“In transforming his own death into a provocative and mysterious work of art, [Bowie] has left behind a haunting and disorienting final masterpiece that ensures he will remain in communication with each one of us as though he were still alive.”
– Julien Temple
Every morning since the shock of the totally unexpected passing of David Bowie, I’ve woken up with two refrains circulating in my brain: “Major Tom was a junkie” and this one:
Just for one day
We can be heroes.
I’ve never been a follower of Bowie’s music, but it’s obvious that much of it has seeped into my sub-conscious. Others have compared his chameleon like ability to change his music and suggested that he had a significance to match the Beatles. I’m not going to follow that hyperbolic highway, but would suggest that those two lines offer an insightful value for us all.
So I went trawling once more through my music archives and discovered quite a few tracks of differing merit in music terms which recognise that many of us harbour notions of heroism … but there are some who don’t.
01. David Bowie – Heroes
02. Kinks – (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
03. Super Ted – Intro
04. Tom Newman – Superman
05. Donovan – Sunshine Superman
06. Duangdao Mondara & Chailai – The Black Superman
07. The Who – Waspman
08. Troggs – Supergirl
09. XTC – That’s Really Super, Supergirl
10. Geraint Watkins – Heroes And Villains
11. The Stranglers – No More Heroes
12. Gil Scott-Heron – Ain’t No Such Thing As Superman
13. David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes