Monday, 4 April 2016

C - Changes

So I turned myself to face me
But I've never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I'm much too fast to take that test

Long considered one of Bowie's best-known songs, "Changes" was recorded in London England in the summer of 1971 for the album Hunky Dory, and it was released as a single in January 1972 with "Andy Warhol" as the B-side.

The lyrics were oddly prophetic, as the 1970s saw Bowie go through several stage personas (including his most famous one, Ziggy Stardust) and nearly self-destruct from spiraling drug use.  At the time Bowie thought of the song as a mere parody of a nightclub song, but had underestimated the scope of its popularity as fans kept asking for him to sing it at his concerts.

Despite only reaching Number 41 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 in 1975, the song has appeared on most compilations of Bowie's best songs and it was a regular feature in his live performances.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. Now I want to listen to the song. I'm fascinated by people who have different personas and embrace it. To me, it's just letting different facets of yourself shine. I'm always tempted to do Facebook name, new blogs, new names in general, new looks, new hair color....