Song of the Day, July 22: Sons of the Silent Age by David Bowie

BowieSonsToday’s song is David Bowie’s Sons of the Silent Age. He wrote it not long after recording the first of his brilliant Berlin trilogy albums, Low. When he went into the studio next, it was the only track he had written and served as the working title for the album that would become “Heroes”.

Despite having a very different origin than the rest of the disc — which was composed in the studio in an improvisational manner — the track fits nicely. It’s a stark, mysterious song with grating sax driving the verses and dramatically declaimed choruses. The lyrics could describe Bowie’s state of mind as he went through withdrawal; they could also warn of dystopian regimes or recap the violence of mid-20th Century Europe. The lack of certainty adds to the eerieness of the song.

Enjoy this dark track today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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