David Bowie — The Man Who Sold The World
Album: The Man Who Sold The World
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:48
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We passed upon the stair
We spoke of was and when
Although I was not there
He said I was his friend

Which came as some surprise
I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone
A long, long time ago

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

I laughed and shook his hand
And made my way back home
I searched for form and land
For years and years, I roamed

I gazed a gazely stare
And all the millions here
We must have died alone
A long, long time ago

Who knows, not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world
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 lmic wrote:
"Bowie bemoaned the fact that when he performed the number himself he would encounter "kids that come up afterwards and say, 'It's cool you're doing a Nirvana song.' And I think, 'Fuck you, you little tosser!'" ~Nicholas Pegg

 
{#Biggrin}
Great drumming!
More cow bell       :-)
 max_p wrote:


 
This was the cover I had. Love this whole album.
I don't need Nirvana when this is still around.  No bum notes here.
A smug, handsome man smiles behind a scale with the globe on one side and gold and diamonds on the other.
Mikey has your trickle-down right here.

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Bowie and Eno's loungey remix version of this from the 00's was equally awesome.
 flyboy wrote:

 One of the only songs where I enjoy the original and cover equally.

 
I liked the Nirvana cover at the time but now I don't care for it
Nirvana's is 23 years old and Bowie's is 47 years old and Bowie's still crackles and buzzes and illuminates,
Cobain's? old and draggy
 horstman wrote:
I think the cover by Nirvana makes the original sound even better (having the two as comparisons). They are both very good, and I love both versions but its the juxtaposition that brings out the highlights of each.

 
I agree.  One of the only songs where I enjoy the original and cover equally.
 lmic wrote:
"Bowie bemoaned the fact that when he performed the number himself he would encounter "kids that come up afterwards and say, 'It's cool you're doing a Nirvana song.' And I think, 'Fuck you, you little tosser!'" ~Nicholas Pegg

 
{#Clap} 


taken too soon
wowie-zowie moonboys and cotton pickers!!!!!!
Bowie follows Johnny Cash!!!{#Bananajam} 
"Bowie bemoaned the fact that when he performed the number himself he would encounter "kids that come up afterwards and say, 'It's cool you're doing a Nirvana song.' And I think, 'Fuck you, you little tosser!'" ~Nicholas Pegg
 hayduke2 wrote:
am going to see The Man Who Fell to Earth now (for the thirteenth time), David Bowie was a stellar gift to humanity

 
a new cleaned up version was to be released this fall, no doubt in select theaters only
might as well drop that Nirvana cover from the playlist
It's like an extremely fine wine {#Cheers}
am going to see The Man Who Fell to Earth now (for the thirteenth time), David Bowie was a stellar gift to humanity

45 years of his music live on forever
and the thousands of artists he inspired to make great art
and the millions of hearts and souls he touched
odd,...i am reading this interview with Tony Visconti (producer and bass player on this song) and this song pops up on RP
it's a recent interview about Bowie, good info, link below
http://www.heyreverb.com/blog/2016/04/12/david-bowie-producer-tony-visconti/116007/ 
I think the cover by Nirvana makes the original sound even better (having the two as comparisons). They are both very good, and I love both versions but its the juxtaposition that brings out the highlights of each.
fantastic song, wonderful person performing it!  10
Love the early stuff!

a great album
So admired/admire the artist and the grace with which he handled this transition.
" I thought you died alone
A long, long time ago
Oh no, not me
I never lost control" 
look up this song on YouTube when he did it on Saturday Night Live,...Bowie being Bowie, unreal, you'll love it
Reading some of the comments, is like reading The Onion. May be now they know who is David Bowie... I know everybody has to die, but for some reason I never thought of David being mortal. It's beyong sadness, the loss of an open mind, true discoverer, adventurer.
Oh well, we have the music, the plays, the writing.
Brilliantly excellent {#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajumprope}
 idiot_wind wrote:
Who is this guy?

I think he's trying to copy Arcade Fire! Now that's a band that gets it: provocative playing, hooks, melodies, harmonics, soulful sounds, and being creative and experimental.

They are truly a band for the 21st century...not like this strange guy.     

 
Either you are just emerging from under your rock after more than 50 years of seclusion, or you have a twisted and vivid sense of humor.
A good laugh here, whatever !! 


 bobzane wrote:
Martin Sheen was host - right after Apocalypse Now came out 


treatment_bound wrote:

Yeah, you might turn more than a few heads walking around in this "off the rack" special in 2012, but just imagine pulling it off in 1970!
 

 

Fits right in with the Game of Thrones crowd.


Excellent
 Webfoot wrote:
 oldsaxon wrote:

The Nirvana cover was good in that it might have brought a few young listeners closer to the Bowie original. It wasn't really all that good, in and of itself. 

I think it's "good" as much as any grunge can or wants to be. 

 
I liked the original Nirvana more than the new one.
What was I thinking giving this a nine?  Halfwit.  10, surely.
Forever ;)
A while back I stumbled over this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYeIqneQKA0
 oldsaxon wrote:

The Nirvana cover was good in that it might have brought a few young listeners closer to the Bowie original. It wasn't really all that good, in and of itself. 

I think it's "good" as much as any grunge can or wants to be. 
Who is this guy?

I think he's trying to copy Arcade Fire! Now that's a band that gets it: provocative playing, hooks, melodies, harmonics, soulful sounds, and being creative and experimental.

They are truly a band for the 21st century...not like this strange guy.     
Although in historical context this song is genius, I still think Cobain nailed it too. He took the song as his own. Bowie is pure genius.
Oh No, Not Me.....Almost Gregorian at the end...
David Bowie's comb in the background makes it groovy ;)
 2020sk wrote:
We need both versions, we have done ever since Nirvana did theirs on MTV and we probably always will do. A rare example, I believe, of a cover equalling the original and standing alongside it without detracting from it. Neither is perfect (slightly military trills in the drumming on Bowie's track, slurred - or forgotten - lyrics by Cobain; both minor gripes, negligible, only here for the record) but both stand out on their respective albums, and please don't ask me to choose one over the other - that's like asking me to rank my kids!

 
The Nirvana cover was good in that it might have brought a few young listeners closer to the Bowie original. It wasn't really all that good, in and of itself. 
 GTT wrote:
Just noticed, and love, the weird, horror movie keyboard underlying it all!

 
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 misterbearbaby wrote:
This is the American classical music, 10..

 
uhm..really? Google "Bowie" get back to us later.
 2020sk wrote:
We need both versions, we have done ever since Nirvana did theirs on MTV and we probably always will do. A rare example, I believe, of a cover equalling the original and standing alongside it without detracting from it. Neither is perfect (slightly military trills in the drumming on Bowie's track, slurred - or forgotten - lyrics by Cobain; both minor gripes, negligible, only here for the record) but both stand out on their respective albums, and please don't ask me to choose one over the other - that's like asking me to rank my kids!

 
Amen brother or sister
 1wolfy wrote:
When I first heard this, I'd ponder the lyrics and drift into deep thought....

 
It was all for nothing...
 GTT wrote:
Just noticed, and love, the weird, horror movie keyboard underlying it all!

  Many layers it has, young Jedi.


This is the American classical music, 10..
 Steely_D wrote:
It's one thing to acknowledge that it's a great song and do a cover of it.

But to write this? And make it such a touchstone for music during this period?
Now that's impressive. 

So it's a point of interest that Nirvana managed to do their version of it, which is quite good. But it's not in the same ballpark as Bowie.
That's like saying I drove my car from the east coast to the west, so I'm as important as the men that laid the Transcontinental Railroad. 

 
While I believe this is a great tune and also the definitive version of it, your comparison seems a little awry. I'm not sure if creative output could be compared with something as mundane as laying railroads or driving. Anyhow, there are many cover versions which surpass the originals.
Just noticed, and love, the weird, horror movie keyboard underlying it all!
It's one thing to acknowledge that it's a great song and do a cover of it.

But to write this? And make it such a touchstone for music during this period?
Now that's impressive. 

So it's a point of interest that Nirvana managed to do their version of it, which is quite good. But it's not in the same ballpark as Bowie.
That's like saying I drove my car from the east coast to the west, so I'm as important as the men that laid the Transcontinental Railroad. 
When I first heard this, I'd ponder the lyrics and drift into deep thought....
We need both versions, we have done ever since Nirvana did theirs on MTV and we probably always will do. A rare example, I believe, of a cover equalling the original and standing alongside it without detracting from it. Neither is perfect (slightly military trills in the drumming on Bowie's track, slurred - or forgotten - lyrics by Cobain; both minor gripes, negligible, only here for the record) but both stand out on their respective albums, and please don't ask me to choose one over the other - that's like asking me to rank my kids!