January 11th, 2016

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Music Monday: A Repost From March 2008 -- For David Bowie, of Course

Originally posted by peadarog at Music Monday: SF/Fantasy's very best of best ever Music. Ever.

Nobody does specfic in music better than David Bowie. Or did, anyway. Of all his songs of the fantastic, and there are too many to list here, my personal favourite has always been "The Supermen". The song tells the story of godly creatures whose only impossible wish is to die. But the specfic elements are not just confined to the story: the music too, especially the percussion, gives us a sense of some great epic tale; the relentless beating of a monstrous heart. Even better is the language. It would be fantasy-twee if Bowie's phrasing were not so sincere:

Where all were minds in uni-thought
Powers weird by mystics taught
No pain, no joy, no power too great
Colossal strength to grasp a fate
Where sad-eyed mermen tossed in slumbers
Nightmare dreams no mortal mind could hold
A man would tear his brother's flesh, a chance to die
To turn to mold.

I'm glad there's not much of a video. In this case, it would only distract from the story. Here ye go.