Sunday Suggestion – David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes

As we reach the end of the week in which David Bowie moved on to the next phase of his career somewhere new, back on earth we’re still looking back at the life work of one of the greatest solo artists of all time. It’s difficult for me to pick an absolute favourite track but ‘Ashes to Ashes’ acted as the centre-point of his career as Major Tom neatly returns after 1969 and to his final appearance just last year. As well as this, this music in it’s experimental form encases in New Romantic aesthetic mirrors the experimentation of Blackstar. It was in 1980 with his return from Berlin, he used techniques such as cutting and pasting for lyrical content and embraced Electronica in a distinct and innovative fashion; moving the genre on from Kraftwerk, Numan and Foxx. The song tracks an elaborate path to it’s melodies and the lyrics meet in unaccustomed places. It brings the experimentation and peculiarities of Strawberry Fields and goes full circle in applying such methods to the cold electronic genre. This song and Scary Monsters (And Super creeps) was just another successful shift in the music life of Bowie and more where to come beyond 1980.


Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995