I was asked to make a playlist containing my all-time favourite songs - so I did. It’s 26 hours long. It contains songs from, amongst others:
ABBA, Alt-j, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, The Black Keys, Blondie, Bob Dylan, Coldplay, The Cure, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, The Doors, Eddie Vedder, Édith Piaf, Fleetwood Mac, Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, The Jackson 5, James Blake, Jamie XX, Jimi Hendrix, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Lorde, Lou Reed, Madonna, The Mamas & The Papas, MGMT, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Otis Redding, Pearl Jam, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, The Police, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, The Smiths, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Vaccines, Vampire Weekend, The War On Drugs, Wolf Alice and The XX
I met David Bowie when I was twenty-two, and like a baby goose imprinting on some fantastical winged creature, I took him as the model of what I ought to grow up to be. He is my ideal adult human artist.
He wore beautiful cologne. He read all world literature. He took time for everyone in the room. He remembered people’s names. He wore a plain T-shirt to a nice dinner . He sought out new music and evangelized when he liked something.
Arcade Fire played two songs with him for TV — his song “Five Years” and our song “Wake Up.” Earlier on the show, he sang “Life on Mars,” wearing a wrist bandage and a fake black eye. I saw him build a character and modulate that character with his voice and with small movements. I saw the distance between the artist off stage and on, and that the distance was an artistic creation, too — something to be played with.
I hear him playing with that distance on Blackstar, and it’s stunning and my God it’s heartbreaking. I wanted to see the next twenty years of David Bowie making art
1. One More Time- Daft Punk | 2. Mirror B. Encounter- Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness | 3. Mirror B. Battle- Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness | 4. TV Show- Redline OST | 5. Disco Inferno- The Tramps | 6. September- Earth, Wind, and Fire | 7. “Magic” Feat. Brandy and Nile Rodgers- Mystery Skulls | 8. The Beat- C2C | 9. Death By Glamour- Undertale OST | 10. New Disco on the Block- Space Dandy OST | 11. Another One Bites the Dust- Queen | 12. Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars- Mark Ronson | 13. Billie Jean- Michael Jackson | 14. A Kind of Magic- Queen | 15. Fame- David Bowie | 16. Arcades- C2C | 17. Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough- Michael Jackson | 18. Love Train- The O'Jays | 19. Let’s Groove- Earth, Wind, and Fire | 20. Get Lucky- Daft Punk