July 06, 2007

The Evangelical Mafia

. . . is arguing about what their favorite Beatles albums are.

That's a tough one, but what can't figure out is what Bowie album tops my own personal list. I'm thinking of Ziggy Stardust, or Aladdin Sane, but it's a very, very tough question. I even like Young Americans, but that's mostly top-up music. A sort of guilty pleasure, like when there are Tull fans in the house and you find yourself hidden in a tiny room, listening to "Bungle in the Jungle" via that boombox you keep hidden under the bed. (Favorite Tull: Whatever I'm listening to at that moment, or Minstrel in the Gallery.)

One cannot, however, argue with the Young Americans album art. Can one? The cigarette, the flash of red in the hair—it's Bowie at his most glamorous. (Oh, heck—he's British. Let's make that "glamourous.")

Posted by Attila Girl at July 6, 2007 11:46 PM | TrackBack

Best Beatles: British version of A Hard Day's Night
Best Bowie: Ziggy
Best Tull, and it is no contest: Stand Up

Posted by: Jack at July 8, 2007 03:06 PM

I will never forget the "Ziggy" show at the Hollywood Paladium - early 70's. The opening was nothing short of stunning - just before Bowie came on there was this bright flash of light...then complete darkness for what seemed an eternity. Then, Bowie appears at the center of the stage with with this beam of light from the ceiling washing over him. I know I was probably stoned out of my mind at the time, but at that moment, that evening of March 12, 1973 - I was convinced that I was watching a Martian singing rock and roll on a stage 30 feet in front of me. Best concert I ever attended. Procol Harum, a few months later, same year, at the Hollywood Bowl, September 21, 1973 was a close second.

Oh...almost forgot...favorite Bowie...Hunky Dory.

Posted by: Ralph at July 8, 2007 03:17 PM

best bowie: young american

best beatles: here comes the sun

tull: errr aqualung

yes i realize these are songs not albums butr im a non-conformist you know

Posted by: Jane at July 8, 2007 07:28 PM

Actually, Aqualung is also the name of a Tull album.

Posted by: SDN at July 8, 2007 08:58 PM

Clearly, however, Jane was referring to the title track.

A friend of mine taped one of the recent "Best of" Tull compilations for me--it went right from the beginning up through "Steel Monkey," which I love (actually I adore Crest of a Knave, from start to finish).

I also have a real soft spot for Heavy Horses; I could keep that one in the CD player all day. (And have.)

I'm surprised no one's come in to vote for Diamond Dogs in the Bowie contest.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 8, 2007 09:11 PM

Best Beatles: Sgt. Pep (probably the most gimmicky of all their albums, but pulled off with panache)

Best Bowie: no opinion

Best Tull: Broadsword and the Beast

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