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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso


"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" -shoot the piano player


"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" -laurie anderson


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity boom. -john cale


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


"i could even find it in my heart to love mike love." -belle & sebastian


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i'm good and i'm bad and i'm happy and i'm sad and i'm lazy" -willie nelson


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"i mean every letter in the words in the sentences of my quotes." -lil' wayne


"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen


"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk


ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch


"really, we don't want people twiddling their goatees over our stuff." -radiohead


thelonious monk's middle name: sphere


#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun


"the only word is love." -john lennon


"i love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. and mother. and god." -johnny cash


"the moon is clear, the sky is bright, i'm happy as the horse's shite." -the pogues


"i hope that you all out there, young, old, tall, short, fat or thin, quick or slow, no matter what kind or color or shape or person you are, if you like to make music, why, go ahead.” -pete seeger


"chuck berry isn't merely the greatest of the rock and rollers, or rather, there's nothing mere about it. say rather that unless we can somehow recycle the concept of the great artist so that it supports chuck berry as well as it does marcel proust, we might as well trash it." -robert christgau


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#1013: the feelies - fame (1986, something wild)

jeff daniels was awarded his 2013 newsroom emmy out of mass guilt over his cruelly underrated performance in something wild's feelies and david bowie-powered high school reunion dance scene 27 years ago. i'm happy for him.

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#976: bruce springsteen & the e street band - sherry darling (july 1984)

believe it or not this was filmed after i was conceived but not yet born: that very special time in every utero’s life when we magically listen to all contemporaneous bruce springsteen concerts. i’m writing a blockbuster about it called womb boss radio. it’s like look who’s talking but prenatal.

it won’t be as rollicking or touching as this sherry darling, even the gesticulation alone. the way bruce pumps his forefinger singing ”i’ve got you” and heaves back his thumb for “and baby you’ve got me” before clarence clemons takes his two-meter solo! together they giggle and stomp, shuffle, duckwalk and ham. ”ladies and gentlemen, the greatest man alive,” bruce says, introducing clarence.

but we know who he’s really talking about. have you ever wondered if bruce were really jonathan richman playing a rock and roll superstar, like david bowie as ziggy stardust?

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#923: david bowie - i can’t explain (1973)

pin ups is no hunky dory, it’s a galaxy below ziggy stardust and two below low—and even if his eyelids were peeling off from drug use by the end of station to station, at least that one wasn’t all covers of english pop songs. but show me another album whose music made backup singers shake their calves like this! it’s terrifying music. it whips. one half of one of david bowie’s skeletal pin-up struts is more upsetting than 10,000,000 pete townshend stiff-armed arena strums.

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#921: david bowie - station to station (in christiane f.) (1981)

the night before last, really early in the morning, i dreamed i was falling very slowly from high over a beach and toward rolling waves. there was a big truck behind me that was almost like a parachute, and i was drifting closer to the ocean, which seemed like it would be much softer to land on. i even reached behind me and grabbed a little bit of cloud! still, it felt like things were going to end very, very badly. with the tides becoming bigger and bigger, as i fell closer and closer, i woke up. i was amazed and grateful to be back on land—with people, love, david bowie, early-80s german films, and david bowie in early-80s german films.

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bob dylan not at his finest in the early 1980s is still better than you at yours
part 1 of 5

bob dylan not at his finest in the early 1980s is still better than you at yours

part 1 of 5

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four covers for david bowie’s sorrow: #4

four covers for david bowie’s sorrow: #4

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four covers for david bowie’s sorrow: #3

four covers for david bowie’s sorrow: #3

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four covers for david bowie’s sorrow: #2

four covers for david bowie’s sorrow#2

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four covers for david bowie’s sorrow: #1

four covers for david bowie’s sorrow: #1

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#798: david bowie - sorrow (1973)

the award for best use of a white bowtie worn by an air-saxophone player in a gold tophat standing next to david bowie in a white suit with a white tie on a black and white floor in a music video goes to: not sorrow. just kidding, it’s sorrow.

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#774: the bad news step team - step! clap! go! ad (2011)

whenever i think of the word fashion, i think of that terrifying fake bunny hop that david bowie does in the beginning of you-know-what, plus also the flying burrito brothers tune high fashion queen (the one with the very sad gram parsons line “there’s nothing new that can be said about dirt”), and what iggy pop says in that speech about the phrase punk rock: “it’s a term that’s based in fashion! style! elitism!” but if fashionable people can put together this tremendous video with the the bad news steppers, how bad can fashion be? i guess pretty bad, but still.

(video via julia, who also went to camp laurel south—if you’d like to see me explaining at age 9 why “being with girls just makes it funner and a more enjoyable summer,” please enjoy.)

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#727: nina simone - backlash blues (1976, live in montreux)

if an alien or small and uninformed child came to you and said, “what is soulful?” you could play them certain nina simone songs and they’d nod and totally understand immediately. the absolutely only flaw here, though, is an otherwise wonderful mid-song drummer-appreciation speech that snubs david bowie: “like odetta said last night, if you don’t get loose now you better forget it. because you ain’t got much time. none of us do. i think the rolling stones say, ‘we’ve got five years.’”

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#654: david bowie - queen bitch (old gray whistle test, 1972)

call me crazy, and i’m not in the very sharpest frame of mind right this moment, but: queen bitchoh! you pretty thingslife on marsdrive in saturdayfive yearsstarmanall the young dudesrebel rebel

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the maestro gazes a gazely stare.
(via affendaddy, whose 188 david bowie singles you should be looking at right now)

the maestro gazes a gazely stare.

(via affendaddy, whose 188 david bowie singles you should be looking at right now)

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david bowie’s station to station: best inner sleeve of all time? weirdly the internet didn’t have a picture of it, so i took this photograph of my very own copy of the album just now.
[taking photos of my pretty lps, part 3]

david bowie’s station to station: best inner sleeve of all time? weirdly the internet didn’t have a picture of it, so i took this photograph of my very own copy of the album just now.

[taking photos of my pretty lps, part 3]

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