashion Show Awards to present the Designer Of The Year award to Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney. Dressed in a snappy dark suit with knee length jacket, Bowie entered to the strains of Fame and huge applause from the crowd. He gave a few snappy dance steps on his way to the podium and greeting the supermodel-laced audience with "Hello beautiful people... and living skeletons" (Ed: which may have been lost on some :-)).

After Stella McCartney made her way up to accept the award, Bowie pretended not to have the trophy, saying instead there'd been a bit of a "cock-up" but he'd scrambled around to find a couple of tickets for next year's Zoolander movie (Ed: in which Bowie makes a cameo appearance). Then, to McCartney's surprise, her father Paul McCartney appeared from stage right carrying the trophy, putting two of the most famous rock stars on stage together.

The awards show, like most VH1 specials, will be regularly repeated over the coming weeks, so if you're looking for Bowie, he appears right at the very end of the two hour show. Look on the upcoming appearances section for repeats of the show.

Link:
VH1 Fashion Show Awards

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Information from Kristine J., Hallu, KookyBlackBird, Melissa

October 21: CDNow is holding a 30% off sale this weekend through Monday on all domestic U.S. Bowie CDs. You probably already know that you can get Bowie At The Beeb for $18.88, but now you can get Earthling or any of the EMI reissues for just $11.88. Plus, if you buy $19.99 worth or more you qualify for a $5 discount. The sale ends at midnight Monday, October 23, so if you're interested, hurry and click through on the CDNow logo below:

CDNow

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October 20: E-Magine Entertainment, in conjunction with Guitar World magazine is running a contest where you can not only win a new custom designed Parker Nite Fly Guitar, you'll also get a lesson from guitar god (and Bowie collaborator) Reeves Gabrels on how to play it! It's to help promote Reeves' latest release, Ulysses (della notte) and twenty runners up will receive a copy of his new CD. Click here or on the guitar to enter.

Parker guitar

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October 18: In return for your email address, BowieArt.com is offering a download of a Bowie artwork (in ZIP format). The subject matter? Let's just say that Bowie is obviously influenced by his new daughter Alexandria, albeit with a little help from Photoshop. Visit the BowieArt.com web site and click on the news link to get your free download.

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Information from Jemma

October 18: Incongruity seems to be the name of the game in this CD release by Martha Stewart, that paragon of impeccably kept households. Part of her Martha Stewart Living series, this holiday CD Home For The Holidays includes David Bowie and Bing Crosby's duet on Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy recorded in 1977. You can buy this compilation CD directly off MarthaStewart.com or at KMart or Rhino Records. If you just want the single itself (including the famous video performance on enhanced CD), you can try the perennial favourite Peace On Earth single from Oglio Records.

martha stewart

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Information from rancell

October 15: After its run through New York's Met and the Cleveland Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame, the Rock Style exhibition has made its way to London's Barbican Centre where it will be on display until January 14th of next year. The exhibit features six classic Bowie costumes:

  1. 1973 woodland creature "all in one" romper by Kansai Yamamoto
  2. 1973 black and white striped leather Japanese jumpsuit with the "circular legs"
  3. 1980 Ashes to Ashes clown outfit
  4. 1987 Sun Newspaper Jacket. Bowie wore this only once for the unbroadcast "Time Will Crawl" on Top of the Pops.
  5. 1987 Glass Spider gold winged suit
  6. 1996 Alexander McQueen Union Jack coat

After the costumes, mosey on over to the dressing up area where you can try on wigs and clothes from the 70s, pretending that the glam era really has come again. Or you can plonk out in the video room and watch music videos including those of Bowie.

Once you're through the Bowie exhibits, you can pick up a copy of the Rock Style book by Tommy Hilfiger. It's the same as the US version but with a Mick Rock photo of David Bowie on the cover. You can get the same picture on large and small posters for £7.95 and £3.75 respectively.

Entrance fee is £7 and the Barbican Center is open Monday till Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from midday until 6.

Barbican
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Links
Barbican Centre
Photographs of exhibit from New York Met

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Information from Alex A., Liz R.

October 13: At the request of Pete Townshend, Bowie this week starting recording a cover of The Who's Pictures Of Lily for an upcoming album of Who covers scheduled for release in 2001. According to his BowieNet journal, David took a couple of unusual twists in his approach to the Townshend penned composition. First he slowed the tempo to half speed. Second he resurrected the stylophone last used on Space Oddity. Should be an interesting interpretation when it gets released next year!

stylophone
David Bowie plays stylophone!

Links:
Pictures of Lily lyrics
thewho.net

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Information from BowieNet

October 12: Congratulations are in order for Bandit, the winner of a signed copy of The Complete David Bowie in last week's book contest. Bandit correctly answered that Bowie was offered a role in the final episode of Peter Davison's tenure as Doctor Who, and beat out 350 other correct entries in the random drawing to pick herself up a copy of the new tome on Bowie's career by author Nicholas Pegg. If you didn't win, you should now be able to find the book in most UK bookstores, or you can order it online from elsewhere in the world.

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October 12: David Bowie has asked jazz singer and pianist Annette Peacock to work with him on the Tony Visconti produced album scheduled to start recording in January of next year. That's according to remarks Peacock made at the release party for An Acrobat's Heart, her first official album in almost two decades. While her official web page simply states that she "is at present working with David Bowie on his new album", an attendee of Tuesday's album release party reports that Peacock confirmed that Bowie has asked her to record with him in January and even suggested that she accompany him on tour.

This won't be the first business interaction between Bowie and Peacock. While she may not be a household name today, she was a hot property in the early seventies and as this interview from 1978 confirms, she was signed to the Mainman label (Ed: although no album was ever released) after Bowie "kept talking about [her] for a whole year". Her songs Seven Days and I'm The One also appeared on Mick Ronson's Play Don't Worry and Slaughter on 10th Avenue.

You can read more about Annette Peacock at her label ECM's biography page, and read the article mentioned above at this fan site.

Annette Peacock
Annette Peacock

Links:
ECM Records Annette Peacock
Annette Peacock I'm The One fan page
An Acrobat's Heart

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Information from zumi

October 11: Ruud Altenburg has released a new version of the illustrated db discography. Version 11.5 adds more information about the Bowie At The Beeb release together with some changes to the RealAudio section.

Discography

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October 9: After being chosen as this year's Most Stylish Man last month, Bowie is lending his writing talents to the foreword of a new book titled GQ Cool. Slated for release later this month in the UK, the book promises "a collection of portraits defining the essence of male cool over the least decade". As well as Bowie, other UK male celebs such as David Beckham, Noel and Liam Gallagher and Alan Rickman are among those deemed cool enough to feature in the book written by Jo Levin.

GQ Cool
Preorder at Amazon.co.uk

Link:
GQ Cool

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Information from Liz R.

October 9: Bowie fan David S. has started up a new Internet streaming audio station on Live365.com called 6 Degrees of Bowie. There's over five and a half hours of Bowie covers, originals of songs Bowie has covered, songs he collaborated on or contributed to, plus a few by artists he has worked with (e.g. Pop, Eno, Reed) etc. Great listening for the fan who wonders about some of the rarer covers or tracks you may not have heard before - for example Man In The Middle from the Arnold Corns days. Click on the icon below to start listening (Ed: best listened to with a fast Internet connection).

6 Degrees of Bowie

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October 8: As we mentioned last month, the children's film Mr Rice's Secret starring David Bowie is part of this month's Atlantic Film Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It will be screening midday Saturday, October 21 at the Hoyts theatre. You can order a ticket online here.

It's not just the big screen. Like Everybody Loves Sunshine, Mr Rice's Secret will be going straight to television in the UK premiering Monday night, October 9 on Sky Premier channel at 6 a.m. and again at the more reasonable time of 6:15 p.m.

Mr Rice

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Information from Starling, Spidey, Gordon, Stephen

October 6: A quick reminder. Today is the last day to enter the Complete David Bowie giveaway to win a signed first edition of Nicholas Pegg's new book The Complete David Bowie. Contest closes at midnight ET tonight, Friday. You must be a registered Teenage Wildlifer to enter!

Complete DB

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October 6: Another month, another chance to win an unusual Bowie release from Esprit. This month it's the Best of David Bowie 1974-1979 advance promo listening CD. Just visit the Esprit Contest page and follow the instructions to enter. The more times you enter (up to once per day), the greater your chance of winning. Contest closes October 31 at midnight, ET.

EIL

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October 5: After months of attempting to get their mega-music-merger approved by EU authorities, EMI and Time Warner announced today that they were calling off their attempt to create the world's largest music group. EU regulators had balked at the creation of a group which would have combined EMI's stable of stars such as Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles with that of Warner Music mega-sellers Madonna, Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. One of the proposals apparently suggested in the discussions was the divestment of Virgin Records, Bowie's personal record label, with some reports suggesting that the original founder of Virgin Records, Richard Branson, was interested in repurchasing the company. For now it appears the two companies are back to the drawing board to reconsider their options.

Links:
EMI, Time Warner scrap merger plan (AP)
EMI, Warner Music ditch merger (Reuters)

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October 5: A recent splurge of Bowienet journal entries has revealed some interesting details on Bowie's progress with his album of remade "sixties" compositions. Just to run down the confirmed information from the horse's mouth:

Lisa Germano
Lisa Germano

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Information from BowieNet, rancell

October 3: The Berklee College of Music which awarded Bowie an honorary doctorate last year is getting something back from Dr. Bowie for their sixth annual Encore Gala. According to the Berklee press release and eludicated upon by this Boston Globe article, attendees of the October 21 silent auction will be able to put their bids down on two framed limited-edition paintings of Iman by Bowie.

Dr Bowie
May we present Dr. Bowie

Links:
Berklee Encore Gala Press Release
Boston Globe article

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Information from David E.

October 3: VH1 in the USA is running another one of their "100 Greatest {fill in the blank}" series this coming week. This time the topic is Dance Songs, and appropriately enough, Bowie gets one entry in the list with what else but Let's Dance. The 1983 #1 hit ranks #71 on VH1's Top 100, headed by Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive at #1. The show airs every evening next week with the first episode to air #71 at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10. See the list of upcoming appearances for all the airings.

VH1

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October 2: This week sees the release of The Complete David Bowie, a new book by author Nicholas Pegg about who else but our favourite musician. We recently interviewed Nicholas about the book, his reasons for writing it, and the processes and stories involved. You can read the interview here. In conjunction with the book's release, publisher Reynolds and Hearn has donated a copy signed by the author to award to a Teenage Wildlifer in a promotional giveaway. Just visit our Complete David Bowie giveaway page to find out how to enter to win a copy. The contest closes at midnight ET, Friday, October 6 so be sure to enter this week.

Complete DB

Links:
The Complete David Bowie (TW web page)
Signed copy giveaway
Interview with Nicholas Pegg
Buy it at Amazon UK

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October 2: As mentioned last week, many (if not all) of the initial distribution of Bowie At The Beeb has a mastering error. The two Ziggy Stardust tracks on Disc 2 are in fact exactly the same recording from the same session. EMI is aware of the problem and if you contact Martin Nutley at the EMI's Consumer Information group, you can get more information about a replacement CD with the missing track. We suggest you put your full name and address (including country) in the body of an email addressed to martin.nutley@emimusic.com with a subject line of Bowie At The Beeb. If you prefer to send a letter, the snail-mail address is:

UK Consumer Information
EMI Records Group UK & Ireland
43 Brook Green
LONDON
W6 7EF
United Kingdom
Link:
martin.nutley@emimusic.com

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October 1: (RUMOUR) Dr Who may be getting darts thrown in his eyes by the Duke of White according to this news item on the Doctor Who fan page Outpost Gallifrey. The BBC is commissioning a pilot episode of a new radio series featuring the peripatetic Tardis inhabitant called Doctor Who: Death Comes To Time. Official sources admit that David Bowie had expressed an interest in appearing in the full series but would not feature in the pilot episode because of time concerns. The Dr Who fan page goes further and claims that the character designed around Bowie would be called the Duke of White. You can read the full story on the Outpost Gallifrey news page.

Tardis

Links:
Outpost Gallifrey
BBC Doctor Who Page

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Information from Matt M, Liz R., Nick H.

October 1: Bowie At The Beeb debuts at #7 on the UK charts in its first week of release making it, according to compilers of such information, his 26th Top 10 album in the UK. A resounding success given that it's a double CD comprised mainly of alternative versions of sometimes obscure (to the general public) tracks. Meanwhile, a little further west, it debuts at #11 on the Irish album charts.

Bowie At The Beeb

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October 1: Congratulations to Valeria from Italy who was the lucky winner in the September Esprit drawing for the UK promo of Strangers When We Meet. Valeria picked up the prize by entering fifteen times in the contest. Meanwhile, Gina R. from Ontario, Canada was selected from the online attendees and garnered a CD of her choice from CDNow.

For the monthly registry winner, Jen from Dallas picked up a CD of her choice as well. Jen is one of the longest reigning Teenage Wildlife members, opening her account on the day we started taking registrations in November 1996.

Congratulations to all winners!

Esprit

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