David Bowie, 1947-2016

Days after the passing of Lemmy, 2016 continues to be a shit year with the passing of David Bowie after an 18 month battle with cancer.

Absolutely gutted, and it takes his passing and an eight hour marathon of his music on my iTunes today to realise just how brilliant he was over five decades.

But just like it was listening to the lyrics of Freddie Mercury on the Innuendo album after he died, listening to his last single Lazarus it makes me wonder how the hell we didn’t get the message before.

He’ll be sadly missed, and like Lemmy, we’ll never see his like again.

I’ve been listening to this track too much today, but it’s an amazing performance from the Old Grey Whistle Test.

R.I.P Ziggy and Major Tom

Down Came The Rain by Mitch Murray

I can remember hearing this on BBC Radio Two’s Pick of the Pops a long time ago, and spending hours laughing at it.

A Google search of who sang it never turned up anything. It wasn’t even on Pirate Bay or eMule (yes it was that long ago), but eventually I found it thanks to YouTube.

It starts of sounding like a typically 1960’s schmaltzy god awful love song. Then it turns in to bat shit crazy pub singing at 38 seconds.

I love this song for the crazy chorus, and it’s just come on again on my mp3 playlist in work, so thought I’d just write a few paragraphs to share my love of this forgotten classic.

Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolvingAnd revolvin

Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.

The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the ‘Milky Way’.

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It’s a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it’s just three thousand light years wide.
We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.

We go ‘round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.

So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.