David Bowie is set to release his final album on the 8th of January 2016 – on his 69th birthday – three years after the release of “Next Day” in 2013. The date falls on the same day as the release of Adele’s “25” album, a date many big artists including One Direction and Justin Bieber have chosen to avoid.
Whilst David Bowie’s people have been quiet over the album details, there have been rumours as to the style of the music on the album. Reportedly Bowie has been recording with jazz musicians in a studio in New York, which has fueled rumours that it’s set to be a jazz record. The Times compared it to a combination of German Electro group Kraftwerk and jazz, whilst Bowie’s people have refused to comment and denied the speculation as to what the album will sound like. If rumours are true then it’s likely to be the strangest album yet, which for Bowie is no mean feat.
Over the last 25 LP albums David Bowie has embraced a range of genres and styles and has produced many lyrics and songs that have been less than conventional. In 1967 he released the track “The Laughing Gnome” which some fans labelled as his worst song ever, and with lyrics like these it’s understandable…
Gnome: Own up, I’m a gnome, ain’t I right, haha.
Bowie: Haven’t you got an ‘ome to go to?
Gnome: No, we’re gnomads.
Bowie: Didn’t they teach you to get your hair cut at school? You look like a rolling gnome.
Gnome: No, not at the London school of ecognomics.
Despite these bizarre lyrics during his 1990 tour where he invited fans to request songs via telephone vote, “The Laughing Gnome” came up on top but he declined to play it.
With such a colourful history for musical exploration we eagerly await his latest release and all the surprises it will undoubtedly hold.