January 13, 2016 – 11:21 am

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Sally Timms of The Mekons remembers David Bowie, who died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016. He was 69.

What can I say, Dave is dead and still messing with us afterwards with his quiet private death and public bow-out with Blackstar

When I was thirteen I shaved my eyebrows off because of Dave, I remember pushing the needle on my record player so many times during the “wanking like a whore” section of Time, to stop my mum hearing the word, that it ended up with a perpetual skip at “falls wanking to the… falls wanking to the…”, I wore weird clothes and make-up, I eventually joined a punk band which I haven’t left… Dave always put Where Were You in his top twenty song lists and even though I wasn’t a Mekon back then, it was an exciting, vague connection to the man himself.

In 2014, Jon Langford and I performed in Chicago as part of the Bowie exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Didn’t like the exhibition, heard he hadn’t either.  We created an irreverent but loving show in his honor; I always hoped he might have seen some crummy videotaped version of it and laughed (I think he had a good sense of humor about himself).

I hadn’t paid much attention to his later work. It didn’t really matter, his back catalog is part of my DNA.  On top of all that musical innovation he was a really phenomenal singer, listen to Wild is the Wind and tell me that I’m wrong… Goodbye David Bowie and thank you.

Note: Sally Timms is a singer, songwriter and member of The Mekons. Her most recent solo record is World of Him. She lives in Chicago. The above article was posted at CounterPunch.

Click here for David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars at the Radio City Music Hall, New York 1973.

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  1. 4 Responses to “THANK YOU DAVID BOWIE”

  2. Back when music and pop culture mattered and stood for something, When mainstream media, radio stations and record companies actually promoted great artists with talent instead of the artificial computerized auto tuned enhanced Miley/Beiber/Katy ecc crap of today, David ever the showman went out like he lived in dramatic fashion with an air of mystery surrounding him, David was and always will be the coolest cat ever, Probably the only artist who could outcool Mick Jagger and thats hard to do. He is and always will be irreplacable in our culture. Very sad that he is gone now when he still had so much more to give, When someone of this stature dies a piece of the ones who were young back in the day die as well, R.I.P. Thin White Duke

    By COREY M on Jan 13, 2016

  3. This loss is every bit as large and devastating as Sinatra, Elvis and John Lennon to historical Pop Culture

    By COREY M on Jan 13, 2016

  4. These nuts on your chin are large and devastating.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 9, 2016

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