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Come and Buy My Toys
by David Bowie


A short, sharp critique of today's track, courtesy of Chris O'Leary, makes up the first part below, quickly followed by two quotes from Bowie which allude to that time in his career and illustrate his gradually-softening attitude towards his output of that period (the quotes were both featured in an article posted to fan website "The Bowie Bible", as part of the description for David's 1967 album "David Bowie"):


"Come and Buy My Toys"

Minimalist by the standards of David Bowie, "Come and Buy My Toys" is just Bowie and a 12-string guitar. "Toys" is in the same vein as "There is a Happy Land" but lacks the latter's sense of mystery and ominousness, in part because the cod-medieval imagery Bowie's stuffed the lyric with ("you've watched your father plough the fields, with a ram's horn", and so on).

It passes its brief span pleasantly enough, though. "Come and Buy My Toys" best serves as an advertisement for the whole record - Bowie as a purveyor of assorted sweets, sours, tapestry tales, jewels and baubles.

(Chris O'Leary, "Pushing Ahead of the Dame", Monday, September 21st, 2009)


Quotation: "Aarrghh, that Anthony Newley stuff, how cringey. No, I haven't much to say about that in its favour. Lyrically I guess it was striving to be something, the short story teller. Musically it's quite bizarre. I don't know where I was at. It seemed to have its roots all over the place, in rock and vaudeville and music hall and I don't know what. I didn't know if I was Max Miller or Elvis Presley."

(David Bowie, Q magazine, April 1990)


Quotation: "It's kinda fun now, actually – I see sites on the internet where they study those areas very intimately. You can see them picking through the peppercorns of my manure pile. Looking for something that might indicate I had a future. They're few and far between, but they have come up with some nuggets.

"So yes, the whole of my learning period is all out there, all released. It took me an awful long time to work out what it was that I did. I guess what made it so difficult was that I was never in love with one kind of music and one kind of music only. At that point, particularly, it wasn't 'right' to have an interest in all areas. It was make-your-mind-up time... I felt: 'Well, I don't wanna be like this. I wanna keep my options open; there's lots of things I like'. So it was: 'How can I do this so I can try everything? How can I be really greedy?'"

(David Bowie, Uncut magazine, October 1999)


To me though, all Bowie's work is relevant - from the cradle of his songwriting, right up until his very last. The fact that I might not be much interested in listening to his newer stuff is irrelevant. He's always had something to say in his lyrics, and it's all part of what was a brilliantly creative mind. Very much missed still.
1970 - Decca Records - United Kingdom - From the album "The World of David Bowie".
Posted: 2nd May 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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