Thursday, October 27, 2016
Forgotten Classics or Undiscovered Gems or Overlooked Masterpieces or Records That Got Away or something...
David Bowie's "The Buddha Of Suburbia," a 1993 collection of songs written for a British TV serial of the same name, might not have been tossed aside if it had been released as a proper album and not as a "soundtrack." As it turned out, only the title track was used in the series. The rest of the record is a terrific collection of songs, that in retrospect, sounds like a perfect combination of the Bowie-Eno material from "Low" and "Heroes"and what can be found on Bowie's return to the studio after a ten year hiatus, "The Next Day."
I don't really believe this is a masterpiece. But I do think it's an incredibly strong record, and certainly more accessible than the jumbled mess of "Outside," which followed it. The single and last track on the record, "Strangers When We Meet," is posted above in demo form, which is not much different than what appears on the album, but still feels better to me. This track also appears, in a much noisier and cluttered version on "Outside," as well. All of "The Buddha Of Suburbia" can found on YouTube if you are curious.