‘Lost’ Footage of David Bowie’s TV Debut as Ziggy Stardust Found

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Rare footage of David Bowie’s first televised performance as Ziggy Stardust has been unearthed, but the viability of that footage remains in question. As the BBC reports, the original recording of the late singer’s 1972 performance on the British TV show Lift Off With Ayshea was long lost, having been accidentally deleted by a technician years ago (which was fairly standard practice for networks in the earlier days of television). Fortunately, a fan taped the performance on their home video recorder, and that footage was recently rediscovered.

The tape is in fragile condition and has degraded over the years. However, the producers of a forthcoming BBC documentary called David Bowie: Finding Fame hope it can be restored in time to include in the documentary, which is set to debut on BBC Two next month. The footage is currently being “baked” in an incubator so that it can be remastered.

Francis Whately, the documentary’s producer and director, told the Radio Times that the latest found footage “is something of a Holy Grail” for fans. Previously, the earliest recording of Bowie’s flamboyant Ziggy Stardust persona was his "Starman" performance on the British TV program Top of the Pops, which was filmed a month after his Lift Off appearance.

The BBC documentary will also feature never-before-heard audio recordings and footage, including Bowie’s audition tape for the BBC’s talent selection group in 1965. In a move that likely still haunts them, the BBC rejected Bowie for radio play, stating that he was "not outstanding enough" and "devoid of personality.” Of course, that didn’t stop Starman.

Ever since Bowie died in January 2016, a few of his early recordings have emerged from the woodwork. Earlier this year, Parlophone Records announced it will release a vinyl box set featuring two of the earliest known recordings of "Space Oddity," among other tracks. And last fall, the first song that Bowie ever recorded when he was 16 years old sold at auction for around $50,000. It had been found in a bread box.

[h/t BBC]

Spotify Is Giving Premium Customers Free Hulu


It's hard to keep track of all the streaming services available today, but paying for two of them just got a lot easier. As The Verge reports, a free Hulu plan now comes with a Spotify Premium subscription.

Spotify Premium costs $10 a month, and it includes unlimited ad-free access to the 35 million-plus songs in the service's library, as well as the ability to save music and play it offline. Beginning today, March 12, you can bundle Spotify Premium with Hulu's basic ad-supported plan for $10 a month, which means if you were already paying for Spotify, you're basically getting Hulu for free. Without the deal, Hulu's cheapest plan normally costs $6 a month to stream unlimited shows and movies with ad breaks.

If you're already subscribed to Spotify Premium, you can add Hulu to the same bill from the Your Services page on Spotify. New members can sign up for both plans at once by visiting Spotify.com/hulu and entering their payment information. The promotion is not open to users on a Spotify Premium family account.

The special offer is only available until June 10, 2019, or "while supplies last," according to Spotify. After signing up, you can take your shiny new subscription for a spin with a binge-watching session. Here are some of the best shows and movies to stream.

[h/t The Verge]

This Colorful Art Poster Chronicles the History of the Beatles


As far as music history—or history in general—is concerned, The Beatles are one of the most influential musical groups ever assembled. The venerable English rock band may have had its heyday in the 1960s, but the impact John, Paul, George, and Ringo have had on generations of fans and musicians can't possibly be overstated. As music journalist Chuck Klosterman once wrote about the accuracy of rating bands, "The Beatles are generally seen as the single most important rock band of all time, because they wrote all the best songs. Since both of these facts are true, the Beatles are rated properly."

But simply appreciating the Fab Four's archive aurally doesn't do the band enough justice. Thankfully this poster from UK-based design shop Dorothy Studios has the visuals covered. With an appropriately diverse color palette, "The Colour of The Beatles—Special Edition" features 66 color-inspired references to many of the songs in the legendary group's discography, including "Here Comes the Sun" and "Blackbird."


However, the poster doesn't focus exclusively on The Beatles's songs; it also includes their albums (like The White Album), their favorite hangouts (like The Cavern Club and The Casbah Coffee Club), and even their Apple record label. And, of course, kaleidoscopic songs like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," and "Norwegian Wood" are covered.

Phil Skegg, a designer at Dorothy, says the genesis of the poster came a few years ago when the team was looking at standard paint swatch colors, like Canary Yellow. "We thought it'd be great if they had a range named after songs like 'Yellow Submarine' or 'Sun King'," Skegg tells Mental Floss. "It then just developed from there, taking in songs, albums lyrics, and any other sources we could find."


The poster, which sells for about $38, is also just one of several Beatles-inspired posters from Dorothy; they also offer zoo-themed character portraits and this pair of "Liverpool Legends" road sign prints. And they say you can't buy me love.