Peter Bargh

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January 10th, 2016

David Bowie RIP

Mourning the loss of my teen idol…and respected musician

Such a sad day today…The loss of an incredible artist, innovator, teacher, idol, all-round genius. RIP David Bowie.

David Bowie was the first artist I liked…and I became a huge fan through my teen years and starting 1972 up to 1979, buying everything he released including imports…all on vinyl there were no cds then. I used to compile scrap books of cuttings from nme, sounds, record mirror, and various girls magazines such as Jackie. I had ten scrap books, plus loads of posters, scarves, badges, the works. Through those years Bowie introduced me to a huge variety of artists and genres, and helped me discover lots of bands through these connections. He helped shape my musical taste.

I always loved the versatility and range of styles he approached, from rock to glam, to soul, to electronic. My favourite albums were Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Low. In 1979 around Lodger I started to change feelings and by the time of Lets Dance I was no longer obsessed by his work. I liked a few tracks over the following years such as Ashes to Ashes and Thursdays Child, but it wasnt until  1995 and Outside that I thought he’d returned into a space I enjoyed, so I returned to buying his albums and enjoying the material, but never to the same level as those early years.

When Blackstar was released two days ago on the 8th I was really hooked and thought he’d returned to what made him a hero for me. And sadly two days on we heard the news.

Thanks you David Bowie you were a massive part of my life.

My mum did an oil painting for me back in the day..she left out a bangle that was on his wrist because she didn’t think a man should wear such an item. It’s a good job she never saw my scrap books!

bowie oil painting

 

 

November 11th, 2013

Gary Numan 02 Academy

My attention was drawn to Gary Numan back in 1979 when I heard a Lee Cooper advert with Tubeway Army’s Dont be a Dummy used as the backing track.  I bought the album on blue vinyl, limited to just 5000. Weeks later he appeared on Top of the Pops and rocketed to instant success.

I recall having an argument where I said to a good friend that he was better than David Bowie (I’d been a huge Bowie fan but this was 1979 and Bowie was drifting into his Lets Dance era). It seems I wasn’t alone – synth bands had seen him on Top of the Pops and where in awe.

His tour was something else. Huge banks of fluorescent  tube backdrops created a very black and white stage set. And he stood in the middle surrounded by geometrically aligned band members all dressed in black.

I drifted from his music after his second album, but returned a few years ago to hear a very different rock orientated synth music that was  invigorating. Taking the heaviness of bands like Deftones but using synths to provide the melodies.

Gary Numan

Last night I went to see him at the 02 Academy in Sheffield. On stage now he’s really animated – a far cry from those static cool looking poses he used to pull. The mature Numan entertains in a totally different way. And the crowd love him. He still plays a few of the old classics, Down in the Park, Cars, and Are Friends Electric, but most of the music is from newer material including tracks from the new album Splinter and takes the formula that worked so well for him into a new dimension.

Hi support band Losers, liked to tell us they were called Losers ( about five times if I counted correctly). I’d not heard them before but was  struck by how cool they were, and they performed a set with some great twists, excellent rock band. Great vocals and interesting bass treatments (including some unplanned sub bass!). Liked them so much I bought the CD at the merchandise stand.  The bass player also commented that of all the people he liked Sheffielders the most.