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The A to Z of David Bowie Podcasts

March 6th, 2018 | by admin
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Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There’ll be laughter – there’ll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends, we’ll post all the podcasts weekly here as they are released.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – A Part 1

In this episode Rob and Marc will be picking the bones out of the Ashes to Ashes video, Bowies early trips to America, All the Young Dudes, Arnold Corns, Ava Cherry, Anthony Newley and Adrian Belew.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – A Part 2

In this episode Marc and Rob manhandle such Bowie related topics as the classic album Aladdin Sane, the influential A Clockwork Orange, and the stomping ground of a curly headed young David that was known as the Arts Lab!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – B Part 1

If you are au-fait with the alphabet what with us having already negotiated the letter A, you might well be expecting B here…….and you would be right to! So this is where Rob and Marc roll their sleeves up and tackle Brixton, Bromley, Bolan, Barret and Bowie Net. Bloomin brilliant!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – B Part 2

As Bowie was such a busy boy, the letter B in our alphabet is once again brought to you in two parts. This the second instalment covers Berlin, The Buzz, Jim Bowie, Jeff Beck, Black Tie White Noise, Bertolt Brecht, Black Star and Bowie literature.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – C Part 1

In this episode it becomes all to clear as to why Bowie slapped a restraining order of Riley + Hughes circa 1976 – as the career-dissecting duo tackle such subjects as the Cracked Actor Doc, Bowie’s right-hand woman Coco Schwab, early manager Lesley Conn – plus a rubbing of shoulders with Showbiz royalty in Bing Crosby and Christopher Lee.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – C Part 2

Your chance to eaves-drop in on Rob + Marc trying to out-spot each other whilst discussing Bowie collaborations, Carlos Alomar, recreational drugs, the cut-up technique and an array of characters who made cameo appearances along the way.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – D Part 1

In this X rated Episode Marc and Rob get to grips with a dogs undercarriage and delicately negotiate their way around the drunken, scary world of Derek and Clive. All this whilst gingerly dancing around the thorny issue of David’s worsening relationship with his one-time Manager Tony DeFries. What could possibly go wrong!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – D Part 2

In this celebration of Bowie’’s life Rob and Marc Delve Deep in to the Delirious and sometimes Downright Despicable realms of the letter D – in the Delightful company of Dylan, Dana Gillespie, Dick Cavett, Dennis Davies and the Decidedly Danceable ‘David Live’ album. Not to mention Dedicated Disc Deliverers Deram and Decca…. Dum Dee Dum! X

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The A to Z of David Bowie – E Part 1

Expect to be riddled with both shock and awe as the Holmes and Watson of Podcasting – Rob Hughes and Marc Riley – unravel the secret world of David Bowie and his known associates. On the list of unusual suspects… Earl Slick, Elizabeth Taylor, an unspecified Earthling and The Elephant Man. But where did ‘it’ take place? Not sure! Eel Pie Island or Earls Court probably.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – E Part 2

In this episode Marc and Rob fearlessly negotiate a world of Oblique Strategies and Obtuse Characters. A land where you’re in the company of a mischievous balding boffin one minute (Brian Eno)… and a hairy hippy the next (Edgar Broughton). Add to that Ernie Johnson with some Extras thrown in! IT’S ALL TOO MUCH MAN!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – F Part 1

What the ‘F’ is going on!? Well… seeing ask you ask so politely… for the Letter ‘F Part 1’ Rob and Marc will be FOOTSTOMPIN on FAME whilst being overly FUSSY with FREDDIE (Buretti) and his FASHION statements. And if you need any more clues than that you really do need to brush up on your BOWIE. Let us be of assist!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – F Part 2

In this Episode Marc and Rob negotiate the letter ‘F Part 2’. If you’re allergic to FEATHERS (like Marc) take some Anti-histamine before consuming…if you burst out in spots upon meeting a (Cyrinda) FOX then maybe do the same . Take one pill a day for the next FIVE YEARS. OK… we have run out of Bowie related appropriate puns now…so we’ll just add FRIARS (Aylesbury) to the mix and you’ll recognise you’re in the company of two blokes with a deep love of all things BOWIE… so TUCK IN!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – F Part 3

“In this next chapter of Bowie’s life Marc and Rob seek out the last remaining ‘Effers’ in a series of events that cover the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. We take a long look at Flower(s) Power courtesy of the crack session player Herbie … we remain Faithful to the memory of the ‘1980 Floor Show’ courtesy of pretend Nun Marianne…there’s a dip into the Frampton family tree…and we bid Ziggy a Fond Farewell from the boards of the Hammersmith Odeon. It’s effin’ gripping stuff. Subscribe! Download! Review!… and *Rob and Marc will personally come round to your house to pull some mime shapes for you dressed only in white tights.”

(*ps – this doesn’t constitute a legally binding contract).

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The A to Z of David Bowie – G Part 1

In this missive Rob and Marc dust off their cod-pieces and glittery grandad vests to bring a spot of GLAMour into your lives… whether you be a landscape (Ricky) GARDINER… or even a GOUSTER (whatever that might be)… whilst waxing lyrical about the David’s brilliant left-hand woman, bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – G Part 2

This week our easily confused Podcasters Marc Riley and Rob Hughes grapple with Bowie Ivory-tickler Mike Garson, ex Taxi driver and Neo Classical bloke Philip Glass and bass supremo George Murray. There’s also a trip to Glastonbury and a profile of early David believer Bob Grace.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – G Part 3

If you download this latest edition of Rob and Marc’s loving tribute to the greatest rock n roll star ever you’ll now will immediately receive an ‘O’ Level certificate qualifying you to talk rubbish about our David without fear of contradiction. Particularly in the subjects of Gus Dudgeon, Glass Spider, Reeves Gabrels, artist Guy Peelaert and the chap whose right hook sent Bowie’s left eye into orbit – George ‘float like a butterfly- sting like a bee’ Underwood.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – Hunky Dory – H Part 1

Don’t worry guys…. everything is just Hunky Dory. And when we say EVERYTHING is just HUNKY DORY we mean EVERYTHING is just HUNKY DORY… as in this Episode Rob and Marc tackle just one solitary subject… arguably the greatest album of all time – PIN UPS! ONLY JOKING…. Yes our fearless Bowie-nut twosome take on the cultural monolith that is Hunky Dory…and everything that goes with it. A game changing album that was almost forgotten as soon as it was recorded. Truth is stranger than fiction…

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The A to Z of David Bowie – H Part 2

In the second part of our look at the letter H Marc and Rob come over all Germanic. Dissecting not only the decidedly Germanic’ Heroes’ album – but also the decidedly even more Germanic Hansa Studio in Berlin. The thematic thread falters slightly as the ‘lads’ also take a look at Bowie’s involvement with the man who taught a young David Jones a thing or two…and even more impressively wrote the theme to the Crossroads TV soap-opera which was set in Birmingham. Welcome to the Wonderful and Frightening World of David Bowie.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – H Part 3

Take breather from the trials and tribulations of real life and follow Rob and Marc as they salute Bowie’s brilliant album Heathen, and fly back in time to an era when David and his ever-changing cohorts lived in a gaff called Haddon Hall and tried to set the world alight with a bit of good old fashioned Hype.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – H Part 4

In the 4th and final part of the letter H hear Marc and Rob’s foray into all Bowie things ‘H’ related as they pussyfoot around the awkward scenario which sees Bowie’s late 60’s right-hand man Hutch become the gooseberry upon the arrival of David’s first true love Hermione Farthingale. Its like a Jilly Cooper novel but with mime. Also featured at the beleaguered db manager Ralph Horton…and Bowie’s Return To Form album ‘Hours’.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – I Part 1 – Iggy Pop

The whole of this episode is dedicated to a man Bowie admired from afar…then befriended… then saved… then supported…its a tale of loyalty and mutual respect… ladies and gentlemen – here Marc and Rob delve into the fascinating Iggy/ ziggy relationship…

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The A to Z of David Bowie – I Part 2

AYE AYE!! Why dontcha simply download this latest instalment of the db audio bible and dig deep with Rob and Marc into associations with Mott The Hoople’s head-honcho Ian Hunter… Lou Reed’s classic sleaze piece I’m Waiting For The Man… and hear Marc gloat about the fact that he saw the amazing David Bowie IS exhibition three times… or was it four…

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The A to Z of David Bowie – I Part 3

As the meander through the letter I continues, Marc and Rob take a look at bowie’s early soiree on to celluloid via the Images short-film alongside a glance at the Images cash-cow compilation…. and there’s a sample of various interviews David with with the press over the years. It should be part of the curriculum!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – J Part 1

This particular episode is character led…and what characters the were. There’s an un-entangling of David’s relationship with legendary DJ John Peel, there’s the strong bond of friendship that grew between Bowie and John Lennon..and the tragic story of some-would-say Bowie clone Jobriath… not for the faint hearted.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – J Part 2

The letter J could of course stand for Jealousy…but we think ‘a healthy competitive streak’ is closer to the mark – as here Rob and Marc examine the cross-pollination of Bowie and Mick Jagger… the sometimes edgy relationship with Elton John… plus we explain the importance of sometime Bowie cohorts Juniors Eyes.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – K Part 1

In this selection of Bowie related players we have a look at the legendary producer Ken Scott, early Bowie band The Konrads…and the unexpected foray into the world of television courtesy of the Buddha Of Suburbia and its author Hanif Kureshi.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – K Part 2

The late 60’s proved to be the making of Bowie’s impending stardom – even if he didn’t know it at the time. In this episode Marc and Rob look at the contribution made to David’s career by his first manager-proper Kenneth Pitt who’s undying support and wealth of experience helped db through an unsure part of both his personal life and his career. Also aiding and abetting David in this pursuit of fame was his undeniable stage-craft, largely taught him by the Crowned Prince of Mime Lindsay Kemp.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – K Part 3

In this podcastian escapade our two Northern heroes Rob and Marc take a look at the influence heaped upon Bowie’s career by the decidedly British Ray Davies led The Kinks – and the decidedly Germanic Krautrock scene. Add to that the dystopian horror of Stanley Kubrik’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange and David’s early dalliance with ‘showbiz’ with The King Bees and you’re staring down the barrel of another top-notch peep into The World Of David Bowie. Don’t mention it!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – L Part 1

This latest missive is where you can join Rob and Marc as they immerse themselves in one of Bowie’s most enigmatic and unexpected post-rock parcels, namely the album LOW. From its enigmatic front cover to the ethereal soundscapes and downright killer pop tunes, whilst taking in some decidedly ill-judged journalism. Its an eclectic Podcast escapade which features cameo appearances from a Buddhist Monk, Musical Impresario Lionel Bart…and a member of Dad’s Army. Groundbreaking I think they call it.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – L Part 2

By the year 1983 Bowie had established himself as the Crowned Prince of being Predictably Unpredictable… and in that year he unleashed one of the most unexpected stages of his career to date…as the Crowned Prince of Perfect Pop! Lets Dance saw David become of one of the biggest earners in rock. He partially conquered his fear of flying…and conquered the world. Also in this episode – the three minutes of Bowiedom that were to change Marc’s life, Ziggy + The Spiders From Mars appearance on kids TV show ‘Lift Of With Ayesha’, and there’s a close inspection of the man who put the ‘Stardust’ in Ziggy -Norman Carl Odam – aka ‘The Legendary Stardust Cowboy’. All courtesy of your hosts Marc Riley and Rob Hughes.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – L Part 3

In this choc-a-block episode Rob and Marc tackle the album Lodger, lower the tone with The Lower Third, chuckle at the Laughing Gnome, and take a glance at the career of Bowie axeman Gerry Leonard…all this whilst sucking on a Lyon’s Maid Ice-lolly. It’s called Multi-tasking…all in the name of the Greatest Rock n Roll Star in the World… Ever… DAVID BOWIE.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – L Part 4

If you take an interest in this particular Bowie-fest you’ll find yourself lost in a world of Lulu, Live Aid, make-up maestro Pierre La Roche, Lazarus…and you’ll even gobble up tales of the Goblin King himself, Jareth – courtesy of the Jim Henson fantasy world of Labyrinth. Your guides on this tour as usual – Journalist cum Bowie-nut Rob Hughes, and Broadcaster cum Cashew-nut Marc Riley. Go on…GET NUTTY.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – M Part 1 – The Man Who Sold The World

Ensconced within this slice of Bowie’s history is an unabashed celebration of DAVID’S first truly unique work. The proto Prog/ Metal beast that is THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD. It’s a 37 minute escapade riddled with torment, mental instability, new found love… and an LP cover that sent Grannies running to the hills. A Masterpiece in short. Here we also welcome our heroes Mick Ronson and Woody Woodmansey to the fold. OH MY OH MY……..

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The A to Z of David Bowie – M Part 2

Why not treat yourself to this the latest in-depth Bowie love-in we call the A To Z Of David Bowie. This week Rob and Marc turn the spotlight on early Bowie creative outlet The Manish Boys, The man who put Bowie in a (man’s) dress – Mr Fish, Mrs Visconti (aka Mary Hopkin)… and not forgetting the uneasy business arrangement that was the now infamous Mainman Management deal. Not for the faint hearted…

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The A to Z of David Bowie – M Part 3

Christmas comes early in this the 3rd and final part of the Bowie related letter ‘M’ where Marc and Rob pay homage to the legendary London RnB spawning ground known as The Marquee, plus there are lovingly crafted dissections of the Bowie curated Meltdown festival, Mercury Records, David’s personal Heavyweight minder Tony Mascia…and apparently the only ever Prison Flick where no-one tries to escape – Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – N Part 1

In this continuing sweep of every nook and cranny of our heroes life Rob and Marc tread gently all over an album that was in reality (pardon the pun) as bit of a let down (pardon another pun). Yes we’re talking Never Let me Down…concocted in David’s Mid-80’s Big Hair years. Also under the microscope is legendary tub-thumper Tony Newman whose self-doubt can be swept to one side upon putting the gripping David Live album on your turntable…or 8 Track Cart.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – N Part 2

Just when you thought it was safe to put the ginger-hair tint away Ziggy came back from the dead. For 3 nights only Bowie and various luminaries took to the stage of Londons legendary Marquee club to film a problematic TV Special. The 1980 Floor Show. Also in this episode Marc and Rob tackle the unexpected gift that was the Next Day opus… and his fellow Glamsters The New York Dolls.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – O Part 1

This next episode of our canter through Bowie’s life sees our glamorous subject reclaim his title as a risk taker and – quite literally -an outsider artist with his 1995 dark masterpiece ‘Outside’. Funnily enough – Marc saw one of the 1995 tour dates ‘outside’… in an arena in the USA…as you will find out if you download and listen to this latest missive from the North of England. Also under the microscope is the scene of one of Bowie’s most infamous (and hilarious) on stage routines… and The Old Grey Whistle Test is revisited too.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – P Part 1

In this Podcast messers Hughes and Riley continue to dissect the life and time of David Bowie. Dig deep into this mind-bending collection of stories and escapades and you encounter Elvis Presley …Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, Peter and the Wolf and The Philly Dogs Tour. You’ve probably guessed already – YES – they’re on the letter P!!!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – Q Part 1

In this episode Rob and Marc fearlessly tackle a Quite Quirky letter of the alphabet with only a couple of Quips to protect their Quivering shells! They’re just showing off now! Yes – it’s the letter Q. That’ll be Q for Queer… a word often bandied around in the early 70’s, sadly more often than not in a less than pleasant manner. Q also invites David’s one-time collaborators Queen to the party, not to mention Quatermass and the Pit.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – R Part 1 – Ronson Part 1

Although David had many a splendid foil for his on-stage antics over the years, no one compares to the dazzling Spider with the Platinum Hair. From his roots on the mean streets of 1960’s Hull – to the dyed-blonde roots of Glam Rock’s greatest guitarist – this, the first of two episodes looking at the life of Mick, sees Rob and Marc follow him from his School Days – into a Showbiz Daze.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – R Part 2 – Ronson Part 2

In this second episode looking at the life of the genius that was Mick Ronson, Marc and Rob gaze at the most pivotal point in his life. The transition from Double Denim to the Daring Dandy. After a difficult early career struggling in beat bands, Mick was now a bona-fide Rock Star with all the trappings that brought with it…not to mention Green Hair.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – R Part 3 – Lou Reed

How could Rob and Marc possibly negotiate the career of David Bowie with taking a long hard look at one of his greatest inspirations? The answer is – they couldn’t! In this episode they follow the eventful life of a man who traded not only licks with Bowie… but also blows. New York’s legendary curmudgeon and visionary – Lou Reed. It’s a gnarly tale of electro-shock therapy, drug abuse, altercations and Tai Chi. Oh – and not forgetting some of the greatest albums ever made. Not for the faint hearted.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – R Part 4

In this episode once again grappling with the letter ‘R’, Riley and Rob (you see what we did there?) take a Reality check. Inasmuch as they check out David’s 23rd studio album ‘Reality’, they Rock out with legendary photographer Mick…and give a bump start to Bowie’s early mode of transport – Rupert the Riley… and THAT our dear friends – is why this is the DEFINITIVE A to Z of David Bowie.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – R Part 5

Within this latest episode of Rob and Marc’s intricate and in-depth examination of the life of David Bowie, it’s the turn of a band who were most definitely kindred spirits of our flame-haired hero. Hailing from the North-East and led by King Crimson reject Bryan Ferry – they burst onto the glam-scene with almost the same gasps of disbelief and joy as when db jumped out of our goggleboxes. They shared many philosophies, heroes and occasionally a stage. Roxy Music. Also featured…the man who rejected a role in the Spiders From Mars to become a Yes Man. The ridiculously talented Rick Wakeman.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – R Part 6

Come on in why dontcha! For in this latest missive from the Bowie ‘boys’ from the North of England you’ll be dragging around a learning curve encompassing a venue that was witness to some of the most ambitious and thrilling gigs of Bowie’s career. The Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park. Also featured – a game of two halves featuring TV chat show host Russell Harty whose two on screen encounters with Bowie were not only 2 years apart – but also poles apart. The first being a bewitching and nervy affair… the second being an edgy, some would say toe-curling exchange with a 7,000 mile distance between them. Harty in London Town…Bowie in Burbank California. Which was probably for the best. Not for the faint hearted.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – R Part 7

Looking to find some love in the United States Bowie undertook his first promo tour of America in 1971. He had long flowing locks and wore a (mans) dress. Erm… how can we put this? Well…not everyone understood. One man who definitely did understand way the Mayor Of Sunset Strip. The man who famously hung out with the Rock Elite at his watering hole ‘Rodneys English Disco’… and the visionary who introduced db to California’s Swinging 70’s Beautiful People. Rodney Bingenheimer. Also featured are Biff Rose (composer of Hunky Dory’s Fill Your heart and early live favourite Buzz The Fuzz) and Bowie’s artistic outlet from 1971 to 1980 – RCA Records.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 1 – Station to Station

In this missive Marc and Rob tackle the fraught but undeniably brilliant episode in David’s life that brought about the classic ‘Station To Station’ album. Tales of weirdness were seeping from L.A. around the time of it’s recording and db was far from the rudest of health…but not for the first time he delivered an incredible slice of game-changing art-rock that would confuse and thrill those who had just fallen for the Plastic Soul, chart topping Bowie. Never one to sit still that fella.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 2

To some she was an attention seeking opportunist…but to others Mary Angela Barnet was Angie Bowie, the woman who steered Bowie away from the unfocussed Genius In Waiting towards the Glam Icon and Rock Star he always wanted to be. In this episode Rob and Marc look at the roles, successes and failures in Angie’s life and salute her guile and foresight. Star-maker, Stylist or She-Devil…once you’ve listened to this missive – you can make your own mind up.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 3

If you decide to join Rob and Marc in this most recent exploration of Bowie’s career you’ll find them dissecting the album that took Bowie away from the off-kilter Berlin-trilogy era and steered him towards the realms of swaggering ‘art-rock ’. We are of course talking about the album ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ which helped take db back to his rightful position at the top of the hit parade. Also featured…the little-known substitute brought off the bench for the Station To Station tour – Stacey Haydon.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 4

There are plenty of ‘Oddities’ to be found whilst tracing the career of David Bowie – but the one that first brought him into the public eye was the ‘Space’ version. Seen by some as a ‘novelty’ record this doom-laden tale was bizarrely used as an anthem for the Apollo 11 moon landing. They obviously didn’t listen to the lyrics. Also featured within…an observation of the global jaunt known as the Sound and Vision world tour. FILL YER BOOTS BOWIE LOVERS!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 5

Having failed to make his mark as a Mod and a Baladeer David turns his hand to the world of Folk. He sets up his own Folk club…wears cord pants and grows hi locks. WHAT MORE COULD HE DO! Well…he could always write a brilliant off-kilter opus that tackles consumerism, capitalism, greed …and shoplifting. And that’s exactly what he did. The album was originally called David Bowie (again) but is best loved as Space Oddity.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 6

It was a hardly a Mutual Admiration Society to begin with but Bowie’s love for the fledgling Bruce Springsteen was evident from the songs of his he chose to cover. Unimpressed by db’s blistering version of ‘It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City’ The ‘Boss’ (as we don’t call him) eventually (and publicly) acknowledged David’s talent upon hearing of his passing. And quite right too. In this Episode Rob gets all hot under the collar about another larger than life character who would go on to shape his taste in fashion and culture. Spongebob Squarepants.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 7

In this Episode messers Hughes and Riley untangle the story behind David’s proper breakthrough hit…none of your so-called “novelty hit’ about THIS one. Yes we’re talking about Starman and the seismic shock it sent through the UK in the month of June 1972. Also featured in our exhaustive journey through David’s life is a potted history of another Hull Lad who helped our hero reach the masses – without getting eaten alive. His minder Stuey George. Add to that the legendary appearance on SOUL TRAIN…and there you have it – another soon-to-be-award-winning David Bowie podcast.  Don’t mention it…

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 8

Whilst having been biding his time waiting for his less than generous contract with the Mainman Management organisation to run out, David had been hatching a plan to up his game…and fame. He intended to tour the indoor arenas of the world…and then LET’S DANCE happened…and the rest is history. Also in this episode we put the spotlight on a man who was destined not to enjoy the spotlight on said Serious Moonlight Tour. Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 9

In this latest episode chronicling the life and times of yer actual David Bowie, Rob and Marc revisit the STAGE album and the Isolar 2 Tour and put the spotlight on Manish Boy Bob Solley and two backing singers who were to be Frank…(and George) part of a stellar cast supporting Bowie on his later Serious Moonlight Tour.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – S Part 10

In this episode our two anti-heroes Marc and Rob look at the first fruitful sorties into the hallowed halls of the BBC. Aided and abetted by Nicholas Pegg’s invaluable Complete David Bowie tome, db’s entire BBC Session history is methodically trundled through. Also included is a journey into the world of not-so-petty theft…as the light-fingered escapades of two members of the Sex Pistols are examined by the Holmes and Watson of Popular Music. Elementary…

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The A to Z of David Bowie – T Part 1

We hereby invite you to wrap your lugholes around yet another superb podcast looking at the world of David Bowie and those who orbited it. On this occasion we focus on a Weirdo… ‘Weird’ of Weird and Gilly fame to be precise. Yes – that’s right… Spider From Mars TREVOR BOLDER. Far from being ‘weird’ he comes across as a sweet and hugely talented fella…as expected.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – T Part 2

In this Episode our bumbling ‘heroes’ excavate two very different Bowie artefacts. First up and album that (arguably) no-one wants to hear (that’ll be Tonight then) sitting uncomfortably next to an album that David’s record company didn’t want you to hear! That’ll be Toy then! Two albums of mixed fortunes.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – T Part 3

This episode of our definitive David Bowie podcast sees Rob and Marc steer their way through a turbulent – but ultimately successful – stage in David’s career. It might not have been everyone’s idea of a winner, but it seemingly helped Bowie steady his ship and freed him up to go on to bigger and (in our opinion) better things. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Ladies and Gentlemen – TIN MACHINE.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – T Part 4

In this deluxe 45 minute Podcast you will hear Bob and Marc charter a path through five different Bowie related subjects… and of course they come up trumps! Top Trumps in fact! Plus there’s a look at the influence and friendship of The Who’s Pete Townshend, there’s a saunter through the career of The Who and Lower Third Producer Shel Talmy, not to mention a glance at the home of the Arts Lab – the Three Tuns Pub in Beckenham…and there’s also a poignant look at the tragically short life of David’s half brother Terry.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – U Part 1

In this latest chapter looking at all things Bowie (and related) Marc Riley and Rob Hughes sink to new depths courtesy of ‘Woody Woodmansey’s U-Boat’, and as unlikely as it seems they get a bit Benny Hill in the company of Salvador Dali, they get cosmic whilst scanning the skies for UFO’s…and then take swift look at David’s ‘Uncle Arthur’…a Song not a Relative. But then again – IT’S ALL RELATIVE! INNNIT!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – V Part 1

Listen in to our latest ‘A to Z of db’ to see what Marc and Rob make of Bowie’s long-standing relationship with legendary producer and Holy Holy member Tony Visconti. It was an on-off relationship that at one point witnessed the arrival of a cosmic pixie …early 70’s superstar Marc Bolan…. and the one-and-only John Lennon makes an appearance too! It’s wall-to-wall Pop-Stars in this episode of the A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – V Part 2

In this ever so slightly ‘fruity’ episode of the A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE Rob and Marc get all hot and bothered whilst encounter the career of Bowie 70’s PR lady Cherry Vanilla. Her tales of nudity and pleasures of the flesh might be a little shocking to the faint of heart so please tread carefully! Much more innocent tho are the tales of Laughing Gnome producer Mike Vernon! And to put this episode to bed our two ‘nosey-neighbours’ take a brutal swipe at the debacle that was Velvet Goldmine (film) and applaud the source of its ‘inspiration’ – Velvet Goldmine (song).

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The A to Z of David Bowie – V Part 3

In this Episode Pinky and Perky (that’s Bob and Marc to you) dig deep into the Underground. The Velvet Underground. Only to discover the whimsical David Bowie currently ensconced in the world of the Laughing Gnome had gone ‘rogue’ with his Lou Reed inspired alter-ego! Here we see David as an unsure bohemian artist heading up the slightly bewildered Riot Squad outfit. It wouldn’t last. His friendship with Lou Reed however…would.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – W Part 1

The hero of this Episode started off as a Rat and eventually found himself a Spider! We’re talking about the irrepressible Michael or ‘Mick’ or ‘Woody’ Woodmansey. From almost becoming a Spectacle expert in Driffield Yorkshire – he ended up as a Rock n Roll spectacle as the drummer in the hottest band in the world circa 1973. These days he is Holier than Thou…alongside his old mucker Tony Visconti in the band Holy Holy. We love Woody. If you don’t already you will by the time you’ve finished listening to this!

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The A to Z of David Bowie – W Part 2

In this – one of the last episodes of the definitive David Bowie historical audio documents (commonly known as the A to Z of David Bowie), our two resident Bowie-nuts Rob Hughes and Marc Riley take a glance at the life of a man who befriended a pre-teen David Jones and went on to accompany him on his mind-blowing journey from Aladdin Sane, through the ‘Philly Dogs’ tour…on the Trans -Siberian Railway…on Cruise Liners… and the New Mexico filming stint for The Man Who Fell To Earth. He was Bowie’s best mate with good reason…he’s a Top Bloke. Ladies and Gentlemen…we present…Geoff MacCormack aka Warren Peace. Love On Ya. X

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The A to Z of David Bowie – X Part 1

As our podcast series draws to an end Rob and Marc take on the letter ‘X’… for ‘X’ certificate… the films of David Bowie. Here Nic Roeg’s masterpiece THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is in the spotlight.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – X Part 2

70 episodes down and two to go! In this 2nd part of our expeditions into the X – Rated cinematic Bowie, we look at the film Bowie described as “All my 32 Elvis movies rolled into one”…not for the fainted hearted – Ladies and Gentlemen we present “Just A Gigolo”. Also in this filmic feast… the doom-laden ‘Christiane F’ and sexed-up Vampire romp “The Hunger’.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – Y and Z Part 1

OK – we are now scarily close to the end of the Alphabet…and with it the end of our definitive Podcast journey through the work, life, times, friends and enemies of David Bowie. In this episode we tackle 2 letters! Damn we’re good. Y = Young Americans, David’s fearless foray into that thorny genre known as ‘Blue Eyed Soul’. Of course it is a complete masterpiece. We also take a quick look at a man who could legitimately have turned up under the letter J (for Joe) or D (for Duncan). As it stands we opted for Z (for Zowie), David’s uber-talented son.

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The A to Z of David Bowie – Z Part 2 – Ziggy Stardust

So Dear Friends… the time has come. In this – the final episode of our exhaustive (and exhausting) definitive A to Z of David Bowie podcast we inevitably find ourselves at the letter Z, and where better to finish than with the character who first introduced many of us to David’s world. ZIGGY STARDUST…THE MAN THE MYTH…THE LP. To leave you in style we now present almost an hours worth of Bowiedom to wave us on our merry way. If you’d like to have a tangible artefact of the 35+ hours worth of work amassed thus far – the atzodb team are currently looking at putting together a Deluxe box-set of the entire series, complimented by a vinyl LP and booklet. If you’re interested in keeping up to date on its development – then e mail us at [email protected] to join our mailing list. Also…If you should find yourself missing the dulcet tones of Rob and Marc, and the deft touches of Howard and Jason – then you can sate your appetite by joining our Bowie members club Cheap Things at patreon.com/cheapthings. Its been a long and rewarding road…so for the last time from the A To Z Team, Howard, Jason, Rob and Marc…LOVE ON YA. X

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