Continuing a week of reflection for the iconic, David Bowie, The Chelsea Tribe reached out to our network of renown artists, from various different mediums / styles, to find out their personal top 10 Bowie songs. It’s worth noting, many of our contributors below have had close, direct working relationships with Bowie himself, and / or they’ve been deeply influenced within their own artistic endeavors by Bowie’s timeless catalog of tunes / film appearances.
Artist. Son of Keith Richards. Art Director of Cheap Date magazine.
Editor’s note: With Marlon, we didn’t get a Top 10 song list, but rather, he described his emotional introduction to David Bowie and how the music icon influenced his life as an artist.
I was 10 years old, living with my Dad, for the summer, in some shitty rental in Midtown. I had a loft style bedroom. Anyhow, one day David [Bowie] showed up with Jimmy [Iggy Pop]. Whatever! I had just received my first set of oil paints. I studied illustration and graphics at Parsons, so this point is crucial… I was fucking about with the primary colors, David comes in, sees me faffing about and says:
“Do you know about perspective?”
“Can I show you something? “(with a level of adult respect I was not used to)
So, “Yes” I said.
David laid out, what to me now is, a very basic horizontal line with the umber, then he proceeded to show me right and left angles and point of horizon (I was entranced). They looked like the poplars, which line French rural roads (planted to shade the troops, whilst they marched to war a century prior). We spent 3 hours perfecting those poplars. l learnt more from the “man with the yellow hair” about art than I did in art school. It was because of him I took oil painting seriously, as I didn’t even rate it as a medium then… and still don’t. Anyhow, David gave me the time to help me do what it was that I knew I could do and to me he wasn’t David Bowie, he was a friend of Dad’s who gave a shit, but without him I wouldn’t have considered art college, probably. So, I owe him that… xm
Lead Singer of The Psychedelic Furs
- “Aladdin Sane”
- “Art Decade”
- “Lady Grinning Soul”
- “5 Years”
- “Cygnet Committee”
- “Station to Station”
- “Tis a Pity She Was a Whore (remix)”
- “Sweet Thing”
Guitarist of Stone Temple Pilots
These songs need no explanation.
“Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed”
“Letter To Hermione”
“John I’m Only Dancing”
“Boys Keep Swingin”
“What In The World”
“We Are The Dead”
“Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family”
“Drive In Saturday”
Musician, audio engineer, record producer, DJ, and remixer. A former member of Black Grape and Agent Provocateur.
In no particular order.
“Panic In Detroit
“Ashes to Ashes”
“John, I’m Only Dancing”
“Little Wonder (Danny Saber Dance Mix)”
Editors Note: Danny was kind enough to provide us his “Little Wonder (Danny Saber Dance Mix)” from The Saint soundtrack. Hear it below.
Tony Sales is a rock musician / bass guitarist. Sales and his brother, Hunt Sales, played with Todd Rundgren, and Iggy Pop and Tin Machine with David Bowie.
Editor’s Note: Tony specifically picked all his favorite songs from Tin Machine, Bowie’s hard-rock collaboration with Tony, Reeves Gabrels, and Hunt Sales.
“Under the God”
“Goodbye Mr. Ed”
“Prisoner of Love”
“Heaven’s in Here”
Eric Roth is a screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump. He also co-wrote the screenplays for The Insider, Munich, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Eric is also Executive Producer for the hit Netflix series, House of Cards.
“Man Who Sold the World”
Donal is an Irish-Canadian film and television actor, producer and writer. His notable starring roles include the film, The Tao of Steve, and various television series, such as Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Grounded for Life, Copper, Terriers, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and most recently Fox’s Gotham.
This list is obviously tough. Some of the classics are so great, they’ll be on anyone’s list- because they are slam dunk, all-timers (“Moonage Daydream” / “Space Oddity”), but here it is!
“This is Not America” (w/ Pat Metheney)- The Falcoln and the Snowman Soundtrack
“Ashes to Ashes”
“Life on Mars”
“Rock and Roll Suicide”
“Panic in Detroit”
“Life on Mars?”
“Oh! You Pretty Things”
Johnny Indovina is a singer, songwriter and producer. Indovina fronted the band, Human Drama, from 1985 to 2005.
Editors Note: The Human Drama album, Pinups, featured a tribute to Bowie, with the band covering “Letter to Hermoine”.
- “Space Oddity”
- “Letter To Hermione”
- “The Bewlay Brothers”
- “Life On Mars?”
- “Lady Grinning Soul”
- “Rock & Roll Suicide”
- “Memory Of A Free Festival”
- “When I Live My Dream”
Kofie is renown Los Angeles visual artist.
“This Is Not America” (w/ Pat Metheny) – The Falcoln and the Snowman Soundtrack
“(Putting Out Fire) Cat People” – (w/ Giorgio Moroder) – Cat People Soundtack
“Ashes to Ashes”
Ray is a punk-rock musician from the bands, The Professionals and Z.I.L.C.H.
If I could pick 10 with Ronson, 10 with Slick & Alomar, 10 with Gabrel, 5 with Fripp and 5 with S.R.V… I would almost be able to… and I’m one of Ronno’s closest friends, so this is torture.
It’s endless…but ok…go with these 10, but please put a note that this was a completely impossible list to make… Trying to take clippings off the Venus De Milo.
- “Ziggy Stardust”
- “Rebel Rebel”
- “Wild is the Wind”
- “Young Americans”
- “The Jean Genie”
- “Diamond Dogs”
- “Rock n’ Roll Suicide”
- “Moonage Daydream”
- “Teenage Wildlife”