The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 745: Remembering David Bowie, Part 2

He was known by many names over the six decades he made music. And for the last 40-plus years, he was the most discussed, photographed, imitated, worshiped and admired rock star in history. No single rock’n’roll performer had a more profound effect on our music as David Bowie.

All of today’s best alt-rock bands have a bit of Bowie in them–even the not-so-good ones. And the net can be cast much, much wider. Madonna. Prince. Lady Gaga. The list is endless.

He was a singer, a songwriter, a record producer, movie actor, stage performer, Internet entrepreneur, artist, art critic, fashion maven, Wall Street investment and gay icon. He was a trendsetter, a shapeshifter, a cultural mover-and-shaker. He was Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack, the Plastic Soul Man, the Thin White Duke.

And now he’s gone. And now that David Bowie is no longer with us, it’s important to recognize all the contributions he made to our music. This is “Remembering David Bowie, Part 2.”

Songs in this week’s show:

  1. TVC-15
  2. Warsawza
  3. Heroes
  4. Ashes to Ashes
  5. Let’s Dance
  6. Under the God/Tin Machine
  7. I’m Afraid of Americans (with Trent Reznor and NIN)
  8. Lazarus

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

If you’re in the US and you want to stream the show, I wish I could help. A performing rights organization called SESAC has made threatening noises about suing non-American radio stations who dare stream into the US without paying crazy fees. Most Canadian broadcasters had no choice but to geo-block their streams. But hey, if you know of an American station that would like to take the show, contact me and we’ll make it a priority.

Oh, and good news: The show will start running on OneFM in Singapore in May. From there. we’re hoping to go deeper into Asia and the make a run at Australia and New Zealand.

Anyone else? Love to hear from you. Just email me at [email protected].

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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