Archive for February, 2006
New York Doll on DVD, April 4th
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Anyone whose town was too uncool to show the “New York Doll” movie in any of its philistine theater houses can grab it on DVD come April 4th. Directed by Greg Whiteley, the film chronicles the New York Dolls’ 2004 reunion as seen through the eyes of bassist and now-Mormon Arthur “Killer” Kane. Also featured are interviews with Doll proponents like Iggy Pop, Sir Bob Geldof, Chrissy Hynde, Mick Jones of the Clash. Read more about it on

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“The Prestige” To Hit Theaters October 20th
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

On Tuesday Touchstone Pictures set the release date of “The Prestige”, starring Bowie among others, as October 20 of this year. Should be a good flick to see ’round Halloween.

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Mime’s Old Apartment To Fetch $1 Million
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

That’s right, the flat David Bowie rented in Edinburgh while he was studying mime under Lindsay Kemp back in the 60’s is for sale and is expected to go for over $950,000. You can read more about it in the article on Invisible glass box Bowie spent hours trapped inside sold separately.

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Digital Art Imitates Life
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Since we began developing this website, I think the hardest question has been: what should a website about David Bowie look like? As hackneyed as the word “chameleon” is in most every news bit about the man, his image really can’t be tied to one particular style. The designs of other top fan sites seem to gravitate toward favorite albums; Bowie Wonderworld leans toward Earthling, while is reminiscent of Hours. And where the look and feel of Bowienet aligns itself with the most recent album, none of the redesigns have compared to its initial Outside-related design. I always wish I could view the current content in that original interface.

Which got me to thinking, what if that were possible? What if our visitors could choose the design of to look like their favorite album? Cascading stylesheets make it entirely possible to separate the design from the content, and cookies could let each user pick and store their own preference. So I messed around with the idea and it looks like it actually works.

Go ahead, give it a shot. Over on the left where it says “Select Your Theme”, click on another album title. The page should reload with a different skin. I just made up few samples to start with, but eventually we might have all the studio albums covered. And your preference should stick until you pick another theme or clear your web browser’s cookies. All I need to do now is apply the design to the rest of the site.

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Weller, Meet Morrissey
Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Paul Weller, winner of the Brits Lifetime Achievement Award, recently bashed Bowie in an interview with Uncut Magazine. He stated, “Wrong! I like about three records of his. The rest of it’s pish” when Bowie’s recent Recording Academy Lifetime Acheivement Award was mentioned. Maybe he’s been taking Bowie-bashing lessons from Morrissey. A review of the interview can be found at

Readers, raise your hand if you can immediately name three modern artists who cite Bowie as an influence. Now, raise your hand if you can do the same for Weller. Exactly.

Weller also attacked Freddie Mercury, Sting, Bono, and Bob Geldorf. Good job attacking Mercury, Weller. Malign a dead man. Next on his list of dead influential artists to disparage: Joe Strummer, Ian Curtis, Joey Ramone, and Kurt Cobain.

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Monkey Business
Saturday, February 4th, 2006

At one of their recent shows in the Bowery Ballroom, the Arctic Monkeys asked an anonymous middle-aged man to move out of a seat that was reserved for family members of the band. The man graciously got up and went to the back of the ballroom to watch the show. None of the band members knew it was Bowie until the father of the Monkeys’ bassist pointed him out. Like a gentleman, Bowie found the band after the show was over and told them he enjoyed the show.

Kudos to Bowie for not pulling the old “do you know who I am” bit when the band members failed to recognize him and asked him to move. And shame on the Arctic Monkeys for not realizing the interloper was Bowie. How does any band worth their salt not know who Bowie is? Their excuse was that they didn’t think anyone would attend the gig, much less a star of Bowie’s calibur.

News articles on this embarrassing mix-up can be found in the Starpulse News Blog, Yahoo! Music, and at

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Possible New Album Later This Year
Saturday, February 4th, 2006

According to Bowie is scheduled to release an album in mid-2006. Whether this is simply another compilation, reissue, a DVD, or a brand-new album the site does not say. Take this for what it is – simply a glimmer of hope at a totally new album.

Here’s hoping for 2. Contamination.

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Bowie Recognized by Recording Academy
Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Bowie will formally receive the Lifetime Acheivement Award from the Recording Academy. Other artists who will receive the award alongside Bowie are Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, the Weavers, and the late Richard Pryor. The 2006 Grammy Awards will be aired live on CBS from 8:00 to 11:30 pm EST. A .pdf of the press release from can be found here.

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