Sunday, December 07, 2008

Life on Mars?

David Bowie undoubtedly made his best music in the early and mid seventies. The acclaimed 1971 album Hunky Dory included his absolute masterpiece Life on Mars?. This belated UK top three hit single (charting in 1973) is an astonishing mixture of weird lyrics and musical influences ranging from Broadway to Edith Piaf to Frank Sinatra. Bowie himself described it as transplanting the brain of a cabaret song onto a piece of rock writing. The recent BBC TV series of the same title has probably alerted a new generation on the qualities of this song.
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)