Today David Bowie and Iman celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary! Iman has a new interview in Hello! Magazine in which she talks about their marriage and secret to happiness. Pick up the this week\’s issue of Hello! or read the excerpt at Bowienet.
Earlier this week the Webmaster and I were watching something on Comedy Central (probably South Park, The Daily Show, or The Colbert Report), when the a commercial for Ron White’s new special aired. The Webmaster rewound the program and pointed out to me that Ron White is morphing into David Bowie. For those of you who don’t know who Ron White is, visit his Comedy Central bio page. Watch the Scotchguard and Scottish Nationalists videos. And to provide pictorial support of the Webmaster’s assertion, I present Exhibit A.
Not enough proof? I found this picture while searching for a current photo of White. I present Exhibit B:
DISTURBING. I don’t dislike Ron White; I think he’s a decent comedian (and I appreciate that he doesn’t use stereotypes of Southerners to get cheap laughs unlike some of his Blue Collar Comedy Tour compatriots, ahem LarrytheCableGuy). But a man who once went by the alias of Tater Salad is not someone I would ever guess would become a Bowie Doppelganger.
Musicians Michael and Spider have released the first two songs in their “Diamonds” project. It’s a collection of 10 David Bowie covers. The press release sums it up best:
MICHAEL AND SPIDER PUT THEIR UNIQUE SPIN ON CLASSIC BOWIE TRACKS
April 9, 2009 (Tucson, Ariz.)–Michael and Spider, musicians known for four creative, vibrant, genre-defying world jazz-rock-ethno-ambient albums, have embarked on a new project, “Diamonds,” a set of 10 covers of classic Bowie tracks. The first two of these, “Aladdin Sane” and “Big Brother,” are now available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and other online providers. Future tracks will be available as they are released, and when all 10 are completed, a CD version will be issued.
While the final track listing for “Diamonds” has yet to be decided, it will feature primarily less well-known Bowie compositions such as “Boys Keep Swinging”, “Starman”, “Queen Bitch”, and “Andy Warhol.” “We love early Bowie, and decided to focus on tracks from 1969-1979–for one thing, that’s when Spider and I really came of age as musicians and partners, and additionally, we felt that now, 30 years later, would be a good time for a renaissance of sorts of Bowie’s music,” remarked Michael. As to the decision to focus on lesser-known tracks, Spider added, “Tracks like ‘Changes’, ‘Golden Years’, ‘Young Americans’ are not just perfect, they’re sacred in our eyes…they can’t be improved upon,
so we decided to work with tracks that today’s audience are less likely to be familiar with–we really didn’t want folks to dismiss the project as ‘Here we go, another Bowie covers compilation’.”
Michael Ely and Spider Taylor have been making music together since the late 1970s. In 1981 they founded L.A.’s first openly-gay post-punk alternative band, Red Wedding, and gained a loyal following until they disbanded in 1985. After stints with several other bands, Michael and Spider moved to Tucson in 1987 and retired from music for 16 years. The musical itch returned in 2003, and they began composing cinematic instrumental soundscapes under the name “Smoke & Mirrors.” After three CDs as Smoke & Mirrors, they abandoned the name and now are simply “Michael and Spider.” Their latest CD, “Iridescent Garden,” was released in 2008 and is available from CD Baby, iTunes, and other digital resellers.
I heard the tracks and they’re great! Usually I’m kind of “meh” on covers since a lot of artists don’t put their own perspective on tracks they cover, but I feel like Michael and Spider have joined TV on the Radio and Bauhaus as artists who see Bowie classics through different eyes.
The first 50 people to email Dave Wade-Stein at Temple of the Moon Publishing with the subject line “CrackedActor.com Free Download” will receive a free download of Aladdin Sane and Big Brother. Just enough to whet your whistle and make you look forward to the rest of the CD. I hear that Boys Keep Swinging might be on the album….
Yet another dance company has found inspiration in the work of David Bowie. The Michael Clark Company will be touring a new performance this summer that is based on the Seventies-era works of Bowie, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop. Choreographer Michael Clark took particular interest in the work of the artists did during the Seventies since it was a creative time that produced masterpeices from all three working together and separately. The show will premiere on June 25 and 26, 2009 in Venice and tour Europe into 2010.
Later this year, two music videos directed by Heath Ledger will air. He directed the video for “King Rat” by Modest Mouse and for the cover of David Bowie’s “Quicksand” by Grace Woodroofe. So far there is no news yet as to exactly when the videos will air, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.