lee (Login sylvianne) BW Member from IP address 126.96.36.199
i sometimes forget how brilliant this song is.
it brought it home to me again after hearing it played on the johnnie walker show the other day.
this is fast becoming one of my all time favourite songs and now i think my favourite on the aladdin sane.
a real rocker & i love the way the vocal is buried deep in the mix like he's having to shout to be heard over the hard rocking wall of sound.
it got me thinking how superb it would be to kick off a gig with this song, wouldnt it just really pump up the crowd.
its a perfect song as opener on the album and would be just as great to kick off as first song on tour don't you agree?
hard to believe this has only featured on 2 tours.
what would be your choice as a great opener for a tour?
I think this one would be hard to beat.
yeh i was as a opener for a tour it just launches straight into it whereas five years & sts build & build to an epic climax.
i agree both of these are fantastic songs and great openers for album & tour but watch that man for me steals it, as for one its so frenetic & would get the crowd going from the off & the other point is that it hasnt been performed since 1974 & would be great to hear what it would sound like now.
this song stayed with me the longest from first hearing aladdin sane from my mum probably back in about 1975.
and yes i was also singing its praises.
Great post sylvianne! I agree Watch That Man would be an amazing opener. Just a hard rock, lighthearted beginning of the celebration. Did you know The Stones were so miffed that Bowie stole their Exile On Main Street sound for Watch That Man, that they returned the insult with their song, Luxury, on It's Only Rock And Roll. They stole the riff right back from Bowie! Bowie was so brokenhearted he started crying when he heard Luxury.
werent apparently rca worried about that exact concern that the vocal was way down in the mix but bowie wanted it like that?
rca relented and decided to go that way.
think thats what makes the song actually its part of the songs uniqueness.
would be nice to hear as an alternative maybe, but cant imagine it any other way on the album, it just demonstrates how hard rocking that music is.
thats part of what really makes the song for me, its quite unique as a bowie song.
stay is great claude but for me it has been done plenty already on many tours and i was thinking more in terms of a song that opens an album.
watch that man fits so well for me on more than one level.
width of a circle would be another cracker.
think of the many classic bowie songs that open a bowie album god there are some gems in there.
beauty & the beast
its no game
loving the alien
future legend/diamond dogs
buddha of suburbia
day in day out
heavens in here
width of a circle
watch that man
new killer star
speed of life
are there any more, there are a few exceptions in there but generally there are some killer openers in there.