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In July 1973, an 11 year old boy watching 'Top Of The Pops' was left stunned, confused, amazed, bewildered and ultimately hooked on music forevermore. It wasn't just the sound of David
Bowie's 'Life On Mars?' that leapt forth from the TV screen demanding to be heard, but the vision of this…thing. It had a man's name yet didn't look like any man anyone had seen before. It was being helped into outrageous outfits and boots. It was putting on make-up…
The lasting impression of David
Bowie on a generation and more has been well documented. He was Elvis, The Beatles, Sinatra and Dylan all rolled into one.
Now, all these years on and after the shock of losing Bowie at such an unexpected and young age, the award-winning singer-songwriter Marvin B Naylor has taken those childhood memories and those of a life-long fan and recorded his own tribute to the 'Human God'.
Not content with just making a standard 'tribute' Marvin wanted to utilise Bowie's famous technique, borrowed from poet William Burroughs, of cutting-up sentences and short phrases and then reassembling them haphazardly to come up with something new. The end result is a memorable, catchy and clever homage to The Thin White Duke that carries you off into an ethereal world reminiscent of his greatest work. He would no doubt have approved.
The accompanying video, directed by Gary Brady (Total Thrive Productions), has also been catching the attention of Bowie fans across the world. Italian journalist and presenter Rita Rocca stumbled across it and has included it in her soon to be released movie 'BowieNext' along with an interview with Marvin discussing Bowie's influence on his music.
The track is taken from Marvin's 5th album of original songs entitled 'The Spiral
Sky', on which he plays all the instruments and sings all the vocal parts and which has been gaining some rave reviews: -
"There are those who readily proclaim Master Naylor as a 'genius'; some who think he's pretty clever and still more who are not sure at all what to make of him and his oeuvre." - Fatea
"Inventive, idiosyncratic, inspirational - the work of Marvin B Naylor has always beaten its own path."- FolkWords