#52: Station to Station, David Bowie
Station to Station was the last full album I heard before stopping at a nice hotel near the Missouri border. I had kicked off my road trip that very morning with #40, Ziggy Stardust — one of many serendipitous moments where I was certain that the list was beginning to neatly frame my life.
My nerves were numb from having been so alert for such a long time, but I was still wide awake. I had survived both Radiohead and Jay-Z. I had gotten lost in the city of Philadelphia. I was the strongest person alive.
The picture of David Bowie on the cover is actually a still from a movie he starred in right before this album came out, The Man Who Fell To Earth. Apparently, he was supposed to make music for the movie but didn’t because of a contractual thing. Imagine having David Bowie as your star and not being able to use his music!
This is a very short album, which is maybe to its advantage. Only six songs long! The perfect length for the musical tourist.
“Station to Station” — I shouldn’t like a ten-minute-long David Bowie song, but when this one gets going, the guitar is pretty metal. And he talks about being the Thin White Duke! Definitely a less fun character than Ziggy Stardust, but I’ve always preferred antagonists.
“Golden Years” — Oh, this grooves.
“Word on a Wing” — Very disco, and I love his voice here — he goes so low!
“TVC15” — Uh-uhuhuhuh! I dig it.
“Stay” — Sick guitar intro. I found that most of these songs fell right out of my head, but this is such a good vibe album. I could listen to it over and over again. Know what I mean?
LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:
“Wild Is The Wind” — Maybe I was just really ready to go to sleep, but this last song was torture. Way, way, way too slow, David Bowie.
IS RS FULL OF IT?
To tell you the truth, I prefer this to Ziggy Stardust. Even though the Thin White Duke is more Emo Singer than Space Psycho, I think this album is much more weird and fun. I nominate Station to Station to take its place!