‘The Look’ taken from the forthcoming album – The English Riviera. Directed by Lorenzo Fonda.
[via Bojan Boskovic]
British music legend David Bowie recorded an album titled Toy back in 2001 that featured re-recordings of some of his obscure and earlier work along with new material. The album never got released due to a dispute with his then record label Virgin and only a few songs made it on to other records like Heathen released in 2002 and some were used as B-side on various singles. Now however, the infamous album, sought by many Bowie fans, has been leaked online on various file-sharing websites. The bulk of the 14 track album has never been released and with Bowie taking an indefinite hiatus from the music industry, this might be the only new material to come from the British artists for quite a while.
When Love Breaks Down is a single released by the British rock group Prefab Sprout in 1984. It was the first single taken from their album of that year, Steve McQueen. The single did not chart in the UK Singles Chart but was reissued in 1985 where it reached #25. The b-side to the original release is a song called “Diana” which would later be re-recorded and released on the album Protest Songs, which was originally going to be released after Steve McQueen but was shelved until 1989. The song was re-released in March 2007, this time with an entirely new acoustic arrangement, recorded mid-2006 by Paddy McAloon, to coincide with the 2-disc Legacy Edition of Steve McQueen which came with a disc containing acoustic renditions of eight of the songs from the album. The song has been covered by Lisa Stansfield and Portastatic.
[Dedicated to Peter Sørensen and Peter Solak]
“Firecracker” was released as a single under the name “Computer Game”. As such, on early US pressings of the album, “Computer Game ‘Theme from The Circus’” and “Firecracker” were combined as one track, while the firecracker sound effect at the end of the track was indexed by itself as “Firecracker”. This was corrected on later pressings. US pressings also featured a more American-friendly mixing (highlighting a punchier equalization and heavy use of reverb.)
UPDATE! Here is the official music video with the computer game introduction:
“Neuköln” is an instrumental piece written by David Bowie and Brian Eno in 1977 for the album “Heroes”. It was the last of three consecutive instrumentals on side two of the original vinyl album, following “Sense of Doubt” and “Moss Garden”. Neukölln (correctly spelled with a double “L”) is a district of Berlin. Bowie lived in Berlin for a time in 1977, although not in Neukölln but in Schöneberg. The music has been interpreted as reflecting in part the rootlessness of the Turkish immigrants who made up a large proportion of the area’s population. NME journalists Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray described “Neuköln” as “a mood piece: the Cold War viewed through a bubble of blood or Harry Lime’s last thoughts as he dies in the sewer in The Third Man. The final section features Bowie’s plaintive saxophone “booming out across a harbour of solitude, as if lost in fog”.
[Dedicated to Jørgen Angel and Christian Friedländer]
All the Pretty Little Horses contains several songs based on repeating melodic themes. Lyrically, the album revolves around the ideas of pain and death, specifically as reflected in Patripassianist philosophy, along with the overarching concept of the “inmost light”, or soul. In contrast, the music itself is some of Current 93′s most traditional, relying heavily on acoustic guitar. Exceptions appear in the form of two spoken-word tracks: the ominous, drone-based round “Twilight Twilight Nihil Nihil”, and “Patripassian”, backed mainly by a heavily treated loop of a Gregorian chant.