Blogging from A to Z: O is for “Outside”
Album: 1. Outside (1995)
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, saxophone, guitar, keyboards), Brian Eno (synthesizers, treatments, strategies), Reeves Gabrels (guitar), Erdal Kizilçay (bass, keyboards), Mike Garson (grand piano), Sterling Campbell (drums), Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar), Joey Barron (drums), Yossi Fine (bass)
What I love about this track: I have to be honest and tell you that it literally took a number of years for this album to grow on me. I was accustomed to David Bowie being a musical chameleon, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the grungy/gothy/industrial feel of this outing. Once I started seeing the album as a concept piece, in the same vein as “Diamond Dogs,” I grew to appreciate it more. This track is the introduction to the entire story. There was a planned trilogy (hence the numbering), but sales were not great and so the project was dropped.
Trivia: The cover art is a self-portrait painted by Bowie.
Why I chose this video: The “Outside” tour was pure story-telling, with no encores or frills. This is a good look at the concept as presented to an audience.