Friday, January 15, 2016

Ben Says Farewell to Lemmy and Bowie

I really don't have the deepest understanding of either Bowie or Lemmy.  My earliest memory of David Bowie was his "Dancing in the Street" cover with Jagger which was followed by his work in Labyrinth.  He was one of those people whose catalogue you didn't realize you knew until you were much older.  And that's when I started to appreciate his more popular stuff.  I would become later become obsessed with Ziggy Stardust through Guitar Hero and Life on Mars last year through American Horror Story.  Great stuff if not wasted on my less than impressive tastes in music.

Lemmy and Motorhead was a different road all together.  I had never heard any of their music until Ace of Spades was featured on one of the Tony Hawk videogames' soundtracks.  My brother took an immediate liking to it and stripped out all of the other songs in playlist so that Motorhead would only play in a loop.  It was his infatuation with the band that lead me to taking him to see them live in Cleveland when we were both in our 20's.  It was a smaller venue with no seating and low, concrete balconies to the side. We sneaked over to the balcony closest to the stage for an amazingly close look at the band.  A friend from high school cut surprised me on the balcony.  I didn't realize how terrible an idea having a close seat was until I saw my friend pull out a pair of ear buds from a plastic bag in his pocket.  The show was amazing, but my ears literally rang for 2 days. Still glad I got to see them though.

So I give to you this crossover that never happened.  I wanted to go full color with it, but I just have way too much on my plate at the moment.  Thanks for checking it out.


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