Vinyl Pull No. 21

Hypnotic Groove—that was the name of my 7th grade art teacher that tried to buttfuck me behind a dumpster. I think I might have made that up. It was the phrase that came to mind at the beginning of the wonderful David Bowie Album, Station to Station.

I hear that title and I think of a Station in my life when I owned a big Harley Davidson hog and would go to parties and get hopped up on meth, in my leather vest, and let big, burly, biker men spit loogies into my mouth***

I must shake that memory now and talk about the album, one of Bowie’s best, I think I rank it right after Ziggy. The 1st track, which is also the title track, is worth the price of admission alone. I think one could describe it as what an 80’s jam band might sound like—I just did it so apparently one could, and I would not have said it unless it makes a tremendous amount of sense.

I’d like to recant that description and now call it, a science fiction jammer fueled by cocaine and set against disco lights. Or better yet, a description can’t do it justice, so:

Then there couldn’t be a better song to follow it than the rhythmic Golden Years. It’s a lot like eating a whole bag of Ruffles potato chips, topless. Well actually its nothing like that at all but it is a killer track and as I listen, I am once again in awe of Bowie’s musical dexterity and tremendously diverse range of sound from album to album, or if you will, Station to Station. I even wanted to punch myself right in the face after that last sentence.

This one also has another of my very favorite Bowie tracks TVC15. The vocal cadence has a trance like quality. I want to dance, you fuckers. It is a really powerful song and if I had to describe it, I would say, it’s like taking a bite of a tangerine while getting kicked in the nuts, or maybe it would be better to listen:

I have never considered this a guitar album but as I am listening now, I am finding the guitar work particularly engaging. So much so I looked it up and the guitarists are Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick (who also worked with John Lennon among others—and what a GREAT name for a guitarist, enough to say it again, Earl Slick). Of course, the drumming and bass are great too and the whole album has a very strong groove and is quite unlike any other I have heard.

One would be hard pressed to find an artist with a stronger catalogue and after this he went on to record the Berlin Trilogy consisting of Low, Heroes and Lodger. I know I want Low on vinyl but it has been hard to find and I need to give Heroes and Lodger more attention.

I also need to pay more attention in the bathtub because last Wednesday I got out and there was a bottle of Prell 3 in one shampoo, conditioner and body wash lodged way up inside of me.

***I have never even ridden a motorcycle much less owned one.

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