This is a great collaboration from David Bowie, Briano Eno, and Robert Fripp, which experimented heavily with different recording techniques, giving the song a unique feel. King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp achieved his sustained sound by allowing his guitar to feed back and altering the pitch of the feeback by sitting at different positions throughout the room. The vocal recording was equally ambitious, having Bowie sing through three different microphones, with one positioned nine inches away from him, another at 20 feet, and another at 50 feet. The result made for an interesting effect that not only changed the dynamics (Bowie would have to sing louder as the further mics were switched on), but increased the natural reverb as the song goes on. On top of that, the song is one of Bowie's greatest and is a landmark in his career.
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For fans of Eno, Robert Fripp, and photo-shoots where babies are set on fire.
Last night we heard some pretty experimental electronic music from "krautrockers" Can. Following fast on their heels, but with a far smoother and more commercially palatable vision, Brian Ferry and some arty pals (Brian Eno, Graham Simpson and Andy MacKay, soon to be joined by Phil Manzanera) started Roxy Music. They had a string of U.K. hits-- albums and singles-- before breaking up (the first time) in 1976. Ferry also had a solo career and after Roxy Music broke up again in 1983, he released Boys And Girls which went to #1 in England and spawned "Slave To Love," which many people recall from the controversial, sadomasochistic Kim Basinger film 9 1/2 Weeks. Later the song appeared on Street Life a greatest hits compilation that incorporates the biggest Roxy Music songs with the biggest hits from Ferry's solo career.
Biblical scholars know the concept of the Jezebel spirit as reference to women, usually painted ones, who supposedly lead weak men astray. Fundamentalist preachers often refer to the Jezebel spirit when they want to cast aspersions on any woman with whom they disagree. In 1981 Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and producer Brian Eno (formerly of Roxy Music) recorded a groundbreaking album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts which featured the underground hit, "The Jezebel Spirit."
(Guest blogged by Logan Murphy)
I'm Afraid Of Americans
This has always been one of my favorite Bowie songs and this live version really smokes. Co-written by Brian Eno, the song originally appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Showgirls in 1995 and re-released on the album Earthling in 1997. Later that year Trent Reznor remixed the song and it was released as a single along with a video you can see here. Which version do you like better?
Your challenge tonight is to find remixes of songs by the original artists and great collaborations.