Suffragette City

July 18, 2013 4:01 AM

When I was assigned this tune for the David Bowie 'Ziggy Stardust' challenge, I was a little worried that I couldn't really manage it, somehow. But I had fun with it and I think it turned out OK. Plus I got this total blam-blam to help me with the promo clip, which you can viddy, my little droogie, at YouTube or Vimeo.

posted by flapjax at midnite (21 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

nice one, flapjax. The synth burbles are fantastic.

is that drone sound a berimbau?
posted by dubold at 5:59 AM on July 18, 2013

Thanks, dubold! The string instrument is a cigar box guitar. With one string. And the synth is this one, from the late 70s, quite the antique!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:33 AM on July 18, 2013 [2 favorites]

posted by scody at 11:37 AM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

Also, droogie, that clip is horrorshow!
posted by scody at 11:42 AM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

The stills from the video are pretty funny: I put 'em in a Flickr set.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:01 PM on July 18, 2013

Yeah this is really cool. Those tones hit a certain reward spot in my brain.
posted by dobie at 2:24 PM on July 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Amazing! I am amazed.
posted by Doleful Creature at 3:36 PM on July 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm too sqaure to dig that
posted by BlueMarble72 at 6:31 PM on August 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm too sqaure to dig that

Droogie don't crash here
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:33 AM on August 29, 2013

That's the third time I'm listening to your version, and I get a little deeper into it each time. Your grooves are as hypnotic as they usually are.
posted by nicolin at 1:18 PM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

This is excellent, and I wish I'd chipped in to that effect when I first listened to it instead of putting myself under a commenting and listening purdah for the Bowie covers. I love how your version hews so close to the original but sounds completely different. I'm also impressed at how you managed to make something so playful which doesn't sound remotely kitsch. This is really different, really cool and definitely a song I enjoy listening to in its own right.
posted by comealongpole at 6:32 AM on August 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

This is so, so good. Like I've stumbled, strung out, into some skanky Berlin dive circa 1982. In the best way!
posted by freya_lamb at 2:26 AM on September 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

I get Suffragette City mixed up with Government Center by Jonathan Richman, just because the words "suffragette city" and "government center" have the same rhythm. And I just realized that "jonathan richman" and "flapjax at midnite" also have that same rhythm.

You know that flapjax at midnite
Is outta sight - he's all right!
posted by moonmilk at 8:16 AM on September 2, 2013 [2 favorites]

posted by brilliantine at 11:04 AM on September 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

Yes! A little makeup and spandex and you've got a rock star career!

Any chance of getting up to Boston for a performance on your upcoming US tour?
posted by sammyo at 6:55 AM on September 11, 2013

posted by scody at 3:13 PM on September 11, 2013

Hi sammyo, hi scody. Yes, I'm coming to the states this fall, from 10/24 to 11/21: I'll be in NYC, mostly. The performance schedule isn't completely ironed out yet, but what's booked so far is all here at my website.

And sammyo, there has been a little talk of a possible Boston show, but I'm not sure yet. Please check back at that same link above, there will be updates!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:53 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

*gazes sadly at New York from L.A.*
posted by scody at 5:40 PM on September 11, 2013

The World Famous , that is one hella sweet offer, and at some other time, I'll try my best to take you up on it! This time around, though, flight schedules are carved in stone, and an LA wing of the trip just won't be possible. I'll aim for that, though, hopefully in the not-too-distant!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:49 PM on September 12, 2013

yes! And I will tag along to provide handclaps to any music that might be made (you do not want me to sing or to attempt to play my guitar, for reals).
posted by scody at 5:13 PM on September 12, 2013 [1 favorite]

o man.
posted by chococat at 11:10 PM on September 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

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