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Strombo and friends celebrate the life and music of David Bowie

Editorial Staff
The Strombo Show, January 17, 2016

Listen to the January 17, 2016, episode of the Strombo Show. 


“This way or no way. You know I’ll be free. Just like that blue bird. Now, ain’t that just like me?” — David Bowie, "Lazarus"

The Strombo Show ran the gamut this Sunday night, keeping the spirit of radio alive by delivering the best records in the best order. It's a show for music lovers by music lovers, ranging over three hours of commercial-free music to honour both old and new.

George Stroumboulopoulos was joined by R&B wunderkind Shamir for a rare, intimate and acoustic performance in the House of Strombo. We celebrated the life and music of David Bowie by spinning records with some friends of the show and sharing an unarchived conversation between George and the Starman. 

Shamir is a 21-year-old poster child for a new generation of pop-star. Born and raised in the suburbs of Las Vegas, Shamir experimented with punk and country projects before developing a fearless, post-gender brand of R&B. The debut album, Ratchet, combines infectious beats with vocals that have drawn comparisons to Michael Jackson. In the House, Shamir strips down his songs and discusses the ongoing whirlwind of change and musical discovery.  

When we woke on Jan. 11, we discovered that David Bowie had left us. His name is synonymous with the spirit of rock 'n' roll. He was one man with many faces, which included Ziggy Stardust, the Starman, the Thin White Duke, David Jones and Lazarus. 

We shared some moments from a recently unarchived conversation between George and Bowie at the MuchMusic headquarters in 2002, where Bowie explores his refocused musical career and reflects on his storied legacy.

We dug through Bowie's catalogue to spin some of the most essential cuts, demos and rarities from his catalogue and many treasured covers that include Scott Weiland's rendition of "The Jean Genie" from his Strombo Session.

Remembrances and song requests were shared by friends of the show: Kevin Drew, Paul Saulnier of PS I Love You, Born Ruffians' Luke Lalonde and the legendary DJ Skratch Bastid debuts an extended Bowie-inspired mix

Also, we dropped a handful of exclusive premieres that includes a synthetic, expansive offering from You Say Party's self-titled return and Rae Spoon's self-produced follow-up to the celebrated album Prairie Home.

Magnificent Seven

David Bowie, "Lazarus"
Wild Nothing, "Reichpop"
Wintersleep, "Amerika"
Santigold, "Chasing Shadows"
You Say Party, "Underside"
Rae Spoon, "Armour"
Charles Bradley, "Changes"


David Bowie & Queen, "Under Pressure" 
David Bowie, "Moonage Daydream"
David Bowie, "Five Years"
David Bowie, "I'm Afraid of Americans (Ft. Trent Reznor)"
David Bowie, "Queen Bitch"
Tegan And Sara, "Rebel Rebel"
Nirvana, "Man Who Sold the World"
Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, "The Jean Genie (Strombo Session)" 
Mott The Hoopies, "All the Young Dudes"
David Bowie, "Oh You Pretty Things"
David Bowie, "Changes"
David Bowie & Arcade Fire, "Life On Mars? (Live at Fashion Rocks, 2005)"
David Bowie & Arcade Fire, "Wake Up (Live at Fashion Rocks, 2005)"
David Bowie, "Art Decade"
David Bowie, "Weeping Wall"
David Bowie & Ricky Gervais, "Chubby Little Loser"
Skratch Bastid's Strombo Session
David Bowie, "Sound And Vision"
Tin Machine, "Under the God"
David Bowie, "Quicksand"
David Bowie, "Lazarus"
St. Alban's Church, "Life on Mars"
David Bowie, "Heroes"
Wild Nothing, "Reichpop"
M.I.A., "Borders" 
The Clash, "Magnificent Seven"
Wintersleep, "Amerika"
Buddy Holly, "Not Fade Away"
Santigold, "Chasing Shadows"
The Kills, "Future Starts Slow"
Tom Waits, "Another Sucker on the Vine"
Tom Waits, "What's He Building?"
You Say Party, "Underside"
Psychedelic Furs, "Heaven"  
Rae Spoon, "Armour"
Black Sabbath, "Laguna Sunrise" 
Black Sabbath, "Changes"
Charles Bradley, "Changes"
Shamir, "On The Regular"
Shamir, "Who Will Save Your Soul? (Jewel Cover) (Strombo Session)"
Shamir, "In For The Kill (Strombo Session)"
Shamir, "Ruthless Love (Alexz Johnson Cover) (Strombo Session)"
Ennio Morricone, "L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock (Versione Integrale)"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity (Demo Version)"
David Bowie, "Subterraneans" 
For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to The Strombo Show every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from 8 to 11 p.m. for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.