"Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity."
With these words, David Bowie launched the final album of his musical career.
"I welcome all you web travellers to the first community driven Internet site that focuses on music, film, literature, painting and more, where you can interact with all the members of our adventurous new project, knowing that this is an on-growing builder, added to constantly, and that you will definitely be entertained (sometimes unwittingly)."
The music press was skeptical, but interested. Previous experiments by artists such as Prince had produced mixed results.
"FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 8 YEARS"
Heathen was produced by Tony Visconti, who last collaborated with Bowie on his 1980 album, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). He had also lent his talents to most of Bowie's classic 1970's albums, including the celebrated Berlin trilogy of Low, 'Heroes' and Lodger, on which Mr. Bowie and Brian Eno greeted the punk upheaval with their own merger of the experimental and the visceral.
"I've made over 25 studio albums, and I think probably I've made two real stinkers in my time, and some not-bad albums, and some really good albums. I'm proud of what I've done. In fact it's been a good ride."
With his enthusiasm now fully engaged, Bowie insisted upon a bevy of unusual collaborators.
Then, things got weird.
"I'm aware it's good work."
"I tried to make a checklist of what exactly the album is about and abandonment was in there, isolation," he said. "And I thought, well, nothing's changed much. At 33 -- I'm sorry, at 55 -- I don't really think it's going to change very much. As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left? When it's taken that nakedly, these are my subjects. And it's like, well, how many times can you do this? And I tell myself, actually, over and over again. The problem would be if I was too self-confident and actually came up with resolutions for these questions. But I think they're such huge unanswerable questions that it's just me posing them, again and again."
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02. New Killer Star
04. Looking For Water
05. You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
06. I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship
07. 5:15 The Angels Have Gone
08. I Would Be Your Slave
09. The Mysteries
10. Heathen (The Rays)
11. Bring Me The Disco King
"The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it."
"I see absolutely no point in pretending that it's not going to happen. I'm fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing."
The article continued:
In the 10-odd years that Bowie has been a star, he has recorded some of the most important music of the post-Beatles era, and although he is still largely known for the raft of ground-breaking albums he released in the Seventies, his work since then has been equally fascinating, and almost as prescient. If you were to compile Bowie's alternative greatest hits, and limited your selection to songs recorded in the last year, you'd have a collection of some of his finest work.