DAVID BOWIE; VH1 STORYTELLERS (EMI CD/DVD)

 |   |  1 min read

David Bowie: Rebel Rebel
DAVID BOWIE; VH1 STORYTELLERS (EMI CD/DVD)

At the very end of the Nineties, David Bowie released one of his best album in years, Hours.

Unfortunately by that time fewer and fewer people were listening to him. He'd started the decade with the two Tin Machine albums in which he tried to bury himself within a band format (about as successfully as McCartney did with Wings) and although he returned under his own name for the excellent Black Tie White Noise album of '93 which topped the UK charts, neither 1.Outside (a concept album with old chum Brian Eno, which may have been the first of a never completed trilogy) or the electronica-influenced Earthling which followed were as successful, saleswise or creatively.

Perhaps that was why he chose to go on the VH1 Storytellers show where he charmed with anecdotes and reminisences (Marc Bolan, Stevie Marriott and Iggy Pop were all mentioned) and to play some Hours songs along with a few re-jigged favourites.

Typical of Bowie however, he also dropped in Word on a Wing and treated his early material with respect while changing it to suit the more intimate mood of the venue and its small live audience.

That show (with some bonus tracks) makes up the DVD here, the CD is simply the same again which doesn't really stand up in the absence of his enjoyably tooth grin (nice new choppers at the time), faux self-effacement and floppy bangs.

Not an essential Bowie release, but certainly not without interest although you'd like to have much more music and storytelling, the show (without the bonus bits) seems very short at 45 minutes.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Film articles index

GRAND DESIGNS: SERIES SIX with KEVIN McCLOUD (Roadshow DVD)

GRAND DESIGNS: SERIES SIX with KEVIN McCLOUD (Roadshow DVD)

Some people watch celebrity chefs on television and buy glossy monthlies with enticing recipes -- and yet still make the same six meals which come easy and never fail. Then there are others... > Read more

ONE FAST MOVE OR I'M GONE a film by CURT WORDEM (2009, Kerouac Films)

ONE FAST MOVE OR I'M GONE a film by CURT WORDEM (2009, Kerouac Films)

That Jack Kerouac's artistic life led to personal tragedy as much as literary triumph is evident to anyone who has read his searingly personal, dark then redemptive book Big Sur, a barely disguised... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2009 Wilco; Wilco (the album): (Warners)

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2009 Wilco; Wilco (the album): (Warners)

While no one would suggest that Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is on happy pills -- the glum Country Disappeared and Bull Black Nova here would deny that -- he is clearly a very different man than he was... > Read more

Neil Young: Out to lunch

Neil Young: Out to lunch

Nothing showy here, but I've spoken to Neil Young three times. And the man was boring and awkward every time. But that's just my opinion. I've never understood why musicians -- especially those... > Read more