November 30: Just a wrapup of some albums released in the past month or two by artists who decided to give their treatment to a Bowie classic. First up is techno-pop band LB's cover of Ashes To Ashes on their Pop Artificielle album.
Finally, hard rocking Australian Jimmy Barnes of Cold Chisel fame recently released a new album of "soul" covers called Soul Deeper. The album is a big hit in Australia having reached number 3 on the country's charts. Incongruously in the selection of otherwise conventional soul classics is a cover of Bowie's All The Young Dudes. In an interview on Triple M radio, Barnes remarked that he played the original to his young band who all claimed they'd "never heard it before" to the incredulity of the presenters Billy Birmingham and Mick Molloy.
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November 29: BowieArt.com is a sponsor of London's Royal College of Art's Secret Postcard competition this year, which closed for general viewing today and which has its blind sale at 8 a.m. tomorrow, November 30. Each year, the College solicits works from both famous artists (including in recent years David Hockney, Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin and David Bowie) along with the works of students at the college. Each print is kept anonymous (secret) while they're on exhibition and during the sale, and are revealed only after all the prints have been sold. The price for each postcard is £35.
As part of the event, BowieArt.com is holding their own competition to take home the following print if you can guess the artist. You can enter only once and must do so by December 1, so hop on over there fast and click on the News and then the 20-11-00 Secret Competition link.
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November 28: Reeves Gabrels, guitarist for Bowie for over a decade until his departure last year, will be the featured chat guest on Yahoo! Chat tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov 29 @ 8 p.m. ET. You can get to the chat via Yahoo! Chat or via LAUNCH.com which is also co-promoting the event.
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November 27: A poll of today's top artists conducted by New Musical Express has placed David Bowie as the most influential artist of all-time. With participants such as Radiohead and U2, the poll asked today's rock stars which musicians had exerted most influence over the current music scene. Among the groups who voted for Bowie were Radiohead, Suede, U2 and Marilyn Manson. The poll reiterates a similar 1998 TimeOut poll which also had Bowie ranked #1 as voted on by his peers. The full poll including an interview with Bowie will be published in tomorrow's edition of NME, bundled with a CD which will also include a Bowie track.
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November 27: Top Of The Pops is doing its part to promote Bowie At The Beeb for the holiday buying season by running Quicktime video clips of seven Bowie appearances all this week on the TOTP web site. A different clip will be featured each day, with Monday's being the 1997 Dead Man Walking performance. The week will look as follows:
Monday: Dead Man Walking
Thursday: Thursday's Child
Saturday: Fashion (Legs & Co)
Sunday: Space Oddity (Pan's People)
Top Of The Pops has an accompanying fan contest with first prize being CD copies of every Bowie album released on RCA between 1969 and 1980 plus a T-shirt and poster. There are also 5 runner up prizes of a poster & a T-shirt.
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November 26: MP3.com signalled its progress in signing up big name artists with the announcement that all of Bowie's back catalogue will be available on My MP3.com. At the same time, the digital music site is holding a promotion where you can download MP3 versions of two tracks off the Bowie At The Beeb - the 1972 Ziggy Stardust BBC session from 1972 and the Let's Dance recording from his live performance earlier this year. You can also get a brief two minute interview of Bowie talking about the Bowie At The Beeb recordings.
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November 22: According to UK magazine Business Age as reported in today's Electronic Telegraph, David Bowie's net worth has fallen to £96.5 million, dropping him from #1 on the list of richest UK celebrities list three years ago to #7 today. According to the report, the drop is partially due to Bowie's "investing heavily in Internet ventures." Heading the list is Paul McCartney who has an estimated net worth of £500 million, well ahead of Elton John at £156 million and Mick Jagger at £145 million. You can see a preview of the full list here, but the full report will be published in this week's Business Age magazine.
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November 22: The Halloween Costume voting is now underway. We have thirteen entries, some in the Bowie Lookalike and the others in the General Category. You can go and rank your favourite in each category from now until November 30. Remember that the winner in the Bowie Lookalike competition will receive a $75 gift voucher, while the winner in the General Category will receive a $25 gift voucher.
November 21: MTV and Rolling Stone magazine have teamed up to provide yet another one of those 100 Greatest lists. Mr B. slots in at #38 with Changes in the ranking of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs. (Ed: Although as is nearly always the case with MTV these days, they stretch our credulity in their objectivity by placing a Backstreet Boys song in the top ten. Particularly unconvincing is that they are running a heavy Backstreet Boys promotion every night this week.) In the USA, you can see the song countdown at 10 p.m. each night.
November 21: The big ticker on the front page ticked over 3,000,000 visitors earlier this morning, just eleven months after we hit two million. The revised message board software introduced this year has proven to be very popular. It accounts now for almost as much traffic as the rest of the site combined, while overall we average around 1 gigabyte (one thousand million characters) of traffic per day - double what it was one year ago. Once again, we'd like to thank you all for visiting the site. Without you and your contributions, this site would not exist.
November 20: A book no serious hardcore fan can be without. That's how Dara O'Kearney describes Nicholas Pegg's 450 page opus The Complete David Bowie. Released in the UK last month, the encyclopedic tome combines both "staggering detail" with a "killer collection of interesting facts, amusing anecdotes and insightful opinions". For Dara's full review, visit The Complete David Bowie book section.
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November 17: Another stealth release from Cleopatra Records is the Y2K version of Goth Oddity 2000: A Tribute To David Bowie. This is the companion album to the original 1999 release Goth Oddity, both of which feature "goth" bands covering Bowie classics. Goth Oddity 2000 was released on October 31 and has only fair to average reviews, most listeners claiming it's not as good as the original tribute.
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November 15: As most of you remember, last year we sold a year 2000 Bowie calendar, complete with full 17" x 12" colour photographs for each month of the year. This year, we've returned with a year 2001 Bowie calendar. Same style, same format. However, due to logistical and time concerns with handling all packing and shipping ourselves, this year we are making the calendar via a referral system with PosterNow.com who will process and distribute your order.
November 14: UK firm Simply Vinyl, which specializes in reissuing classic albums on high quality vinyl, is midway through the process of reissuing Bowie's classic back catalogue. On October 30, they released Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory. Come November 27, they will add The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pinups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Station To Station. All albums are on high quality 180g vinyl with 350g thick and durable card sleeves.
Simply Vinyl is expected to continue to release more albums in the series in late December. You can buy and preorder the current retinue of nine albums at 101CD.com.
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November 10: An article in Thursday's Akron Beacon Journal's entertainment news section made reference to Bowie's online chat comments about the city on Halloween night. Columnist Chuck Klosterman wrote the following:
Akron's golden years on Bowie's mind
But where's the tire? In online forum, singer discloses curiosity about city and its monument
Here's some good news for anyone who's worried that Northeast Ohio isn't interesting enough: At least one legendary rock god evidently suspects Akron is fascinating.
On Halloween night, Yahoo! hosted an Internet dialogue between David Bowie and anyone who wanted to chat with him online. The complete conversation can be found at http://www .teenagewildlife.com/Appearances/Online/ 2000/1031/transcript .html. The following verbatim excerpt is between an online user who calls himself ``Demerson666'' (how quaint) and Mr. Bowie himself. Demerson666 asked a question, and Bowie typed in two responses. . . .
Demerson666: Is there any place on this planet that you have yet to visit that you would like to see?
david_bowie_live: Modesto. I've never been to Modesto, I've never even driven through it. For me it conjures up the rolling hills of Umbria. It sounds like a little subsidiary of Padua. Yes, senor! I live in the beautiful Modesto!
david_bowie_live: Akron follows fairly close, although I have been told I have played there many times, I just didn't see the tire.
This is confusing for many reasons. The most glaring perplexity is that Bowie wants to see one specific (and assumedly famous) tire that does not appear to exist. It's also hard to understand why Bowie would mention Akron, unless (a.) he's actually making fun of it, or (b.) he's planning a concept album based on Wheels of Fortune.
Nonetheless, it seems obvious that local community leaders are now obligated to construct some kind of massive novelty tire and invite Bowie to Akron. Mayor Don Plusquellic could greet him at the airport in full Ziggy Stardust regalia, and we could temporarily rename Barberton as ``Suffragette City.'' We must beat Modesto to the punch!
Chuck Klosterman can be reached at email@example.com
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November 10: According to one of our readers, Angie Bowie will be at Tower Records in downtown Manhattan this evening at 7 p.m. for an autograph signing of last month's reissue of Backstage Passes, her "tell-all" book about her time with David. Later, around midnight, she'll be performing with her band at DonHill's in Soho for their traditional gender-bender drag night.
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November 7: This month we have another Bowie CD from Esprit which some lucky reader can win via the Esprit contest. This month it's the Seven Years In Tibet UK 3-track CD which includes the Mandarin language version as well as a live Pallas Athena. Just visit the Esprit Contest page to enter. The more times you enter (up to once per day), the greater your chance of winning. Contest closes November 30 at midnight, ET.
November 6: King Crimson, whom as we mentioned in May of this year made "Heroes" a staple of their European tour, are releasing a three CD box set record of the tour including Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew's take on Bowie's 1977 masterpiece. As most of you are aware, Robert Fripp played guitar on the original studio recording of Heroes, while Adrian Belew was the lead guitarist on Bowie's subsequent "Heroes" tour. On the King Crimson tour, Belew took the vocals while both played guitar in what most reviewers wrote was one of the best covers of "Heroes" they'd heard.
The album is called Heavy Construkction and is due to be released tomorrow in the USA and next week in the UK.
November 4: Mark Plati's website MarkPlati.com has a new look along with news and pictures from the Toy sessions. Included in the news section is a discussion of three new songs for the album, Afraid, Uncle Floyd and an as yet untitled piece. There are also some photographs of Bowie and other band members relaxing in the studio on the Photos page.
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November 4: Congratulations to Fredrik L. from Sweden who was the lucky winner in the October Esprit drawing for the promo of Best of Bowie 1974-1979. Fredrik picked up the prize by entering nineteen times in the contest. Meanwhile, Danny G. from Australia was selected from the online attendees and garnered a CD of his choice from CDNow.
Congratulations to all winners!
November 3: Recently one of our readers wrote to BBC America, the American broadcasting arm of the BBC, to enquire whether they would air Alan Yentob's 1975 documentary Cracked Actor on US television. The following answer came back:
"I am delighted to tell you that we are planning a special season to celebrate David Bowie next year - including the documentary you mention. It is currently scheduled for June 2001 - but please log on to bbcamerica.com for futher details nearer the time where all information forthcoming season are posted. "
Something to look forward to next year!
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November 1: As we announced last week, we now have a section up with instructions on how to enter the Teenage Wildlife Halloween Costume Contest 2000. We'll accept entries by email until November 15 after which we'll put all of them on a page for readers to vote for the best Bowie lookalike and best General costume. Prizes are $75 and $25 respectively in the form of gift vouchers from CDNow. Please follow the instructions carefully if you wish to enter!
November 1: Bowie spent over two and a half hours last night chatting online. The first hour was spent over at Yahoo! chat followed by another hour and a half at BowieNet. You can read the transcripts here. (Ed: a very brief portion of the Yahoo! chat was lost when my connection failed. This is marked in the transcript.). Among the hard facts revealed:
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