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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Day 1591 - Morrissey and Bowie

It has now been 11 days since David Bowie departed the world. It has been reported that he has been cremated in New York, with no family or friends present. Bowie's new album, Black Star, has become a posthumous Number 1 in both the US and UK, but there is no posthumous Number 1 single; with the top performing song in the UK being Heroes, which is at Number 12.

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11 YEAR OLD BOY SCOUT, DAVID BOWIE (LEFT) PICTURED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT (1958) MAKING HIS FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE - HE COVERED LONNIE DONEGAN'S GAMBLIN' MAN AND PUTTIN' ON THE STYLE.

Two years ago, I wrote a blog entry comparing the careers of Morrissey and Bowie at the same ages, and have decided to update the piece, and go into much greater detail; including the number of shows performed by each artist. Before researching this piece, I had no idea that either Bowie or Morrissey had played anywhere near the number of shows that they have. In his 44th year, Bowie played an incredible 108 shows.

One of the most interesting things that I have come to realise, is that taking a hiatus really seems to work wonders for a career. Morrissey took a break after the release of Maladjusted, and subsequently came back far stronger; and it could be argued was far more relevant in his mid forties than Bowie was at a similar age. Likewise, after Bowie's heart surgery, he released no material for nine and a half years, and when he finally released a new album at the age of 66, it shot to Number 1.

Death enhances a career even further, with Bowie currently sat at Number 1 in both the US and UK album charts, and the song Lazarus this week becoming Bowie's first Top 40 US hit since the age of 40 (over 28 years ago).

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NEW YORK 1992 - PHOTO BY LINDER STERLING

AGE 23 - Bowie releases his third studio album, The Man Who Sold the World on the Mercury record label (Didn't chart 1970). He had previously released the albums, David Bowie at the age of 20 on the Deram label (Didn't chart 1967), and Space Oddity at the age of 22 on the Phillips label (Didn't chart 1969). He plays 40 shows with a variety of line ups and bands
              -  Morrissey plays 9 shows with The Smiths and signs to Rough Trade
           
AGE 24 - Bowie signs to RCA , and has his first album chart success with his fourth studio album, Hunky Dory (Number 3 UK 1971). He plays 17 shows
               - Morrissey releases his first album with The Smiths entitled, The Smiths (Number 2 UK 1984). He plays 77 shows with The Smiths

AGE 25 - Bowie releases his fifth studio album,  Ziggy Stardust (Number 5 UK 1972), which many people see as his legacy. He plays 91 shows and guests at a Mott the Hoople show
               - Morrissey, with The Smiths, release the compilation album, Hatful of Hollow (Number 7 UK 1984), and his second studio album, Meat is Murder (Number 1 UK 1985); which makes him one of the most famous advocates of vegetarianism. He plays 50 shows with The Smiths


  THE STORY OF ZIGGY STARDUST

David Bowie in Costume


THE SMITHS MAKING MEAT IS MURDER

AGE 26 - Bowie releases his sixth studio album, Aladdin Sane (Number 1 UK 1973) & cover album, Pin Ups (No.1 UK 1973). He plays 87 shows
               - Morrissey records The Queen is Dead album with The Smiths but it's release is delayed. He plays 25 shows with The Smiths

AGE 27 - Bowie releases his eighth studio album, Diamond Dogs (Number 1 UK 1974 ) and David Live (Number 2 UK 1974). He plays 73 shows
              - Morrissey, with The Smiths, releases his third studio album, The Queen is Dead (Number 2 UK 1986), and the compilation album, The World Won't Listen (Number 2 UK 1987). He plays 41 shows with The Smiths



AGE 28 - Bowie releases his ninth studio album, Young Americans (Number 2 UK 1975). He films The Man Who Fell To Earth. He has a Number 1 single in the US with, Fame, co-written by John Lennon, and a Number 1 in the UK with a re-release of Space Oddity. He plays no shows but plays saxophone in an all star band at Peter Sellers 50th birthday party
              - Morrissey, with The Smiths, releases his fourth studio album, Strangeways Here We Come (Number 2 UK 1987 - which goes Gold), and The Smiths split. He signs to EMI and releases his fifth studio album, Viva Hate (Number 1 UK 1988) on the HMV label. He plays no shows

BOWIE, AGE 28 (1975) IN THE FILM, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

AGE 29 - Bowie releases his tenth studio album, Station to Station (Number 5 UK 1976). He plays 63 shows
              - Morrissey releases two singles, The Last of the Famous International Playboys (Number 6 UK 1989) and Interesting Drug (Number 9 UK 1989) 
                (The live Smiths' album, Rank, is released (Number 2 UK 1988). He plays 1 show

AGE 30 - Bowie releases his eleventh studio album, Low (Number 2 UK 1977), the album, The Idiot (with Iggy Pop - Number 30 UK 1977  and his twelfth studio album, "Heroes" (Number 3 UK 1977). He plays 30 shows as a musician and backing singer for Iggy Pop. He appears on Bing Crosby's Christmas Special.
               - Morrissey releases the single Ouija Board, Ouija Board (Number 18 UK 1989). He plays no shows


MORRISSEY AGE 30 - FROM THE OUIJA BOARD, OUIJA BOARD VIDEO

AGE 31 - Bowie releases the live album, Stage (Number 5 UK 1978). He films Just a Gigolo with Marlene Dietrich. He plays 78 shows
               - Morrissey releases the compilation album, Bona Drag (Number 9 UK 1990) and his sixth studio album, Kill Uncle (Number 8 UK 1991). He plays 10 shows

AGE 32 - Bowie releases his thirteenth studio album, Lodger  (Number 4 UK 1979). He plays no shows
              - Morrissey plays 56 shows and a 44 year old Bowie duets with him in LA, singing Marc Bolan's Cosmic Dancer

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AGE 32 AND 44 RESPECTIVELY

AGE 33 - Bowie releases his fourteenth studio album, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Number 1 UK 1980), and has a Number 1 UK single with, Ashes to Ashes. He appears on stage; including a Broadway run, as The Elephant Man. He plays no shows
              - Morrissey releases his seventh studio album, Your Arsenal (Number 4 UK 1992) and the live album, Beethoven Was Deaf (Number 13 UK 1993). On the back of his success, the WEA record label release a Smiths greatest hits album, Best... 1(Number 1 UK 1992). He plays 56 shows

Street scene: David Bowie outside the Carlyle hotel in New York in the early 80s.
BOWIE - AGE 33 IN NEW YORK WHERE HE PLAYED ELEPHANT MAN

AGE 34  - Bowie releases the single Under Pressure with Queen (Number 1 UK 1981) and records Cat People (Number 26 UK 1982). He appears in a BBC adaptation of the play, Baal. He plays no shows
                - Morrissey releases his eighth studio album, Vauxhall and I on the Parlophone label (Number 1 UK 1994). He plays no shows


AGE 35 - Bowie releases the Baal EP (Number 29 UK 1982), his final recording for RCA. He films Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and introduces The Snowman. He plays no shows
               - Morrissey releases the singles Interlude (with Siouxsie Sioux) (Number 25 UK 1994) and Boxers  (Number 23 UK 1995). He plays 18 shows

AGE 36 - Bowie signs to the EMI record label and releases his fifteenth studio album, Let's Dance (Number 1 UK 1983), which becomes his biggest commercial success, and turns him into a global superstar. He plays 97 shows
- Morrissey leaves EMI and joins Bowie's former label, RCA. He releases his ninth studio album, Southpaw Grammar (Number 4 UK 1995). Morrissey plays 13 shows, including 9 as support for 48 year old Bowie, but being a support act is NOT for Morrissey, and he leaves the tour early and subsequently leaves RCA


AGE 37 - Bowie releases his sixteenth studio album, Tonight (Number 1 UK 1984). He records a spoken message for the b-side of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas. He makes a short film, Jazzin' For Blue Jean. He plays 1 show
               - Morrissey signs to the Island record label and records the album Maladjusted. He plays no shows

AGE 38 - Bowie releases the singles, This is Not America (with the Pat Metheny Group) (Number 14 UK 1985) and Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger) (Number 1 UK 1985). He films Labyrinth and Absolute Beginners. He plays 1 show - Live Aid, guests at 2 Tina Turner shows, and plays an impromptu set in New York's China Club
               - Morrissey releases his tenth studio album, Maladjusted (Number 8 UK 1997). He plays 54 shows

AGE 39 - Bowie releases three singles from three different films: Absolute Beginners (Number 2 UK 1986), Underground (Number 21 UK 1986) and When the Wind Blows (Number 44 UK). He plays no shows but performs Dancing in the Street with Mick Jagger at the Prince's Trust Concert
              - Morrissey leaves Island records and relocates to LA. He plays no shows

AGE 40 - Bowie releases his seventeenth studio album, Never Let Me Down (Number 6 UK 1987). Warhol Superstar, Joe Dallesandro features in the video for Never Let Me Down (Number 34 UK Number 27 US 1987), which becomes Bowie's last single to reach the US Top 40 (until the posthumous Lazarus). He plays the part of Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's, The Last Temptation of Christ. He plays 96 shows
              - Morrissey plays 75 shows and covers Bowie's Drive-In Saturday in New York (2002)


BOWIE AGE 40 - PLAYING PONTIUS PILATE IN THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST 1987

MORRISSEY AGE 40 - ELVIS LIKE IN VEGAS 1999

AGE 41 - Bowie performs in one show; playing one song, with La La La Human Steps at London's Dominion theatre
               - Morrissey spends time in LA. He plays no shows

AGE 42 - Bowie (as Tin Machine) releases his eighteenth studio album, Tin Machine (Number 3 UK 1989) and delivers Berklee College's Commencement Address. He plays 13 shows with Tin Machine
              - Morrissey continues his hiatus in LA and writes new songs. He plays no shows



AGE 43 - Bowie parts company with EMI. He takes a break from Tin Machine and plays 108 solo shows - stating this will be the last time he will play his old songs
               - Morrissey plays 47 shows, showcasing new songs



"SO, I EVENTUALLY LEFT THE TOUR.... AND HE NEVER SPOKE TO ME AGAIN.YOU HAVE TO WORSHIP AT THE TEMPLE OF DAVID WHEN YOU BECOME INVOLVED. HE WAS A FASCINATING ARTIST IN 1970, 71, 72... BUT NOT NOW" - MORRISSEY IN 2002 (AGE 43) TALKING ABOUT A 55 YEAR OLD BOWIE; WHO HAD JUST RELEASED THE ALBUM, HEATHEN

AGE 44 - Bowie signs to the London record label and re-forms Tin Machine to release his nineteenth studio album Tin Machine II  (Number 23 UK 1991). He duets with a 32 year old Morrissey in LA and plays 58 shows with Tin Machine
 - Morrissey signs to the Attack record label, and releases his eleventh studio album, You Are The Quarry (Number 2 UK 2004), and all four singles from the album reach the UK Top 10, including Irish Blood, English Heart (Number 3 UK 2004). He plays 12 shows



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FABIAN FORTE IN THE FILM 'A BULLET FOR PRETTY BOY' - ALLEGED ON FTM TO BE THE INSPIRATION FOR THE YOU ARE THE QUARRY COVER

AGE 45 - Bowie releases the live Tin Machine album, Oy Vey, Baby (Didn't chart 1992). He plays the role of Agent Phillip Jeffries in Twin Peaks. He plays 13 shows with Tin Machine and plays at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (including a duet with Annie Lennox)
               - Morrissey releases the live album, Live At Earls Court (Number 18 UK 2005). He is instrumental in reuniting the New York Dolls. He plays 54 shows and curates the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall (2005)



AGE 46 - Bowie (no longer with Tin Machine) signs to the Arista record label (part of BMG) and releases his twentieth studio album, Black Tie White Noise (Number 1 UK 1993); which includes a cover of Morrissey's I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday,  and releases his twenty-first studio album, The Buddha of Suburbia (Number 87 UK 1993). He has his first Uk Top 10 single for seven years with, Jump They Say (Number 9 UK 1993). He plays no shows
               - Morrissey releases his twelfth studio album, Ringleader of the Tormentors (Number 1 UK 2006) and all four single releases from the album reach the Top 20 in the UK, including a Number 3 with You Have Killed Me. He plays 38 shows


BOWIE AGE 46 - A NUMBER 35 UK SINGLE

MORRISSEY AGE 46 - A NUMBER 3 UK SINGLE

AGE 47 -  Bowie spends time in the studio with Brian Eno writing songs for the album, Outside. He plays no shows
               - Morrissey is voted as Britain's 2nd Greatest British Living Icon, behind Sir David Attenborough. A 59 year old Bowie is placed 4th. Morrissey plays 71 shows



AGE 48 - Bowie signs to Virgin records releases his twenty-second studio album, Outside (Number 8 UK 1995). He plays 43 shows, with a 36 year old Morrissey supporting for 9
              - Morrissey plays 69 shows



AGE 49 - Bowie is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Madonna accepting the award on his behalf. He plays the role of Andy Warhol in the film, Basquiat, which also features his song, A Small Plot of Land. He plays 56 shows
               - Morrissey releases his thirteenth studio album, Years of Refusal on the Decca label (Number 3 UK 2009). He plays 46 shows



AGE 50 - Bowie releases his twenty-third studio album, Earthling (Number 6 UK 1997). He issues 'Bowie Bonds' - selling his back catalogue for a 10 year period for $55million. He sings on Lou Reed's, Perfect Day single for the BBC's Children In Need (Number 1 UK 1997). He plays 86 shows
              - Morrissey releases the b-sides album, Swords (Number 55 UK 2009) on the Polydor label. He plays 54 shows

AGE 51 - Bowie plays no shows but performs three songs at Howard Stern's birthday show
               - Morrissey denies having any connection with the website, MorrisseysWorld. He plays no shows



AGE 52 - Bowie releases his twenty-fourth studio album, 'Hours...'  (Number 5 UK 1999) on the Virgin label. The album includes the song, What's Really Happening?, written by a competition winner; who then got to sing backing vocals along with his friend. It was the first complete album by a major artist to be available as a download from the internet. He plays 9 shows and also appears at the Brit Awards with Placebo to sing 20th Century Boy. He performs the song again with Placebo in New York along with their song, Without You, I'm Nothing.
              - Morrissey denies twice more having any connection to MorrisseysWorld. He plays 73 shows



AGE 53 - Bowie plays 4 shows and also sings Wild is The Wind and Life on Mars at the Yahoo Internet Awards in New York (2000)
              - Morrissey issues a statement on TTY saying that Bowie had refused him permission to use a photo of them both on the cover of the re-issue of Last of the International Playboys. He plays 45 shows

AGE 54 - Bowie plays no shows but sings, Heroes and Silly Boy Blue at the Tibet House Benefit Concert - and also joins in with Patti Smith & others on Smith's People Got The Power. He also performs a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's, America and 'Heroes' at the Concert for New York City (2001)
               - Morrissey releases his Autobiography as a Penguin Classic and signs to the Harvest record label. He states on TTY about Bowie, "I know I've criticized David in the past, but it's all been snotnosed junior high ribbing on my part. I think he knows that." He records the album, World Peace Is None of Your Business. He plays 10 shows including the Nobel Peace Prize Concert



AGE 55 - Bowie releases his twenty-fifth studio album, Heathen (Number 5 UK 2002) on the Columbia record label. He records a duet, Saviour with Kristeen Young. He plays 37 shows, including Live by Request, and curates the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall (2002); in which he performs a cover of the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat with the Dandy Warhols. He covers Elvis Presley's One Night on the 25th anniversary of Presley's death. He also performs I Would Be Your Slave and Space Oddity at the Tibet House Benefit Concert (2002).
              - Morrissey releases his fourteenth studio album, World Peace is None of Your Business  (Number 2 UK 2014). He plays 51 shows



AGE 56 - Bowie releases his twenty-sixth studio album, Reality (Number 3 UK 2003). He plays 38 shows
               - Morrissey releases his debut novel, List of the Lost. (Number 3 UK Paperback Fiction 2015). He plays 58 shows (so far)


MORRISSEY FANS IN PARIS READING LIST OF THE LOST - OCTOBER 2015




AGE 57 - Bowie plays 76 shows but has to cancel further shows after undergoing emergency angioplasty.
              - Morrissey turns 57 on May 22nd 2016

AGE 58 - Bowie records the song, (She Can) Do That for the film, Stealth - the original demo version features Kristeen Young on backing vocals. He plays no shows but performs Life on Mars, Five Years and Wake Up with Arcade Fire at Fashion Rocks and Queen Bitch  and Wake Up with them again at a concert in Central Park

AGE 59 - Bowie plays the part of Nikola Tesla in the film, The Prestige. He plays no shows, but performs Pink Floyd's Arnold Layne and Comfortably Numb with David Gilmour and appears in Ricky Gervais', Extras, singing a song about him. He is voted the 4th Greatest British Living Icon

AGE 60-62 - Bowie releases nothing and plays no shows

AGE 63 - 65 - Bowie records the album, The Next Day. He plays no shows

AGE 66 - Bowie releases his twenty-seventh studio album, The Next Day (Number 1 UK 2013). The single, Where Are We Now? (Number 6 UK 2013) becomes his first Top 10 hit for 20 years. He plays no shows



AGE 67 - Bowie records the album, Black Star and releases the single, Sue (Or In A Season of Crime) (Number 81 UK 2014). He plays no shows

AGE 68 - Bowie continues recording the album, Black Star and releases the singles, Black Star and Lazarus. He plays no shows


AGE 69 - Bowie releases his twenty-eighth studio album, Black Star on his birthday and dies two days later



POSTHUMOUS - Bowie's album, Black Star reaches Number 1 in both the UK and US. Lazarus becomes his first US Top 40 single since 1987

Morrissey has not been heard of since his final concert in Las Vegas on January 2nd. I would imagine that Bowie's death has hit Morrissey very hard; not least because he never got the chance to properly put things right between the two of them.

It will be fascinating to see where Morrissey takes his career next.


MORRISSEY ON STAGE IN LAS VEGAS JANUARY 2016

9 comments:

  1. Gosh, this must have taken you ages to put together. I'll have to re-visit to check out some of the links, but in the meantime the link to 'Importance' looks to me to be in the wrong place. Should it be in Bowie 55 rather than 43?

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  2. Thanks for this updated every entry. Some cracking links which I will have to check out over the weekend! I still feel so sad about Bowie's death so God knows how Morrissey feels!

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  3. An impressively researched piece! I'll enjoy exploring the links when I have more time. My thoughts are with Morrissey at this time - I do hope he's ok.

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  4. I imagine Morrissey drinking to absent friends. Hope they made up, but it seems unlikely. A You Were Good In Your Time moment.

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  5. Thanks for the extensive post of Bowie vs Moz and, as with the others, it will take me awhile to get through it. As for Bowie's death, it was a big shock for me, not so much him dying, but the fact that about 2 hours earlier I had read how he was releasing a new album and I was looking forward to it. If it hit me so hard, imagine how it would affect some one, like Moz, who knew him personally. I still have a problem processing it. Hope all have a good weekend.

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  6. Meant to say this before... brilliant blog post. Rat, you are the Simon Schama of rock and pop. This blog forms the basis of a great doc. Put a treatment together!

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  7. Happy to see our boy in Los Angeles. Wished he'd say something on Bowie tho :(

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