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David Bowie Describes His Latest Album
By: Gary Graff
4/26/2013


David Bowie
has spoken about his new album -- sort of. As part of an essay about "The Next Day," author Rick Moody ("The Ice Storm") asked Bowie to provide a "work flow diagram" about how he approached the album.

Bowie responded with a list of 42 individual words that are published at www.TheRumpus.net.

"I wanted to understand the lexicon of 'The Next Day,' " Moody writes, "and so I simply asked if he would provide this list of words about his album, assuming, like everyone else waving madly trying to get his attention that there was not a chance in hell that I would get this list...and yet astonishingly the list appeared, and it appeared without further comment, which is really excellent, and exactly in the spirit of this album."

Bowie connected himself to Moody in 1997, when he recorded a new version of his band Tin Machine's "I Can't Read" for the film adaptation of "The Ice Storm." Tony Visconti, who co-produced "The Next Day," previously told us that Bowie has no plans for conventional promotion of "The Next Day" through interviews or concerts:

"He just wants to make records. He said to me, 'I've played live for 30-odd years and given interviews and I don't want to do either of them anymore'...They kind of fall into the same bag, the way he thinks. He just wants to make records. He feels like that's what he's entitled to do now."

Bowie is, however, making videos for "The Next Day;" he's currently working on one for the album's title track with actor Gary Oldman in New York City, apparently with a religious theme judging by the costumes they've been spotted wearing.

Bowie's full list of words for Moody included:

Effigies
Indulgences
Anarchist
Violence
Chthonic
Intimidation
Vampyric
Pantheon
Succubus
Hostage
Transference
Identity
Mauer
Interface
Flitting
Isolation
Revenge
Osmosis
Crusade
Tyrant
Domination
Indifference
Miasma
Pressgang
Displaced
Flight
Resettlement
Funereal
Glide
Trace
Balkan
Burial
Reverse
Manipulate
Origin
Text
Traitor
Urban
Comeuppance
Tragic
Nerve
Mystification

CLICK HERE to learn out more about Gary Graff and his award-winning music journalism including the books he has written on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.


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