‘TIME TO PLAY B-SIDES’- “THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD”- DAVID BOWIE

 

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“Time To Play B-Sides”- “The Man Who Sold The World”- David Bowie. Over the years I have run into a few people who think this was written by Nirvana. While they did cover it on their it extremely well on their Unplugged In New York album- it is a David Bowie song. It was the b-side to “Space Oddity” in 1973. “Space Oddity” went to #15 in 1973 while the b-side failed to chart-but it still became one of Bowie’s classic songs and for the longest time I had just assumed that it was a hit also.

I always liked Bowie but with his death three and a half years ago I came across a deeper appreciation for his career. Where I had considered him a B level rock star- I have changed my mind- he was an A level. His 70’s work was as good if not better than anyone during that period and I believe his past 70s work is underappreciated- simply because it wasn’t as great as his 70’s period.

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11 responses to “‘TIME TO PLAY B-SIDES’- “THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD”- DAVID BOWIE

    • I hate saying it because it makes it seem as if his death changed how I thought about him- I liked him- but since his death I put in a lot more time listening – reading about him and thinking – he certainly has shot up the charts in my estimation. I wish it didn’t take his death do to that though.

  1. Some B sides are more interesting than the A side…This is excellent. The first thing I would do when I bought singles would be to flip them.

    • I think he is going to be even bigger with future generations- as people continue to feel more and more isolated..

  2. I love this song and I’ve never heard the studio version. I’ve always heard the live version:

    And, I usually don’t like recorded love music.

    And, with Space Oddity, I always liked the first version:

  3. Great song. I also like the Nirvana version.

    I dig Bowie’s early time until the mid ’70s (“Young Americans” album). While I also like select tunes he has published thereafter, I’m generally less fond of his post 1975 catalog. I’ve listened to Blackstar once or twice and it’s not for me. I do understand Bowie knew he was dying when recording this album. Still, it gives me the creeps.

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