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News January 2001

January 31: Ruud Altenburg has updated his illustrated db discography to v11.6. New in this edition are nine new RealAudio tracks - all of them rare foreign language versions - including the infamous Al Alba. Ruud requests your help in always improving the quality of the illustrated discography, so if you know more or have a recording in your collection that he doesn't, then you should email him


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Information from Ruud

January 28: Last Sunday, January 21st The Mail compiled their annual Top 3000 British Millionaires. According to the paper, Bowie ranks at #257 along with Rolling Stone Keith Richards with a net worth of £125 million, considerably down from estimates in previous years. Mentioned in the short write up is inclusion of the soon-to-be-released Toy album with "promotion via a handful of carefully chosen performances featuring unreleased songs from Sixties." (Ed: their accuracy may come into question in both cases.)

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Information from Liz R.

January 22: ZWOL, an online illustrated serial, has a cameo appearance of David Bowie in last week's series playing an imaginary closet-dwelling Jiminy Cricket sort who dispenses sage advice. The comic is drawn by Teenage Wildlifer Greg Stephens, one of the first to register at Teenage Wildlife near on 5 years ago as member #20!


ZWOL Comic January 16

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Information from Greg Stephens

January 21: (RUMOUR) French music magazine reports online in their 18th January news item that former Echo and the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch may invite David Bowie to help produce or work on his next solo album. Also being asked to appear are Courtney Love, Natalie Imbruglia and Fun Lovin' Criminals for the album which is expected to be finished in autumn of this year on the Jeepster label.

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Information from Richard J.

January 18: The film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the play which Bowie signed on as coproducer for in Los Angeles in 1999, will have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival starting tomorrow and running through the next week. The play, which follows an East German transsexual rock star's travails (parallels were at times made to Ziggy Stardust's sexuality and music) was a major hit on Broadway, spawning both the spinoffs in other cities and an album. Directed by, authored by and starring John Cameron Mitchell in the lead role, the film opens tomorrow in Park City, Utah and will be shown throughout next week to the film industry in what has become their annual USA pilgrimage.


Hedwig @ Sundance
David Bowie's coproduction

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Information from Richard J.

January 16: Londoners may want to check out an innovative cabaret called Darkness and Disgrace playing in Islington over the next two weeks, and drawing its material from the songs of David Bowie. Featuring Des de Moor and pianist Russell Churney, the musical cabaret bases itself around Bowie's life, starting with his roots in 1960's London through the various musical stages of Bowie's career. Some of the reinterpreted songs performed during the show include The London Boys, The Width Of A Circle, Time, We Are The Dead, Scream Like A Baby, and I Have Not Been To Oxford Town. You can read more about it on on their web page here. The show will be starting today Tuesday, January 16 and playing through Sunday 28 January at the Rosemary Branch Theatre at 8 p.m. Admission is £7.50.

Des de Moor
Photo by Jo Minton

Darkness and Disgrace web page
Rosemary Branch Theatre

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Information from Liz R.

January 13: The second and final portion of the BBC World Service's David Bowie special will air this Monday and Tuesday as part of their Music Mix Special program. The BBC has also created a special web section which includes audio clips from last week's broadcast along with text from the interview.

January 15, 0930 GMT
January 15, 1930 GMT
January 16, 0130 GMT
January 16, 1430 GMT
BBC World Service Bowie special
BBC World radio schedule

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Information from Uri

January 12: Was the reason that Bowie has reportedly decided to team up with Annette Peacock a result of Bowie's listening to one of her own albums? That's a possibility if you listen to an interview with Peacock to be broadcast on WNYC 93.9FM during their Spinning On Air segment this Friday evening at 10 p.m. EST (tonight!) In the interview, Peacock talks a little about how she and Bowie reestablished contact after so many years and makes mention of what may be homage to her 1972 song I'm The One in the coda of Bowie's 1999 Something In The Air. In fact, Bowie reportedly told Peacock himself to check out the similarities between the two songs.

You can listen to the interview tonight at 10 p.m. EST on WNYC 93.9FM around the world via webcast, and below we've provided a RealAudio clip of the last minute of Peacock's I'm The One for you to make your own comparison to Something In The Air.

I'm The One clip (Annette Peacock 1972) realaudio (RealAudio)
Something In The Air

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Information from Z

January 11: Ruud Altenburg has a new version of the illustrated db discography. Version 11.5.3 has lots of small changes in the Song section, plus information on several new pirate CDs. Ruud requests your help in identifying some of these releases, so if you know more or have a recording in your collection that he doesn't, then you should email him


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Information from Ruud

January 10: With allegations of financial impropriety circling around the War Child charity, David Bowie has decided to quit the organization along with other high profile patrons such as Luciano Pavarotti, playwright Tom Stoppard and MTV chief Brent Hanson. Originally founded in February 1993 by filmmakers Bill Leeson and David Wilson, and enthusiastically endorsed early on by people such as Brian Eno, Bowie has also been a high profile contributer to the charity over the years.

However, recent investigations indicate that founder Leeson and some of his associates may have been recipients of bribes from contractors in Bosnia to help build a music centre in Pavarotti's name. This has led to an official investigation by the UK's charity commission into the running of War Child. A report due to air tonight on UK Channel 4 at 7 p.m. reveals that Pavarotti, Bowie and the other celebrities were joined by 11 trustees over the past two years in quitting the organization.

War Child

WarChild web page
Guardian UK investigative report
The Times UK article

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Information from Richard J, Geraldine

January 8: Today is a special day each year, for it was 54 years ago today that one David Robert Jones (better known to us as David Bowie) was born in Brixton, England. This past year has been a momentous one for Bowie personally, with the birth of his second child Alexandria Zahra Jones in August. Professionally he played a handful of shows culminating with a triumphant return to Glastonbury Festival and a specially recorded live concert at the BBC in late June. This latter show made it into the major musical release for Bowie of the year 2000 - Bowie At The Beeb compiling almost all his early BBC radio studio appearances and the aforementioned live concert.

We've created an online card for Bowie on his 54th birthday, which you can get to by clicking on the badge icon below! From all of us at Teenage Wildlife, Happy Birthday David!

Sign the Birthday Card
Sign the 54th Birthday Card!

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January 7: BBC's World Service is celebrating Bowie's birthday tomorrow with a half hour special of their Music Mix program which look at Bowie's earliest days as Davy Jones and his recordings with the BBC. The show will air at four times over the next two days:

January 8, 0930 GMT
January 8, 1930 GMT
January 9, 0130 GMT
January 9, 1430 GMT

All times are Greenwich Mean Time, and the show can be heard live on the Internet using RealAudio.

RealAudio BBC World Service

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Information from Udi, Bonster

January 5: (HOT) Bowie will make his first live appearance of the year 2001 as part of the Tibet House Benefit Concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on February 26. Some of the other performers slated for the event include Philip Glass, Moby, Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant and Patti Smith. In Bowie's own words (from BowieNet)

"News of a gig that I've just accepted, for a very good cause. Raising funds for New York's Tibet House. I'll be doing a couple of songs with both Moby and Philip Glass. I saw Moby yesterday and we talked about trying 'Silly Boy Blue' as one of the songs. Please come and cheer all of us on."

Philip Glass collaborated with Bowie on the Low Symphony and Heroes Symphony (Ed: and for a long time it was thought that there would also be a Lodger Symphony), while Moby of course remixed Bowie's Dead Man Walking single.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, by calling Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can show up at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th and 7th, Monday through Sunday from midday to 6 p.m.

This will be the first time that Bowie has performed musically in the famous Carnegie Hall since the seventies.

Carnegie Hall web site
Tibet House web site
Teenage Wildlife concert page for Tibet House event

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Information from rancell, demerson, Bonster

January 5: VH1 has another of their 100 Greatest countdowns starting January 15. This time the roster is VH1's choice of Rock Albums as judged in a poll of musicians, executives and producers. Slipping in right next to each other halfway down the list are two Bowie albums from almost 30 years ago:

Hunky Dory: #47
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
and The Spiders From Mars

The list seems to favour the how-shall-we-say-it, "more mature" albums, with 9 of the top 10 being released more than 25 years ago. Topping the list is The Beatles Revolver (1966), followed by Nirvana with Nevermind (1991), The Beach Boys with Pet Sounds (1966), Marvin Gaye with What's Going On (1971) and finally Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced (1967) rounding out the top 5.

VH1 will be broadcasting 20 per night starting on Monday, January 15, so expect the first Bowie albums to be listed on Wednesday, January 17, although their schedule doesn't go out so far as of today. We'll list the premiere on the Upcoming Appearances section on the front page when we hear more.


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Information from rancell

January 5: As most of you will know, it's only 3 days until Bowie's 54th birthday (8 January). To celebrate the event, Bowie fans in Germany are invited to a David Bowie Birthday Party this Saturday in Hamburg St. Pauli. For more details, contact Dominik at goldrolle@teenagewildlife.com, or else just turn up with the following directions!

Location: Blauer Peter IV
Address: Hamburger Berg 19
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2001
Time: 10 p.m.

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Information from Dominik

January 4: The list of nominees for the 43rd Grammy Awards announced yesterday gave a nod to Bowie for his vocal performance on Thursday's Child from the album hours.... Bowie is one of five nominees in the category: the others include Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Lenny Kravitz and Nine Inch Nails. Bowie was last nominated three years ago in the same category for Dead Man Walking and received an additional nomination that year for Best Alternative Music Performance.

The awards ceremony will take place on February 21 live from Los Angeles. In previous years, the winners have been webcast live from the Grammy Website, and we expect the same will occur again this year (Ed: although there hasn't been official confirmation of this yet).

Grammies 43

Grammy Awards web site
Rock nominees
40th Grammy Awards nomination

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Information from rancell, OVAL, Matthew

January 4: Congratulations to Trina Hendricks from Seattle who was the lucky winner in the last Esprit CD drawing of the millennium for the US 3-track promo of Thursday's Child. Trina picked up the prize by entering 22 times in the contest. Meanwhile, KaffeeIstGut was selected from the online attendees and chose The Damned's Phantasmagoria as his prize for being amongst those online at the time of the drawing.

For the monthly registry winner, Karen Busschots from South Africa picked up a CD of her choice. Karen is the first South African to win a CD drawing, and she chose a copy of Iggy Pop's Nude and Rude.

Congratulations to all winners!


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January 3: (RUMOUR) A couple of US based initiatives are under way to create albums of Bowie covers. The first and foremost is a project put together by Brian Kurtz, manager of Florida band The Pawn Rook 4. In a recent email, Kurtz confirmed that he is planning a worldwide release of an album with 13-16 US based bands (4-6 major label, 5-7 medium sized indie label and a few regional acts). Each will record their own version of a Bowie song for release sometime in the second quarter of 2001.

In a different, still nascent project, Matt Crocker is planning to put together a CD of Bowie covers by modern synthpop bands such as Iris, Faith Assembly and Monolithic. This project is still in the developing stages, with no bands signed to a contract yet, but you can email Matt at gandalfe@njtcom.com for more information.

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Information from Hans M.

January 1:

Happy New Year!

Best wishes to David and Iman, and all Teenage Wildlifers for the year 2001. Will it be a space oddity?!

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