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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 73
Thurs. March 22, 2012

Station to Station (single edit)
David Bowie
1976

“♫ Here are we, one magical moment, such is the stuff /from where dreams are woven […] ♫”

I can’t get “Station to Station” out of my head. It’s such a bizarre but brilliant Bowie song. Lately, I’ve been listening to the rare single edit, according to Nicholas Pegg’s The Complete David Bowie, was made from the French market but remained unreleased until the 2010 deluxe edition of Station to Station.

Bowie himself couldn’t tell you much about the Station to Station sessions—it was a time where D.B. was writing nose candy inspired lyrics like—“♫ It’s not the side-effects of the cocaine/ I’m thinking that it must be love […] ♫” But Bowie was also delving deeper into religious mysticism of Kabbalah and Aleister Crowley.

Station to Station was the beginning of a shift from rock to more experimental electronic grooves for David Bowie. He would soon take up the mantle of his closing lyric——“♫ The European cannon is here […] ♫” Bowie would be off to Berlin with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno to create some of the most twistedly influential music of the 1970’s.

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