1979 Star Special Radio Show

1979 Star Special Radio Show

Joined: August 1st, 2016, 7:29 pm

September 2nd, 2017, 6:14 am #1

That's the one where Bowie plays DJ and plays his favourite records at that point. One which caught my attention was the fairly conventional Bob Seger track Beautiful Loser, a song I've never heard. Intriguing lyrics though, reminds me a little of Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. Anyway, some Bowie motifs in amongst it, and telling for 1979.


"Beautiful Loser"

He wants to dream like a young man
With the wisdom of an old man
He wants his home and security
He wants to live like a sailor at sea

Beautiful loser
Where you gonna fall?
When you realize, you just can't have it all

He's your oldest and your best friend
If you need him, he'll be there again
He's always willing to be second-best
A perfect lodger, a perfect guest

Beautiful loser
Read it on the wall
And realize
You just can't have it all

You just can't have it all
You just can't have it all
Ohh, ohh, can't have it all

You can try, you can try, but you can't have it all
oh yeah

He'll never make any enemies, enemies, no
He won't complain if he's caught in a freeze
He'll always ask, he'll always say please

Beautiful loser
Never take it all
'Cause it's easier
And faster when you fall

You just don't need it all
You just don't need it all
You just don't need it all
Just don't need it all
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Joined: December 23rd, 2013, 4:58 pm

September 2nd, 2017, 6:39 am #2

LCD Soundsystem have dropped a new track Change yr Mind. It sounds very Talking Heads but the guitar is straight from Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, it could fit on that album beautifully after Teenage Wildlife. Recently James Murphy has said it was due to Bowie's influence and advice that led to the latest LCD recordings. Murphy told Bowie that it felt odd and uncomfortable working with LCD again. Bowie reply was "if it feels odd and uncomfortable you should be doing it".

The connection remains strong
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Joined: September 14th, 2007, 8:06 pm

September 2nd, 2017, 6:51 am #3

I heard a track called Close Call by Justice. It sounded to me like Loving The Alien.
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Joined: January 12th, 2016, 12:27 pm

September 2nd, 2017, 2:46 pm #4

That's the one where Bowie plays DJ and plays his favourite records at that point. One which caught my attention was the fairly conventional Bob Seger track Beautiful Loser, a song I've never heard. Intriguing lyrics though, reminds me a little of Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. Anyway, some Bowie motifs in amongst it, and telling for 1979.


"Beautiful Loser"

He wants to dream like a young man
With the wisdom of an old man
He wants his home and security
He wants to live like a sailor at sea

Beautiful loser
Where you gonna fall?
When you realize, you just can't have it all

He's your oldest and your best friend
If you need him, he'll be there again
He's always willing to be second-best
A perfect lodger, a perfect guest

Beautiful loser
Read it on the wall
And realize
You just can't have it all

You just can't have it all
You just can't have it all
Ohh, ohh, can't have it all

You can try, you can try, but you can't have it all
oh yeah

He'll never make any enemies, enemies, no
He won't complain if he's caught in a freeze
He'll always ask, he'll always say please

Beautiful loser
Never take it all
'Cause it's easier
And faster when you fall

You just don't need it all
You just don't need it all
You just don't need it all
Just don't need it all
I can't tell you how long I've looked for a copy of this show. I borrowed a copy on cassette many years ago. I'd love to hear it again. Thanks for jogging my memory
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Joined: July 11th, 2004, 4:56 pm

September 3rd, 2017, 11:55 pm #5

Yep just checked, in 2013

It was broadcast on BBC 6.

So on the one hand, less hiss, on the other, more compression.

I'm not easily set up at present to send files, but I expect someone is?
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Joined: December 23rd, 2013, 4:58 pm

September 4th, 2017, 7:35 am #6

What Bowie motifs are in it?

It's about people who set their sights too high and don't achieve anything. It was supposedly based on ideas in a book of poetry by Leonard Cohen.

Surely the words 'sailor' and 'lodger' have no relevance to Bowie.
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Joined: July 11th, 2004, 4:56 pm

September 4th, 2017, 9:09 am #7

Bowie admitted in the Star Special to being unsure about the song and that including it was an ego thing, as it included the word "Lodger".
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