Welcome to Review Revue, where every Thursday I dig through the KEXP stacks to share DJ reviews and comments written on the covers of LPs (and occasionally CDs) in the ’80s and ’90s, when the station was called KCMU, the DJs were volunteers, and people shared their opinions on little white labels instead of the internet.
Yep, it's Bowie again. I know, not everyone gets such attention in this little corner of the internet on the anniversary of their death, but a) it's both his birthday and his deathday week, b) it's only been a few years! This Bowie-less world still feels new and strange, and c) It's Bowie. Come on. If for some reason you would like less Bowie in your Internet in the winter months, fear not: I may have run out of worthwhile album covers to share here (until Riz and Kevin finally go to town on the cover of Blackstar, anyway).
You can tell I'm running out of Bowie content because this 1982 RCA cash-grab is barely even a Bowie album, and the reviews on the cover are pretty well dominated by someone who seems to be a notorious Bowie-hater. That said, he does get a pretty sweet burn in, so I'll allow it. Plus, doesn't this photo just make you feel better about things? I can just hear David now, chuckling "oh, Mr. Wrestling #1, you stinker!" Anyway, happy Bowie Week to you and yours.
"IMPORT. Just as the title implies - RARE Bowie."
"Rockin' cover of Chuck Berry's 'Round + Round.'"
"The personnel is pretty impressive: Tony Visconti, Rick Wakeman, Luther Vandross, Mick Ronson, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, David Sanborn. This is a 'who's who' of musicians! -Mr. Wrestling #1"
"Where did I say anything about Bowie in my comment? -Mr. Wrestling #1"
This week's Review Revue spotlights the album Slide a Little Closer by Boom Boom G.I. See what KCMU DJs thought back in the day.