- 11 Jan 18
Paul Nolan was on-hand as the Bowie tribute wrapped up their three-night run at the Academy
In amongst the various events and tributes being held to mark the late great David Bowie in Dublin this week, tribute band Absolute Bowie have been performing a fascinating three-night run in the Academy, with each evening devoted to a different section of the icon’s phenomenally eclectic career.
Tonight, sees them tackling the last stage of his output, from 1995’s Outside onwards. Arraying Bowie’s phobias against a dense avant-industrial backdrop inspired by Scott Walker and Nine Inch Nails, that record was undoubtedly one of the tougher sells of the Dame’s career. A similar aesthetic approach also permeated its follow-up, Earthling, and would recur occasionally thereafter – a fact which, combined with the midweek slot, perhaps accounts for the small (but hugely enthusiastic) crowd in attendance.
Anyway, I’ve always been a huge fan of Outside, on which Bowie and Brian Eno’s ingenious futuristic production, allied to the lyrical themes – chiefly, dystopian nihilism – combined to make a record that resonates even more strongly in the 21st century than it did upon its release. Indeed, when Absolute Bowie walk on and launch into the bristling, gothic art-noise of ‘The Hearts Filthy Lesson’ (so familiar from the awesome ending of David Fincher’s classic dark thriller Seven), it’s an incredibly exciting moment.