Moving on from being the mod who fronted bands such as the Lower Third, David Bowie released a strange yet enchanting debut album in 1967, and became something of a folky troubadour in 1969, but ultimately was proving to be something of a one-hit-wonder after ‘Space Oddity’.
When The National performed at Cork’s Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival in 2017, they were raising the curtains on 18 months of punishing touring. After that, the plan was to lay low and recuperate. What the Ohio five piece certainly hadn’t in mind was recording another album so soon after their career-best Sleep Well Beast.
As an alternative band mixing it up in the mainstream, the Flaming Lips enjoyed a fine run of it between the years 1999-2006. Yet, even if their popularity has declined a little since then, their reputation as one of the world’s greatest live acts remains intact.
DID you hear the story alleging that Barack Obama was an undercover Hamas agent whose mission when elected president of the United States was to create a socialist national health system — Obamacare — the aim of which was to kill David Bowie because he knew the truth about a plan by Chinese-backed space aliens to hijack the oil industry and destroy the global economy? F