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Out of the Blue

Here's a shout out to the chief of the engine room here at the BlueTower, as we wish a happy birthday to Frans! It's safe to say that it would not be possible for you to be reading these words without all of his invaluable assistance over two decades now, so he deserves loads of credit, or blame, depending on your perspective. Frans is in good company, as today is also the birthday of Stephen Hawking and the late, great David Bowie, among others.

Birthday Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Maim Me.
Story: David Bowie's new song No Plan drops a year after the icon's death.
Images: Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith play pinball.
Media: David Bowie - No Plan. Thanks nin.
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 9, 2017, 11:35  Frans 
 
Thanks Blue and all.  
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-- Frans
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 9, 2017, 04:18 VaranDragon
 
Happy Level Up day Frans!

You are in good company too, not only is it also Bowie's birthday. Stephen Hawking as well as comedian Graham Arthur Chapman (of Monthy Python fame) were born on Jan. 8th!

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10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 22:23 Rigs
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 8, 2017, 20:10:
'Sweet Sassy Molassey! Get out the checkbook and pay grandma for the rubdown as the Packers beat the Giants!' Cheerleading

BOOOOO!!!

Fuckin' Giants, man! You had ONE job! ONE! All you had to do was beat the Packers! And you couldn't even do that! First playoff game and you're going home with your tails between your legs like a puppy that pissed on the rug! Serves ya right! I am very disappoint right now!

Ahem! As for Bowie, I always loved the songs 'Eyes Without A Face', 'Rebel Yell' and 'Cradle of Love'...until I found out they were all Billy Idol songs. Whoops! Turns out I was never really a Bowie fan.

Happy B-Day, Frans! Thanks for keeping the ol' Blue Tower shining night and day!


=-Rigs-=
 
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"I remember feeling profoundly disappointed at the scene when Byeck's missus gives him a hidden blade and says, 'This is a weapon from ancient times!' BITCH, we're IN 'ancient times'!" - Yahtzee, 'Assassin's Creed: Origins'
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 20:10 Cutter
 
'Sweet Sassy Molassey! Get out the checkbook and pay grandma for the rubdown as the Packers beat the Giants!' Cheerleading


 
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You've got to be cruel to be kind...in the right measure.
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 16:25 Quboid
 
That saying about The Velvet Underground - they didn't sell many records but everyone who bought one started a band - could almost apply to David Bowie for me. I didn't listen to him much, but I think half the bands I to listen to either worked with him or were heavily influenced by him.  
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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 14:52 Mr. Tact
 
Bowie was well on his way to being a legend long before I knew who he was (hey, I'm old, but I'm not THAT old). In 1984 he released "Blue Jean" and that's really the first time he was on my radar, then his duet with Jagger, Dancing in the Street, clinched it. Although I thought he was a great talent, his music was so eclectic it was difficult for many people (including me) to like all of it.  
Truth is brutal. Prepare for pain.
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 14:32 Pigeon
 
Well so far my home team has taken advantage of a weak schedule and unfortunate injuries to advance to and deeper into the playoffs. At the moment it's looking like their luck has run out as they'll likely be facing the Patriots next week. But who knows, Brady could slip on a patch of ice this week, fall over a railing and land on Edelman.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 14:05 nin
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 8, 2017, 13:38:
I can't say that I've ever really been a Bowie fan outside of being the Goblin King. His music has a strangely unique flow and sound to it which doesn't really do anything for me in most cases. It always makes me feel nostalgic to the 80s too even though I barely knew the 80s and his career started in the 60s.

It's all very strange but maybe that strangeness is what made him great.

He would totally reinvent himself every 5-10 years and go in a different direction. This sums it up a lot better than I can: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie#Career

Once you break it down that way, it's easier to find what you might like, and what you're not wild about. I'm a big fan of 70s, 80s, and 00-2016 Bowie, but could never really get into 90s Bowie. And even in a given era, there were hits and misses. I once saw a list that said Reality was one of his worst albums, and it's one of my favorites.

If you really want to run the gamut, there was a 3 cd greatest hits collection called Nothing Has Changed a few years ago (before his last album) that gives tracks from each era.


ANYWAY...Happy Birthday to Frans, Bowie, and the others. Frans is in about the best company you could wish for.

 
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https://dancewiththedead.bandcamp.com/
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 13:38 Wallshadows
 
I can't say that I've ever really been a Bowie fan outside of being the Goblin King. His music has a strangely unique flow and sound to it which doesn't really do anything for me in most cases. It always makes me feel nostalgic to the 80s too even though I barely knew the 80s and his career started in the 60s.

It's all very strange but maybe that strangeness is what made him great.
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 13:30 Agent-Zero
 
that new Bowie track has a bit of early pink floyd kinda vibe... it sounds really cool  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 12:43 Cutter
 
Elvis' birthday too. And 2 good friends of mine also share a birthday today as well. Wow, busy day. Happy level-up day y'all! Go Packers!
 
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