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Fantastic Voyage: A David Bowie Podcast

Fantastic Voyage: A David Bowie Podcast

By Jesse & John
Join brothers Jesse and John on a "fantastic voyage" through the career of David Bowie. Twitter: @bowiepodcast Intro Music by Jesse & John Outro Music by Jesse
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Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) - Side A
Welcome to the 1980s! We head outdoors on a beautiful summer night to cover Bowie's first album of a new decade that also feels like the last album of one of his many eras. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: It's No Game (No. 1) Up the Hill Backwards Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) Ashes to Ashes Fashion
01:06:02
August 09, 2022
Best of "Berlin"
This was tough. We picked 15 songs. There are 31 songs in this trilogy. We wanted to pick them all.
53:19
July 07, 2022
Lodger - Side B with Justin Waterman
How many other albums' side B kicks off with three music videos in a row? And then a different song lands very near the top of one of our all-time lists. Bowie closes out the '70s with a bang. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: DJ Look Back in Anger Boys Keep Swinging Repetition Red Money
01:15:24
June 30, 2022
Lodger - Side A with Justin Waterman
We welcome artist/musician and podcast cousin Justin Waterman back to the show to discuss Bowie's 1979 LP Lodger. Is one of these songs an all-time favourite for one of us? Tune in to find out! SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Fantastic Voyage African Night Flight Move On Yassassin (Turkish for: Long Live) Red Sails
52:02
June 26, 2022
Just a Gigolo
We head back to the movies for Just a Gigolo (1978), Bowie's second feature film.
30:32
June 17, 2022
The Isolar II Tour
Bowie's 1978 world tour, The Isolar II Tour or the Stage Tour, stretches the globe and produces plenty of audio and video materials for us to cover including the live album Stage, 2018 Record Store Day release Welcome to the Blackout, and his performance on the German TV show Musikladen. Favourite live album alert! But which one of us? And which release? Tune in to find out!
54:23
June 12, 2022
A Conversation with Mike Garson
Fantastic Voyage Podcast is honoured to welcome piano virtuoso Mike Garson to the show to discuss his amazing career and his collaborations with David Bowie. We touch on everything from the beginning of his career in music, to an inside look at his 70s, 90s and 00s work and relationship with Bowie, to how he's keeping Bowie's legacy alive and strong with his A Bowie Celebration Tour. For the first time ever you can find a video version of this episode on YouTube! https://youtu.be/XmyzaPhBDNE
01:04:43
May 29, 2022
"Heroes" - Side B
Continued "Heroes" discussion. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: V-2 Schneider Sense of Doubt Moss Garden Neuköln The Secret Life of Arabia
01:15:48
May 20, 2022
"Heroes" - Side A
"Heroes" is the second studio release of 1977, and the proper "Berlin" album. The title track was a commercial flop at first, but has gone on to become one of the globe's the most recognizable songs. Join us as we break down Side A! Link to the mentioned Tony Visconti interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q2scPrc1WE  SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Beauty and the Beast Joe the Lion "Heroes" Sons of the Silent Age Blackout
01:06:02
May 14, 2022
Low - Side B
Bowie debuts a new language on the "instrumental" side of Low. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Warszawa Art Decade Weeping Wall Subterraneans 
01:29:22
May 01, 2022
Low - Side A
Fantastic Voyage kicks off a new era with Low, the first album of the so-called "Berlin Trilogy."  Join us as we talk about the adventures of Bowie (and Iggy Pop), who connects with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti in Europe. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Speed of Life Breaking Glass What in the World Sound and Vision Always Crashing in the Same Car Be My Wife A New Career in a New Town
01:17:52
April 25, 2022
Best of the Mid-70s
Despite still touring and starring in a feature film, Bowie manages to find time to write and record three classic albums in a two-year window. Join us as we do things differently this time and take you behind the scenes as we create our Best of the Mid-70s playlist from scratch, featuring singing from Jesse's daughter!
50:14
April 02, 2022
The Isolar Tour
The voyage follows Bowie from North America to Europe on his 1976 Isolar Tour aka The Thin White Duke Tour, The Station to Station Tour and The White Light Tour. We discuss the live album Live Nassau Coliseum '76 as well as his infamous drug bust in Rochester, NY with Iggy Pop and his unconventional show opener - a showing of the 1929 film Un Chien Andalou.
42:48
March 17, 2022
The Man Who Fell to Earth
SPOILER WARNING Join Jesse and John at the movies as they chat about Nicolas Roeg's 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth. Starring David Bowie, of course!
46:23
March 03, 2022
Station to Station - Side B
We flip the record over and continue our Station to Station discussion. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: TVC15 Stay Wild is the Wind
01:10:32
February 16, 2022
Station to Station - Side A
With one eye on Europe and the new sounds coming from Germany, Bowie sticks it out for one more album in America before his narrow escape across the Atlantic. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Station to Station Golden Years Word on a Wing
01:06:27
February 08, 2022
Young Americans - Side B
Continued Young Americans discussion. Side B contains Bowie's first #1 single, this most famous collaborator and a Beatles cover! SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Somebody Up There Likes Me Across the Universe Can You Hear Me Fame
01:06:13
January 28, 2022
Young Americans - Side A
We've arrived in 1975 where Bowie dives deeper into soul, R&B and funk. Multiple songs from side a crack the voyagers' personal top 25s, and one lands in top ten - tune in to find out which one, as well as the usual blabber about how Bowie's genius creates yet another winning formula. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Young Americans Win Fascination Right
01:00:49
January 22, 2022
The Diamond Dogs Tour
Fantastic Voyage kicks off 2022 with the Diamond Dogs Tour of 1974 with special focus on Bowie's first official live album David Live and the documentary film Cracked Actor.
01:19:33
January 05, 2022
Diamond Dogs - Side B with Justin Waterman
Jesse and John, joined by their cousin, artist/musician and Bowie aficionado Justin Waterman, continue their Diamond Dogs discussion on the more Orwellian side of the album. You can find some of Justin's work by visiting his Twitter page @WatermanArt Link to the mentioned Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCzhLWj1IBY SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Rock 'n' Roll With Me We Are the Dead 1984 Big Brother Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family
01:18:23
November 25, 2021
Diamond Dogs - Side A with Justin Waterman
Jesse and John are joined by their cousin, artist/musician and Bowie aficionado Justin Waterman as they take a jaunt through Bowie's "Hunger City" on the first side of the 1974 album Diamond Dogs. You can find some of Justin's work by visiting his Twitter page @WatermanArt This episode is dedicated to the great photographer Mick Rock, who's passing was announced moments after the recordings of the Diamond Dogs episodes. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Future Legend Diamond Dogs Sweet Thing Candidate Sweet Thing (Reprise) Rebel Rebel A NOTE ON THE EPISODE: While discussing themes in Hubert Selby Jr.’s novel “Last Exit to Brooklyn” we are not aiming to group transgender people together with some other negative themes from the novel in a negative way. The context is describing similar themes found in the novel and on the album.
57:04
November 22, 2021
Best of the Spiders
Jesse & John reveal their 20-track playlist that they feel captures the "Spiders" era of Bowie's career. They also manage to mention both The Legendary Stardust Cowboy and Buddy Holly without acknowledging their shared hometown of Lubbock Texas!
01:17:31
October 30, 2021
Pinups - Side B
October 19th is as good a day as any to release another Pinups episode, don't you think? SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Friday on My Mind Sorrow Don‘t Bring Me Down Shapes of Things Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere Where Have All the Good Times Gone
49:38
October 20, 2021
Pinups - Side A
Join Jesse and John as they make their "original" vs "Bowie" Pinups picks. The listeners cast their votes as well. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Rosalyn Here Comes the Night I Wish You Would See Emily Play Everything’s Alright I Can’t Explain
40:02
October 17, 2021
The Ziggy Stardust Tour with Michael Fremer
Fantastic Voyage welcomes Michael Fremer of Analog Planet (amongst many other things!) to the show to provide a first-hand account of life on the Ziggy Stardust Tour.
01:03:54
October 03, 2021
Aladdin Sane - Side B
Right when you're thinking "The Spiders are firing on all cylinders!" you realize this is the last side of (original) music this group will ever do. Some Star Wars prequel trilogy love follows. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Time The Prettiest Star Let’s Spend the Night Together The Jean Genie Lady Grinning Soul
01:17:03
September 24, 2021
Aladdin Sane - Side A
Ziggy goes to America and picks up a new pianist and a collection of new songs. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Watch That Man Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) Drive-In Saturday Panic in Detroit Cracked Actor
59:52
September 17, 2021
Ziggy Stardust - Side B
There's fun for the whole family when the voyagers flip Ziggy over to side b. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Lady Stardust Star Hang On to Yourself Ziggy Stardust Suffragette City Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
01:30:02
September 05, 2021
Ziggy Stardust - Side A
Glam rock at its finest. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars propels Bowie into superstardom with help from a performance of (late addition) Starman on Top of the Pops that rivals the impact of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Five Years Soul Love Moonage Daydream Starman It Ain’t Easy
01:09:51
August 29, 2021
Hunky Dory - Side B
Side B features more songs drawn from Bowie's wide range of influences and muses. The Voyagers almost "went on forever". SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Fill Your Heart Andy Warhol Song for Bob Dylan Queen Bitch The Bewlay Brothers
01:29:20
August 15, 2021
Hunky Dory - Side A
Without a doubt some of Bowie’s best work can be found on this album. Side A alone boasts multiple top-tier songs, but is one of them overrated? One brother thinks so. Tune in for at least one hot take and a lot more gushing over the first half of Hunky Dory. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Changes Oh! You Pretty Things Eight Line Poem Life on Mars? Kooks Quicksand
01:16:44
August 08, 2021
The Man Who Sold the World - Side B
John goes into where Bowie's head is at and Jesse rambles on about effects during their discussion about the back half of The Man Who Sold the World. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Running Gun Blues Saviour Machine She Shook Me Cold The Man Who Sold the World The Supermen
01:22:58
July 31, 2021
The Man Who Sold the World - Side A
Keeping up with his contemporaries, Bowie kicks off the 70s with the heavy hitting The Man Who Sold the World. What’s the biggest difference between this and other rock albums of the time? Tune in to find out! SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: The Width of a Circle All the Madmen Black Country Rock After All
57:56
July 24, 2021
Best of the '60s
Here it is! Jesse & John reveal their 14-track best of the ‘60s playlist, followed by continued discussion and final thoughts on this early period of Bowie’s career. Click on a link to listen along to the playlist on:  Apple Music Spotify
01:10:19
July 11, 2021
David Bowie (Space Oddity) - Side B
The Voyagers continue their Space Oddity discussion and debut a new segment featuring comments from their friends on Twitter. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Janine An Occasional Dream Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud God Knows I‘m Good Memory of a Free Festival
58:60
July 04, 2021
David Bowie (Space Oddity) - Side A
Bowie teams up with Tony Visconti, a couple of former Rats (three more will have a much larger presence later!) and a new label for his second self-titled album, commonly referred to as Space Oddity. Join the Voyagers as they dive into the first side. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Space Oddity Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed Letter to Hermione Cygnet Committee
44:31
June 27, 2021
David Bowie (1967) - Side B
Alternate realities where Bowie becomes a monk... or the next Anthony Newley? We flip Bowie's debut album over to side B and continue our discussion. SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Little Bombardier Silly Boy Blue Come and Buy My Toys Join the Gang She’s Got Medals Maid of Bond Street Please Mr. Gravedigger
01:08:42
June 20, 2021
David Bowie (1967) - Side A
The Fantastic Voyage podcast begins with the first side of David Bowie's 1967 self-titled debut album. Also, find out how these two brothers became such Bowie freaks! SONGS IN THIS EPISODE: Uncle Arthur Sell Me a Coat Rubber Band Love You till Tuesday There Is a Happy Land We Are Hungry Men When I Live My Dream
49:29
June 14, 2021