I am pretty sure my favourite [David Bowie][bowie] album is [Station To Station][s2s]. I am pretty sure my favourite Bowie track is *Station To Station* off that same album.
When I am invited to appear on [Desert Island Discs][desert] I will choose *Station To Station* as the one song I can take with me – it is flipping ten minutes long, and on a desert island I will want a song that takes a long time to understand and doesn’t repeat too often on my walkman.
*Station To Station* is great because it is at least two songs in one, if not three. The opening section has the discordant stop / start rhythm of a steam train getting up to speed and Bowie’s lyrics are intelligible while being sufficiently dense that I can’t sing along without a dictionary.
And then the song breaks into the second section with a solid disco rhythm interrupted by Bowie expressing the joy and uncertainty of a new love affair before we finally hit the chorus which takes the rest of the song to the end.
> It’s not the side-effects of the cocaine, I’m thinking that it must be love.
Oh my gosh it is fantastic.
It is likely that if I can’t take *Station To Station* to my desert island I will take the prelude from [*Tristan Und Isolde*][tristan], also about 10 minutes. Failing that maybe *Something Against You* by [Pixies][pixies].
[I am one happy prick][something].