On May 20, 1979 – two days after the release of Lodger – David Bowie, along with a pile of his favorite records, took the reins at BBC Radio One. For two hours Bowie ran through and commented on a eclectic array of sounds; those of his influences, his contemporary peers and artists he himself had, by 1979, no doubt influenced. It’s a great mix in and of itself, only made sweeter by Bowie’s candid commentary.
Set and playlist after the jump . . .
The Doors – Love Street / Iggy Pop – TV Eye / John Lennon – Remember / ? & The Mysterians – 96 Tears / Edward Elgar – The Nursery Suite (extract) / Danny Kaye – Inchworm / Philip Glass – Trial Prison / The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane / Mars – Helen Fordsdale / Little Richard – He’s My Star / King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man / Talking Heads – Warning Sign / Jeff Beck – Beck’s Bolero / Ronnie Spector – Try Some, Buy Some / Marc Bolan – 20th Century Boy / The Mekons – Where Were You? / Steve Forbert – Big City Cat / The Rolling Stones – We Love You / Roxy Music, – 2HB / Bruce Springsteen – It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City’ Stevie Wonder – Fingertips / Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds / Bob Seger – Beautiful Loser / David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging / David Bowie – Yassassin / Talking Heads – Book I Read / Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure / King Curtis – Something On Your Mind / The Staple Singers – Lies