So the conversation, if it happened and I’m not saying it did, probably went something like this:
– You really should send up Hunky Dory this week. It’s a more complete album.
– Yeah but The Man Who Sold The World has, well The Man Who Sold The World on it.
– I know but it’s really Kurt’s version that you love.
– Whoa! That’s not fair. We were both perfectly happy for years and years till Nirvana covered it.
– Well Hunk.. Dor.. has that Bewlay Brothers song on it, doesn’t it and I named my dog after that song, so that has to count for something.
– Yes, I’ll give you that but there’s Saviour Machine too. I love that song just as much but I couldn’t call my dog Saviour Machine could I?
– Hmmm? I’m thinking you could have but anyway … You know Hunk.. Dor.. was the last ‘Bowie’ Album before he got obsessed with all that personae stuff.
– And what was wrong with that? Aladdin Sane/the Thin White Duke, they were The Dudes man!
– Yeah but there was something fresh and new about Hunk.. Dor.. He was a little more innocent then.
– Ohh! Pleassse!
– Ok! Ok! How about lyrics then. You got to admit that he was sharp as a tack on Hunky Dory. I mean that Andy Warhol song is a pretty accurate thumb-nail sketch and I know you’ve always thought Dylan was a bit of a fraud so you’d have to like Song For Bob Dylan?
– Yep I do, but The Man Who Sold.. had Mick Ronson on guitars and he was the best!
– How you can say that? What about Stevie Ray Vaughan, Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp and anyway Mick Ronson was all over Hunk.. Dor.. as well so where’s your argument there!
– Well it’s not I guess but/and/etc, etc, etc …
Listening too these two Albums was like peering back through a telescope (wrong way round) across 30 years.
I’m happy that the songs have stood up and stared down time.
Much of how I listen (not just what I like) was informed by Mr Jones.