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by David Bowie
by David Bowie
Good old Chris O'Leary, from the best-of-all Bowie blogs "Pushing Ahead of the Dame", is about the only person who seems to have tried an appreciation of this standout track from the "David Bowie (1969)" album, re-issued as "Space Oddity" in 1972:
As opposed to the winsome, unattainable 'Hermione' figure of Bowie's recent songs, "Janine" sounds like a much better time. "You're fey, Janine, a trooper to the last," Bowie sings, with some admiration. "So take your glasses off and don' act so sincere.” Of course, this being Bowie, the centre of the love song winds up being its singer, who's more concerned with protecting his true self than sharing it.
"Janine" is a rocker hidden within a 'folk' song (the acoustic demo has some energy, and even goes into the "Hey Jude" chorus at one point, but it's hobbled by its staid rhythm) and the studio cut, which attempts to liberate it, winds up being a bit of a hash. The beat's weak and diffuse, and the track is crying out for a simple, solid riff to keep it together. It's a shame that Bowie didn't turn Mick Ronson loose on this song a couple of years later, as it finally could've become the swaggering beast it had potential to be.
[ More on "Janine" at: http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/janine/ ]
The re-issued album, as "Space Oddity" in 1972, got to No. 17 on the UK Albums chart, and then reached No. 16 in the US Billboard 200 long-play listings the following year.
1969 - Philips - United Kingdom - From the 1969 album "David Bowie". Re-released as "Space Oddity" in 1972.
Posted: 11th July 2019